Humanity in Action Fellowships for Young US Citizens

Deadline: 10 January 2011
Open to: college students (sophomores, juniors, seniors) and recent graduates (2009/2010) from the US
Venue and dates: programs will take place for five weeks in the summer of 2011 in Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Paris, and Warsaw.
Costs: $35 application fee, the costs of participation and accommodation are covered, airfare will be financed by participants

About Humanity in Action

HIA is an international educational organization that engages, inspires, and continuously develops a network of students, young professionals, and established leaders committed to protecting minorities and promoting human rights—in their own communities and around the world.

HIA believes that an important test of a genuine democracy is how it treats its minority groups. It also believes that the commitment to democratic values and the protection of minorities cannot be taken for granted today in the United States and Europe.

Summer Fellowship Program

HIA invites applications from college students and recent graduates who are intellectually gifted, mature, independent and passionate about human rights. Current sophomores, juniors, and seniors and graduates from the classes of 2009 and 2010 are eligible to apply.

The HIA Fellowship brings together international groups of Fellows to study minority rights and produce research exploring how and why individuals and societies, past and present, have resisted intolerance and protected democratic values. Separate programs will take place for five weeks in Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Paris, and Warsaw.

Applications are due on January 10, 2011.

Intensive and demanding, the HIA Fellowship features daily lectures and discussions with renowned academics, journalists, politicians, and activists, as well as site visits to government agencies, non-profit organizations, museums and memorials. Participation requires a great deal of intellectual curiosity and stamina, as well as the ability to work effectively in international teams.

After the program, Fellows are expected to participate in HIA’s international network of alumni and to sustain their engagement in the human rights issues addressed during the HIA Fellowship. There are also a number of professional fellowship opportunities available for HIA alumni — such as internship programs run by HIA in the U.S. Congress, European Parliament, and community organizations in San Francisco. HIA Fellows are frequently selected for further post-graduate fellowships, with large numbers of Marshall, Mitchell, Fulbright, Watson and Echoing Green Fellows among HIA alumni.

Students of all academic disciplines, interests, and backgrounds are encouraged to apply.


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.

How to Apply

There is a $35 application fee. You may apply here.

All complete applications must include the following:

• A completed application form
• A curriculum vitae or resume
• A college transcript
• A response essay
• A personal statement
• Two letters of recommendation

Here you can find details about the application procedure.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the HIA staff at [email protected]

The official website.

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