Location Amsterdam, Atlanta, Berlin, Copenhagen, Sarajevo and Warsaw
Eligibility Students and recent graduates from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Poland, Ukraine and the United States. Students and recent graduates of other nationalities may apply if they are enrolled in or have recently graduated from a university in one of the countries listed above.
Intensive and demanding, the Humanity in Action Fellowship brings together international groups of university students and recent graduates to explore national histories of discrimination and resistance, as well as examples of issues affecting different minority groups today.
The programs, when appropriate to national histories, address the destructive common roots of prejudice, discrimination and dehumanization. These practices were directed towards Jews and other minorities in Europe during the Nazi era and Holocaust. Those under colonial rule in Africa, Asia, South, Central and North America and the Caribbean Islands were subject to racist policies and attitudes. Countries which experienced other totalitarian regimes after World War II also address the impact that socialism and its implosion had on their societies.
Featured: 2015 Humanity in Action Fellowship program in Warsaw. The video is in both English and Polish.
Each program is highly interdisciplinary and features daily lectures and discussions with renowned academics, journalists, politicians and activists, as well as site visits to government agencies, non-profit and community organizations, museums and memorials. The programs seek to highlight different models of action to remedy injustice.
The objective of the Humanity in Action Fellowship programs is to facilitate a collective exploration of the social and political roots of discrimination, as well as to provide a forum where potential solutions to some of today's most challenging issues can be considered and discussed. The programs are also intended to instill a responsibility among Humanity in Action Fellows to recognize and address the need to protect minorities and promote human rights—in their own communities and around the world.
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Why Choose the HIA Fellowship?
Have a global education experience
The diversity of our Fellows deeply enriches HIA programs by bringing together participants who represent many different nationalities, perspectives and personal experiences with human and minority rights issues.
Meet world class thinkers and activists
Our curriculum offers an opportunity for Fellows to interact with with leading thinkers and activists on the cutting edge of human rights, historical inquiry and social innovation in their societies.
Gain original insights
Fellows share the knowledge they gain in their HIA program through published articles and social media campaigns that draw attention to issues and action that are explored during the Fellowship.
The HIA Fellowship is just the starting point for lifelong opportunities to learn, collaborate and take action through the HIA Senior Fellows network.
HIA Fellowship Testimonials
"There really is no adjective to describe how meaningful Humanity in Action has been to me. You are put in a classroom with 20 amazing people…"
"There really is no adjective to describe how meaningful Humanity in Action has been to me. You are put in a classroom with 20 amazing people around your age, from all different backgrounds and experiences, with the basic understanding that you all care about humanity. Not only did our conversations really make me believe in our generation's capacity to enact change, they challenged my preconceptions, my opinions and my prejudices."
"I would recommend participation in HIA Summer Program to everyone, regardless of the origin and professional background. If you are interested…"
"I would recommend participation in HIA Summer Program to everyone, regardless of the origin and professional background. If you are interested in human rights and want to make your contribution to their protection, if you want your ideas to be heard and challenged, if you are open to new knowledge, new experiences, and new friends from all over the world – then you should not hesitate and apply right away."
"For me it is hard to compare this program with any other educational, international events or programs I’ve ever taken part in. It was unique…"
"For me it is hard to compare this program with any other educational, international events or programs I’ve ever taken part in. It was unique and incredibly well organized. HIA was filled with great speakers, amazing host families, wonderful venues and excellent timetable. During the lectures we had an opportunity to hear not only from the professionals of different sectors, but also we’ve met with incredibly strong personalities who shared their life paths. Such personal approach made an indelible impression on me and receiving firsthand information inspired me to investigate and research more. The entire time the atmosphere was warm and friendly and till the end of the program we became more than just solid team, but also close friends. I will not exaggerate when I say that HIA fellowship was one the best experiences in my life!"