Questions or concerns? Scroll down for answers to some of the frequently asked questions about the Fellowship process.
Below you find a list of frequently asked questions about the Humanity in Action Fellowship programs for those applying through France. Please read through the information outlined here prior to beginning your application for the Fellowship. The answers are organized by questions related to the application process, eligibility for the Fellowship and the Fellowship program itself. If you have any questions that are not covered here, please do not hesitate to email us.
All applications must be submitted through our country specific online application forms, by February 14, 2021 at 11:59pm CET.
Humanity in Action will contact 2021 applicants by late February 2021 to let them know whether they have been selected as a finalist. All finalists will then be interviewed by the Humanity in Action Selection Committee in mid-March. The Selection Committee will announce decisions by email early April the latest.
In 2021, applicants applying from France can only apply to the Amsterdam Fellowship Program.
Unfortunately, applicants from France cannot apply for these Fellowship Programs.
The selection process involves two phases. During the first phase, a panel of Humanity in Action staff, Board members and Senior Fellows reads all of the applications and selects a pool of finalists for further review by Humanity in Action’s Selection Committee. During the second phase, the Selection Committee reads and evaluates all finalist applications and conducts group interviews with finalists. All finalists will be interviewed by a small panel of the Selection Committee together with two or three other finalists. The final selections are made based on this second reading and the interview.
No, unfortunately not. All applications must be submitted online in order to be considered eligible.
Please apply with Humanity in Action France.
You are eligible to apply if you speak fluent French and if you have been living in France for at least two years. If you are on a short-term study exchange, you are not eligible.
All Humanity in Action Fellowship Programs are conducted in English.
Currently enrolled graduate students and PhD students are eligible to apply.
[Not applicable in 2021] Humanity in Action will help Fellows obtain any visas necessary for participation in the programs. However, it is the full responsibility of Fellows to obtain the visa on their own. Fellows must initiate the process, request supporting documentation from Humanity in Action in a timely fashion and follow through to make sure they receive their visa on time. If you require a visa for your Fellowship, you must begin the process as soon as you are placed in your program country. Humanity in Action will not be responsible for obtaining your visa for you.
Due to the nature of our selection process, we do not provide any feedback on applications.
Amsterdam Fellowship (virtual): June 1 – June 23, 2021 (virtual)
4 pm – 8 pm CEST (Berlin time) & 10 am – 2 pm EDT (New York time)
The Fellowship comes with an ongoing training program to help Fellows implement their Action Projects, to continue collaborative learning and to keep in touch with their peers and the international Fellows’ community. These meetings will not exceed 2.5 hours.
Training Sessions after the Summer:
Thursday, September 9, 2021
Wednesday, September 22, 2021
Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Thursday, October 28, 2021
Wednesday, November 10, 2021
Tuesday, November 30, 2021
Thursday, December 16, 2021
Wednesday, January 19, 2022
Tuesday, February 15, 2022
6 pm – 8.30 pm CEST (Berlin time) & 12 pm – 2.30 pm EDT (New York time)
If feasible, we aim at organizing an in-person conference for the 2021 Fellows.
[Not applicable in 2021] Participation in the three-week program (including local transportation, accommodation for incoming fellows from abroad and many meals during the events)
Ongoing skill-building and training opportunities
Guidance in developing and executing an individual Action Project
Upon completion of the Fellowship, participation in a global network of leaders poised to contribute to civic society and exposure to opportunities provided by other Humanity in Action programming, such as professional fellowships, grant competitions, study trips, international conferences, leadership roles and speaking engagements.
[Not applicable in 2021] Fellows from abroad participating in the programs in Amsterdam, Copenhagen, and Sarajevo will stay with host families or individual hosts. The “home stay” is an important and valuable part of the Humanity in Action learning experience.
Humanity in Action Fellowship programs are intense and rigorous. The virtual program days usually start at 4 pm CEST (Berlin time) and run until 8 pm including breaks and occasional evening programming. Additionally, some of the weekends have structured programming. Active and engaged participation is key to creating a meaningful Fellowship experience and therefore, we advise that the Fellows do not commit to other activities during the program.
In addition to these joint weeks together, the Fellowship comes with an ongoing training program to help Fellows implement their Action Projects, to continue collaborative learning and to keep in touch with the community. These meetings will not exceed 2.5 hours.
[Not applicable in 2021] Humanity in Action covers the costs of participation and accommodation for Fellows from abroad during the Fellowship programs. Humanity in Action does not discriminate based on financial need and will assist Fellows in meeting financial demands of potential international travel to the program.
[Not applicable in 2021] Fellows are encouraged to bring additional spending money with them to the Fellowship program to cover off-program expenses such as food and social activities outside of Fellowship programming/on weekends. Additional stipends may be granted on a financial need basis. Humanity in Action recommends the following amounts for each program location for additional spending money:
Amsterdam Fellowship program: 500 Euro (for food and social activities)
Copenhagen Fellowship program: 500 Euro (for food and social activities)
Sarajevo Fellowship program: 300 Euro (for food and social activities)
[Not applicable in 2021] Fellows will be responsible for financing the cost of roundtrip from their location to their program city. In Europe, Humanity in Action has set aside travel budgets for participants from certain countries (for example Ukraine, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Greece). However, Humanity in Action offers some travel stipends granted on a financial need basis. Instructions for requesting a travel stipend will be shared with Fellows after they have accepted their Fellowship. Fellows will also be expected to look for financial support from other institutions, such as their universities, when requesting a travel stipend.
[Not applicable in 2021] Depending on the Fellowship program location, Humanity in Action provides a single meal per full day of programming or time and spending money for meals during the program. Fellows with financial need participating in some programs are eligible for additional stipends for food and cost of living, for which instructions to request these will be shared after the Fellow has accepted their Fellowship.