Learn more about applying to participate in the 2019 Humanity in Action Detroit Fellowship.
Applications were accepted until September 15, 2019 (Sept. 23 for Detroit-based applicants). Applications are now closed.
When and Where
November 15 to 24, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan
Who is Eligible to Apply
We look for applicants with leadership skills and demonstrated engagement in the development of urban regeneration or community engagement efforts.
Humanity in Action Fellows and Senior Fellows with 2+ years of work experience;
New applicants from Detroit with 2+ years of work experience;
New applicants from Greece with 2+ years of work experience.
About the Fellowship
The 2019 Humanity in Action Detroit Fellowship program is a 10-day immersive Fellowship which will focus on community-centered efforts of urban redevelopment in the city of Detroit. The Fellowship will provide 20 civically-engaged participants of diverse disciplines the opportunity to work alongside Detroit organizations on ongoing efforts around relevant development and equity issues: workforce and real estate development, food justice, urban planning, public arts and culture and more. The Fellowship will include site visits, discussions, lectures and tours examining the past and future of urban redevelopment in Detroit with equity at its center.
The 2019 Humanity in Action Detroit Fellowship program will additionally offer:
Two, three-month long, paid Professional Fellowships with a Community Partner;
An Action Project grant competition awarding two winning projects $5,000 to implement their Detroit-based project.
The 2019 Detroit Fellowship
Community Partners & Projects
Learn about our partners and the projects available for 2019 Detroit Fellows.
Our Fellows thrive in collaborative learning and peer-to-peer educational approaches by being both reflective and self-reflective, critical and self-critical.
What makes a Detroit Fellow
Applicants for the Detroit Fellowship display:
Multi-year professional experience (equivalent to a minimum of 2+ years of work experience, or graduate schooling and 2+ years of work experience cumulative);
Leadership skills and demonstrated engagement in the development of urban regeneration or community engagement efforts;
Excellent communications skills to interact respectfully with various different stakeholders;
Experience in working collaboratively in a small team setting, or a demonstrated ability to do so successfully;
Experience or demonstrated interest in any aspect of the intersection of human rights and urban development;
Interest in a theoretical and practical engagement with human rights and civic issues;
Compassion, sensitivity and openness to interacting with diverse populations.
We offer a dynamic ten-day program that will allow participants to:
Network and build urban and international relationships in Detroit and transatlantically;
Increase intercultural competencies;
Draw cross-cultural connections;
Practice cross-functional teamwork;
Build mentoring relationships between participants;
Gain a deeper understanding of what successful policies, projects and strategies (good practice examples) mean in different contexts;
Enhance and share their knowledge, skills and expertise in redevelopment-related issues;
Reflect collectively on their own positions and practical experiences in and for the development of their communities.
Fellows will benefit from the program’s rigorous learning experience and will contribute their own international perspectives and skills through their engagement with Detroit-based organizations.
Ultimately, the 2019 Humanity in Action Detroit Fellowship program aims to provide value to both Community Partners and Fellows in the following ways:
Equip Fellows with practical and theoretical knowledge to practically contribute to urban development efforts in their local communities—in the US and the rest of the world;
Lend global and comparative perspectives on human rights and development to support the work of the Detroit-based Community Partners;
Provide professional development opportunities, whereby Fellows can apply directly relevant skills in the Detroit context in collaboration with practitioners from the city and other parts of the world;
Forge mediums of knowledge-sharing in the future: between Humanity in Action and the Community Partners, between the Fellows and the practitioners, and between the Fellows themselves.
We expect participants to be fully available in-person from November 15 – 24, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan.
In order to arrive in Detroit well prepared, participants commit to up to 4 one-hour video conference sessions with the Community Partners and Fellows group to set the context and plan the engagement during the Fellowship. These calls will take place during the four weeks preceding the 10-day program.
Humanity in Action is about giving back. Our Fellows apply their new knowledge and perspectives to the communities they impact.
Humanity in Action is about giving back. Newly recruited Fellows from Detroit who do not yet have an affiliation with Humanity in Action are expected to give back to their own communities. We expect you to develop and implement an activity after the Fellowship that reflects the learning experience from the program. This activity can take many forms – from lectures to articles, from (online) events of transatlantic knowledge sharing to mentoring. We also encourage continued engagement with our Community Partners in Detroit and the Greek delegation in the program.
Humanity in Action is about giving back. We expect our participants from Greece to develop and implement an activity in Greece that reflects the learning experience from the program. We envision that successful policies, projects, strategies, or models from Detroit can be fruitfully adapted for the Greek context. The follow-up activity can take many forms – from developing strategies for community regeneration in one’s own local context in Greece to adapting a Detroit-based model project for Greek communities, from (online) events of transatlantic knowledge sharing on best-practice experiences to a formalized continued dialogue with the Detroit community partners.
Meet the 2019 Detroit Fellows
The Fellows group includes Greeks, Detroiters and Humanity in Action Senior Fellows