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The Sarajevo Fellowship


The Humanity in Action journey begins with a rich summer experience of inquiry, debate, and community building rooted in trust and empathy.

Accepting Applicants from:

June 5 – 28, 2024 | hybrid Fellowship*



No two wars are alike. Nonetheless, the images of Kyiv’s siege have instantly prompted countless traumatic memories of citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Sarajevo, reminding them of the dark days in a besieged city between 1992 and 1995. Massacre in Bucha, mass destruction of Mariupol, and numerous other cities in Ukraine have inevitably woken up the deep emotions and suffering the BiH’s citizens experienced across the country, most notably in Srebrenica, Prijedor, and many other places. 

The words like “safe areas”, “no-fly zone”, or “humanitarian aid and corridors” do not mean the same to all people; to those who lived to see their effects in the 1990s, in the Balkans, and nowadays, in Ukraine or other places; to those who read about them and to those who experience their effects in real life. 

There are some important lessons from Bosnia and Herzegovina worth examining in relation to the ongoing conflicts in the world. However, the 2022 Humanity in Action Sarajevo Fellowship does not focus on the effects or features of the conflict itself, but on the post-conflict reconstruction process and its dynamics. It explored in depth the topics related to and connected with the role of local leadership, the role of the international community, the responsibility of neighboring countries, the properties of power-sharing schemes and legal reforms, and many other qualities of localized post-conflict peace operations.  


*Due to COVID-19, we reserve the right to modify or cancel the program for reasons beyond our control.

The Structure

The International Program | June 3 and 4, 2024 (virtual)
We will virtually join the entire international 2024 Human in Action cohort of about 100 Fellows to discuss community building, relevant human rights issues and courses for civil engagement.

The Sarajevo Fellowship | June 5 – 28, 2024 (hybrid (online & in-person in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina)
15 Fellows from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland and the US will gather online (June 5-12, 2024) and in-person (June 14-28, 2024) to learn from local experts, community members, and each other.

Action Projects and Action Project Lab Series | Fall/Winter 2024 – Spring 2025 (virtual)
From September 2024 to May 2025,  Fellows work on their independent Action Project. They meet virtually for the Action Project Lab Series, an online training program designed to assist Fellows to implement their projects and keeping in touch with the community.

Recent Fellowship Speakers

Our renowned speakers come with a wide range of backgrounds and love to share their knowledge and perspectives with our Fellows and community.

After one-month long Sarajevo Fellowship, our Fellows develop impactful Action Projects in their own communities.

For the eleven months following the Sarajevo Fellowship, Fellows work on their Action Project: an independent venture focused on promoting democratic values 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 begins in Sarajevo.

2019 Sarajevo Action Week

2018 Sarajevo Fellowship

2018 Sarajevo Action Week

Our Supporters

We thank our supporters and partners, hosts, Senior Fellows and friends of Humanity in Action. Their contributions allow us to prepare outstanding student leaders for a lifelong commitment to civic responsibility and respect for human rights.

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

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