Program Dates May 24 - June 26, 2016 (US Fellows only)
May 27 - June 26, 2016 (All Other Fellows)
July 5 - July 30, 2016 (John Lewis Fellows)
Location Amsterdam, Atlanta, Berlin, Copenhagen, Paris and Warsaw
Eligibility Students and recent graduates from universities in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Poland, Ukraine and the United States
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.
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?
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
"I would recommend participation in HIA Summer Program to everyone, regardless of the origin and professional background. If you are interested…"
"I would recommend participation in HIA Summer Program to everyone, regardless of the origin and professional background. If you are interested in human rights and want to make your contribution to their protection, if you want your ideas to be heard and challenged, if you are open to new knowledge, new experiences, and new friends from all over the world – then you should not hesitate and apply right away."
"That sharing is the most valuable moment of the HIA Summer Fellowship Programme for me. Each and every one of us had different life…"
"That sharing is the most valuable moment of the HIA Summer Fellowship Programme for me. Each and every one of us had different life experiences, different ideas in our heads, but we were open for sharing them with the group. We learned a lot from all the sessions we had, but I think we learned the most from each other. And from that comes my advice for future fellows – be open to share, question and be questioned about. Let others inspire you, broaden your views, and be prepared to do exactly the same for them."
"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."