Humanity in Action is accepting applications for the 2018 Fellowship programs. This is a wonderful opportunity for the students to use their holiday break to work on their applications. The deadline to apply to these programs is January 8, 2018 at 11:59 pm PST. 

We invite applications from students and recent graduates of U.S. colleges and universities who are passionate about active citizenship, diversity and human rights. Current sophomores, juniors and seniors, as well as graduates from the undergraduate classes of 2016 and 2017 are eligible to apply.  Applications for students and recent graduates from European Universities will open late in Fall.

The Humanity in Action Fellowship programs are fully-funded, with the exception of a small number meals and the cost of airfare- which Fellows are responsible for financing. However, Humanity in Action provides full and partial stipends for all of those with documented need.

The European Programs

The European Humanity in Action Fellowship programs take place in Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Sarajevo and Warsaw. Intensive and demanding, the Humanity in Action Fellowship brings together international groups of college students and recent graduates to explore national histories of injustice and resistance – including the foundations of racial hierarchies, Antisemitism, Islamophobia and colonial domination- as they affect liberal democracy and pluralism today.

To learn more about the European programs, click here. To view last year;s fellowship agendas, click here. Questions? Visit our FAQ or contact us at

The American Programs – John Lewis Fellowship in Atlanta 

The John Lewis Fellowship takes place in Atlanta, Georgia. Named in honor of U.S. Representative John Lewis- an icon of the Civil Rights Movement- the program explores the history of the Civil Rights Movement, diversity and minority rights, with a particular emphasis on restorative justice in Atlanta. This four- week inquiry and resulting blueprint for restorative justice involves a multidisciplinary approach. Fellows explore keys issues and subjects including education, health, the law, urban planning, policing, local and state government, and the arts.

To learn more about the John Lewis program, click here. To view last year’s fellowship agenda, click here.

Questions? Visit our FAQ or contact us at

The Detroit Fellowship

The Detroit Fellowship  explores the biography of Detroit – a city deeply emblematic of the tensions of massive economic and cultural change in 20th and 21st century America. The program places Detroit’s History  and contemporary issues within the larger national context of the transformation of urban and regional economies at a time of profound inequality in the United States. The Detroit Fellowship places special emphasis on equitable development, social entrepreneurship, public health and education.

To learn more about the Detroit Program, click here. To view last year’s fellowship agendas, click here.

Questions? Visit our FAQ or contact us at

Humanity in Action’s Mission and Network 

Humanity in Action Fellowship programs seek to educate, connect and inspire future leaders to be responsible citizens in the broadest range of fields– government and diplomacy, journalism, entrepreneurship and business, grassroots activism, science, academia and culture and the arts.

Upon successful completion of these programs, Fellows will join the global network of over 1700 Humanity in Action Senior Fellows. As senior fellows, they are eligible for advanced professional and educational opportunities, including fellowships in the U.S. Congress, the European Parliament and organizations like the ACLU and the NAACP.

The Humanity in Action Fellowship programs provide opportunities for collaborative learning and problem solving. These programs are designed for those who seek to enrich and broaden their knowledge and skills with various and often conflicting perspectives. As such, the programs are testing grounds for thinking anew with others about complex issues of diversity and democracy in historical and contemporary terms. The programs focus, through educational seminars and site visits, on vulnerable populations and the unfulfilled goals of just democratic societies. The programs do not engage in on-the-ground training for political activism, although some programs emphasize campaigns to fight prejudice through social media and other means.

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