The Humanity in Action Fellowship 2019 in United States

The Humanity in Action Fellowship programs focus on challenges to liberal democracies and pluralism in each of the program countries — issues that derive from different histories and take different forms. The site-specific curriculum for each country or city program promotes a rigorous, collaborative, and immersive learning experience for the approximately 20 local and international students who engage with speakers, local community leaders, and each other.

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Humanity in Action is a collaborative, international learning community of individuals from or based in Europe and the United States committed to the values of pluralism, liberal democracy, social justice, and human rights, particularly in the transatlantic context. They seek to promote these values through different forms of civic engagement shaped by the specific historical and cultural contexts in which they live.

They educate to encourage critical exploration of liberal democracy and pluralism, within the specific national historical and present contexts of their Fellowship programs. They connect an ever growing transatlantic community to promote continual learning and collaboration. They inspire action for advancing social justice and equity.
Given the ever growing challenges to the values of equality, liberal democracy and pluralism in Europe and the United States today, their work is more complex, relevant, and demanding than ever before.

The intellectual touchstone for Humanity in Action, founded in 1997, is the study of acts of resistance–and lack thereof–during the Second World War and the Holocaust. These events raise critical questions which relate to the past and present: Why do some people resist while others remain bystanders? What bonds those who recognize the need to resist? How are acts of resistance influenced by national and historical contexts?

Since the beginning of the program in Denmark to study the flight and rescue of Jews in Denmark, Humanity in Action has grown conceptually, intellectually and geographically. Its scope has expanded to include topics as diverse as the legacies of American slavery and the Jim Crow era; colonialism and migration; conflict resolution in the Balkans; transitions from authoritarian to democratic forms of government; and other social justice issues in Europe and the United States. Humanity in Action has continued to evolve and will do so in the future.

Through the programs:

  • They affirm the importance of strengthening democratic values by building bridges between communities.
  • strive to develop inclusive spaces in which contentious ideas are respectfully engaged, modeling the type of pluralistic, discursive society we imagine.
  • engage with various perspectives, including that of the establishment.
  • insist upon a vision of pluralistic societies that embrace differences and negotiate their boundaries through respectful, dignified political, social and personal relationships.

As a part of the year-long Fellowship, the Fellows will participate in an intensive four-week educational program located in one of the below cities. Each program provides a site-specific curriculum for examining historical and contemporary challenges to the values of pluralism and equality. The programs offer an opportunity to learn about the different nationally-relevant themes illuminated by diverse experts, site visits, individual presentations by the Fellows, and group discussions. Applicants are strongly encouraged to look closely at the programs of previous years to get a sense of the daily rhythms and focal point of the programs. While these programs are not designed to develop advocacy skills, it is their hope that the educational experience will provide the intellectual foundation through which future advocacy can grow.


United States


Humanity in Action covers the costs of participation and accommodation during the Fellowship programs.


  • Applicants to the Humanity in Action Fellowship must be:

    • currently enrolled undergraduate students from the US or at US-based colleges and universities (sophomores, juniors and seniors); or
    • recent graduates (for the 2019 Fellowship, we define recent graduates as individuals from the undergraduate classes of 2017 and 2018 at accredited, four-year undergraduate colleges or universities in the United States); 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 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 a student or recent graduate from and/or based in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Poland or Ukraine, please select the country’s name from the page to view their application information. If you are unsure through which country’s application you should be applying, please contact [email protected]
  • Applicants may apply to both the Humanity in Action Fellowship programs in Europe and the United States through a single application and may indicate preference for one of more programs. However, they cannot choose their city of participation.
  • Applicants of minority backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. For an overview of the applicant pool in 2018, please visit the website.
Eligible Regions: Multiple Regions (Check the official website for details)

Application Process

  • The application is considered complete and submitted when all requested documents and application responses have been received. Applications that are incomplete or missing documentation after January 6, 2019 will not be considered.
  • Requirements of the application are:
    • 1 Personal Response Essay
    • 1 Essay Question Response
    • 1 CV / Resume
    • 1 Copy of Unofficial Transcripts
    • 2 Letters of Recommendation
    • 1 Application Fee of $40
  • After fulfilling the requirements visit the Apply Now link to apply online.

Application Deadline: January 6, 2019

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