About

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 Antisemitism, Islamophobia and racism—as they affect different minority groups today. The Fellowships seek to educate, connect, and inspire the future social, political, and cultural leaders in the fields of human rights, minority rights, pluralism, and social justice. 

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 aim to instill a responsibility among individuals who will in the future shape societal affairs to recognize and address the need to protect minorities and uphold human rights, in their own communities and beyond.

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 eleven months to initiate Action Projects on issues connected to pluralism within their own communities. These Action Projects allow Fellows to apply the knowledge and skills they gained from their Fellowship experiences. They help them in becoming active constituents of their communities. 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, the European Parliament, and non-profit organizations, annual conferences in Europe and the US as well as study trips or fora. In an effort to support civil society projects initiated by Senior Fellows, Humanity in Action furthermore continuously offers funding opportunities for their realization.


Developing Leadership: Humanity in Action Senior Fellows.

 

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 contexts in which the programs take place.

The John Lewis Fellowship in Atlanta/Georgia focuses on issues of diversity within the United States, with a particular emphases on Atlanta, the American South and the Civil Rights Movement. The Detroit Fellowship program in Detroit/Michigan specifically explores the biography of Detroit, a city deeply emblematic of the tensions of massive urban, economic, and cultural change in 20th and 21st century America

The objective of the Humanity in Action Fellowships is to facilitate a collective exploration of the social and political roots of discrimination, as well as to provide a forum where potential solutions to some of today’s most challenging human rights issues can be considered and discussed.

Fellowship Curriculum

The Humanity in Action Fellowships in Europe address the destructive common roots of prejudice, discrimination and dehumanization. Europe’s unique histories during the Second World War and the Holocaust are examined alongside present-day tensions related to minority groups in the continent. Fellowships taking place in countries with colonial histories examine coloniality, including its effects on structural racism today. Countries which experienced totalitarian regimes after World War II also address the impact that socialism and its implosion had on their societies.

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 the country where the Fellowship program takes place. For more information on the 2017 European Fellowship curricula, please click here.

The Humanity in Action Fellowships in the United States focus on the US-American context. The John Lewis Fellowship explores the United States' 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, immigration, national identity, Native American issues, and the relationship between civil rights and human rights. For more information on the 2017 John Lewis Fellowship curriculum, please click here.

The Humanity in Action Fellowship in Detroit explores the biography of Detroit and specifically examines the promise, failure, and possibilities of social and economic progress in Detroit. Key areas of inquiry focus on the most critical issues in Detroit, including equitable development, labor and employment, racism and diversity, social entrepreneurship, immigration, health disparities, and transportation. For more information on the 2017 John Lewis Fellowship curriculum, please click here.