The Warsaw Fellowship
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!
Please use our Application Form
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 resist intolerance and protect democratic values.
01 Year duration
150 Fellows per year