About the Fellowship Programs

Every Fellowship program takes themes that are timeless and global and looks at them through a lens that is timely and local.

Our Fellowship Program Dates in 2022

 

The Mapping Inequities Fellowship | virtual
June 1 – 17, 2022 (incl. the virtual Opening Program)

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The International Opening Program | virtual
June 6 – 8, 2022

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The Copenhagen, European and Warsaw Fellowships | in-person*
June 6 – 30, 2022 (incl. the virtual Opening Program)
*Due to COVID-19, we reserve the right to modify or cancel the program for reasons beyond our control.

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The Sarajevo Fellowship | virtual
June 6 – 30, 2022 (incl. the virtual Opening Program)

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Application Deadline: February 13, 2022

 

Humanity in Action Fellowship programs look at the ways in which communities co-exist to create a society. Each program investigates human rights, democracy, and structural injustice. Each bridges the international and the domestic, the theoretical and the practical, the political and the personal.

Fellows will go on local site visits, vitually or in-person; they will engage in practice-oriented workshops; and they will hear from local politicians, journalists, activists, and representatives from civil society organizations. Above all, Fellows will learn to reflect on their own internalized prejudices, to think from the perspective of identity groups different from their own, and to advance change in their own communities.

But just as every society is different, so is every Fellowship program: the local history and communities offer different lessons and guide each program’s focus.

The Mapping Inequities Fellowship

Accepting applications from

June 1 – 17, June 2022 | virtual Fellowship


The American based Fellowship program will consist of a two and half week virtual workshop. A group of 20 American and European Fellows and Senior Fellows will embark on a collaborative investigation and interpretation of spatial data within their respective geographies to illuminate pressing social inequities. These investigations will result in projects that will form an accessible digital exhibition for the public. 

Each day, Fellows will spend three hours in virtual sessions and two hours engaged in on-the-ground inquiries and practice. The virtual sessions will consist of lectures from international mapping/data practitioners and academics leading this innovative field. The virtual workshops will also include sessions to learn and critique each other’s projects. The on-the-ground inquiries will involve working in the field, moving away from the computer to explore and generate knowledge and design a project. The projects in the field might be undertaken individually or in small groups if location and technology permit. Fellows choose the community or space that they map, as long as they have access to it geographically or digitally. The purpose of the fieldwork is to produce new data or layer existing data to create a new map. 

The European Fellowship

Accepting applications from

June 6 – June 30, 2022 | in-person Fellowship*


As a city of enormous historical significance, Berlin has served as the capital of German colonialism, the Weimar Republic, and National Socialism. It has also been a focal point in the Cold War and continues to be pivotal for contemporary social justice struggles.
The European Fellowship looks at Germany’s National Socialist past to better understand its present. Fellows from a range of European countries examine the legacy of the Nazi past and its atrocities, the culture of remembrance and how Germany has come to terms with the Shoah. Main topics of inquiry will be Antisemitism, racism and hostility towards the LGBTQI community in historical and contemporary perspective.
The Fellowship will include an excursion to Amsterdam to explore the perspective of a country under German occupation during World War II. For bridging past and present Berlin and Amsterdam offer unique landscapes to explore the social, cultural, and historical tensions that impact our societies today.

The European Fellowship is a partnership of Humanity in Action Germany and Humanity in Action The Netherlands. It is funded by the Foundation Remembrance, Responsibility and Future  (EVZ) and the German Federal Ministry of Finance (BMF).

*Due to COVID-19, we reserve the right to modify or cancel the program for reasons beyond our control.

The Copenhagen Fellowship

Accepting applications from

  • Denmark
  • Germany
  • USA
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • Faroe Islands
  • Greenland
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  • The Copenhagen Fellowship accepts applicants from the countries mentioned above.
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June 6 – June 30, 2022 | in-person Fellowship*


The Humanity in Action Copenhagen Fellowship centers around a pivotal example of civil society acting in defense of human rights: the flight and rescue of the Danish Jews during World War II. Today, Denmark is still seen as a paragon of the successful progressive society: a beacon of wealth, happiness, and equality. The Copenhagen Fellowship investigates these narratives to reveal more complicated truths.

In a country lauded for its egalitarian healthcare, education, and welfare systems, political rhetoric against minority groups is on the rise, and nationalist sentiments simmering. The nation’s history has its darker sides, too. Copenhagen Fellows will dig into Denmark’s displacement of its own colonial history; its complicated historical control over Greenland, the Faroe Islands, and Iceland; and the ways in which historical notions of cultural and ethnic homogeneity affect contemporary Danish approaches to pluralism.

*Due to COVID-19, we reserve the right to modify or cancel the program for reasons beyond our control.

The Sarajevo Fellowship

Accepting applications from

June 6 – June 30, 2022 | virtual Fellowship


The City of Sarajevo and its surrounding region provides a unique case study in how groups with different identities coexist. It is one of just a few truly “multiconfessional” cities in the world, but it also has one of the bloodiest and most tumultuous recent histories of any country in Europe.

The Sarajevo Fellowship delves into nuanced discussion of transitional justice, post-conflict identity politics, peace-building and socioeconomic transformation in marginalized local communities.

Academically well-rounded, the program adds diversity to the educational experiences and broadens the Humanity in Action program scope beyond Western Europe and the United States. It provides Fellows with an intellectual framework that connects issues in Bosnia and Herzegovina to both past and current global issues. It includes insightful lecture-style sessions with high level speakers and workshop-based learning units, which focuses more on discussions and Fellow interactions.

By challenging Fellows’ perspectives on human rights issues, the program aims to interrogate their own assumptions and encouraged them to question their scope and depth of knowledge of multiculturalism; economic inequality; interfaith dialogue; post-conflict social apathy, social unrests, divided communities and social exclusions; minority experiences and representations; progressive grassroots movements; the role of media and culture in a post-conflict setting; and civic resistance to various forms of institutionalized human rights violations

The Warsaw Fellowship

Accepting applications from

  • Germany
  • Poland
  • USA
  • Ukraine
  • ___
  • The Warsaw Fellowship accepts applicants from the countries mentioned above.

June 6 – June 30, 2022 | in-person/hybrid Fellowship*


Ever since the conservative Law and Justice party gained power in 2015, Poland has been in a perpetual state of emergency, suspending human rights and targeting minorities. This culminated in an official declaration on September 2, 2021, an unprecedented move restricting freedom of movement on the border with Belarus in response to a surge in crossings by people from the Middle East, Asia and Africa, effectively barring media and aid workers from the area. The humanitarian crisis at the border exposed grave negligence by the Polish authorities who by violating the right to asylum have become accomplices in crimes against humanity. The brutal pushback of asylum seekers stranded at the Poland-Belarus border only adds to the long list of human rights violations perpetrated by the Polish state. For the second year in a row, Poland has ranked lowest in the European Union for protection of LGBTQ+ rights. In late 2020, Poland has imposed a near total ban on abortion, prompting hundreds of thousands of women and their allies to protest Europe’s most restrictive abortion law. Independent media and judiciary continue to be undermined.

The 2022 Warsaw Fellowship will examine Poland’s failing democracy in the context of human rights violations and hate speech. We will also learn strategies of resistance from a vibrant civil society. Now, more than ever, we need to stand up for human rights!

*Due to COVID-19, we reserve the right to modify or cancel the program for reasons beyond our control.