Application Instructions

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

Applications for the 2018 Humanity in Action Fellowship in Detroit are now closed. 

Beginning Your Application 

U.S. Applicants: Applications for the 2018 Humanity in Action Fellowships are now closed.

European Applicants: Students and recent graduates from the following European countries should apply for the Detroit 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 Detroit 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. Senior Fellow Applicants: U.S. Senior Fellows must apply using Humanity in Action' online application form


U.S. Applicants: The deadline for applicants from the U.S. to submit a completed application for the Detroit Fellowship is 11:59PM PST on January 8, 2018. 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

Students and Recent Graduates from Detroit or the State of Michigan

All complete applications must include the following:

  • A completed application form
  • A resume/CV
  • A college transcript
  • A response essay
  • A personal statement
  • A brief commentary on program themes
  • Contact information for two references

Details on the Application

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

Resume or CV: 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. 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. Limit your response to 150 words. 

Letters of Recommendation: 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 should be from a college/university teacher or advisor.

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: Enter contact information for each reference on your application. Direct your recommenders to submit their letters through the Reference link on the left-hand side of your screeen.

STEP 3: Follow up personally with each reference to confirm that they have have submitted their letter by the January 8th deadline.

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