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John Lewis Fellowship

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


The John Lewis Fellows will attend discussions with renowned scholars and activists at The Center for Human and Civil Rights, visit historical sites around Atlanta and engage in discussions on a range of political and social issues. They will also draw upon the immense resources of The Center and contribute to its extensive and innovative outreach initiatives. Key areas of inquiry include race and racism, immigration, national identity, Native American issues and the relationship between civil rights and human rights. 

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–in international groups–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 and eager to explore international perspectives on diversity. 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 John Lewis Fellowship must be currently enrolled undergraduate students (sophomores, juniors and seniors) or recent graduates. For the 2015 John Lewis Fellowship, we define recent graduates as individuals from the undergraduate classes of 2013 and 2014 at accredited, four-year undergraduate colleges or universities in the United States. Applicants of minority backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.


Humanity in Action covers the costs of participation and accommodation during the John Lewis Fellowship. However, all Fellows will be responsible for financing the cost of round-trip airfare to and from Atlanta. Humanity in Action will cover this cost for Fellows with documented need.


The John Lewis Fellowship will take place from June 23 through July 21, 2020, in Atlanta, Georgia. 

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John Lewis Fellowship