The 2018 Berlin Fellowship Program


This page contains information for newcomers who are living in Berlin and who do not meet the regular eligibility criteria for German applicants. Berlin-based newcomers to whom this applies are invited to apply to become a Fellow of the German delegation in the 2018 Humanity in Action Berlin Fellowship. Please note that all applicants who are newcomers will go through the same application and selection procedure as all other Fellows.


Intensive and demanding, the Humanity in Action Berlin Fellowship brings together international groups of emerging human rights leaders to explore the German histories of discrimination and resistance as well as examples of social justice issues affecting different minority groups today. 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 provide a forum where potential solutions to some of today's most challenging issues can be considered and discussed. The program is intended to instill a responsibility among those 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.

The 2018 Berlin Fellowship will place June 8 to July 4, 2018 in Berlin. The Fellowship ends with the 9th Humanity in Action International Conference, which will take place in Strasbourg from July 5 to 8, 2018. The Humanity in Action International Conference is the annual gathering of Humanity in Action Fellows, Senior Fellows, Board Members, friends of the organization and partner organizations. All conference costs (including travel, accommodation and meals) will be covered by Humanity in Action. While Humanity in Action cannot guarantee that newcomer finalists who are still in the process of claiming asylum are able to go to Strasbourg due to possible legal geographical restrictions imposed on them, Humanity in Action will help Fellows obtain any visas necessary.

To find out more about the 2018 Humanity in Action Berlin Fellowship and to see the previous years' schedules, please click here.


Eligible to appy to the 2018 Berlin Fellowship will be newcomers who are legally registered and situated in Berlin and who have within three years prior to their arrival in Germany been under- or postgraduate students, or who are currently enrolled at a university in Berlin, or who have graduated from any university in 2014 or later. Eligible will be refugees from all countries and all fields of studies, who at the time of applying asked for asylum in Germany (BÜMA), have been granted asylum, hold a permission of residence (Aufenthaltsgestattung) or a “tolerated" status (Duldung).

Applicants need to be fluent in English, open-minded, widely interested, willing to take over societal responsibility and committed to advancing human rights, pluralism, diversity, and active citizenship. Please check the Eligibility Criteria for more detailed information about our eligibility criteria and selection process. If you wish to discuss your eligibility, please do not hesitate to drop us a line at germany(at)

Obligations and Opportunities

The Humanity in Action Fellowship lasts one month, but its impact on the lives of Fellows and their communities lasts for many more. Humanity in Action has a very active alumni network and offers a range of educational, professional, and financial opportunities to its Senior Fellows.

Prior to the Fellowship, selected Fellows are required to engage with a selection of readings. During the Fellowship, full-time committment is expected from all the selected Fellows. Exceptions are made on an individual basis for all necessary extracurricular commitments (such as appointments as part of the asylum process, duties with the Jobcenter etc.). After the Fellowship, our Fellows complete an Action Project in their own community or elsewhere. Please take a look at the Obligations and Opportunities section for more detailed information on what we ask for and what we offer.

Deadline to Apply

The deadline to submit your complete application will be 11:59PM CET on February 18, 2018. Please have a look at our FAQs before submitting an application.