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, and diversity - as well as active and responsible citizenship. All majors and academic disciplines are encouraged to apply. 

Successful candidates possess the following characteristics:

Intellectual Curiosity: Humanity in Action seeks candidates who are eager to discuss in international groups a range of historical and contemporary topics that drive, challenge and impact diverse societies. This means that participants should be eager to stretch their understanding of these issues beyond their own national contexts and specific fields of study.

Collaborative Spirit: Humanity in Action seeks candidates who thrive in collaborative settings and enjoy discussing challenging issues in culturally and internationally diverse groups. Humanity in Action’s pedagogy is based upon collective and intellectually demanding discussion with speakers and peers. Participants must possess the social maturity and skills to discuss sensitive topics.

Open-mindedness: Humanity in Action seeks candidates who are open to challenging their 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:

  • Ukrainian students and recent graduates (no earlier than 2015) of BA/MA/Postgraduate/PhD studies;
  • Proficient in English (as the programs are conducted in English); 
  • Not older than 28. 

Please note that short-term exchange students (of other nationalities than Ukrainian) are not eligible to apply. Ukrainians, who study abroad, are eligible.

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

Application Process

Humanity in Action Poland is now accepting applications from Polish university students and recent graduates for the 2017 Humanity in Action Fellowship programs in Poland and Germany.

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

The application deadline to European Programs is January 29, 2017, 23.59 CET.

 The application deadline to the Detroit Fellowship is February 12, 2017, 23.59 CET.

Admission to the Humanity in Action Poland fellowship program is highly competitive with participants coming from Greece, Germany, Poland, Ukraine and the USA. (Please note that this national composition concerns the fellowship in Poland. For details about the fellowship in Germany, please see here.)

  • The first selection is made based on the written application, completed online, which must include: curriculum vitae, personal statement, response essay, Action Project proposal and a future commitment statement. 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 February/March 2017. 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, 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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