Frequently Asked Questions

Humanity in Action Fellows and Senior Fellows: Dženana Preljević (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Lorenz Narku Laing (Germany), Aseem Mehta (United States).

The following is a list of frequently asked questions about the Humanity in Action Fellowship programs for those applying through Europe. Please read through the information outlined here prior to beginning your application for the Fellowship. This list is organized by questions related to the application process, eligibility for the Fellowship and the program itself. 

Application • Eligibility • Program • Financial

>> Application Questions - Europe 

How do I apply for the 2019 Humanity in Action Fellowship?
All applications must be submitted through our country specific online application forms, by February 10, 2019 at 11:59pm CET

When will I be notified about the results of my application?
Humanity in Action will contact 2019 applicants by early/mid March, 2019 to let them know whether they have been selected as a finalist. All finalists will then be interviewed by the Humanity in Action Selection Committee in late March. The Selection Committee will announce decisions by email before mid-April.

Can I apply for a specific program?
You can apply to the John Lewis Fellowship Program in Atlanta and to a limited range of European programs, depending on where from you apply. Each of the country specific application pages will list the options available to you and ask for your preference in case you are selected. 

How is my application reviewed?
The selection process involves two phases. During the first phase, a panel of Humanity in Action staff, Board members and Senior Fellows reads all of the applications and selects a pool of finalists for further review by Humanity in Action's Selection Committee. During the second phase, the Selection Committee reads and evaluates all finalist applications and conducts group interviews with finalists. All finalists will be interviewed by a small panel of the Selection Committee together with two or three other finalists. The final selections are made based on this second reading and the interview.

I am having trouble uploading my CV and or unofficial transcript. What should I do?
If you are having trouble uploading your files, please try using Google Chrome as your web browser. If you are still having trouble, please contact the contact person indicated in the apply page of your country. Documents that are received via email will not be accepted and the application will not be considered complete

Can I send my application by regular mail?
No, unfortunately not. All applications must be submitted online in order to be considered eligible.

Who should write my letters of recommendation?
References should be people who know your work and character extensively, and are able to speak honestly and effectively about your interests and abilities as they relate to the program goals. At least one letter must be from a college/university teacher or advisor.

Should I submit more than two references or include supplementary materials with my application?
No, you should not. Humanity in Action will discard any materials that are not explicitly requested.

One of my references is abroad and does not have Internet access. Is it possible for her to submit a reference letter via regular mail?
In extenuating circumstances, Humanity in Action does accept application materials via regular mail. If you cannot submit materials through our online application, please contact us for further instructions.

I will be studying abroad next semester. If I am selected as a finalist, can Humanity in Action arrange a telephone interview?
Most of our interviews are held through an online video conference tool. Stable access to internet will be required to participate in the group interviews.

The application system cannot verify my PDF. What do I do?
A common reason why PDFs, especially college transcripts, will fail verification is that they are password-protected. One work-around to this problem is to open the PDF and use your computer's print-to-PDF function to create a new copy, which will not carry the password protection. 

>> Eligibility Questions

What is Humanity in Action's working language?
All Humanity in Action Fellowship Programs are conducted in English.

I am a graduate student. Am I eligible to apply?
Currently enrolled graduate students and PhD students are eligible to apply.

If I need a visa to participate in the Fellowship program, will Humanity in Action help me to obtain it?
Humanity in Action will help Fellows obtain any visas necessary for participation in the programs. However, it is the full responsibility of Fellows to obtain the visa on their own. Fellows must initiate the process, request supporting documentation from Humanity in Action in a timely fashion and follow through to make sure they receive their visa on time. If you require a visa for your Fellowship, you must begin the process as soon as you are placed in your program country. Humanity in Action will not be responsible for obtaining your visa for you.

I applied to the Humanity in Action Fellowship last year but was not selected. Can you provide any feedback on my previous application?
Due to the nature of our selection process, we do not provide any feedback on previous applications.

>> Program Questions

What are the program dates for the 2019 Fellowship?
The 2019 Humanity in Action European Fellowship programs will begin on June 7, 2019. They will end in Europe on July 3. The John Lewis Fellowship program in Atlanta, Georgia will take place from July 1 to 31, 2019.

What is included in the Fellowship?

  • Participation in the four-week on-site program (including local transportation, accommodation for incoming fellows from abroad and many meals during the events);
  • Ongoing skill-building and training opportunities;
  • Guidance in developing and executing an individual Action Project;
  • Upon completion of the Fellowship, participation in a global network of leaders poised to contribute to civic society and exposure to opportunities provided by other Humanity in Action programming, such as professional fellowships, grant competitions, study trips, international conferences, leadership roles and speaking engagements.

Where do Fellows live during the program?
Fellows from abroad participating in the programs in Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen and Sarajevo will stay with host families or individual hosts. The "home stay" is an important and valuable part of the Humanity in Action learning experience. All Fellows in the Warsaw program live together at a hostel downtown. Fellows in the Atlanta program will stay in university dormitories at Georgia State University. 

What is the time commitment during the Program?
Humanity in Action Fellowship programs are intense and rigorous. The program days usually start at 9AM and run until 6PM and occasional evening programming. Additionally, some of the weekends have structured programming. Active and engaged participation is key to creating a meaningful Fellowship experience and therefore, we advise that the Fellows do not commit to other activities during the program. In the 11 months after the program, Fellows who wish to become Senior Fellows must complete an Action Project, the time dedications of which will vary from Fellow to Fellow and project to project, but are an important part of the Humanity in Action experience and commitment.

>> Financial Questions

What costs does Humanity in Action cover during the program?
Humanity in Action covers the costs of participation and accommodation for Fellows from abroad during the Fellowship programs. Humanity in Action does not discriminate based on financial need and will assist Fellows in meeting financial demands of potential international travel to the program.

Fellows are encouraged to bring additional spending money with them to the Fellowship program to cover off-program expenses such as food and social acitivies outside of Fellowship programming and on weekends. Additional stipends may be granted on a financial need basis. Humanity in Action recommends the following amounts for each program location for additional spending money:

  • Amsterdam Fellowship program: 500 Euro (for food and social activities)
  • Berlin Fellowship program: 250 Euro (for food) and 200 Euro (for social activities)
  • Copenhagen Fellowship program: 500 Euro (for food and social activities)
  • John Lewis Fellowship program in Atlanta: 250 USD (for social activities)
  • Sarajevo Fellowship program: 300 Euro (for food and social activities)
  • Warsaw Fellowship program: 350 - 400 Euro (for food and social activities)

Does Humanity in Action provide travel stipends?
Fellows will be responsible for financing the cost of roundtrip from their location to their program city. In Europe, Humanity in Action has set aside travel budgets for participants from certain countries (for example Ukraine, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Greece). However, Humanity in Action offers some travel stipends granted on a financial need basis. Instructions for requesting a travel stipend will be shared with Fellows after they have accepted their Fellowship. Fellows will also be expected to look for financial support from other institutions, such as their universities, when requesting a travel stipend. 

What else does Humanity in Action provide?
Depending on the Fellowship program location, Humanity in Action provides a single meal per full day of programming or time and spending money for meals during the program. Fellows with financial need participating in some programs are eligible for additional stipends for food and cost of living, for which instructions to request these will be shared after the Fellow has accepted their Fellowship.


>> Further Questions

If you have any questions that are not covered here, please email Przemek Iwanek.