Landecker Democracy Fellowship

Website: Humanity in Action


The Landecker Democracy Fellowship annually supports diverse changemakers in unpacking and addressing historic and contemporary systems of inequity. The 2022/23 cohort brings together 30 Fellows to realize project ideas that tackle some of the democratic challenges and opportunities of our digital age.

Humanity in Action launched the Landecker Democracy Fellowship in 2020 in partnership with the Alfred Landecker Foundation. Annually, the Fellowship brings together 30 diverse leaders from the European Union, the United Kingdom, and the United States who spend one year creating projects that reinvent democratic spaces. Each year, the Fellowship focuses on a different set of democratic challenges. With financial support, programming, and guidance, the third cohort of #LandeckerFellows will work together from November 20, 2022 to November 19, 2023. They will build community and maintain close ties to the Alfred Landecker Foundation and the Humanity in Action alumni networks beyond their Fellowship.

Landecker Fellows are young professionals with demonstrated leadership experience. They commit to actively shaping their communities and democracy at large alongside their other life commitments. Fellows have the motivation, vision, experience, and networks it takes to shape society. This program is made for them to use these skills to create tangible action. Fellows come from diverse backgrounds including, but not limited to politics, business, the arts, activism, tech, community organizing, and academia. Landecker Fellows have vastly different identities and ideas, but share democratic values. They are collaborative, passionate, hands-on, and empathic. They feel responsible for facilitating societal change and want a framework to make this possible. Born in or after 1980, they are based in the European Union, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and the United States. By designing and implementing a civic project that has a publicly visible and tangible impact, our Fellows serve as inspirations for other Millennials who struggle to believe in their power to create change.

The Projects:

The common denominator of our 2022/23 Fellows projects is that they all revolve around the challenges and opportunities of democracy in the digital age. The projects take place at the intersection of technology and social justice, and may vary widely in focus, methodology, scope, and target groups. They are concerned with the impact of:

(discriminating) algorithms | artificial intelligence | censorship | community organizing  | data collection | democratic checks and balances for tech giants | democratic placemaking through digital tools | the digital divide | discrimination and hate speech online | disinformation online | filter bubbles | internet governance | liquid democracy | (mass) surveillance | machine learning | open data | privacy

Together and individually, our Fellows explore an array of complex questions, develop responses, and implement tangible actions that reach broad audiences. While each project is different, they all leverage or challenge the use of technology as shapers of democracy in the 21st century. Project implementation takes place in the European Union, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, or the United States.


Please be aware of our eligibility criteria:
- Born in or after 1980,
- Based in the European Union, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, or the United States (independent of citizenship),
- Professional work experience of at least 5 years,
- Demonstrated leadership experience,
- A record of political and/or civic engagement, community activism, or social entrepreneurship,
- Strong communication skills, cultural fluency, and humility.

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

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The application form for the Landecker Democracy Fellowship does not allow you to save progress in the form. Please review the questions beforehand, prepare your materials in advance, then start the application.

Contact Information

Humanity In Action

41 Flatbush Avenue, Suite 1

Brooklyn, NY 11217

Phone: +1 (212) 828-6874