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The 2021 Copenhagen Fellowship investigates the historic and present relationship between Denmark, Greenland and the Faroe Islands. The Fellowship includes a study trip to the Faroe Islands!*

Join us as we dive into the complex issues of The Unity of the Realm and Human Rights.  


*If circumstances allow.

Ilulissat, Greenland. Photo by Rene Schwietzke

The 2021 Copenhagen Fellowship

In 2021, the second year of our special theme, the Copenhagen Fellowship will once again focus on the Unity of the Danish Realm and relevant human rights concerns.

Since 1380 the Faroe Islands have been under the Crown of Denmark, and Greenland likewise since Hans Egede set food there in 1721. In 2005, the Faroese received a self-government agreement and Greenland “self rule” in 2009, leaving the Danish state with virtually no influence over their internal affairs.

In Denmark, the Unity of the Realm refers to the relationship between Denmark, the Faroe Islands and Greenland, which are collectively known as The Danish Realm.

However, since then, the relationship between Denmark, Greenland and the Faroe Islands has been changing rapidly. Climate change, growing global interests in the Arctic, and the increasing focus on Denmark’s colonial past are shaping new possibilities for the future of these three countries. These developments create an urgent need for enlightened and democratic conversations on these relationships and its potential new reality. However, many people in Denmark, let alone abroad, know little to nothing about this social and political union and its implications for the people living within it.

Tórshavn, Capital of Faroe Islands. Photo by Stig Nygaard

The 2021 Copenhagen Fellowship delves into the complex issues of Unity of the Danish Realm through the lens of human rights.

The 2021 Copenhagen Fellowship will examine the union’s long and complex history from a human rights perspective, and the relationship of the majority in Denmark and the capital Copenhagen with the country’s minorities across the North Atlantic.

Join us as we dive into the pressing realities of this often overlooked region and Denmark’s role in shaping it.

Topics of interest include: how climate change is changing the physical and political landscape of the region, how geopolitical interests are shaping the union’s future, and the social, economic, and cultural rights for minorities, specifically indigenous peoples. As a cohort, we will ask: what do Greenlandic and Faroese wishes for independence mean for Denmark and its engagement in the Arctic, what does climate change mean for North Atlantic peoples from a human rights perspective, and how does Denmark cooperate with Greenland to promote human rights domestically. These issues, and more, deal with the changing nature of globalization, modernity, and identity, to name just a few of the program’s themes.

Study trip to the Faroe Islands*

Located between Norway and Iceland, the Faroe Islands is a self-governing archipelago in the Kingdom of Denmark. In cooperation with local non-government and other organizations in the Faroe Islands, the 2021 Copenhagen Fellowship will visit the Faroe Islands and examine the idea of the “Unity of the Realm” from a Faroese perspective. 

During the visit, we will ask:

  • How do the Faroese envision their future?
  • How do Faroese communities experience the growing global interest in the Arctic region?
  • How is climate change affecting life and livelihood?
  • What is the relationship between Tórshavn, the Faroese capital, and the outer islands? What is Tórshavn’s relationship with Copenhagen?
  • How do the Faroese view their relationship with Denmark, past and present?

*If circumstances allow.

Copenhagen Fellows 2019

The 2021 Copenhagen Fellowship consists of three parts:

  1. The International Pre-Fellowship in June 2021 (June 1 – 4 and June 21 – 23), virtual. We will join the entire international 2021 Human in Action cohort of est. 125 Fellows to discuss online community building, relevant human rights issues and courses for civil engagement (expect full day or evening program).
  2. The national in-person Fellowship in Tórshavn and Copenhagen for est. 25 Fellows in August 2021 (Aug. 9 – 29) focussing on the Unity of the Realm and Human Rights (expect full program day and evening).
  3. The International Post-Fellowship training program, once/twice pr. month (September 2021 – February 2022), virtual. All est. 125 international Fellows will come together again in these online sessions designed 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).

We are looking forward to welcoming you on the 2021 Copenhagen Fellowship

Fellows on the 2020 Copenhagen Fellowship

The 2021 Copenhagen Fellowship is developed in cooporation with:

  • The Greenlandic Representation in Denmark/Kalaallit Nunaata Siniisoqarfia
  • The Representation of the Faroes in Copenhagen/Sendistova Føroya í Keypmannahavn
  • The University of the Faroe Islands
  • LGBT Føroya
  • Amnesty International Faroe Islands
  • Institute for Human Rights, Copenhagen
  • The Raoul Wallenberg institute for Human Rights, Lund

Our Fellowship Supporters in 2021

We thank our supporters and partners, host families, Senior Fellows and friends of Humanity in Action. These contributions help to prepare outstanding students for a lifelong commitment to civic responsibility and the promotion of human rights.

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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.

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