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Humanity in Action Fellowship in Amsterdam, Berlin and Copenhagen

Applications for the 2016 Humanity in Action Fellowships are now closed

The Humanity in Action Fellowship programs will run simultaneously from May 27 - June 26, 2016. Programs are followed by the Humanity in Action International Conference.

When: May 27 - June 26, 2016

Where: Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen 

Intensive and demanding, the Humanity in Action Fellowship brings together international groups of emerging leaders to explore diversity issues, national histories of discrimination and resistance, as well as examples of issues affecting different minority groups today. Each program is highly interdisciplinary and features daily lectures and discussions with renowned scholars, journalists, politicians and activists. There is also a significant number of site visits to government agencies, non-profit and community organizations, museums and memorials. The programs seek to bridge the gap between theory and practice and highlight different models of action to remedy injustice. The deadline for applications is February 14, 2016.  

Program Details

Although the European Programs in Berlin, Amsterdam and Copenhagen all promote team research and debate on human rights and social justice in democratic societies, the focus of the programs differ slightly. 

To learn more about the program content, please refer to the 2015 agendas: Berlin / Amsterdam / Copenhagen

John Lewis Fellowship in Atlanta, Georgia, USA  

Humanity in Action has launched a US Fellowship program in Atlanta, Georgia. The John Lewis Fellowship will run from July 5th through July 30, 2016. Similar to the European Fellowship Programs, the program will deal with a range of political and social issues such as race and civil rights, immigration and Native American issues.
When: July 5 - 30, 2016
Where: Atlanta, Georgia, USA
For more information on the John Lewis Fellowship, please visit this link
Selection Process

The participants will apply by filling out the same application form as for the European Fellowship Programs. They will also be able to indicate whether they prefer to be considered for the European or US Fellowship. However, the final decision will be made by the selection panel. 

The application can be found here. The deadline to submit your application is February 14, 2016.  


Bosnian-and-Herzegovinian university students and recent graduates are welcome to apply, especially those committed to the promotion of human and minority rights, tolerance and intercultural understanding. You are eligible to apply if: 

  • You are a Bosnian and Herzegovinian university student (in your second semester of studies at least) or a recent graduate (no earlier than 2014).
  • You are proficient in English and BHS.
  • You are knowledgeable about contemporary social, political and transitional trends in the country (and issues related to European Union accession).
  • You have interest in human and minority rights and the willingness to start or continue active civic participation by taking part in Humanity in Action activities in Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • You possess strong communication skills.

Please note that short-term exchange students and doctoral students are not eligible to apply. Humanity in Action seeks applicants who are mature, proactive, self-reliant, experienced in grassroots activism and comfortable in intensive group activity and interaction. All majors and academic disciplines are encouraged to apply.

Candidates who make it to the second round of the selection process will be informed about the date, time, and place for the interviews via email.


Admission to the Humanity in Action fellowship programs is extremely competitive.

The first selection is made based upon the written application, which must include:

  • Curriculum vitae 
  • Personal statement 
  • Clear answers to the five application questions
  • Action Project proposal 

Please note that your application must be submitted in English. You should give yourself enough time to assemble all the required application materials before the deadline. Make sure to check the application instructions and guidelines for further instructions. Based on the written application, several candidates will be invited for a personal interview. During the interview, candidates will be evaluated on the basis of their communication skills, personality traits, evidence of leadership potential and academic accomplishments preferably within Bosnian and Herzegovinian society. 

Humanity in Action does not discriminate on the grounds of race, ethnicity, religion, party affiliation, gender or sexual orientation.


European programs: Humanity in Action covers the costs of accommodation, transportation, meals and participation in program activities and provides a small amount of pocket money for the participants.

Humanity in Action covers the costs of participation and accommodation during the John Lewis Fellowship. However, all Fellows will be responsible for financing the cost of round-trip airfare to and from Atlanta. Although Humanity in Action covers the cost of most meals, Fellows should also plan to bring spending money for food and social activities during the fellowship program. Financial aid is available to cover airfare and modest stipends for Fellows with documented need. 

Obligations and Oppportunities: After the Fellowship

Action Projects

As a requirement of participation, Fellows are obligated to conduct a hands-on outreach initiative—an “Action Project”—in their home communities. The initiative should reflect the Humanity in Action Fellowship experience. Upon successful completion, Fellows are invited to become Senior Fellows and to join the global Humanity in Action community.

Professional Fellowship Opportunities

Every year, Humanity in Action places more than 50 Senior Fellows in professional fellowship programs and internships to provide practical experience working on human and minority rights. Over 230 Senior Fellows have completed Humanity in Action-sponsored internships since 1999. Current professional fellowship opportunities include the Lantos-Humanity in Action Congressional Fellowship in Washington, DC, the Diplomacy and Diversity Fellowship in Washington, DC, Paris and Berlin, and the Pat Cox-Humanity in Action Fellowship in the European Parliament.

Bosnian-and-Herzegovinian Senior Fellows Association

The Bosnian and Herzegovinian Senior Fellows Association was founded in 2008 and continues to be a growing and vibrant organization. Bosnian and Herzegovinian Senior Fellows organize numerous events and seminars, collaborate with one another in the implementation of their Action Projects, and are currently looking forward to welcoming new members to their association. There are similar Senior Fellows Associations in Denmark, France, Germany, The Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Poland and the United States. These Associations have developed over the years into a global network of more than 1400 Senior Fellows worldwide.