The Warsaw Fellowship
June 1 – 23, 2021
Nothing about us without us!
Mobilized by the Constitutional Tribunal’s contentious ruling, Polish people have awoken from social inertia and are demanding social change. The sustained protests against the violation of human rights and basic principles of democratic governance have activated more Poles than ever before, proving that citizens can have an impact on the shape of a social contract. Despite violent repression of peaceful protests and police brutality, the nation-wide demonstrations have generated a sense of empowerment and agency, particularly for the young generation.
To continue the momentum of the street protests, the 2021 Warsaw Fellowship aims to incorporate a stronger intersectional lens to the main guiding premise of linking historical education with human rights education and activism. Dedicated to intersectional social justice, the program will take into account how gender combines with race, ethnicity, (dis)ability, sexual orientation, and social class, resulting in diverse modes of discrimination. We will consider the backsliding of democracy with hate speech and hate crimes on the rise. Through Fellowship, we will explore innovative strategies applied by human rights defenders in response to intensifying systemic exclusion.
Call for applications closed!
Latest Fellowship News
Read about the latest Action Projects by our Fellows!
Humanity in Action Poland Announces the 2021 Polish Fellows Cohort
From a competitive pool of applicants, 14 Fellows from Poland were selected to join the 2021 Humanity in Action Fellows cohort.
„You Will Never Walk Alone”: panel discussion on reproductive rights activism in Poland
Women's rights are human rights, therefore within the framework of this year's 16th edition of the international Human Rights Academy Humanity in Action Poland organized an expert-activist panel about reproductive rights in Poland, the right to self-determination, solidarity, and sisterhood.
Humanity in Action Poland Knowledge Boards
Check out Humanity in Action Poland knowledge board on Refugees
Use it for education, inspiration to take informed action and share it with others!
Want to take action against Antisemitism? Check out our actionable knowledge board!
Humanity in Action Poland presents an informative and visually stimulating knowledge board on taking action against Antisemitism.
Recent Program Speakers
Our speakers provide a wide range of perspectives on today's Polish society as well as its history.
A Snapshot of the Fellowship
After the month in Warsaw, our Fellows develop impactful Action Projects in their own communities.
For the eleven months following their time in Warsaw, 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.
Musings on patriotism, Polishness and... pierogi!
Natalia Grzankowska and Julia Konarska of the 2019 HIA Warsaw Fellowship share on their IG profile @kto_ty_jestes personal stories of belonging and identity, in particular giving voice to Poland’s historically marginalized groups.
Through a Prism - the many shades of the LGBTQIAP+ rainbow
Hanna Jaśkiewicz, queer activist and Fellow of the 2019 Warsaw Academy of Human Rights, runs the social media account @przez.pryzmat dedicated to less visible groups in the queer community.
Mapping of Queer-Krakow
In the first such initiative in Poland, Krzysztof Skwara, queer activist and the 2019 Warsaw Fellow, has collects all the useful LGBTQ+ addresses in his hometown Krakow, Poland’s second largest city.
Senior Fellows of the Warsaw Fellowship
Hear from our Fellows on their participation
2019 Warsaw Fellowship Blog
During the 2019 Warsaw Fellowship, our Fellows wrote daily blogs of their experiences during the Fellowship. Read their reflections here.
2018 Warsaw Fellowship Blog
During the 2018 Warsaw Fellowship, our Fellows wrote daily blogs of their experiences during the Fellowship. Read their reflections here.
2017 Warsaw Fellowship Blog
During the 2017 Warsaw Fellowship, our Fellows wrote daily blogs of their experiences during the Fellowship. Read their reflections here.
2020 Warsaw Fellowship sponsors
The 2020 Humanity in Action Fellowship in Warsaw is supported by The Foundation "Remembrance, Responsibility, and Future" (EVZ)
The 2020 Humanity in Action Fellowship in Warsaw is financed, in part, with funding from the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw, Poland
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