The Berlin Fellowship
The Humanity in Action journey begins with a year-long Fellowship.
The Berlin Fellowship ran from 2002 to 2021, placing Germany’s human rights realities into the context of its colonial history and the Holocaust
For historical lessons in catastrophic human rights violations, there are few more powerful case studies than Germany. For two decades, the Berlin Fellowship looked at the country’s past to better see its present. In 2022, the Berlin Fellowship was replaced by the European Fellowship.
A focal point of German colonialism, the Weimar Republic, National Socialism and the Cold War, the city does not only carry enormous historical significance. It continues to be a pivotal point for contemporary social justice struggles including the accommodation of asylum seekers fleeing more recent atrocities.
Home to a diverse range of communities in a city that never sleeps, Berlin offers a unique landscape to view the social, cultural, and historical clashes taking place across European democracies. Berlin Fellows examined contemporary questions around identity formation and societal pluralism seen through the lens of those affected.
Past Fellowship Speakers
Every day, Berlin Fellows met and discusssed with established activists, artists, experts and policymakers with diverse perspectives on social justice and human rights.
Inside the Fellowship via Facebook Livestream
After the month in Berlin, our Fellows ran impactful Action Projects in their own communities.
For 11 months following their time in Berlin, Fellows worked on their Action Project: an independent social justice venture in their own communities. Action Projects are as diverse as Humanity in Action Fellows. Fellows apply their new knowledge and perspectives to the communities they impact—in whatever format they find meaningful. Past Action projects have been documentaries, arts festivals, and new organizations that serve a public good. Planning for the Action Project began in Berlin.
BME Student Empowerment Workshops
Empowerment workshops for Black and PoC students at SOAS to tackle issues arising from structural racism on the SOAS University London Campus.
Fair Opportunities in Application Processes
Fair Opportunities in Application Processes (Ehrenamtlicher Bewerbungscheck) fosters equality of opportunity by checking application documents and giving essential feedback online, for free, within 24 hours.
Children's Rights Education Project #CREP
The CREP tackled Children’s Rights Education (CRE) as an integral part of the Human Rights Education (HRE) curriculum with the view to provide improved child-centered protective and inclusive mechanisms for all children.
Senior Fellows of the Berlin Fellowship
Our Fellowship Supporters in the past included
We thank our supporters and partners, hosts, Senior Fellows and friends of Humanity in Action. Your contributions helped to prepare outstanding students for a lifelong commitment to civic responsibility and social justice.
Become a Fellow
Every year, new Humanity in Action Fellows come together in six cities across Europe and the United States to study how and why people confront intolerance and protect democratic values.
01 Year duration
135 Fellows per year