Humanity in Action Fellowship

Recognize and Address the Need to Protect Minorities and Promote Human Rights in Your Community and around the World!


Online application availability

Mid-September; Check for details

Campus deadline

None; candidates may apply directly

National deadline



Applicant education level

Sophomores to individuals completing undergraduate degrees within two years of applying to the program; (e.g., individuals who graduated in 2016 and 2017 are eligible for the 2018 fellowship)

Open to applicants who have

completed an undergraduate degree?


Open to applicants not currently

enrolled in college/university classes?


Open to (non-U.S.) international students?


Age limit


Are applicants limited to specific fields of study?


Are students required to demonstrate financial need?


Minimum G.P.A.

None; but academic excellence is a must


UAA Institutional Endorsement

Not Required

Advising Appointment

Schedule an advising appointment with the HiA Campus Representative, Dr. Francisco Miranda, at or at 907.786.4035 to discuss intent to apply


There are no language requirements for the program

However, because this fellowship is an international experience available to people from all over the world, knowing other languages provides a valuable asset to you and to those you will be engaging and working with during the fellowship


The Humanity in Action (HiA) fellowship brings together international groups of students and recent graduates from the United States, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Poland, and Ukraine to explore historical and contemporary issues of human rights, diversity, and active and responsible citizenship

The HiA Fellowship seeks to educate, connect, and inspire the world’s future leaders in the fields of human rights and social justice

Fellows participate in month-long fellowship programs in one of five European cities:

  1. Amsterdam, Netherlands
  2. Berlin, Germany
  3. Copenhagen, Denmark
  4. Paris, France
  5. Warsaw, Poland

In one of these five cities, participants study these issues collaboratively within the historical and national context of their placements

Intensive and demanding, each program is highly interdisciplinary and features daily seminars, discussions, site visits, and workshops with renowned academics, journalists, politicians, and activists, as well as site visits to government agencies, non-profit and community organizations, museums, and memorials

The Fellowship focuses on Europe’s unique history during the Second World War and the Holocaust along with present-day tensions related to minority groups in the continent

Key areas of inquiry include national identity, immigration, xenophobia, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, racism, political extremism, and discrimination of Roma

Within one year of completing their Fellowship, Humanity in Action Fellows develop and implement an Action Project in their own communities

Action Projects are outreach initiatives that encourage Fellows to engage their fellowship experience in their own communities and in the issues that they care about most

Upon completion of their Action Project, Fellows receive the title of Senior Fellow and have lifetime access to the growing international network of more than 1500 Humanity in Action Senior Fellows as well as access to professional fellowships, including the Lantos-Humanity in Action Congressional Fellowship and the Humanity in Action-Pat Cox fellowship in the European Parliament

These programs are intended to instill a responsibility among the Humanity in Action Fellows to address the need to protect minorities and promote human rights--in their own communities and around in the world


The Humanity in Action Fellowship offers Fellows an educational experience that broadens and challenges traditional views on human rights, diversity, and active citizenship

Fellows also gain access to a community of emerging and established leaders with a deep commitment to ethical leadership

This community of leaders offers professional and personal support to those who seek to develop careers and lives dedicated to advancing civic engagement locally and globally

Humanity in Action also offers its Fellows professional fellowship opportunities, such as programs in the U.S. Congress and the European Parliament, where Fellows can gain in-depth experiences in policy and government

Humanity in Action covers costs of participation and accommodation during the fellowship program

The only cost incurred by Fellows is the round-trip airfare from the U.S to their program city in Europe

International travel stipends are available for those Fellows who demonstrate financial need


Award covers costs of participation and accommodation

Can the award be deferred?


Can the award be renewed?


Specific notes and/or exceptions

For more information about eligibility requirements, please visit:


  • Humanity in Action Fellowship programs concern human rights generally, but they focus specifically on the relationship between majority and minority groups in the countries in which these programs take place: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Poland
  • John Lewis Fellowship, the American program, focuses on issues of diversity within the United States, with a particular emphases on Atlanta, the American South, and the Civil Rights Movement


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; which 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 and who possess the social maturity and skills to discuss sensitive topics and appreciate a pedagogy based upon collective and intellectually demanding discussion with speakers, peers, and host families


Humanity in Action seeks candidates who are open to challenging their personal convictions; it is not a program that serves to confirm the assumptions of beliefs already held by its Fellows, but intends to broaden and stretch the Fellows’ understanding of complex human rights issues instead

Entrepreneurial Drive

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


Review fellowship mission, goals, and requirements at

  • Find a faculty member willing to serve as your mentor throughout the application process
  • Notify the Humanity in Action (HiA) Campus Representative, Dr. Francisco Miranda, at or at 907.786.4035, of your intent to apply the semester before you plan to apply for the award
    • Schedule an advising appointment with the HiA Campus Representative to discuss internal and external application processes and timelines
  • Register with Humanity in Action and start completing the application at
  • Start developing these three written documents: (1) a Personal Statement, (2) a brief Essay on Program Themes, and (3) a Response Essay
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation are required, at least one of which should be from a university instructor or advisor
    • Select recommenders who know your intellectual abilities and your personal passions and professional interests and can comment on your deep concern for humanity, as well as your open mindedness and entrepreneurial drive
    • Letters should address your academic and extracurricular performance, as well as your engagement and working style in group settings
  • Submit a PDF copy of your complete application to the HiA Campus Representative by the CAMPUS DEADLINE
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered
  • Prepare for your individual CAMPUS INTERVIEW, which will take place 1-2 weeks after campus deadline
  • HiA’s selection process involves two phases: 1) a panel of HiA Board Members and Senior Fellows reads all applications and selects a pool of finalists for further review by a Selection Committee; 2) the Selection Committee reads and evaluates all finalist applications, and its members interview each finalist, after which final selections are made
  • HiA’s Selection Committee phone interview takes place in February
  • If an invitation for a phone interview by HiA’s Selection Committee is not forthcoming, that is the end of the road for your application
  • Selected candidates will be notified in March


Number of applications received


Number of applications rewarded:


Is an interview required?

Campus Interview: No, but one is highly recommended

National interview: Yes, by phone if selected as finalist

When are qualifying candidates notified?


When are winning candidates notified?



Humanity in Action Campus Representative

Dr. Francisco Miranda





Email address


Webinars for candidates are offered at

Schedule an advising appointment at or at 907.786.4035