Humanity in Action Fellowship

The Humanity in Action Fellowship brings together international groups of students and recent graduates from the United States, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Poland and Ukraine to explore historical and contemporary issues of human rights, diversity and active and responsible citizenship. The Fellowship seeks to educate, connect and inspire the world’s future leaders in the fields of human rights and social justice. Fellows participate in monthlong fellowship programs in one of five European cities (Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Paris or Warsaw) where they study these issues collaboratively within the historical and national context of their placements. Intensive and demanding, each program is highly interdisciplinary and features daily seminars, discussions, site visits and workshops with renowned academics, journalists, politicians and activists, as well as site visits to government agencies, non-profit and community organizations, museums and memorials. 

The Fellowship focuses on Europe’s unique history during WWII and the Holocaust along with present-day tensions related to minority groups in the continent. Key areas of inquiry include national identity, immigration, xenophobia, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, racism, political extremism and discrimination of Roma. Within one year of completing their Fellowship, Humanity in Action Fellows develop and implement an Action Project in their own communities. Action Projects are outreach initiatives that encourage Fellows to engage their Fellowship experience in their own communities and in the issues that they care about most. Upon completion of their Action Project, Fellows receive the title of Senior Fellow and have lifetime access to the growing international network of more than 1,500 Humanity in Action Senior Fellows as well as access to professional fellowships. 

Award Stipends and Benefits 

Fully funded educational experience that broadens and challenges emerging leaders’ views on human rights, diversity, and active citizenship. The only cost to Fellows is international flight from U.S. to their program cities, though international travel stipends are available to those Fellows who demonstrate financial need. 
Access to a community of emerging and established leaders who possess a deep commitment to ethical leadership. This community offers professional and personal support for those who seek to develop careers and lives dedicated to advancing civic engagement locally and globally. 


Sophomores, juniors, seniors, and recent graduates (of no more than two years) 
Both U.S. and non-U.S. citizens 
No age limit

Key characteristics sought by review committee

Intellectually curious, mature, and passionate about human rights, diversity, and active and responsible citizenship. 
Collaborative spirit and open-mindedness 
Entrepreneurial drive: Humanity in Action seeks candidates who are entrepreneurial and innovative in developing Action Projects and careers as active and responsible citizens 


Application is available mid-September and is due mid-January.

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