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 the United States. 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.
Applications for the 2020 Humanity in Action Fellowship are now open for US-based applicants. Start your application here.
Humanity in Action will contact 2020 applicants by mid-February 2020 to let them know whether they have been selected as a finalist. All finalists will then be interviewed by the Humanity in Action Admissions Committee before March 10. The Selection Committee will announce decisions by email in early April at the latest.
No. If you are selected to participate in the Humanity in Action Fellowship, the Humanity in Action staff will designate your program country. While we welcome your requested preferences for program placement, we cannot guarantee that you will be placed in the program of your choice.
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 Admissions Committee reads and evaluates all finalist applications and conducts group interviews with finalists. All finalists will be interviewed by a small panel of the Admissions Committee together with one or two other finalists. The final selections are made based on this second reading and the interview.
Please make sure that your references have checked their spam or junk mailboxes. Once you have done this, log back into your application and click the link next to the reference list to re-send the request. If your reference’s email service allows for email addresses to be added to a “white list,” please have them add firstname.lastname@example.org.
No. You should upload an unofficial copy of your transcript into the online application system. Then, if you are accepted into the program, you will be required to have your registrar send a copy in the mail for verification. Any evidence of tampering with the digital transcripts will result in immediate disqualification.
If you are having trouble uploading your files, please try using Google Chrome as your web browser. If you are still having trouble, please contact email@example.com.
Documents that are received via email will not be accepted and the application will not be considered complete.
No. All applications must be submitted online in order to be considered eligible.
References should be people who know your work and character extensively, and are able to speak honestly and effectively about your interests and abilities as they relate to the program goals. At least one letter must be from a college/university teacher or advisor.
No. Humanity in Action will discard any materials that are not explicitly requested.
Once all sections of your application is complete, you should see a link on the left side of your screen that says “Pay & Submit Application.” Please note, you should submit your application and pay the fee even if your letters of recommendation have not been submitted. We will give your references a three-day grace period after the deadline to complete their recommendations (as long as you have submitted your recommendation requests by the deadline).
In extenuating circumstances, Humanity in Action does accept application materials via regular mail. If you cannot submit materials through our online application, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for further instructions.
All of our interviews are held through an online video conference tool. Stable access to internet will be required to participate in the group interviews, but you do not need to be in the US for an interview or access to the video interview.
A common reason why PDFs, especially college transcripts, will fail verification is that they are password-protected. One work-around to this problem is to open the PDF and use your computer’s print-to-PDF function to create a new copy, which will not carry the password protection.
Due to the nature of our selection process, we do not provide any feedback on previous applications.
No. All Humanity in Action Fellowship Programs are conducted in English.
No. An applicant’s GPA is just one of many criteria that our committee evaluates during the selection process. Although Humanity in Action values applicants who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, we do not require that they clear a specific GPA threshold.
No. Fellows are required to be present and to participate in all days of the Humanity in Action Fellowship. Fellows may not arrive late, leave early or miss program dates for obligations outside of the Humanity in Action Fellowship.
No. In order to be eligible to apply, students must have sophomore standing at the time of the application deadline.
No. We require that applicants be in at least their second year of college when they apply.
Currently enrolled graduate students and PhD students are eligible to apply.
If you are a US citizen studying at a foreign university, you are eligible to apply to the Humanity in Action Fellowship through the US office. If you are a US student studying at a university in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands or Poland, you may be eligible to apply through Humanity in Action offices in those countries. Please contact those offices directly to confirm your eligibility.
Yes. All sophomores, juniors, seniors and recent graduates (undergraduate class of May 2018 and later) from US colleges or universities are eligible to apply, regardless of citizenship.
Yes. Foreign graduate students at US-based universities are eligible to apply.
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.
Applications are open
Start your application for the 2020 Humanity in Action Fellowship programs today.
The dates for the 2020 Humanity in Action Fellowship programs in Europe (Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Sarajevo and Warsaw) are: June 3 – July 1, 2020.
The dates for the 2020 Humanity in Action John Lewis Fellowship program (Atlanta, Georgia) are: June 23 – July 21, 2020.
Participation in the four-week on-site 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.
Fellows in the Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen and Sarajevo programs stay with hosts and host families. The “home stay” is often an important and valuable part of the Humanity in Action learning experience. All Fellows in the Warsaw program live together at a hostel downtown.
Fellows in the Atlanta program will stay in university dormitories at Georgia State University.
Humanity in Action Fellowship programs are intense and rigorous. The four-week, on-site program, days usually start at 9AM and run until 6PM with 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 the 11 months after the program, Fellows who wish to become Senior Fellows must complete an Action Project. It is not required to commit 11 months of full-time work to completing an Action Project. The time dedications will vary from Fellow to Fellow and project to project, but are an important part of the Humanity in Action experience and commitment. Fellows have completed Action Projects in these 11 months while beginning a post-graduate degree, going back to university or working on a full-time job.
Humanity in Action covers the costs of participation and accommodation 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.
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 and 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)
Berlin Fellowship program: 450 Euro (for food and social activities)
Copenhagen Fellowship program: 3,500 DKK (for food and social activities)
John Lewis Fellowship program in Atlanta: 400 USD (for food and social activities)
Sarajevo Fellowship program: 300 Euro (for food and social activities)
Warsaw Fellowship program: 350 – 400 Euro (for food and social activities)
All Fellows will be responsible for financing the cost of roundtrip airfare from their location to their program city. 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.
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.
Humanity in Action will waive the application fee for applicants with financial need. To inquire about a fee waiver, please email us.