Internal Deadline: December 5, 2014

National Deadline: January 8, 2015, 7:59 p.m. PST

Eligibility requirements:

  • Sophomore, junior, senior or recent grad (2 years out)
  • Any major eligible
  • Non-citizens attending U.S. universities may apply

Award summary and conditions:  Humanity in Action (HIA) fellowship programs will take place for five weeks in the summer of 2015 from May 25 to June 28, in Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Paris, and Warsaw.

The objective of the HIA 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 can be considered and discussed. The programs are also intended to instill a responsibility among HIA Fellows to recognize and address the need to protect minorities and promote human rights—in their own communities and around the world.

Intensive and demanding, the HIA Fellowship programs bring together international groups of college students and recent graduates to explore national histories of discrimination and resistance, as well as examples of issues affecting different minority groups today.

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, non-profit and community organizations, museums, and memorials. The programs seek to bridge the gap between theory and practice and highlight different models of action to remedy injustice.

As a requirement of participation, Fellows are obligated to conduct a hands-on outreach initiative—an “Action Project”—in their home communities. The initiative should reflect the HIA fellowship experience. Upon successful completion, Fellows are invited to become Senior Fellows and to join the global HIA network of young advocates.

Costs: HIA covers the costs of participation and accommodation during the fellowship. However, all Fellows will be responsible for financing the cost of airfare to participate in the program. HIA will cover this cost for Fellows with documented need.  Although HIA provides a modest stipend for meals, Fellows should also plan to bring spending money of approximately $500 for food and social activities during the fellowship program.

Application materials: electronic application process consists of:

  • $35.00 application fee
  • application form
  • resume
  • official college transcript
  • response essay--see application for questions to be addressed from the readings. 
  • personal statement
  • brief essay on program themes
  • two letters of recommendation

Faculty Representative: Keith Raether

National committee interview: Yes

Selection process: Fellows will be selected on the basis of their demonstrated commitment to minority rights, evidence of leadership potential, significant academic achievement and social maturity.

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