SUMMER 2021 Humanity In Action Fellowship

Humanity In Action provides fellowship opportunities to allow for individuals to examine how communities co-exist in order to form societies.  Each program investigates human rights, democracy, and structural injustice through local site-visits, and practice-oriented workshops. The program begins with a three week intensive case study. After completing the study portion of the fellowship, fellows will have the remaining eleven months to work on their Action Project: an independent venture focused on promoting democratic values in their own communities. Past Action projects have been documentaries, arts festivals, and new organizations that serve a public good. Planning for the Action Project begins during the study portion of the Fellowship, through workshops and collaborative discussion.

The deadline to apply for all fellowships is Sunday February 14, 2021

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must be one of the following
    • Current undergraduate student of at least sophomore status enrolled in a U.S. college or university
    • Recent graduates of an undergraduate program (class of 2019 or 2020)
    • Current second year community college student who plan to continue their secondary education
    • Current graduate student enrolled in a Masters or PhD program at a U.S. University
  • If you are a non-U.S. Citizen enrolled at a U.S. based school you are eligible to apply through the U.S. Office
  • If you are a U.S. Citizen enrolled in a foreign university, you are eligible to apply through the U.S. office, and may also be eligible to apply through the office of your host country.

Application Requirements

  • Personal Statement
  • Short Answer Responses
  • Essay Question Response
  • Action Project Pitch Video
  • CV / Resume
  • Copy of Unofficial Transcripts
  • One Letter of Recommendation and contact info for one other reference
  • Application Fee of $40
    • Application fees may be waved if there is financial need

Warsaw Fellowship | June 1-23 (Virtual)

Women*: Nothing about us without us!

Women’s rights are a peak issue in Poland after the Constitutional Tribunal issued a ruling, which effectively limits the right to legal and safe abortion even on the ground of fatal or severe fetal impairment. The decision demonstrated once again how often governmental decisions in democratic states are made about women without women. With this context in mind, the fellowship will unpack the frequently erased and diminished role of women throughout Polish history. This program will focus on Poland’s challenges with diversity, especially hate speech and hate crime, and provide an opportunity for the fellow to engage in well informed activism.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Amsterdam Fellowship | June 1-23 (Virtual)

Placing the Netherlands Human Rights Realities Today Into the Context of its Colonial History and the Holocaust

The Netherlands has a reputation for tolerance and acceptance of minorities today, but this was not always the case. Fellows will examine the countries past, looking at their actions during the Second World War and the Holocaust, and their history of colonialism and slavery. The program will allow fellows to discuss if this reputation is deserved and to discuss how democracy breaks down when minority groups are denied rights. Home to a very diverse population, the Netherlands will serve as a fascinating and complex case study in identity construction in a liberal pluralistic Western democracy.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Berlin Fellowship | June 1-23 (Virtual)

Placing Germany’s human rights realities today into the context of its colonial history and the Holocaust

The Berlin fellowship examines Germany’s past of catastrophic human rights violations to better see its present state. Not only a focal point for many of the countries past conflicts, Berlin also serves as an impactful look into contemporary struggles for social justice. Berlin Fellows examine contemporary questions around identity formation and societal pluralism seen through the lens of those affected.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Sarajevo Fellowship | June 1-23 (Virtual)

Placing Bosnia’s human rights realities today into the context of its recent violent history and transitional justice

The City of Sarajevo will serve as a unique case study on how groups with different identities coexist. A “multiconfessional” city, Muslims, Catholics, and the Serbian Orthodox share power.   Despite this apparent cooperation, the city has one of the bloodiest and most tumultuous recent histories in all of Europe. This fellowship will have nuanced discussions of post-conflict identity politics, transitional justice, and peacebuilding to help Fellows connect the unique diversity of Bosnia and Herzegovina to international issues of ethnic nationalism, right-wing extremism, and the crafting of pluralistic democracies.

For more information and to apply, click here.

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