The Warsaw Fellowship
June 3 – 24, 2020
Placing Poland’s human rights realities today into the context of its history-from World War II to the Cold War to today
Due to its near complete ethnic and religious homogeneity—a consequence of World War II and the Holocaust—Polish society lacks exposure to the “other.” With the recent influx of migrants and refugees into Europe, populist and xenophobic forces are gaining power. As a result, Poland, once lauded for following the non-violent “Solidarity” movement into democracy, is backsliding toward illiberalism.
The Humanity in Action Warsaw Fellowship examines this unfolding systemic crisis, focusing in particular on hate speech and other human and minority rights challenges in Poland. The Fellowship looks at diversity in an era of growing polarization and radicalism—and offers an opportunity to engage in activism and do good while learning from the bravest and most innovative changemakers in Poland.
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.
Conflict Kitchen (Kuchnia Konfliktu)
Conflict Kitchen (Kuchnia Konfliktu) is a socially-involved restaurant co-created with refugees which serves dishes from those regions which are currently in the midst of war.
When I Fall Silent, Silent Falls the World
When I Fall Silent, Silent Falls the World is a campaign aimed at debunking stereotypes and spreading knowledge about the situation Roma people found themselves in as a result of the armed conflict in Kosovo through film screenings, discussions and exhibitions of photography.
Podlaskie – Multicultural Melting Pot: We Have Lived Here Together for Centuries
Podlaskie – Multicultural Melting Pot: We Have Lived Here Together for Centuries is an educational workshop aimed to inspire teachers to generate new ideas for educational activities addressed to young people, covering the theme of multiculturalism in Poland.
Hear from our Fellows on their participation
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.
2016 Warsaw Fellowship Blog
During the 2016 Warsaw Fellowship, our Fellows wrote daily blogs of their experiences during the Fellowship. Read their reflections here.
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