Location Amsterdam, Atlanta, Berlin, Copenhagen, Sarajevo and Warsaw
Eligibility Students and recent graduates from universities in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Poland, Ukraine and the United States
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.
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?
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
"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. "
"In the interview process for Humanity in Action, I mentioned that I wanted to join HIA because I wanted to learn a language of advocacy. I was…"
"In the interview process for Humanity in Action, I mentioned that I wanted to join HIA because I wanted to learn a language of advocacy. I was a bit taken aback when my interviewer—a Senior Fellow—responded saying that, No, that’s really not going to happen that way. She explained that HIA does not really have a methodology of advocacy or activism. Instead, Humanity in Action has a bifold tradition of deep thinking and effective action. This is what I came to experience and, ultimately, came to appreciate. At Humanity in Action, I was given voice. Not the French country director’s voice, or HIA’s executive director’s voice, or my parents’, or my professor’s, or anyone’s voice. I was given my voice. My voice in which to speak and work on issues of minority, diversity, and democracy. Instead of being given an organization’s methodology of advocating for the rights of minorities, I made my own methodology, or my own language of activism and of advocacy. And for this, I am eternally grateful."
"Rather than being limited to short community service projects abroad that are often abandoned once visiting scholars return to their home…"
"Rather than being limited to short community service projects abroad that are often abandoned once visiting scholars return to their home countries, HIA holds its fellows to the greater responsibility of becoming agents of change in the communities we know best; our own. The grant period equips fellows with tools to deconstruct discrimination and human rights violations around the world, all presented within an environment contusive of learning and personal growth. It then charges each of us with the task of using our individual talents and interests to impact the populace to whom we have special access. "