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
"In the interview process for HIA, I mentioned that I wanted to join HIA because I wanted to learn a language of advocacy. I was a bit taken…"
"In the interview process for HIA, 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, HIA 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 HIA summer fellowship completely blew my expectations out of the water...yes it was intensely intellectually stimulating, but unlike a…"
"The HIA summer fellowship completely blew my expectations out of the water...yes it was intensely intellectually stimulating, but unlike a classroom-based program, it brought together the most intriguing of both human rights theory and practice. The visits to actual sites of mass atrocities, exchanges with human rights activists and intellectuals, and unbelievably honest, animated debates with the 19 other fellows daily left an indelible impression. In 5 short weeks, HIA recharged my commitment to action, built friendships that will last a lifetime, and left me profoundly optimistic about the potential impact of our generation."
"The Hia 2010 program in Lyon has been an enjoyable, intense and rewarding experience. Meeting great academics or organization members, debating…"
"The Hia 2010 program in Lyon has been an enjoyable, intense and rewarding experience. Meeting great academics or organization members, debating with the other fellows and meeting people who were directly concerned by the “minority rights” we were talking about, helped me to gain insights in a society in which I’ve lived since I was born but which I didn’t always understand. I came into this program at a moment when I was wondering if I should continue to commit myself in minority rights so as to make it my work later, or if I should go back to a more classic path. This tremendous experience demonstrated me that there are many people committed to protect minority rights at a professional level, and that I should carry on this way. "