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The Warsaw Fellowship


The Humanity in Action journey begins with a year-long Fellowship

Accepting Applicants from:

June 1 – 23, 2021

Women*: Nothing about us without us!

Women*s rights have recently become the number one issue in Poland. In the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic the Constitutional Tribunal issued a ruling, which effectively limits the right to legal and safe abortion even on the ground of fatal or severe fetal impairment. This decision mobilized many Poles not only to nationwide protests over several weeks, but also to a movement against such an unprecedented power grab. Reproductive rights – intentionally framed by many politicians and conservative opinion leaders as a niche issue – demonstrated yet again how the decisions are made in an allegedly democratic state: on women* without women*. In other words, over 50% of citizens are denied their voice and choice.

With this background in mind, HIA Poland Fellowship 2021 will unpack the frequently erased, ignored and diminished role of women* throughout Polish history – WW2, socialism, the Solidarity Movement and post 1989. It will focus on examining Poland’s challenges with diversity, especially hate speech and hate crime. Moreover, it will offer an opportunity to engage in well-informed activism and ‘doing the right thing’  while learning from the bravest, most determined and most innovative changemakers in Poland. Thus, we invite ALL who dare to be pro-active – who want to join forces, skills, and inspiration in the current vibrant movement for reclaiming human rights culture and equality for all!

Call for applications closed!


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.

2020 Warsaw Fellowship sponsors

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

06 Cities

135 Fellows per year