Call for Applications

Please note that applications for the Athens Study Trip are now closed. 

General Information

Humanity in Action invited applications for a one-week study trip in Athens in October 2015 "Human Rights, Diversity and Civic Engagement". The program is open to Greek university students and recent graduates as well as to Humanity in Action Fellows and Senior Fellows.

The trip will run from October 4 to 11, 2015. The working language for the program will be English. Humanity in Action will select a group of 30 individuals to participate in the program composed of 15 university students/recent graduates from Greece and 15 Humanity in Action Fellows or Senior Fellows.

Goals

The goal of the study trip is to learn, discuss and better understand contemporary dynamics and discourses pervading in Greek society and how they are shaped by the impact of the economic crisis. The program focuses on human rights, democracy, minorities and diversity as well as on civic engagement. Through a mix of keynote speeches and group discussions, participants will explore the challenges that Greek society is currently facing.

The study trip will provide an international platform for the participants to learn from experts, practitioners, activists, and from one another. The program will also have a particular focus on civic engagement and community organizing. Participants will exchange experiences with activists working in relevant fields (e.g. poverty, immigrants, refugees, Roma, LGBT community), and learn about examples of best practices. The international setting and skills-building workshops will allow the participants to discuss in a comparative perspective and to gain tools for their own engagement with their own communities.

Requirement

This study trip fits within Humanity in Action's mission to instill a responsibility among young people to recognize and address the need to promote human rights, democracy and diversity—in their own communities and around the world. Humanity in Action seeks to empower emerging leaders with the knowledge, skills and tools to become civically engaged to fight social injustice, exclusion, and the discrimination of vulnerable groups. Humanity in Action therefore requires all participants to develop and implement an activity in their home community after the study trip that reflects the learning experience from the program.

Application Deadlines

For members of the Humanity in Action network, applications to attend this program were due August 16, 2015. For university students and recent graduates from Greece, applications to attend this program were due August 23, 2015.

Costs

Humanity in Action will cover a number of expenses for this trip:*

  • Travel expenses for participants traveling to Greece from abroad will be covered up to 350 EUR.
  • Travel expenses for participants traveling to Athens from within Greece will be covered up to 200 EUR.
  • The cost of accommodation (in shared rooms) is fully covered.
  • Breakfast and lunch for each day of the trip will be covered as well as some additional meals.

* Humanity in Action may also be able to provide additional support to individuals facing financial hardship with documented need.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants from Greece:

  • Need to have Greek citizenship or have completed secondary education in the Greek educational system,
  • Need to be currently enrolled at a Greek university or have graduated from one within the last three years,
  • Can be currently enrolled at a university abroad,
  • Humanity in Action seeks to attract participants who are mature, proactive, self-reliant and comfortable in intensive group activity and interaction.

Applicants from the Humanity in Action network:

  • All Senior Fellows and 2015 Fellows are eligible to apply.

 

Successful candidates possess the following characteristics:

Intellectual Curiosity: Humanity in Action seeks candidates who are eager to discuss in international groups a range of historical and contemporary topics that drive, challenge and impact diverse societies. This means that participants 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 and peers. Participants 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 and eager to explore international perspectives.

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

Proficiency in English is required. All majors and academic disciplines are encouraged to apply.

Selection Process

A pre-selection is based on the written applications completed online. For Greek applicants: The copy of your latest university transcript does not need to be translated into English.

Based on your written application, you may be invited for a personal or online interview with the selection committee. 

In these interviews, the selection committee will examine the motivation, communication skills, and accomplishments of finalists. In general, final selections are made on the basis of demonstrated commitment to human rights and social justice, evidence of leadership potential, significant academic achievement, entrepreneurship and social maturity. Final decisions will be announced shortly after the interviews.

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

Contact

If you have any questions, please contact us at: project.athens@humanityinaction.org

Background

The study trip is part of a major new initiative to incorporate Greek students and Greek issues into Humanity in Action’s educational activities. This pilot project (2014-2015), spearheaded by Humanity in Action France, is generously supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.