The Copenhagen Fellowship
Placing Denmark’s human rights realities today into the context of its history, especially the flight and rescue of the Danish Jews in 1943
The Copenhagen Fellowship centers around a pivotal example of civil society acting in defense of human rights: the rescue of Danish Jews by the larger public during World War II. Today, Denmark is still seen as a paragon of the successful progressive society: a beacon of wealth, happiness, and equality. The Copenhagen Fellowship investigates these narratives to reveal more complicated truths.
In a country lauded for its egalitarian healthcare, education, and welfare systems, political rhetoric against minority groups is on the rise, and nationalist sentiments simmering. The nation’s history has its darker sides, too. Copenhagen Fellows will dig into Denmark’s displacement of its own colonial history; its complicated historical control over Greenland, the Faroe Islands, and Iceland; and the ways in which historical notions of cultural and ethnic homogeneity affect contemporary Danish approaches to pluralism.
The 2020 Fellowship special theme: The Arctic, Geopolitics, Unity of the Realm and Human Rights.
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In October 1943, the Danish Jews escaped to safety in Sweden with the help of Danish civil society. This historical event is the starting point for the Copenhagen Fellowship program. From there, the Fellowship examines human and minority rights as well as the forces of social cohesion and coercion. At the same time, the program investigates how societies have and can better resist the discrimination and subjugation of its minorities.
After the month in Copenhagen, our Fellows are tasked with developing impactful Action Projects within the next 11 months in their own communities.
For the eleven months following their time in Copenhagen, Fellows work on their Action Project: an independent venture focused on promoting democratic values 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 during the study portion of the Fellowship, through workshops and collaborative discussion.
No Straws Attached
Senior Fellow Priyanka Klara leads the charge against waste through a business-focused campaign to reduce needless straw use.
Theresienstadt - Danish Children in Nazi Captivity
A documentary film and interactive, educational website with teaching materials and ideas for incorporating first-hand accounts into Danish World War II education.
Trampoline House visits Roskilde University - Why do we need an asylum system in Denmark?
Senior Fellows Julian Lo Curlo and Frederico Jensen brought the experiences of recent newcomers to Denmark to Roskilde University.
Alumni of the Copenhagen Fellowship
After completing the Copenhagen Fellowship, our Fellows go on to change the world
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
135 Fellows per year