Who We Are

The Atlantic Fellows for Social Equity is an Indigenous-led lifelong, collaborative fellowship program and platform for systemic change. It harnesses timeless Indigenous knowledge, ingenuity, and creativity to bring a unique approach to transformative change.

The program was established at the University of Melbourne and funded by The Atlantic Philanthropies in 2016. It is one of seven global, interconnected Atlantic Fellows programs to which the foundation has committed over US$660 million worldwide. The program also includes partner organisations and governments to support the work of this global network of thousands of Atlantic Fellows over the next two decades, and beyond.


Our Program Advisory Board provides strategic oversight and guidance to the program. Board members have extensive experience in a range of areas including Indigenous rights and advocacy, philanthropy, health, public sector, not-for-profits and start-ups, the arts and academia. 


Partners are core to our program, and we work with many national and international partners to connect Fellows with organisations that share similar aspirations for new leadership abilities.

Our current collaborating partners include:

Our Team

Our team of talented and passionate change makers are from diverse backgrounds and bring a wealth of experience and skills to create a truly unique and profound social change program. Read more about the team.

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Artist: Lyn-Al Young

We would like to thank the wonderfully talented artist, Lyn-Al Young for her creation of the artwork that you can see in the homepage banner of this website and which is also being used in our 2019 Cohort Handbook and other media and communications products. Lyn-Al shared the stories of our 2018 Cohort in October 2018, and created this artwork as a representation of their journey and a symbol for exchanging the baton with the incoming 2019 Cohort.

Lyn-Al is a Gunnai, Wiradjuri, Gunditjmara and Yorta Yorta fashion designer and artist living in Melbourne.

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Banner photo: Wayne Quilliam