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
"“Humanity in Action shaped me profoundly. It has reaffirmed the direction I have set upon and the things I care about. It taught me about the…"
"“Humanity in Action shaped me profoundly. It has reaffirmed the direction I have set upon and the things I care about. It taught me about the role of empathy, to understand and fight for the struggle of those I might not identify with but can still support. It’s been one of the most rewarding months of my life.”"
"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."
"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."