The John Lewis Fellowship in Atlanta

The civil rights exhibition at The Center for Civil and Human Rights. Photo: Albert Vecerka / ESTO


Humanity in Action's programs concern human rights activities generally, but they focus specifically on the relationship between majority and minority groups in the countries in which the programs take place. The John Lewis Fellowship focuses on issues of diversity within the United States, with a particular emphasis on Georgia and the American South. 

The program will bring together a group of altogether 30 American and European university students and recent graduates for an intensive program that examines pluralism, diversity and civil rights in America. The John Lewis Fellows will attend discussions with renowned scholars and activists, visit historical sites around Atlanta and engage in discussions on a range of political and social issues. For four weeks, the United States and Atlanta will serve as case studies to broaden and challenge Fellows’ understanding of human rights issues. Fellows apply the knowledge and skills gained from their Fellowship experience to strengthen their work in their own communities around the world.

Key areas of inquiry include race and racism, immigration, national identity, Native American issues, and the relationship between civil rights and human rights.

In addition to fluency in English and a proven interest and commitment for human rights-related matters, candidates will need to demonstrate a solid understanding of the above mentioned issues in the context of the United States.

To find out more about the Lewis Fellowship in Atlanta and to see the 2017 schedule, please click here. Additional information on this program can be found here.

Meeting the International Network

Prior to leaving for Atlanta, all the selected John Lewis Fellows from Greece are invited to meet the international network at the 9th Humanity in Action International Conference, taking place in Strasbourg from July 5 to 8, 2018. The International Conference is the annual gathering of Humanity in Action Fellows, Senior Fellows, Board Members, friends of the organization and partner organizations. Humanity in Action covers the conference costs (participation, accommodation and meals) for John Lewis Fellows from Greece.

To get a better understanding of what the Humanity in Action International Conferences look like, please see past agendas here.