John Lewis Fellowship

Brings students from around the world together to to explore race and civil rights, immigration, and Native American issues in Atlanta, Georgia over the summer

As the American program of the Humanity in Action Fellowship, the John Lewis Fellowship offers 30 American and European university students the opportunity to explore race and civil rights, immigration and Native American issues in Atlanta, Georgia. 

The program honors Congressman John Lewis, an icon of the Civil Rights Movement. Humanity in Action has partnered with The National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Inc., a major museum and civic institution in Atlanta, to create the fellowship. The John Lewis Fellowship is made possible by the generous support of theAndrew W. Mellon Foundation provided through The Center.

Humanity in Action covers the costs of participation and accommodation during the John Lewis Fellowship. However, all Fellows will be responsible for financing the cost of round-trip airfare to and from Atlanta. Humanity in Action will cover this cost for Fellows with documented need.

Although Humanity in Action provides a modest stipend for meals, Fellows should also plan to bring spending money of approximately $750 for food and social activities during the fellowship program.

Deadline Information

US-based applicant deadline: Sunday, January 5, 2020


Fellows in the John Lewis Fellowship will attend discussions with renowned scholars and activists at The Center, visit historical sites around Atlanta and engage in discussions on a range of political and social issues. They will also draw upon the immense resources of The Center and contribute to its extensive and innovative outreach initiatives. Students from American universities will learn alongside Fellows from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands and Poland.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants to the John Lewis Fellowship must be currently enrolled undergraduate students (sophomores, juniors and seniors) or recent graduates. For the 2018 John Lewis Fellowship, the foundation defines recent graduates as individuals from the undergraduate classes of 2016 and 2017 at accredited, four-year undergraduate colleges or universities in the United States. Applicants of minority backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application Process

For complete application guidance and information, visit the John Lewis Fellowship application site.

US Applicants: Students or recent graduates from universities and colleges in the U.S. must apply for the John Lewis Fellowship using Humanity in Action' online application system at

European Applicants: Deadlines vary by country - further information is available at the John Lewis application web site.

There is a $35 application fee.