Within the Fellowship, successful applicants are expected to complete work prior to, during and after the four-week, on-site program. This includes a commitment to arriving to the program well-prepared, being present for the full duration of the on-site program and implementing an Action Project in their own communities within the remaining months of the Fellowship.
Prior to the Fellowship
All Fellows receive a reading list one month in advance of the on-site programs. Humanity in Action expects its Fellows to have read and engaged with the texts by the time the Fellowship programs kick off. The reading materials serve as background information and will not be separately discussed the programs. Fellows are also expected to join a call with their entire cohort and Director within a month prior to the on-site program to discuss the Fellowship and common questions such as local travel, logistics, weather and suggested attire, etc.
During the On-Site Fellowship Program
As a part of the year-long Fellowship, Fellows commit to fully participate in an intensive four-week educational program. The Humanity in Action Fellowship programs are intensely challenging on an intellectual, social and emotional level. Full-time commitment is required from every participant during the four weeks of the programs. We expect respectful debate and dissent as minority opinions are aired.
Our Fellows demonstrate openness, humility, and a readiness to challenge one’s own preconceptions.
To probe these matters and engage in learning and growth, the programs expect and require maturity, openness, dedication, and a generosity of spirit from each of the Fellows.
After the On-Site Fellowship Program
As a requirement of participation, Fellows are obligated to conduct a hands-on outreach initiative, an Action Project, in their own communities. The initiative should reflect the Humanity in Action Fellowship experience. Action Projects are executed within eleven months after the four-week educational portion of the Fellowship ends at the Fellows’ own pace. The intensity of the part-time commitment will depend on the scope and duration of the project.
Our Fellows are committed to a continued civic engagement to mediate contemporary socio-political tensions and realities.
For their Action Projects, past Fellows engaged in community organizing, created films, hosted workshops, presented at conferences, or started organizations. Humanity in Action staff offer guidance to Fellows as they work to complete their Action Projects.
Joining the Community of Senior Fellows
Fellows who successfully complete the on-site program and implement their Action Projects are invited to join the Humanity in Action Senior Fellow Network. Senior Fellows are offered a wide range of opportunities to take part in – conferences, professional Fellowships, leadership training, study trips, seminars, grant competitions and access to our alumni intraweb where everything from job to couchsurfing opportunities are shared.
Action Projects our Fellows have created
Deconstructing Democracy: U.S. Voter Suppression, Past and Present
Senior Fellows Samantha Keng and River Bunkley hosted a panel on voter suppression in the U.S., past and present, during the heat of the 2016 presidential election.
Bursting Bubbles to Save Black Lives
Senior Fellow Tasneem Maner led a dialogue workshop exploring Black Lives Matter. The twist: the audience was all Muslim. The goal: create ally-ship between minorities.
Indigenous Corps of Discovery
Indigenous Corps of Discovery introduced society to the Presidential history of the United States like never before. Through live, truth-telling tours of the Presidential Portrait Gallery at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC, people experience the silenced indigenous history of American presidents.
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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
135 Fellows per year