Application Requirements and Instructions

Applications for the 2017 Humanity in Action Fellowships are now closed.



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All complete applications must include the following:

Completed Application Form

The online application form will ask for personal and educational information. You will also be asked to upload one Microsoft Word document containing your Curriculum Vitae, a personal statement, a future commitment statement, a response essay and an action project proposal—in that order. 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 to the Humanity in Action fellowship programs. Please discuss the kinds of personal and intellectual experiences that you would bring to the Humanity in Action 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? Please try to be as specific as possible. How could you concretely help to strengthen the community?

Application Essay

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

We would like you to discuss some issues connected with the problem of hate speech. More specifically please write an essay responding to ONE of the following questions


  • Please give an example of social campaign that deals with particular human rights violation, which you found inspiring and innovative. How does the given campaign affect or can affect the  community endangered by that human rights violation? Explain what kind of problem or phenomenon it is tackling and why do you find it interesting?
  • Please choose one social campaign from those below and discuss what problem or phenomenon they are dealing with? What do you think about this particular campaign?

CoorDown: How Do You See Me

Look Beyond Borders

„Kuźniar, ty...” (in Polish)

  • Populist and xenophobic movements are increasingly on the rise in Europe, and their agenda may threat human rights and democracy. What could be the most effective remedies/answers to these challenges in Ukraine at a civic society level? Please address at least 3 possible solutions.


Remember that a good essay will:

  • Provide answers to the questions in a critical and creative 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 Proposal

(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. 

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.

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