Eligibility & Selection

Who is eligible to apply?

  • Applicants need to have Greek citizenship or have completed secondary education in the Greek educational system;
  • Applicants need to be currently enrolled at a Greek university or be recent graduates (2015 or later);
  • Applicants can be Greek students who are currently enrolled at a university abroad.
  • International students in Greece from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Ukraine, the USA and Poland are eligible to apply for the Humanity in Action Fellowship programs via a separate application process.

Humanity in Action does not discriminate on the basis of race or ethnicity, religion, political party, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical or financial ability.

Characteristics of Successful Candidates and Fellows

Humanity in Action seeks candidates who are passionate about active and responsible citizenship, diversity and human rights. Successful Humanity in Action candidates and Fellows possess the following characteristics: 

Intellectual Curiosity:  Humanity in Action seeks candidates who are eager to discuss a range of historical and contemporary topics that drive, challenge and impact diverse societies. This means that Fellows 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, peers and host families. Fellows 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. The Humanity in Action Fellowship is not a program that serves to confirm the assumptions of beliefs already held by its Fellows. Instead, the program intends to broaden and stretch the Fellows’ understanding of complex human rights issues.

Entrepreneurial Drive: Humanity in Action seeks candidates who are entrepreneurial and innovative in developing Action Projects and careers as active and responsible citizens.

Fluency in English: Proficiency in English is required for all Fellowship programs.

Awareness of Successful Candidates and Fellows

The Humanity in Action Fellowship programs provide opportunities for collaborative learning. They are not designed nor are they suitable for those who restrict themselves to a narrow and dogmatic vision and have no intention to enrich or broaden their knowledge and skills with various perspectives. The programs are a testing ground for thinking anew with others about complex issues of diversity in historical and contemporary terms. The programs focus, through educational seminars and site visits, on vulnerable populations and the unfulfilled goals of just democratic societies.

Applicants should know that the programs are intensely challenging on intellectual, social and emotional levels. Full-time commitment is required from every participant during the four weeks of the program. The Humanity in Action groups in each country represent, on a small scale, the larger societies to which individuals belong. We expect respectful debate and dissent as minority opinions are aired. To probe these matters and engage in learning and growth, the programs expect and require maturity, openness, hard work and a generosity of spirit from each of the Fellows.

Diversity of Academic Backgrounds and Career Aspirations

Humanity in Action encourages individuals from all academic disciplines to apply. The Humanity in Action Fellowships' academically diverse setting enriches discussion and offers Fellows the opportunity to engage in perspectives outside their own disciplines. Humanity in Action encourages applicants who aspire to careers in business, government, medicine, academia, activism, the non-profit sector, the arts and more.

The Selection Process

The selection process involves two stages. During the first stage, a panel of Humanity in Action staff, Board Members and Senior Fellows reads and evaluates all of the applications. Based on their evaluations, a pool of finalists will be invited for a virtual interview. Final decisions will be announced no later than at the end of March 2018.