Apply - Application Questions and Instructions

Application for the Sajevo Program are due till March 11, 2018, 23:59 CET. Applicants who already applied to other Fellowship Program may express their interest in Sarajevo Program during the interview phase.


All complete applications must include the following

In the form you will be asked to upload one Microsoft Word document containing your (please use page breaks to separate each item from the previous one): 


Curriculum Vitae

(no longer than 2 pages)

Check your CV or resume to make sure that it is current and presents your academic and professional experiences as well as your involvement in social issues. 


Personal Statement (regarding the program)

(400 words maximum)

The purpose of this personal statement is for you to convey a sense of who you are beyond your accomplishments and to explain your motivations for applying. Please discuss the kinds of personal and intellectual experiences that you would bring to the Fellowship. 

Additionally, address the reasons for applying to the Fellowship, and explain how this opportunity could help you realize some of your personal and professional aspirations in the next two years. 

This is also an opportunity to convince the selection committee why you should become the next member of the Senior Fellows Network in Poland. We would like to know how do you concretely see yourself in the network – what can you contribute with (for example: skills, experiences, knowledge, ideas for collective action, your time and work) and how would you like to benefit by being a network’s member in the next two years? How in particular could you help to strengthen the community? Please try to be as specific as possible. 


Application Essay

(600 words maximum, Arial 12 point font, double-spaced)

Please respond to ONE of the following questions of your choice. We encourage you to choose the topic, which matches and shows your interest in the fellowship program of your first priority preference (the one you choose in the application form).

  • Please read the following article in The Guardian. What could be the most effective remedies/answers to the challenges in Poland portrayed in the article  at a civic society level? Feel free to draw comparisons and contrasts to the situation in your home country or local community. Please explain at least 3 possible solutions you find the most feasible.
  • Please read the following article. Compare the movement in the article with a movement representing other minority of your choice. What are similarities and differences in how they operate and formulate their aims?
  • Please read the following article about zins. What do you think about zins as a tool for activists to address social challenges? What are advantages and drawbacks? Explain how a zin can address a particular human rights challenge you see in your local community.
  • Please choose and research one social campaign from those below and discuss what problem or phenomenon they are dealing with? What do you think about this particular campaign?

#Sexedpl (in Polish)


Love Has No Labels

Suggested questions for candidates to American Programs:

  • Please have a look into this social campaign: Your Brain On Drug Policy. Please discuss what problem or phenomenon the campaign is dealing with? What do you think about it?
  • Please choose one of reading material sets:

1. “The First White President” by Ta Nehisi-Coates, The Atlantic & "How Ta-Nehisi Coates Gives Whiteness Power" by Thomas Chatterton Williams, The New York Times.


2. “Gentrification is sweeping through America. Here are the people fighting back” by Cliff Albright, The Guardian.

Then, after reading, please identify the ideas you found most challenging or compelling in the article. Which concepts interest you and why? Please use your own words to describe the concepts you draw from the article(s).


Remember that a good essay will:

  • Provide answers to the questions in a critical and original way
  • Express key ideas clearly and concisely;
  • Use specific examples to illustrate key ideas;
  • Be free of grammatical and typographical errors (also if you use quotes and paraphrases cite them clearly when used).


Action Project Idea

(400 words maximum, Arial 12 point font, double-spaced)

Please explain a human rights problem that you perceive around you (for example it may concern your local community), and develop a draft proposal that you could implement on your own as its leader with the help of resources that you actually have at your disposal. Explain what qualifies you to lead this project. Please note that this does not have to be the exact project which you would like to carry out in real life as a part of your Humanity in Action obligation after the Fellowship Program. 

Remember that a good proposal will:

    • Address a well-diagnosed, authentic HUMAN RIGHTS problem of real importance in your community; 
    • Contribute in an innovative manner to the problem-solving process. Remember that you do not need to solve the problem. It is enough to come up with ways of effectively diminishing the problem; 
    • Be realistic and take into account your resources. Again, limit yourself to proposing courses of action that you could realistically implement. For example, do not write that certain laws in a given country need be changed, because you probably cannot accomplish that on your own; 
    • Show what qualifies you to lead the project.


Application for the Sajevo Program are due till March 11, 2018, 23:59 CET. Applicants who already applied to other Fellowship Program may express their interest in Sarajevo Program during the interview phase.


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