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
"Many of the issues we discussed I had never thought through. These are stories that often do not make it to the newspapers, because having your…"
"Many of the issues we discussed I had never thought through. These are stories that often do not make it to the newspapers, because having your voice heard requires power which some groups generally do not have. Through these stories, the program invited me to rediscover the society I live in."
"As an academic, one of the great things about this program has been the opportunities to leave theory behind for a moment and meet…"
"As an academic, one of the great things about this program has been the opportunities to leave theory behind for a moment and meet practitioners who actually work with these issues. This meant focusing on practical and feasible solutions and seeing for instance how laws passed in parliament effect people in their everyday lives."
"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."