Humanity in Action Senior Fellows: Dženana Preljević, Lorenz Narku Laing, Aseem Mehta.

The following is a list of frequently asked questions about the Detroit Fellowship. 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 • Eligibility • Program

Application Questions

When do applications for the Detroit program open?
Applications for the 2018 Humanity in Action Fellowship in Detroit will open in late fall 2017. Please sign up here to be notified when applications for the 2018 Detroit Fellowship program are available.

When is the deadline for applications?
All applications for the 2018 Humanity in Action Fellowship in Detroit will be due on by 11:59pm PST January 8, 2018. All applications must be submitted through our website

When will I be notified about the results of my application?
Humanity in Action will contact 2018 applicants by early March to let them know whether they have been selected as a finalist. All finalists will then be interviewed by a member of the Humanity in Action Selection Committee before March 15. The Selection Committee will announce decisions by email before mid-April.

How is my application reviewed?
The selection process involves two phases. During the first phase, a panel of Humanity in Action staff, board members and Senior Fellows reads all of the applications and selects a pool of finalists for further review by Humanity in Action's Selection Committee. During the second phase, the Selection Committee reads and evaluates all finalist applications, and one of its members interviews each finalist. The final selections are made based on this second reading and the interview.

Do I need to upload an official transcript?
No. You should upload an unofficial copy of your transcript into the online application system. Then, if you are accepted into the program, you will be required to have your registrar send a copy in the mail for verification. Any evidence of tampering with the digital transcripts will result in immediate disqualification.

I am having trouble uploading my CV and/or unofficial transcript. What should I do?
If you are having trouble uploading your files, please try using Google Chrome as your web browser.

Can I send my application by regular mail?
No. All applications must be submitted online in order to be considered eligible.

Who should be my reference?
References should be people who know your work and character extensively, and be able to speak honestly and effectively about your interests and abilities as they relate to the program goals. At least one reference must be a college/university teacher or advisor.

I am currently studying abroad. If I am selected as a finalist, can Humanity in Action arrange a telephone interview?
Yes. Humanity in Action will arrange telephone interviews when personal interviews are not feasible.

The application system cannot verify my PDF. What do I do?
A common reason why PDFs, especially college transcripts, will fail verification is that they are password-protected. One work-around to this problem is to open the PDF and use your computer's print-to-PDF function to create a new copy, which will not carry the password protection. You may also consider compressing the size of your PDF by using a program such as this one.

I applied for the 2018 Humanity in Action Fellowship. Can I apply for the Humanity in Action Fellowship in Detroit?
Yes. Applicants may be considered for the 2018 Detroit Fellowship if they have applied for other Humanity in Action Fellowship programs, as long as they meet the eiligibility requirement for the Detroit program. Individuals interested in more than one program, must indicate their program preferences on their applications. Please take into consideration the program dates for both the European and American Fellowships when making your selection.

Eligibility Questions

Is there a GPA requirement?
No. An applicant's GPA is just one of many criteria that our committee evaluates during the selection process. Although Humanity in Action values applicants who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, we do not require that they clear a specific GPA threshold.

My college graduation date and/or exams occur during the program. Can I participate?
No. Fellows are required to be present and to participate in all days of the Detroit program. You may not arrive late, leave early or miss program dates for obligations outside of the fellowship. There are no exceptions for this rule.

I am currently a freshman, but I will be a rising sophomore at the time of the Humanity in Action Fellowship in Detroit. Am I eligible to apply?
No. In order to be eligible to apply, students must have sophomore standing at the time of the application deadline.

I am currently a freshman, but I have sophomore standing due to my AP credits. Am I eligible to apply?
No. We require that applicants be in at least their second year of college when they apply.

I am a graduate student. Am I eligible to apply?
Graduate students are eligible to apply as long as they graduated from their undergraduate studies at a university in Detroit or elsewhere in Michigan in 2015, 2016, 2017 or 2018.

I am an American student currently enrolled in a European university. Am I eligible to apply to the Humanity in Action Fellowship in Detroit?
Depends. If you are an American citizen from Detroit or the state of Michigan studying at a foreign university, you are eligible to apply to the Detroit program through the U.S. office. 

I am not a United States citizen, but I currently study at a college or university in the United States. Am I eligible to apply?
Perhaps. All sophomores, juniors, seniors and recent graduates (undergraduate class of May 2015 and later) from Michigan-based colleges or universities are eligible to apply, regardless of citizenship.

I am a graduate student studying at a Michigan-based university, but I am a foreign student and completed my graduate studies at a foreign university. Am I eligible to apply?
Depends. Foreign graduate students pursuing their graduate degrees at a Michigan-based university may be eligible to apply as long as they completed their undergraduate degree in May 2015 or later, and are committed to contributing to Detroit's future.

I am a young professional working in Detroit or elsewhere in Michigan, but I completed my undergraduate studies at a university outside of Michigan. Am I eligible to apply?
Yes. Young professionals currently residing in or working in Detroit or elsewhere in Michigan are eligible to apply. 

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 will not be responsible for obtaining your visa for you.


Program Questions

What are the program dates for the 2018 Humanity in Action Fellowship in Detroit?
The 2018 Detroit program will run from July 10 to August 5.

Where do Fellows live during the program?
Throughout the program, Fellows will stay in either hostels or university dormitories. 

What issues are explored in the Humanity in Action Fellowship in Detroit?
The Detroit program will explore 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 public health. 

What costs does Humanity in Action cover during the program?
Humanity in Action covers the costs of participation, accommodation and day-to-day transportation during the fellowship program. However, all Fellows will be responsible for financing the cost of round-trip airfare to and from Detroit. Humanity in Action will cover this cost for Fellows with documented need.

Although Humanity in Action provides a modest food stipend, Fellows should plan to bring spending money for food and social activities during the fellowship program (approximately $450). 

Further Questions

If you have any questions that are not covered here, please email admissions@humanityinaction.org.