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
"HIA empowers participants to take up the causes that are in their hearts and shows them how to inspire others, who may be paralyzed by their…"
"HIA empowers participants to take up the causes that are in their hearts and shows them how to inspire others, who may be paralyzed by their own frustrations or by the belief that one person is incapable of making a difference, to try anyway. I am reminded of the famous words of Margaret Mead, who says we must “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”"
"A program that combines intellectual advancement with personal growth, HIA offers the unique ability to combine both a diverse group of…"
"A program that combines intellectual advancement with personal growth, HIA offers the unique ability to combine both a diverse group of individuals with a diverse group of pertinent and imminent social issues. This program is a unique way to learn about how social issues occur, are perceived, and most importantly how they are addressed by local actors and NGOs. Participants not only learn about how local agents are addressing issues of religious freedoms, employment discrimination, ethnic justice, democracy maintenance, freedom of press and even freedom of speech rights. Rather, we are given these circumstances and challenged to find innovative and constructive ways to address the issues."
"This is not the first time I say this, but I will say it again: when I heard of Humanity in Action, my reaction was: “I have been looking for…"
"This is not the first time I say this, but I will say it again: when I heard of Humanity in Action, my reaction was: “I have been looking for this for years”. Stuck in the ivory tower of academia, I welcomed the HIA programme and its people like a desert oasis. When decades from now I look back on my life, Humanity in Action will stand out as a month like no other, that taught me that individually I can ‘make a difference’, that small voices of dissent go a long way, and that idealism is nothing to be ashamed of. A month that brought me friendships that I know will last a lifetime."