Humanity in Action Announces New Fellowship in Detroit

January 24, 2017

January 24, 2017 – Humanity in Action is delighted to announce the launch of the Humanity in Action Fellowship in Detroit – a new program for students and young professionals from Detroit, elsewhere in Michigan, Europe and from the U.S. Senior Fellow network. The inaugural program will begin in July 2017 and will focus on democratic inclusion, equitable development, social entrepreneurship and public health.  

The Detroit Fellowship will explore the biography of Detroit — a city deeply emblematic of the tensions of massive economic and cultural change in 20th and 21st century America. Humanity in Action will bring together a group of 22 American and European emerging leaders – focusing particularly on students from the Detroit-area and the state of Michigan – for an intensive program that will examine the promise, failure and possibilities of social and economic progress in Detroit. Humanity in Action will task the Fellows with challenging their assumptions about race, class, development, health and equity among other fundamental issues. Through this new program, Humanity in Action seeks to support the development of a community of emerging leaders in Detroit who are deeply committed to the city's future. 


Humanity in Action is launching the Detroit Fellowship on an important anniversary for the city –  the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Detroit rebellion. The Detroit Fellowship builds upon the model the Humanity in Action developed for the Philanthropy and Social Enterprise Fellowship, a 2015 research program for Senior Fellows. The program will join Humanity in Action's John Lewis Fellowship in Atlanta as the second U.S.-based annual program, along with our annual European programs in Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Sarajevo and Warsaw.

We are also excited to announce that Humanity in Action will accept a small number of U.S. Senior Fellows. We particularly encourage applications from Senior Fellows who have a demonstrated interest in entrepreneurship, public health and economic and community development.

Applications are now open. The deadline to submit applications is February 28, 2017. 

The 2017 Humanity in Action Fellowship in Detroit is supported by the RNR Foundation and the Germeshausen Foundation. The participation of Greek Fellows in Humanity in Action Fellowships internationally is generously supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.


Applicants to the Detroit Fellowship must be currently enrolled undergraduate students (sophomores, juniors and seniors) or recent graduates with strong ties to Detroit or elsewhere in Michigan to be eligible to apply. We define recent graduates as individuals from the undergraduate classes of 2015, 2016 and 2017 at accredited, four-year undergraduate colleges or universities in the United States. Strong ties are defined as young professionals who either currently reside in or are from Detroit or the state of Michigan.

We encourage applications from candidates who are committed to contributing to Detroit's future.

Non-U.S. citizens are eligible to apply as long as they are currently enrolled in or have recently graduated from an undergraduate program in Michigan. Students and recent graduates from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Poland and Ukraine are also eligible to apply. 

Humanity in Action has also reserved a small number of places for U.S. Senior Fellows. Those who have graduated from undergraduate degree programs in 2014, 2015, 2016 or 2017 are eligible to apply. Senior Fellows must have participated in their original program as U.S. Fellows and must have completed their Action Projects. For more information on the unique role of Senior Fellows in the Detroit Fellowship, click here


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