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The Mapping Inequities Fellowship


The Humanity in Action journey begins with a Fellowship

Accepting Applicants from:

Visualizing Rights and Rites in the Post-Industrial World: An International Inquiry


The US Fellowship program consists of a two and half week virtual workshop. A group of 20 American and European Fellows and Senior Fellows embark on a collaborative investigation and interpretation of spatial data within their respective geographies to illuminate pressing social inequities. These investigations result in projects that will form an accessible digital exhibition for the public.

Each day, Fellows spend three hours in virtual sessions and two hours engaged in on-the-ground inquiries and practice. The virtual sessions consist of lectures from international mapping/data practitioners and academics leading this innovative field. The virtual workshops include sessions to learn and critique each other’s projects. The on-the-ground inquiries involve working in the field, moving away from the computer to explore and generate knowledge and design a project. The projects in the field may be undertaken individually or in small groups if location and technology permit. Fellows choose the community or space that they map, as long as they have access to it geographically or digitally. The purpose of the fieldwork is to produce new data or layer existing data to create a new map. 

After the conclusion of the 2.5 week Fellowship, participants are expected to expand upon their maps and/or share and use their maps in social justice contexts over the next year. Fellows also join the Action Lab Series, which convenes monthly from September 2022-February 2023. For more information on the Fellowship Path, please follow this link.

  1. Explore theories and histories of public and private property rights as well as cultural rights (rites) in the United States and European countries. The focus is on post-industrial cities and particularly Detroit;
  2. Understand how individuals and groups employ maps and data to oppress as well as to resist and protest inequities;
  3. Learn the basics and various of techniques of mapping, data visualization, and multimedia storytelling;
  4. Create their own maps and data visualizations to reveal hidden stories, overturn harmful dominant narratives, and provoke change at a neighborhood, city, state, or country level.
Examples of fieldwork include: 
  • Walking through your neighborhood and accounting for different characteristics; collecting photos and data
  • Scouring the internet for data, local sites and their significance, etc.;
  • Using Google Maps;
  • Layering and integrating different maps or sets of data to draw new conclusions;
  • Finding an under-mapped community or space and trying to fill in the gaps;
  • Creating a spatial audit – is a certain place or community accessible, or are there barriers for certain groups?

Given the trans-Atlantic and US time differences, the lectures and workshops for all Fellows take place in the morning US time and afternoon European time. The field work takes place in the morning European time and in the afternoon US time.


Applicants do not need experience with data collection, analysis, mapping, or visualization. However, applicants should have a keen interest in learning how to tell impactful visual stories with data. While there are no costs associated with this Fellowship, if a Fellow needs financial support to enable virtual participation, Humanity in Action considers such need. Fellows should be in touch with Humanity in Action staff after acceptance into the program. 

Senior Fellows with an interest in this topic and joining a new, experimental program are welcome and encouraged to apply.


Applications are now closed. To be notified when the application for the Humanity in Action 2023 Fellowship programs is available, sign up here. With any questions, do not hesitate to email

Fellowship Team

Two Senior Fellows shared their expertise to create this program.

The Fellowship is inspired by a multitude of mapping projects from both the US and Europe, including:

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