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Who are the Humanity in Action Fellows?

What Makes a Fellow

We look for Fellows who will stay engaged in the Humanity in Action community — whether serving as mentors, facilitating local community meetings or contributing their many talents to the activities of the network.

Our Fellows commit to:

  • participating in the full programming of the intensive four-week educational program as well as in pre-Fellowship calls and readings;
  • delivering program assignments in a timely manner;
  • share responsibility for creating a supportive, collaborative community of Fellows;
  • completing their Action Project within 11 months of the on-site educational component of the program;
  • sharing evaluations with Humanity in Action throughout and after the Fellowship to advance the program for future cohorts.

Successful candidates:

  • are current college and university students or recent graduates from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Poland, The Netherlands, the United States and Ukraine;
  • seek an educational experience that combines academic research and accounts of lived experience; that underscores how historical and cultural dynamics shape a society in the local context of the Fellowship program; that imparts an awareness of how different cultures and norms of belonging impact perceptions of truth; and that deepens and challenges the ability to navigate tensions within diverse societies;
  • care deeply about social justice, human rights, and the values of pluralism and liberal democracy and are committed to a continued civic engagement to mediate contemporary socio-political tensions and realities;

Our Fellows thrive in collaborative learning and peer-to-peer educational approaches, by being both reflective and self-reflective, critical and self-critical.

  • demonstrate openness, humility, and a readiness to challenge one’s own preconceptions;
  • engage in difficult yet constructive and meaningful dialogue; appreciate the complex interweavings of many identities and perspectives;
  • reach beyond their comfort zone and be comfortable with feeling uncomfortable;
  • allow space for misunderstanding and mistakes in the process of learning; and be willing to acknowledge others’ learning and healing processes;
  • aspire to strengthen the Humanity in Action Network through educational, professional, and grant opportunities that foster human rights, lifelong learning and cross-cultural exchange.

Become a Fellow

Every year, new Humanity in Action Fellows come together in five cities across Europe and the United States to study how and why people confront intolerance and protect democratic values.

01 Year duration

05 Locations

93 Fellows per year