Eligibility & Application Process



Humanity in Action Poland invites applications from university students and recent graduates interested in taking action in their communities and around the world, and who demonstrate a great interest and commitment in promoting human rights, pluralism, diversity as well as active and responsible citizenship. Students of all majors and academic disciplines are encouraged to apply. 

Successful candidates will demonstrate these qualities:

Intellectual Curiosity: eagerness to discuss in international settings a range of historical and contemporary topics that drive, challenge and impact diverse societies. This means that you should be eager to stretch your understanding of these issues beyond your own national contexts and specific fields of study.

Collaborative Spirit: you should thrive in collaborative settings and enjoy discussing challenging issues in culturally and internationally diverse groups. Humanity in Action’s pedagogy is based on collective and intellectually demanding discussions with speakers and peers. We expect you to demonstrate social maturity and cultural sensitivity to discuss difficult issues in a tactful and respectful manner.

Open-mindedness: being open to challenging your personal convictions and eager to explore international perspectives.

Humanity in Action does not discriminate on the basis of race or ethnicity, religion, political party, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical or financial ability. Humanity in Action strongly encourages applicants of a minority background to apply.

Eligible applicants are:

  • Polish students and recent graduates (no earlier than 2016) of Undergraduate/Graduate/Postgraduate/Ph.D. studies;
  • Proficient in English (as the programs are conducted entirely in English); 
  • Not older than 28. 

Please note that short-term exchange students staying temporary in Poland are NOT eligible to apply. Graduates and students from Poland (who deeply know the societal context of human rights challenges in Poland) who currently study abroad, are eligible to apply.

Experience in grass-root activism is not a must but would be considered as important asset.

Application Process

Candidates may apply to all programs, but will only be selected to participate in one of them.

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.


Admission to the Humanity in Action Poland fellowship program is highly competitive. For the European Programs, approx. 5-10 candidates compete per one Fellowship spot. In case of American Programs, approx. 15-30 candidates compete per one spot. 

  • The first selection is made based on the written application, completed online, which must include: curriculum vitae, personal statement, response essay, and an Action Project proposal. Please make sure to check the application instructions and guidelines before beginning your application.
  • Based on your written application, you may be invited for a personal interview with the admissions committee in Warsaw. The interviews will take place in March 2018. The exact date/time as well as the place (the committee might conduct interviews also by Skype) of the interview will be communicated via email. 
In general, the final selections are made on the basis of finalists' past accomplishments, demonstrated commitment to human rights and social justice, evidence of leadership potential, significant academic achievement, entrepreneurship and social maturity. Final decisions will be announced shortly after the interviews.

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