The Humanity in Action journey begins with a rich summer experience of inquiry, debate, and community building rooted in trust and empathy. Membership to the community lasts a lifetime.
Photo: ©Sharon Nathan, 2022 European Fellow
The Humanity in Action Fellow experience starts with a month of immersive study.
Over the following year, Fellows implement a community based Action Project.
Upon completion, Fellows join our transatlantic network of over 2,750 Fellows and Senior Fellows.
Applications are open! Are you interested in joining our Fellowships?
Process In Detail
In several cities across Europe and the United States, Fellows gather to study past, present, and future challenges to local communities.
Fellowship Program Dates 2023:
The US Mapping Democracy Fellowship | hybrid*
May 30 – June 21, 2023
June 9 – 21 in person in Washington, D.C.
The Amsterdam Fellowship | in-person*
June 5 – 23, 2023
The Berlin Fellowship | in-person*
June 5 – 23, 2023
The Copenhagen Fellowship | in-person*
June 5 – 30, 2023
The Warsaw Fellowship | in-person*
June 5 – 23, 2023
*Due to COVID-19, we reserve the right to modify or cancel the program for reasons beyond our control.
The Humanity in Action Fellowships explore issues of social justice, human rights, politics of memory and remembrance culture, and civic engagement. They look at the ways in which communities co-exist to create a pluralistic society, and the structural challenges arising from asymmetrical power dynamics.
On June 5 and 6, 2023, Fellows from all the programs, meet for a virtual International Program before some Fellows travel to their Fellowship program cities – Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Warsaw, or Washington, D.C.
Each Fellowship program is tailored to its location. Fellows are challenged to understand their host city’s unique history of injustice against the background of their own national and local contexts. Fellows learn about the host society’s present struggles to navigate dominant and minoritized cultures and identities, while also being inspired by what collective action based on intersectional solidarity can look like.
For the next months, Fellows work on an individual Action Project.
Action Projects and Action Project Lab Series
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. Planning for the Action Project begins during the immersive Fellowship month, through workshops and collaborative discussion.
From September 2023 to May 2024, Fellows meet virtually for the Action Project Lab Series, an online training program designed to assist all Fellows plan and implement their projects.
Action Project Lab Dates:
- Wednesday, September 13, 2023
- Sunday, October 15, 2023
- Wednesday, November 15, 2023
- Thursday, January 18, 2024
- Friday, May 24, 2024
Op Weg Naar Een Inclusieve en Toekomstgerichte Nederlandse Nationale Herdenking.
Lisa en Lecyca onderzochten in hoeverre de Nederlandse Nationale Herdenking inclusief en duurzaam is, en hoe we lessen uit het verleden kunnen gebruiken om ons te begeleiden naar een inclusieve toekomst.
This is mental (health)
Mental health issues are still a taboo in Polish society, preventing many from seeking help or being open about their condition in fear of being stigmatized.
Senior Fellow Alexander Busold founded the Her.Tietz Initiative. The Her.Tietz Initiative is committed to an open handling of the Nazi history of Hertie, an active commemoration of the victims of the Shoah, and to fighting Antisemitism today.
Upon the completion of their Action Project, Fellows—now alumni—are invited to join the Humanity in Action Senior Fellow network.
The Senior Fellow network is the heart of the Humanity in Action community. Our 2,750 Senior Fellows work around the world. You will find them working in government, journalism, medicine, law, education, the arts, business, grassroots action, and many more industries.
Senior Fellows stay engaged with Humanity in Action long after their Fellowship programs through Humanity in Action’s conferences, workshops, grant competitions, seminars, and study trips.
They also support one another. Friendships made during the Fellowship last for years and many Senior Fellows find professional opportunities through the community.
Are you ready to apply? Find out more about the application procedure.
Applications are now open until February 14, 2023.
Depending on where you are located, you may be able to apply to different Fellowship Programs.
Please note that there are two different application processes for applicants from Europe and the US. If you want to find out more on how to become a Fellow, please click on the link below.