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The Berlin Fellowship


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

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The Berlin Fellowship ran from 2002 to 2021, placing Germany’s human rights realities into the context of its colonial history and the Holocaust




For historical lessons in catastrophic human rights violations, there are few more powerful case studies than Germany. For two decades, the Berlin Fellowship looked at the country’s past to better see its present. In 2022, the Berlin Fellowship was replaced by the European Fellowship.

A focal point of German colonialism, the Weimar Republic, National Socialism and the Cold War, the city does not only carry enormous historical significance. It continues to be a pivotal point for contemporary social justice struggles including the accommodation of asylum seekers fleeing more recent atrocities.

Home to a diverse range of communities in a city that never sleeps, Berlin offers a unique landscape to view the social, cultural, and historical clashes taking place across European democracies. Berlin Fellows examined contemporary questions around identity formation and societal pluralism seen through the lens of those affected.

Past Fellowship Speakers

Every day, Berlin Fellows met and discusssed with established activists, artists, experts and policymakers with diverse perspectives on social justice and human rights.

Will Germans be able to integrate into this society? Check out our past campaign here.



2018 Campaign

Inside the Fellowship via Facebook Livestream

After the month in Berlin, our Fellows ran impactful Action Projects in their own communities.

For 11 months following their time in Berlin, Fellows worked on their Action Project: an independent social justice venture 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 began in Berlin.

Our Fellowship Supporters in the past included

We thank our supporters and partners, hosts, Senior Fellows and friends of Humanity in Action. Your contributions helped to prepare outstanding students for a lifelong commitment to civic responsibility and social justice.

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 confront intolerance and protect democratic values.

01 Year duration

06 Locations

135 Fellows per year