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.
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 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?
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.
Produce original research
Fellows share the knowledge they gain in their HIA program by creating in-depth, published articles and teaching tools 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
"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!"
"I was lured to the Humanity in Action Fellowship by its insightful philosophy that “an important test of a genuine democracy is how it treats…"
"I was lured to the Humanity in Action Fellowship by its insightful philosophy that “an important test of a genuine democracy is how it treats its minority populations,” yet I could not have anticipated how transformative the five-week program could be. From exploring histories of resistance to national narratives to the intersections of art and activism, I was exposed to a wide array of human rights abuses and was challenged to think deeply about my theory of change. My peers and I reflected about how we could direct our passions toward realizing a more peaceful and accepting world, often finding that the answer was through supporting each other through making collective contributions. Despite long, exhausting days, I was introduced to a brilliant array of young scholars spanning urban planners and community organizers who encouraged me to contest the status quo, ask questions, and examine power relationships in society. We focused on the people who are not at the table where decisions are made, and exchanged ideas as to how the voices of the marginalized can be amplified. Being in another country enabled me to expand my American-centric perspective to understand the nuances of culture and the complexities of political institutions. I cherished the conversations I had with my peers who were all passionate about dismantling structures that oppress society’s most vulnerable, and look forward to my future with the HIA family. "
"The true beauty of HIA lies in its unique and comprehensive approach to engage past with present, activism with academia, and fellow with…"
"The true beauty of HIA lies in its unique and comprehensive approach to engage past with present, activism with academia, and fellow with fellow. As this year’s debut HIA film Just People demonstrated at the HIA International Conference, HIA is about people – the fellows, senior fellows, the HIA organization, the people of the program countries, and the people at home. HIA has challenged me to reflect on my own worldview in light of other fellows’ opinions and contextualize my own paradigms of minority and human rights within a broader global one. My summer with the HIA fellows has been an unforgettable one. I have made a group of close, tightknit friends from all over the world, and the new knowledge and experiences I have gained have reinforced my passion for human rights. Although I have departed from Berlin, I have stepped into an amazing global network, and I look forward to my future involvement with HIA."