Location Amsterdam, Atlanta, Berlin, Copenhagen, Detroit, 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
"My experience with the Humanity in Action fellowship, one that I will always value immensely and remember fondly, threw me into a world of…"
"My experience with the Humanity in Action fellowship, one that I will always value immensely and remember fondly, threw me into a world of people, organizations, and movements that confront that sense of impossibility with open-mindedness, ingenuity, and knowledge."
"Humanity In Action was an amazing experience that challenged and taught me so much and I am incredibly grateful for the experience. Like so…"
"Humanity In Action was an amazing experience that challenged and taught me so much and I am incredibly grateful for the experience.
Like so many, I joined Humanity In Action because I wanted to learn about human rights and it was refreshing to dialogue and engage with my peers over pressing human rights issues. However what was more useful was the critical self-reflection and personal growth I encountered. Through late night conversations, and sometimes in the quiet as I took in the beautiful and tragic sites in Bosnia and Herzegovina, I was reminded why I joined the fight for human rights in the first place. I begun to question the hypocrisy of defending some rights over others. More importantly I was reminded of our shared humanity, one that tramps ethnicity, religion or other man made divisions that distract us from this. We hypocritically say never again but are too quick to forget our shared humanity. However as one speaker reminded me, “You don’t have to stop a tank to be a hero”. We can in our own way become catalysts of change and foster a mindset of peace but first we have to have the courage to stand up not just for our family and friends but for everyone who needs us. Humanity In action didn’t tell me where I would get the courage to stand up but it showed me numerous examples of people who did and I gained allies, young people passionate about making a difference in their own way, the very same people that have pursued the most unique initiatives and each in their own way an authority on something. Knowing that I have this network of people willing to support me emboldens me as I seek out to make the world a better place.
Months after the fellowship, it is still difficult for me to fully describe it. How can I explain the feeling that I had when I sat in the very same warehouse where UN peace keepers gave up women and children to die or how I felt as I debated about human rights in the very house Anne Frank hid in during the holocaust or when a shop keeper in Sarajevo gave me a wooden bullet as a gift. Until today, when I try to list all I have learned, words fail me and the list I attempt to make doesn’t seem quite as complete. Each day I seem to draw a different lesson, to comprehend a statement someone else said better. But maybe this is the point. Humanity In Action has started a journey for me, and rather than the end of the fellowship, it was the beginning of something else. It reawakened a passion for social change and reminded me I was not merely being idealistic in my desire to fight for human rights."
"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."