Overview of HIA Fellowships

Intensive and demanding, the Humanity in Action Fellowships bring together international groups of university students and recent graduates to explore national histories of discrimination and resistance—including anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and racism—as they affect different minority groups today. The Fellowships seek to educate, connect and inspire the world's future leaders in the fields of human rights, minority rights, pluralism, and social justice. 

In 2017, the Humanity in Action Fellowships were recognized by College Magazine and by Human Rights Careers as top Fellowship programs in the world. 

Educate: Each Fellowship program is highly interdisciplinary and features lectures and discussions with renowned academics, journalists, politicians, activists, and artists as well as site visits to government agencies, non-profit and community organizations, museums and memorials. The programs seek to highlight different models of action to remedy injustice. They also aim to instill a responsibility among Fellows to recognize and address the need to protect minorities and promote human rights—in their own communities and around the world.

Connect: The objective of the Humanity in Action Fellowship is to facilitate a collective exploration of the social and political roots of discrimination, as well as to create a forum where potential solutions can be considered and discussed. Within this forum, Fellows from diverse backgrounds connect with one another and with established leaders who serve as program speakers. Additionally, Senior Fellows, the alumni of the Humanity in Action Fellowship, participate in Humanity in Action's international network. Fellows have access to HIA Connect, an online platform where Humanity in Action's network of more than 1,700 Fellows and Senior Fellows connect, share information and remain active in the issues addressed during the Fellowship.  

Inspire: After completing the Humanity in Action Fellowship, Fellows have one year to initiate Action Projects on important issues within their own communities. These Action Projects allow Fellows to apply the knowledge and skills they gained from their Fellowship experiences. To support the professional growth of its Fellows beyond their Fellowship experience, Humanity in Action also offers ongoing opportunities, including professional fellowships in the US Congress and European Parliament, annual international conferences and study trips. In an effort to support civil society projects initiated by Senior Fellows, Humanity in Action furthermore continuously offers funding opportunities for their realization.



A Note on Humanity in Action's Focus

Humanity in Action's programs concern human rights generally, but they focus specifically on the relationship between majority and minority groups in the countries in which the programs take place: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland and the United States.

Before applying, be sure to read our Fellowship Focus page.

Fellowship Curriculum

The Humanity in Action Fellowship programs in Europe explore Europe’s unique history during the Second World War and the Holocaust along with present-day tensions related to minority groups in the continent. Key areas of inquiry include national identity, immigration, xenophobia, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, racism, political extremism and discrimination of Roma – all seen through the specific lens of each of the six countries.

The John Lewis Fellowship explores America’s unique history of diversity, immigration and civil rights along with present-day tensions related to minorities across the country. Key areas of inquiry include race and racism, the relationship between civil rights and human rights, and restorative justice.

The Detroit Fellowship places Detroit's history and contemporary issues within the larger national context of the transformation of urban and regional economies at time of profound inequality in the United States. Key areas of inquiry include issues of democratic inclusion of marginalized groups, equitable development, social entrepreneurship and public health in Detroit. 

Before applying, be sure to read our Fellowship Curriculum page.