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Humanity in Action Fellowship

Update regarding COVID-19: The program will run in 2021 but has not yet determined the format. Please follow them on their social media platforms and website where they will provide updates. The program will most likely open for applications in December or January.


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Who Can Apply: Currently enrolled sophomores, juniors, and seniors, or recent graduates and current graduate students at accredited, four-year undergraduate colleges or universities in the U.S. HIA 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.

Description: The HIA Fellowship programs bring together international groups of college students and recent graduates to explore national histories of discrimination and resistance, as well as examples of issues affecting different minority groups today.

The programs will take place for five weeks in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Berlin, Copenhagen, Detroit, Sarajevo and Warsaw in summer 2020. 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 highlight different models of action to remedy injustice.

The objective of the HIA 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 can be considered and discussed. The programs are also intended to instill a responsibility among HIA Fellows to recognize and address the need to protect minorities and promote human rights—in their own communities and around the world. Alumni of the HIA Fellowship are expected to participate in HIA's international network once their programs end—and to sustain their engagement in the issues addressed during the fellowship.

IMPORTANT: Applicants may not apply to a program in a specific country and cannot choose their city of participation.

Program Preference: Applicants must be able to demonstrate significant financial need.

Award Amount: 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.

Duration: The 2021 dates are yet to be determined

National Deadline: TBD

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