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
"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."
"Discussing the roles and rights of immigrant populations in Denmark, I arrived at a new understanding that the basic premise of democracy…"
"Discussing the roles and rights of immigrant populations in Denmark, I arrived at a new understanding that the basic premise of democracy always leaves minorities in some danger. Democracy is at its core a system of majority rule. You may leave HIA more conflicted than when you first arrived. But you will be reflecting, then, a deeper and more nuanced understanding of the realities facing human rights advancement in today’s world. HIA’s conferences and discussions have helped me to view these issues beyond my original American centric worldview."
"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. "