You are here: Home / Student Support / Advising / Fellowship Advising / List of Fellowships / Humanity in Action Fellowship

Humanity in Action Fellowship

Provides support for students to attend an international conference dedicated to addressing the needs of minorities and human rights.


The objective of the Humanity in Action 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 to some of today's most challenging issues can be considered and discussed. The programs are also intended to instill a responsibility among Humanity in Action Fellows to recognize and address the need to protect minorities and promote human rights—in their own communities and around the world. 

Selection Criteria

Humanity in Action seeks candidates who are passionate about active and responsible citizenship, diversity and human rights. Successful Humanity in Action candidates and Fellows possess the following characteristics: 

Intellectual Curiosity:  Humanity in Action seeks candidates who are eager to discuss a range of historical and contemporary topics that drive, challenge and impact diverse societies. This means that Fellows should be eager to stretch their understanding of these issues beyond their own national contexts and specific fields of study.

Collaborative Spirit: Humanity in Action seeks candidates who thrive in collaborative settings and enjoy discussing challenging issues in culturally and internationally diverse groups. Humanity in Action’s pedagogy is based upon collective and intellectually demanding discussion with speakers, peers and host families. Fellows must possess the social maturity and skills to discuss sensitive topics. 

Open-Mindedness: Humanity in Action seeks candidates who are open to challenging their personal convictions. The Humanity in Action Fellowship is not a program that serves to confirm the assumptions of beliefs already held by its Fellows. Instead, the program intends to broaden and stretch the Fellows’ understanding of complex human rights issues.

Entrepreneurial Drive: Humanity in Action seeks candidates who are entrepreneurial and innovative in developing Action Projects and careers as active and responsible citizens. 


Applicants to the Humanity in Action Fellowship must be currently enrolled undergraduate students (sophomores, juniors and seniors) or recent graduates. Applicants of minority backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.


Humanity in Action covers the costs of participation and accommodation during the fellowship programs. Humanity in Action will also cover the cost of airfare to Washington, DC to attend the orientation at the Council on Foreign Relations. However, all Fellows will be responsible for financing the cost of round-trip airfare from the United States to their program city. Humanity in Action will cover this cost for Fellows with documented need.


Humanity in Action Fellowship programs will take place in 2015 in Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Paris and Warsaw. The 2015 program dates for participants from the United States are May 25 through June 28, 2015. 

For more information:

Humanity in Action Fellowship