The Humanity in Action journey begins with a year-long Fellowship. For Senior Fellows, membership to the community lasts a lifetime.
A Humanity in Action Fellow’s experience starts with a month of immersive study in one of our host cities.
Fellows spend the following months producing a community-focused Action Project.
Fellowship complete, Fellows have the opportunity to join our transatlantic network of over 2,000 Senior Fellows.
Process In Detail
In six cities across Europe and the United States, Fellows gather to study past, present, and future challenges to local communities.
Fellowship Program Dates in 2020
Fellowships in Europe: June 3 – July 1, 2020
John Lewis Fellowship Program in Atlanta: June 23 – July 21, 2020
The Humanity in Action Fellowship explores issues of democracy, pluralism, human rights, and social justice. Each program is tailored to its location. Fellows are challenged to understand their host city’s unique history of injustice, its present struggles to encompass groups with minoritized cultures and identities, and the future of its democratic values.
For four weeks, Fellows engage with local experts and community members, visit museums and historical sites, and engage in constant discourse with one another and program leaders.
Each program has a cohort of roughly 22 college students and recent graduates. Fellows come from many different backgrounds—academia, the arts, activism—but share common values. Humanity in Action Fellows are collaborative, passionate and open people, willing to examine and challenge their personal preconceptions and biases.
For the next eleven months, Fellows work on their Action Project: an independent venture focused on promoting democratic values in their own communities.
Action Project Implementation 2020/21
Fellowships in August 2020 – June 2021
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. An Action Project is a part-time commitment—Fellows return to their work or studies at the end of the first month of the Fellowship.
Indigenous Corps of Discovery
Indigenous Corps of Discovery introduced society to the Presidential history of the United States like never before. Through live, truth-telling tours of the Presidential Portrait Gallery at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC, people experience the silenced indigenous history of American presidents.
BME Student Empowerment Workshops
Empowerment workshops for Black and PoC students at SOAS to tackle issues arising from structural racism on the SOAS University London Campus.
Excavating Atlanta: A Podcast Series
Senior Fellow Virginia Spinks created Excavating Atlanta, a podcast series which explores the history and residual effects of structural inequality in the City of Atlanta.
After their year of study and action, Fellows—now alumni—are invited to join the Humanity in Action Senior Fellow network.
The Senior Fellow network is the heart of the Humanity in Action community. Our 2,000 Senior Fellows work around the world, across many different industries. You will find Humanity in Action Senior Fellows working in government, journalism, medicine, law, education, the arts, business, and grassroots action.
Senior Fellows stay engaged with Humanity in Action long after their Fellowship programs through the conferences, workshops, grants, seminars, and study trips we offer every year.
They also support one another. Friendships made during the Fellowship last for years and many Senior Fellows find professional opportunities through the community.