Application Instructions

Humanity in Action 2014 Senior Fellows: Jonathan Johnson, Beverly Li, Saad Malik.

Beginning Your Application 

U.S. Applicants: Applications for the 2019 Humanity in Action Fellowships are now closed.

European Applicants: Applications from European students will open in the next few weeks. Students and recent graduates from the following European countries should apply for the John Lewis Fellowship by following the instructions included in the below links:

U.S. Applicants: Students or recent graduates from universities and colleges in the U.S. must apply for the John Lewis Fellowship using Humanity in Action' online application system at To begin your application, please create a new user account. Once you are registered, you will have access to the complete application, including the personal statement and response essay questions. Please note that all application materials must be submitted through our application website, including university transcripts. Humanity in Action will not accept application materials in hard copy or via email.


U.S. Applicants: The deadline for applicants from the U.S. to submit a completed application for the John Lewis Fellowship was 11:59PM PST on January 6, 2019. Incomplete applications and applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

European Applicants: Application deadlines vary based on your country. Please see the above links for detailed instructions and deadlines for each European application process.

U.S. Application Requirements

All complete applications must include the following:

  • A completed application form
  • A curriculum vitae or resume
  • A college transcript
  • A response essay
  • A personal statement
  • A brief commentary on program themes
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A $40 application fee

Details on the Application

Application form: The application form asks for general contact information, biographical information and information on your education.

Curriculum vitae or resume: Check your CV or resume to make sure that it is current and complete. If you have not already done so, this is a good time to consult the career development office on your campus. You will be asked to upload your CV/resume to our system. Make sure that the file size does not exceed 500 KB. If you have trouble uploading your CV, please try using Google Chrome as your web browser.

College transcript: Please upload a scanned copy of your unofficial college transcript in PDF format. If you are unsure how to do this, find a friend or campus employee who can help you. If you have trouble uploading your CV, please try using Google Chrome as your web browser. Alternatively, there are resources online with instructions on how to do this (click here). You should upload an unofficial copy; an official copy will be requested for verification should you be accepted into the program. Any evidence of tampering with the digital transcripts will result in immediate disqualification. If you are a transfer student and have attended more than one undergraduate institution, please upload transcripts for both schools. You do not need to upload transcripts for study abroad programs. Please note that if you are selected as a finalist, you will be required to provide an official transcript via regular mail.

Response essay: There is no one right answer or perspective. You are invited to agree or disagree with the points of view reflected in the articles. We are interested in thoughtful analysis based upon your own ideas and how you express them. Limit your response to 500 words.

Personal statement: The purpose of this personal statement is for you to convey a sense of who you are beyond your accomplishments. Please visit the application to see this year's topic and instructions. Limit your response to 500 words.

Short response questions: These questions are intended for you to share your impressions of the assigned reading materials and videos. We are interested in hearing what ideas resonated with you and why. Please limit your response for each short answer to 60 words.

Program themes response essay: Applicants must offer a brief commentary describing how Americans and European approach human rights and civil rights – and the connection between them – in different ways. The commentary must include scholarly sources. Please visit the application to see the exact question. Limit your response to 150 words. 

Letters of Recommendation: Two letters of recommendation are required to complete the application. The references should be people who know you well enough, in a professional or academic setting, to speak honestly and effectively about your interests and abilities as they relate to the program goals. Letters of recommendation should assess both your academic and extracurricular performance, as well as your engagement and working style in group settings. At least one letter must be from a college/university teacher or advisor.

Application Fee: There is a $40 application fee to apply for the John Lewis Fellowship. Your application will not be considered complete until the fee is submitted through PayPal.

Guidelines for Requesting Letters of Recommendation

STEP 1: Contact your references to verify that they are available and able to write you a letter of recommendation by the application deadline.

STEP 2: Log in to your application page and complete a formal request through our system for each of your references. You will be asked to enter contact information for your reference and click a button to submit the request. When the request has been submitted through our system, Humanity in Action will send an email to your reference with instructions on submitting their letter.

STEP 3: Follow up personally with each reference to confirm that they have received the email we sent to them, containing guidelines and instructions for submitting their letter.

Still have questions? Please read our Frequently Asked Questions. If your issue is not addressed there, send an email to

Application Fee

There is a $40 application fee. Your application will not be considered complete until the fee is submitted through PayPal. Should you have concerns regarding the application fee, please email Please make sure you receive a receipt from PayPal to verify payment of the application fee. We recommend that you keep a copy of your receipt for your records.