Humanity in Action Fellowship

Fosters awareness and responsibility for social justice among emerging leaders.

Humanity in Action Fellowship: At a Glance


  • U.S. and non-U.S. Citizens
  • Second, third and fourth-year students and recent alumni

Selection Criteria: 

  • Maturity, proactivity, self-reliance, and ability to work in groups
  • Strong commitment to human rights and social justice
  • Willingness to examine and challenge own preconceptions and biases

Candidates for the Humanity in Action Fellowship can affirm the following:

  • I value an investigation that incorporates international, domestic, theoretical, practical, political, and personal perspectives.
  • I can demonstrate my ability to engage in a critical dialogue.
  • I can design a feasible independent project focused on promoting democratic values in my community.

Extensive Description

What is Humanity in Action Fellowship? As a part of the fellowship, fellows first participate in an intensive three-week educational program providing a country and context-specific curriculum that examines historical and contemporary challenges to human rights, pluralism and equality. After the three weeks, fellows embark on developing civil society initiatives in their own communities. 

Humanity in Action Fellowship programs look at the ways in which communities co-exist to create a society. Each program investigates human rights, democracy, and structural injustice. Each bridges the international and the domestic, the theoretical and the practical, the political and the personal. Fellows will go on local site visits, virtually or in-person; they will engage in practice-oriented workshops; and they will hear from local politicians, journalists, activists, and representatives from civil society organizations. Above all, fellows will learn to reflect on their own internalized prejudices, to think from the perspective of identity groups different from their own, and to advance change in their own communities.

Locations and Dates: For 2024, HIA Fellowships are offered in Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Sarajevo, and Warsaw.

Costs: Humanity in Action covers the cost of participation and accommodation during the Fellowship program. All Fellows will be responsible for financing their travel to and from their program city. However, Humanity in Action offers some travel stipends granted on a need basis.

Deadline Information

Application deadline: Sunday, February 4, 2024


Fellows are expected to complete work prior to, during and after the three-week program. This includes a commitment to arriving to the program well-prepared, being present for the full duration of the program, and implementing an Action Project in their own communities within the remaining months of the Fellowship. 

Eligibility Requirements

  • Currently enrolled undergraduate students from the US or at US-based universities (second, third, and fourth-years)
  • Recent graduates from accredited, four-year colleges and universities in the US 
  • Non-U.S. citizens studying at a university in the US
For more information on this opportunity, please contact: 
Jenna Sarchio