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2018 Berlin Fellows at the Bundestag

Eligibility Requirements for Applicants from Germany*

*For specifics on the Berlin Fellowship Program (in cooperation with Goethe University Frankfurt), please see more information below.

General requirements

Applicants to the Humanity in Action Fellowship must be one of the following:

  • currently enrolled  students from Germany or at Germany-based universities; or
  • recent graduates (for the 2021 Fellowship, we define recent graduates as individuals who graduated 2018, 2019 and 2020).
  • Currently enrolled graduate students and PhD students are also eligible to apply.
  • If your path has been non-linear, please check in with us to find out about your eligibility.

If you are a German citizen studying at a foreign university, you are eligible to apply to the Humanity in Action Fellowship through Germany. If you are a German student studying at a university in other Humanity in Action countries, you may also be eligible to apply through the Humanity in Action offices in those countries. Please contact those offices directly to confirm your eligibility.

If you are a non-German citizen studying at a university in Germany, you are eligible to apply to the Humanity in Action Fellowship through the German office if you have been living in Germany for at least two years and speak German fluently.
This requirement does not apply to applicants from Goethe University Frankfurt applying to the Berlin Fellowship. For details on the partnership with Goethe University and the Berlin Fellowship please see below.

If you a student or recent graduate from and/or based in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, France, Greece, Poland, The Netherlands, the United States or Ukraine, you are eligible tp apply through their application process. If you are unsure through which country’s application you should be applying, please contact

If you came to Germany as a refugee, please contact our Berlin office.

Applicants may apply to the various Humanity in Action Fellowship programs through a single application and may indicate preference for one of more programs. However, they cannot choose their city of participation.

The Berlin Fellowship Program

For 2020 and 2021, Humanity in Action Germany is partnering with the Goethe University Frankfurt/Main. The two partners will closely cooperate with regard to our Berlin Fellowship Program. We are looking forward to strengthening our community in the Frankfurt/Main area by recruiting students and young graduates of the Goethe University for our Fellowship Program in Berlin.

We specifically invite currently enrolled students and recent graduates of Goethe University Frankfurt/Main to apply for the Berlin Fellowship Program.

Costs and Further Information

The participation in our Fellowship programs is free of charge.

More questions? Please reference our FAQs page for more information. If in doubt, please contact our office in Berlin.

Fellowship & Application Resources

Become a Fellow

Every year, new Humanity in Action Fellows come together in six cities across Europe and the United States to study how and why people confront intolerance and protect democratic values.

01 Year duration

06 Cities

135 Fellows per year