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
"HIA empowers participants to take up the causes that are in their hearts and shows them how to inspire others, who may be paralyzed by their…"
"HIA empowers participants to take up the causes that are in their hearts and shows them how to inspire others, who may be paralyzed by their own frustrations or by the belief that one person is incapable of making a difference, to try anyway. I am reminded of the famous words of Margaret Mead, who says we must “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”"
"This is not the first time I say this, but I will say it again: when I heard of Humanity in Action, my reaction was: “I have been looking for…"
"This is not the first time I say this, but I will say it again: when I heard of Humanity in Action, my reaction was: “I have been looking for this for years”. Stuck in the ivory tower of academia, I welcomed the HIA programme and its people like a desert oasis. When decades from now I look back on my life, Humanity in Action will stand out as a month like no other, that taught me that individually I can ‘make a difference’, that small voices of dissent go a long way, and that idealism is nothing to be ashamed of. A month that brought me friendships that I know will last a lifetime."
"I have never been so aware of how my words, my intonation, my sentence structures and my body language could affect the feelings and intellect…"
"I have never been so aware of how my words, my intonation, my sentence structures and my body language could affect the feelings and intellect of other human beings. I could not be more grateful to HIA for providing me the opportunity to be surrounded by people whose goal was not to tear me down with their rebuttals or arguments, but to build me up with newly acquired revelations."