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Humanity in Action (HIA) Fellowship

The HIA Fellowship is a funded 4-week, immersive academic program for international groups of students and young professionals who are passionate about active citizenship, diversity and human rights. The programs explore national historical and contemporary challenges of democracy and pluralism, with an emphasis on social impact and citizenship. Programs take place in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Berlin, Copenhagen, Detroit, Sarajevo and Warsaw. 

The program is open to sophomores-seniors and recent alumni from U.S. universities, with no citizenship requirement. HIA programs are fully-funded, with the exception of a small number of meals and the cost of airfare. However, full and partial stipends are available for those with documented need. 

Each program is highly interdisciplinary and features daily lectures and discussions with renowned academics, journalists, politicians and activists, as well as 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.

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.

Humanity in Action seeks applicants who are mature, proactive, self-reliant and comfortable in intensive group activity and interaction. All majors and academic disciplines are encouraged to apply. Applicants may not apply to a HIA Fellowship program in a specific country and cannot choose their city of participation. Students can apply separately for the John Lewis Fellowship in Atlanta, Georgia but must apply using Humanity in Action' online application system at

Last updated December 2017

Fields of Study:

  • Arts and Creative Fields
  • Business and Law
  • Education
  • Health
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
  • Social Sciences and Humanities


  • Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Detroit, Sarajevo, Warsaw and Atlanta

Program Type:

  • Professional Opportunity
  • Travel


  • US Citizen
  • US National or Permanent Resident
  • Citizen of another country

Program Length:

  • 4 weeks


  • January 

Degree Level:

  • Undergrad
  • Post UG
  • Graduate