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, and Warsaw.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Enrolled sophomore, junior, senior, or recent graduate at the time of application.
  • All majors and academic disciplines are encouraged to apply.
  • The GPA is just one criterion HIA evaluates during the selection process.  No specific GPA threshold is required.

General Information

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, nonprofit 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 strong sense of responsibility among Humanity in Action Fellows to recognize and address the need to protect minorities and promote human rights.

Humanity in Action covers the costs of participation, accommodation, day-to-day transportation, 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.

Application Timeline and Instructions

**Applicants apply directly to Humanity in Action. All application instructions and materials are available at the HIA website. The PAF office will only provide feedback to applicants who request it and who submit their materials for review a minimum of three weeks in advance of the application deadline. NO EXCEPTIONS.** All applicants should notify the PAF Office of their intent to apply by emailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

January 2016  
Completed application and required documentation must be submitted to the Humanity in Action Foundation.

February – March 2017  
Finalists are interviewed and recipients announced.

Summer 2017  
Recipients attend the HIA Program.