FAQ (Greece)

The following is a list of frequently asked questions about the Humanity in Action Fellowship programs.

Please read through the information outlined here prior to beginning your application for the Fellowship. This list is organized by questions related to the application process, eligibility for the Fellowship and the program itself.

Application Process for Applicants from Greece

How do I apply for the 2018 Humanity in Action Fellowship programs?

Applications have to be submitted through our online form on the APPLY page by February 18, 2018 at 11:59pm CET. 

When will I be notified about the results of my application?

Humanity in Action will contact all applicants by late February/early March to let them know whether they have been selected as a finalist. All finalists will be interviewed by members of the Humanity in Action Selection Committee. The Selection Committee will announce decisions via email before March 30, 2018.

Can I chose which of the European Fellowship Programs I would like to attend?

You may state a preference and - in case of being selected as a Fellow - we will try to honor your preference. However, as we are carefully curating the groups of Fellows in each program, we might offer you a different program than you prefered.

How is my application reviewed?

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 an interview in person at our Berlin office or via a video conferencing tool.

Will my reference persons be directly contacted by Humanity in Action?

In the application form you are asked to name two persons who we could contact for a recommendation. We ask for this information for cases where we have further questions, yet we do not contact every single applicant’s reference persons. However, we would like to reserve the right to get in touch with the reference persons of all our applicants. Please thus make sure that your reference persons are aware of your application to Humanity in Action and that they agree to being contacted by us.

Can I send my application by regular mail?

No. All applications must please be submitted through the online form provided by us on the APPLY page. In case of technical difficulties, please contact us and we will agree of alternative ways to submit your application.


Do I need to be fluent in English in order to participate?

Yes. All Humanity in Action Fellowship Programs are conducted entirely in English.

My university degree does not directly relate to the Fellowship programs' content or to human rights generally. Is this a problem?

No. We invite applicants from all academic disciplines and encourage academic diversity among our Fellows.

My university exams occur during the program. Can I participate?

Unfortunately, no. Fellows are required to be present and to participate in all days of the Humanity in Action Fellowship. Exceptions are made on an individual basis for special events, such as for commencement or graduation ceremonies.

I have already graduated from university. Am I eligible to apply?

Yes. Graduates who completed their studies in 2015 or later are encouraged to apply.

I am a Greek student currently enrolled at a university that is not located in Greece. Am I eligible to apply to the Humanity in Action Fellowship?

Yes. Generally, if you are Greek (or born/raised in Greece) and studying elsewhere in the world you are eligible to apply to the Humanity in Action Fellowships. If you are in doubt about your eligibility, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

I am not a Greek citizen, but I currently study in Greece. Am I eligible to apply?

Short-term exchange students, including those currently spending time in Greece as an Erasmus student, are unfortunately not eligible to apply. If you are in doubt about your eligibility, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

If I need a visa to participate in the Fellowship program, will Humanity in Action help me to obtain it?

Humanity in Action will help Fellows obtain any visas necessary for participation in the programs. However, it is the full responsibility of Fellows to obtain the visa on their own. Fellows must initiate the process, request supporting documentation from Humanity in Action in a timely fashion and follow through to make sure they receive their visa on time.

If you require a visa for your Fellowship, you must begin the process as soon as you are placed in your program country. Humanity in Action cannot be responsible for obtaining the visa for you.

I previously applied to the Humanity in Action Fellowship, but was not selected. May I apply again this year?

Yes. We encourage all applicants who believe they meet the eligibility criteria to apply. An unsuccessful application in previous years will not negatively impact the selection process.


What are the program dates for the 2018 Fellowship programs?

All European Fellowship programs will begin on June 8, 2018 and end in Strasbourg on July 8, 2018 with our 9th International Annual Conference. For Greeks, the John Lewis Fellowship in Atlanta and the Detroit Fellowship programs will begin with the International Conference on July 5, 2018 in Strasbourg. The programs in the US will end on August 5, 2018.

What issues are explored in the Fellowship programs?

The Humanity in Action Fellowships explore connections between Europe’s unique history during the Second World War and the Holocaust and tensions related to minority populations that are manifest in European societies today. Key areas of inquiry include (post)colonialism, Antisemitism, Islamophobia, xenophobia, anti-Roma sentiments, political extremism and racism – all seen through the specific lens of each of the country the Fellowship program takes place in. For more information and program schedules, visit this page.

The John Lewis Fellowship explores historical and contemporary issues of diversity in the United States. Key areas of inquiry include American civil rights and racism, immigration and the rights of Native American issues. For more information and program schedules, visit this page.

The Detroit Fellowship explores the biography of Detroit — a city deeply emblematic of the tensions of massive economic and cultural change in 20th and 21st century America. The program will place special emphasis on democratic inclusion, equitable development, social entrepreneurship and the health of Detroit's communities. For more information and program schedules, visit this page.

What costs does Humanity in Action cover?

Generally, Humanity in Action covers the costs of participation, local transportation and accommodation during the Fellowship programs as well as most food during programming times. We also cover the travel costs for participants from Greece to their program city and back. 

However, you should plan to bring spending money for social activities and additional food expenses during the Fellowship program. For more information on costs, please check the notes on costs in the detailed cost section

Additional support is available in case of financial hardship.