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The Warsaw Fellowship


The Humanity in Action journey begins with a year-long Fellowship

Accepting applicants from:

June 6 – 30, 2022

Poland’s Perpetual State of Emergency

Ever since the conservative Law and Justice party gained power in 2015, Poland has been in a perpetual state of emergency, suspending human rights and targeting minorities. This culminated in an official declaration on September 2, 2021, an unprecedented move restricting freedom of movement on the border with Belarus in response to a surge in crossings by people from the Middle East, Asia and Africa, effectively barring media and aid workers from the area. The humanitarian crisis at the border exposed grave negligence by the Polish authorities who by violating the right to asylum have become accomplices in crimes against humanity. The brutal pushback of asylum seekers stranded at the Poland-Belarus border only adds to the long list of human rights violations perpetrated by the Polish state. For the second year in a row, Poland has ranked lowest in the European Union for protection of LGBTQ+ rights. In late 2020, Poland has imposed a near total ban on abortion, prompting hundreds of thousands of women and their allies to protest Europe’s most restrictive abortion law. Independent media and judiciary continue to be undermined.

The 2022 Warsaw Fellowship will examine Poland’s failing democracy in the context of human rights violations and hate speech. We will also learn strategies of resistance from a vibrant civil society. Now, more than ever, we need to stand up for human rights!

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

>> Apply from Germany
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A Snapshot of the Fellowship

After the month in Warsaw, our Fellows develop impactful Action Projects in their own communities.

For the eleven months following their time in Warsaw, 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 during the study portion of the Fellowship, through workshops and collaborative discussion.

2021 Warsaw Fellowship is supported by

The Foundation "Remembrance, Responsibility, and Future" (EVZ)

2020 Warsaw Fellowship sponsors

The 2020 Humanity in Action Fellowship in Warsaw is financed, in part, with funding from the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw, Poland

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 resist intolerance and protect democratic values.

01 Year duration

06 Cities

150 Fellows per year