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Become a Fellow

Depending on where you are located, you may be able to apply to different Fellowship programs.

The Senior Fellow network is the heart of the Humanity in Action community.

Interested in becoming a Humanity in Action Fellow?

Our 2023 Fellowship Programs

Applications for our 2023 Fellowship will open on December 5th. To receive an email when they open, please sign up here.

The Humanity in Action journey begins with an intense period of immersive study in the summer and an ongoing training program throughout the fall and winter.

*We reserve the right to modify or cancel the program for reasons beyond our control.

In addition to these joint weeks together, the Fellowship comes with an ongoing training program to help Fellows implement their Action Projects, to continue collaborative learning and to keep in touch with the community.

 

Required Eligibility Criteria

  • You speak English fluently (all programs are conducted in English)
  • You must fit one of the below:
    • You are a current, full-time student in an accredited college or university located in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Poland, the Netherlands, Ukraine or the United States.
    • You are a recent graduate of a college or university in any of the above mentioned countries. Recent graduates include those who graduated in the two years preceding the Fellowship.
    • You grew up in or are a citizen* of any of the above-mentioned countries and study at a university in any country of the world.
    • Applicants for the Berlin Fellowship do not need to have a university affiliation, but must be a citizen* or based in one of the countries mentioned above.

*Some exceptions exist within each country’s specific pages for newcomers and non-citizen residents. Please select the country below that you think most appropriately fits your eligibility to learn more.

What else are we looking for?

  • People we accept to our Fellowships are reflective and self-reflective, critical and self-critical. They demonstrate openness, humility, and a readiness to challenge their own preconceptions.
  • Successful candidates are willing to engage in difficult yet constructive and meaningful dialogue. They appreciate the complex interweaving of many identities and perspectives.
  • Future Fellows need to be comfortable with feeling uncomfortable and allow space for misunderstanding and mistakes in the process of learning. They acknowledge others’ learning and healing processes.
  • Learn more about successful candidates here.

Interested in joining our community? Learn more about your country’s application process below.

Applying from Bosnia & Herzegovina

If you are a student or recent graduate in/from Bosnia & Herzegovina, you have to apply through our Sarajevo office. As a Bosnian-based applicant you can apply to the Copenhagen Fellowship, the Sarajevo Fellowship, and the Mapping Democracy Fellowship.


Explore social justice issues in Copenhagen and discover how Danish society is grappling with its colonial past in the Copenhagen Fellowship program. Or, if you are interested in understanding the fragility of democracy and utilizing mapping to expose societal inequities, join our brand new Mapping Democracy Fellowship in Washington, DC. You can also help Fellows from abroad discover how transitional justice plays out in Bosnia and Herzegovina as a Fellow in the Sarajevo Fellowship program, and find out new things you about your home country. In any case, you will find a community of dedicated Fellows and Senior Fellows to spend the summer with.

Applying from Denmark

If you are a student or recent graduate in/from Denmark, you have to apply through our Copenhagen office. As a Danish based applicant you can apply to the Copenhagen Fellowship, the Sarajevo Fellowship, and the Mapping Democracy Fellowship.


Dive into issues of climate change, human rights and democracies in crisis in the Copenhagen Fellowship and learn how Danish society is grappling with its colonial past and current minority-majorty relations. Or apply for the Fellowship in Sarajevo and learn about transitional justice questions in Bosnia & Herzegovina. Are you are interested in understanding the fragility of democracy and utilizing mapping to expose societal inequities? Join our brand new Mapping Democracy Fellowship in Washington, DC. In any case, you will find a community of dedicated Fellows and Senior Fellows to spend the summer with.

Applying from Germany

If you are a student or recent graduate* in/from Germany, you need to apply through our Berlin office. As a German or Germany based applicant you can apply to the US Mapping Democracy Fellowship, the Berlin Fellowship, the Copenhagen Fellowship, and the Warsaw Fellowship.

*for the Berlin Fellowship, no university affiliation is required


Dive into history and remembrance in Germany to have a more nuanced understanding of the present in the Berlin Fellowship. Learn about how formerly socialist-run countries dealt with deep transformation processes after the Iron Curtain fell in Warsaw. Find out what Denmark is grappling with in terms of its colonial past. if you are interested in understanding the fragility of democracy and utilizing mapping to expose societal inequities, join our brand new Mapping Democracy Fellowship in Washington, DC. 

If you live in Germany (and have done so for at least two years), you need not have German citizenship in order to apply but speak the language fluently. If you recently came to Germany as a refugee and have lived in the country for at least 12 months, you can apply too. In the latter case, please reach out to our Program Director Pauli Sprang (p.sprang@humanityinaction.org).

In all of these Fellowship programs, you will find a community of dedicated Fellows and Senior Fellows to spend the summer with.

Applying from Greece

Programs you can apply to

If you are a student, recent graduate, or based in/from Greece, you need to apply through our Berlin office. As a Greece based applicant you can apply to the Berlin Fellowship.


Explore social justice issues and ruptures in societies abroad and contrast them to your experience in Greece. There is something to be brought back home from Berlin in terms of lessons in human and minority rights. And Fellows in this program will be enriched by the experiences from Greece.

Applying from The Netherlands

If you are a student or recent graduate in/from the Netherlands, you need to apply through our Amsterdam office. As a Dutch or Netherlands based applicant you can apply to the Mapping Democracy Fellowship, the Berlin Fellowship*, and the Sarajevo Fellowship.

*for the Berlin Fellowship, no university affiliation is required


Dive into history and remembrance in Germany to have a more nuanced understanding of the present in the Berlin Fellowship. Learn about how formerly socialist-run countries dealt with deep transformation processes after the Iron Curtain fell in Warsaw. Understand the dynamics of transitional justice in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Find out what Denmark is grappling with in terms of its colonial past. If you are interested in understanding the fragility of democracy and utilizing mapping to expose societal inequities, join our brand new Mapping Democracy Fellowship in Washington, DC. 

If you live in Germany (and have done so for at least two years), you need not have German citizenship in order to apply but must speak the language fluently. If you recently came to Germany as a refugee and have lived in the country for at least 12 month, you can apply too. In the latter case, please reach out to our Program Director Pauli Sprang (p.sprang@humanityinaction.org).

In all of these Fellowship programs, you will find a community of dedicated Fellows and Senior Fellows to virtually spend the summer with.

Applying from Poland

If you are a student or recent graduate in/from Poland, you have to apply through our warsaw office. As a Polish based applicant you can apply to the Warsaw Fellowship, the Berlin Fellowship*, the Sarajevo Fellowship, and the Mapping Democracy Fellowship.

*for the Berlin Fellowship, no university affiliation is required


Be a partner in explaining Polish society to Fellows from abroad. Learn what keeps Bosnian society together and what tears it apart. Dive into history and remembrance in Germany to have a more nuanced understanding of the present, or, if you are interested in understanding the fragility of democracy and utilizing mapping to expose societal inequities, join our brand new Mapping Democracy Fellowship in Washington, DC. In any case, you will find a community of dedicated Fellows and Senior Fellows to spend the summer with.

 

Applying from Ukraine

Programs you can apply to

If you are a student or recent graduate in/from Ukraine, you have to apply through our Warsaw office. As a Ukrainian based applicant you can apply to the Warsaw Fellowship.


Join other European and US-based Fellows and discuss about present human rights and social justice issues in Poland. Contribute your own experiences in Ukraine and contrast them with realities in the host country. Fellows in the Warsaw program will be enriched by the multitude of voices around the table.

Applying from United States

If you are a student or recent graduate in/from the US, you have to apply through our New York office. As a US based applicant you can apply to the Amsterdam Fellowship, Berlin Fellowship*, Copenhagen Fellowship, Sarajevo Fellowship, Warsaw Fellowship, and the Washington DC-based Mapping Democracy Fellowship.

*for the Berlin Fellowship, no university affiliation is required


Learn about how formerly socialist-run countries dealt with deep transformation processes after the Iron Curtain fell in Warsaw. Understand the dynamics of transitional justice in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Find out what Denmark is grappling with in terms of its colonial past. Explore LGBTQ rights in Amsterdam. Unpack the meaning of collective memory in Germany. Or, if you are interested in understanding the fragility of democracy and utilizing mapping to expose societal inequities, join our brand new Mapping Democracy Fellowship in Washington, DC.