The Humanity in Action Fellowship (HIA) brings together international groups of student Fellows to study minority rights and produce original research exploring how and why individuals and societies, past and present, have resisted intolerance and protected democratic values. Separate programs take place for five weeks every summer in Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Paris or Lyon, and Warsaw.
Humanity in Action is an international educational organization that seeks to inspire and connect a global network of students, young professionals and established leaders committed to promoting human rights, diversity and active citizenship—in their own communities and around the world.
HIA Fellowship Programs bring together university students from the United States and Europe for a rigorous, interdisciplinary inquiry into human rights, diversity and minority issues. Students participate in the five-week fellowship in one of five different countries: Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Poland. Each program is highly interdisciplinary and features daily lectures and discussions with renowned academics, journalists, politicians and activists, as well as site visits to government agencies, non-profit and community organizations, museums and memorials. The programs seek to highlight different models of action to remedy injustice.
The objective of the Humanity in Action Fellowship is to facilitate a collective exploration of the social and political roots of discrimination, as well as to provide a forum where potential solutions to some of today’s most challenging issues can be considered and discussed. The programs are also intended to instill a responsibility among Humanity in Action Fellows to recognize and address the need to protect minorities and promote human rights—in their own communities and around the world.
Humanity in Action covers the costs of participation, accommodation and a modest stipend for food during the fellowship. However, all Fellows will be responsible for financing the cost of airfare to participate in the program. Humanity in Action will cover this cost for all Fellows with documented need.
Humanity in Action seeks applicants who are mature, proactive, self-reliant and comfortable in intensive group activity and interaction. Selections are made on the basis of demonstrated commitment to minority rights and social justice, evidence of leadership potential, significant academic achievement, entrepreneurship and social maturity.
January 2015 Completed application and required documentation must be submitted to the Humanity in Action Foundation.
February - March 2015 Finalists are interviewed and winners announced.
Summer 2015 Winners attend the HIA Program.