The Berlin Fellowship
The Humanity in Action journey begins with a year-long Fellowship.
June 1 – 23, 2021 (virtual)
Placing Germany’s human rights realities today into the context of its colonial history and the Holocaust.
For historical lessons in catastrophic human rights violations, there are few more powerful case studies than Germany. The Berlin Fellowship looks at the country’s past to better see its present.
A focal point of German colonialism, the Weimar Republic, National Socialism and the Cold War, the city does not only carry enormous historical significance. It continues to be a pivotal point for contemporary social justice struggles including the accommodation of asylum seekers fleeing more recent atrocities.
Home to a diverse range of communities in a city that never sleeps, Berlin offers a unique landscape to view the social, cultural, and historical clashes taking place across European democracies. Berlin Fellows examine contemporary questions around identity formation and societal pluralism seen through the lens of those affected.
The 2020 Berlin Fellowship takes place in partnership with Goethe University Frankfurt/Main.
What was the 2020 Berlin Fellows experience like?
Every day, Berlin Fellows meet and discuss with established activists, artists, experts and policymakers with diverse perspectives on social justice and human rights.
After the Fellowship, our Fellows run impactful Action Projects in their own communities.
For 11 months following their Fellowship time, Fellows work on their Action Project: an independent social justice venture in their own communities. Action Projects are as diverse as Humanity in Action Fellows. Fellows apply their new knowledge and perspectives to the communities they impact—in whatever format they find meaningful. Past Action projects have been documentaries, arts festivals, and new organizations that serve a public good. Planning for the Action Project begins in Berlin.
I Am Not Exotic – I Am Exhausted
Empowerment workshop for Black People & People of Color with the aim to develop strategies to deal constructively with experiences of racism.
The Real Past: Local History During the Time of National Socialism
In her Action Project, Fellow Miriam Mack decided to record World War II survivors' stories of their time living in her home village of Euerfeld, Bavaria during the Nazi regime. With this documentary, she hopes to keep youth in her village well-informed of their history.
Queer Muslim Berliners/refugees came together to break fast during Ramadan, as a moment of oneness and community.
Inside the Fellowship
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 resist intolerance and protect democratic values.
01 Year duration
150 Fellows per year