Humanity in Action Fellowship

Website: Humanity in Action


The Humanity in Action journey begins with a dynamic program on social justice, human rights, and remembrance. Expand your perspective and become a life-long member of our community. 

In several cities across Europe and the United States, Fellows gather to study past, present, and future challenges to local communities. The Humanity in Action Fellowships explore issues of social justice, human rights, remembrance culture, and civic engagement. Fellows first participate in an intensive three-week educational program. Each of our programs is tailored to its location, featuring diverse experts, site visits, and community building. Thereby, Fellows learn about the host society’s present struggles to navigate dominant and minoritized cultures and identities, while also being inspired by what collective action based on intersectional solidarity can look like.

Fellows will also acquire practical skills and work on the development of an Action Project, their own civil society initiative. After the three weeks, they embark on implementing these Action Projects in their own communities.

Program locations and dates can change from one year to the next. See current program locations and details. In most years, programs are offered during the month of June, in:

  • Amsterdam
  • Berlin
  • Copenhagen Fellowship
  • Sarajevo
  • US
  • Warsaw

Eligibility Requirements for Applicants from the United States

Applicants to the Humanity in Action Fellowship must be one of the following:

  • currently enrolled undergraduate students from the US or at US-based colleges and universities (sophomores, juniors, and seniors); or
  • recent graduates (see full eligibility details for exact definitions); or
  • currently enrolled, second-year community college students who plan to continue their secondary education; or
  • currently enrolled Masters and PhD students at US-based universities.

If you are a United States citizen studying at a foreign university, you are eligible to apply to the Humanity in Action Fellowship through the United States. If you are a United States student studying at a university in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands or Poland, you may also be eligible to apply through the Humanity in Action offices in those countries. Please contact those offices directly to confirm your eligibility.

If you are a non-US citizen studying at a university in the United States, you are eligible to apply to the Humanity in Action Fellowship through the US office.

If you are a student or recent graduate from and/or based in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Poland, or Ukraine, you will need to apply through the European application process. Please click here to see which programs you are eligible for and how to apply. If you are unsure through which country’s application you should be applying, please contact

Applicants are encouraged to apply to all programs you are interested in.

More questions? Please reference the FAQs page for more information.

Student Type
  • sophomore
  • junior
  • senior
  • graduate
Citizen Type
  • US Citizen
  • Permanent Resident
  • International or Other Visa Status
  • Undocumented

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Application Requirements for Applicants from the United States

  • 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 $20*

*Application fees may be waived for financial need. Please reference our FAQs page for more information.


The selection process involves two phases.


During the first phase, a panel of Humanity in Action staff, board members, and Senior Fellows reads over all of the applications and selects a pool of finalists for further review by the national Humanity in Action’s Selection Committees.


During the second phase, the Selection Committees read and evaluate all finalists’ applications and conduct group interviews with finalists. All finalists will be interviewed by a small panel of the Selection Committee together with two or three other finalists. The additional reference will be contacted at this point.


The final selections are made based on this second reading, reference information, and the interview.

Service Agreement

Our Fellows commit to:

  • participating in the full programming of the intensive four-week educational program as well as in pre-Fellowship calls and readings;
  • delivering program assignments in a timely manner;
  • share responsibility for creating a supportive, collaborative community of Fellows;
  • completing their Action Project within 11 months of the on-site educational component of the program;
  • sharing evaluations with Humanity in Action throughout and after the Fellowship to advance the program for future cohorts.
Contact Information

Humanity in Action

41 Flatbush Avenue, Suite 203

Brooklyn, NY 11217

Phone: +1 (212) 828-6874