Humanity in Action Fellowship, Berlin, Amsterdam

Deadline: 1 March 2011
Open to: Bosnian students and recent graduates candidates, call is open to other nationalities as well
Duration: 2nd June– 3rd July

Humanity in Action is pleased to invite Bosnian university students and recent graduates to apply for the 2011 HIA Fellowship programs in Amsterdam and Berlin. The HIA Programs in Europe will run simultaneously from June 2nd through July 3rd, 2011.

Intensive and demanding, the HIA Fellowship programs bring together international groups of emerging minority rights leaders to explore different 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. There is also a significant number of 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.

Since the point of departure in most HIA programs is the Holocaust and related issues of resistance and remembrance, HIA values immensely the participation of Bosnian Fellows—who bring an important perspective given Bosnia’s recent history of violence and war.


Bosnian university students and recent graduates are welcome to apply, especially those committed to the promotion of human and minority rights, tolerance, and intercultural understanding.


  • Bosnian university student (in your second semester of studies at least) or a recent graduate (no earlier than 2010)
  • proficient in English and BHS
  • high university credits/grades
  • strong communication skillsknowledge about ongoing social, political, and transitional trends in the country (and issues related to European Union accession)

Note that short-term exchange students and doctoral students are not eligible to apply. HIA seeks applicants who are mature, proactive, self-reliant, experienced in grassroots activism, and comfortable in intensive group activity and interaction. All majors and academic disciplines are encouraged to apply.

Admissions to the HIA Fellowship programs is extremely competitive. The first selection is made based on the written application, which must include a curriculum vitae, a personal statement, a response essay, or an action project proposal. Please note that your application must be submitted in English. You should give yourself enough time to assemble all the required application materials before the deadline. Make sure to check the application instructions and guidelines for further instructions.


HIA covers the costs of accommodation, transportation, meals, and participation in program activities.


German Program in Berlin
Program Dates: June 2nd through July 3rd, 2011

The German Program focuses on historical and contemporary human rights dilemmas in German society. During the first few weeks of the program, Fellows meet with academics, journalists, activists, elected officials, and recognized leaders in human rights organizations.

Dutch Program in Amsterdam
Program Dates: June 2nd through July 3rd, 2011

The starting point of the Dutch Program is the persecution of the Jewish population during World War II. There are subsequent discussions about political and social developments after the war, the ways in which Dutch society treated minorities after 1945, and more specifically, how it deals with minority populations today. Important areas of debate are slavery, colonialism, immigration, religion, international relations, Europe and the United States, refugees, racism, and xenophobia.

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