Humanity in Action Fellowship

Brings together international groups of students to learn about human rights and social justice issues.

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? The Fellowship brings together international groups of current university students and recent graduates to explore compelling, current issues of liberal democracy, pluralism, human rights and social justice within the specific historical and cultural contexts of each of the program sites. The objective of the Fellowship is to foster democratic awareness and build bridges among communities through international educational programs for emerging leaders who share a strong commitment to human rights in their own communities, and beyond.

Structure: The Humanity in Action Fellowship focuses on human rights and social justice issues, particularly those of immigration, diversity, racism and antisemitism. Fellows first participate in an intensive and demanding four-week program providing a country and context-specific curriculum that examines historical and contemporary challenges to human rights, pluralism and equality. Each program is highly interdisciplinary and features lectures, study trips, seminars, workshops and conferences with renown scholars, activists, experts, decision-makers, artists, and contemporary witnesses affected by past or present human rights violations and structural discrimination. 

Next, action projects are executed within eleven months after the four-week educational portion of the Fellowship ends at the Fellows’ own pace. Past Fellows engaged in community organizing, created films, hosted workshops, presented at conferences, or started organizations. 

  • The Amsterdam, Berlin, Sarajevo and Warsaw Fellowships: June 1 – June 23, 2021 (virtual)
  • The Copenhagen Fellowship: June 1 – 4 and June 21 – 23 (virtual) and August 9 – 28, 2021 (in person)

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

Deadline Information

Application deadline: Sunday, February 14, 2021


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

Fellows who successfully complete the on-site program and implement their Action Projects are invited to join the Humanity in Action Senior Fellow Network. Senior Fellows are offered a wide range of opportunities to take part in – conferences, professional Fellowships, leadership training, study trips, seminars, grant competitions and access to alumni intraweb.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Currently enrolled undergraduate students from the US or at US-based universities (sophomores, juniors, and seniors)
  • Recent graduates at accredited, four-year undergraduate colleges universities in the US (from the undergraduate classes of 2018 and 2019)
  • Non-U.S. citizens studying at a university in the US
  • Applicants who are mature, proactive, self-reliant and comfortable in intensive group activity and interaction
  • All majors and academic disciplines are encouraged to apply
  • Applicants may not apply to a program in a specific country and cannot choose their city of participation

Application Process

  • 1 Personal Pitch
  • 1 Personal Response Essay
  • 1 Short Answer Response
  • 1 Essay Question Response
  • An Action Project Idea
  • 1 CV / Resume
  • 1 Copy of Unofficial Transcripts
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • 1 Application Fee of $40 (may be waived for financial need)

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