About the Humanity in Action Fellowship

Program Dates: 
June 7 - July 3, 2019 (Europe-based programs)
July 1 - July 31, 2019 (US-based program)

Fellowship Dates:
June/July 2019 - June 2020 (split into a four-week, on-site program and an eleven-month, individual Action Project implementation)

Amsterdam, Atlanta, Berlin, Copenhagen, Sarajevo and Warsaw

Application Deadline - Europe:
February 10, 2019 (Please note that an earlier deadline applies to applicants from the United States.)

The Humanity in Action Fellowship programs focus on challenges to liberal democracies and pluralism in each of the program countries — issues that derive from different histories and take different forms. The site-specific curriculum for each country or city program promotes a rigorous, collaborative, and immersive learning experience for the approximately 20 local and international students who engage with speakers, local community leaders, and each other.

>> Fellowship Goals

  • to provide a platform to explore collaboratively issues of liberal democracy, pluralism, human rights and social justice within the specific historical and cultural contexts of each of the program sites;
  • to inspire post-program action to further the causes of human rights and social justice;
  • to prepare Fellows for long-term engagement in the Humanity in Action community and civic society.

>> Our Pedagogy

Humanity in Action recognizes the tensions embedded in all pluralistic societies through history. Each country, community and individual has their own conception about national and personal identity, derived from historical, cultural, and personal experiences. They encompass the most sensitive issues of ethnic, racial, national, religious, gender, sexual identities and more.

Humanity in Action is committed to fostering profound cross-cultural and collaborative learning. Our aim is to facilitate a respectful, stimulating, immersive, and inclusive educational experience within the Humanity in Action community. Our Fellowship programs are highly interdisciplinary and feature lectures and discussions with renowned researchers, journalists, politicians, activists, and artists as well as site visits to government agencies, non-profit and community organizations, museums, and memorial sites.

The Humanity in Action approach connects past and present through collaborative learning. Each member of our community is expected to engage in both learning and teaching; questioning oneself as well as questioning others; recognizing others’ experiences, insights and struggles; and approaching others with respect, empathy and kindness.

>> Our Programs

As a part of the year-long Fellowship, our Fellows will participate in an intensive four-week educational program located in one of the below cities. Each program provides a site-specific curriculum for examining historical and contemporary challenges to the values of pluralism and equality. The programs offer an opportunity to learn about the different nationally-relevant themes illuminated by diverse experts, site visits, individual presentations by the Fellows, and group discussions. Applicants are strongly encouraged to look closely at the programs of previous years to get a sense of the daily rhythms and foci of the programs. While these programs are not designed to develop advocacy skills, it is our hope that the educational experience will provide the intellectual foundation through which future advocacy can grow.


Humanity in Action was founded to provide an educational space for transatlantic dialogue, reflection and informed action. Given the particularly divisive and ever growing challenges to social justice, liberal democracy and pluralism in Europe and the United States today, our work is more complex, relevant, and demanding than ever.

Through our programs:

  • We affirm the importance of strengthening democratic values by building bridges between communities.
  • We strive to develop inclusive spaces in which contentious ideas are respectfully engaged, modeling the type of pluralistic, discursive society we imagine.
  • We engage with various perspectives, including that of the establishment.
  • We insist upon a vision of pluralistic societies that embrace differences and negotiate their boundaries through respectful, dignified political, social and personal relationships.