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Humanity in Action

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Program Purpose

Humanity in Action is an international educational organization that engages, inspires, and develops a network of students, young professionals, and established leaders committed to protecting minorities and promoting human rights – in their own communities and around the world. HIA believes that an important test of a genuine democracy is how it treats its minority groups. It also believes that the commitment to democratic values and the protection of minorities cannot be taken for granted today in the United States and Europe. Therefore, HIA creates educational programs that seek to instill moral responsibility for the protection of minorities in a new generation of social, cultural, and political leaders by: Engaging student leaders in histories of resistance to institutionalized violations of minority rights in democratic countries, and promoting the growth and development of young professionals dedicated to protecting human dignity and the rights of minorities. HIA currently works with university students and young professionals in Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Ukraine.

Program Description

Humanity in Action sponsors two "core" summer programs: its DIVERSITY AND DEMOCRACY IN AMERICA PROGRAM, which is held in New York City, and its SUMMER CORE PROGRAMS in Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, and Warsaw.

Each program facilitates transatlantic dialogue about the challenges democratic societies encounter as they experience new forms and degrees of diversity. HIA reinforces its Fellows' commitment to democratic values and human rights, and fosters an international community of future leaders bound together by these commitments.

For the AMERICAN PROGRAM, 30 Fellows travel to New York to study conditions that promote, sustain, and threaten diversity in the US. Topics include legal, cultural, economic, religious, and political resources available to advocates of a more tolerant, inclusive and participatory society – and contemporary debates over race, immigration, religion, and the role of public and private sectors in addressing social problems.

For the EUROPEAN PROGRAM, 43 US Fellows are selected to study immigration and other challenges to diversity and the integration of minorities – as well as the formation of international human rights doctrine and connections between current tensions in Europe and the history of WWII/the Holocaust. US Fellows are paired with European Fellows who are drawn from Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, the United Kingdom, and Ukraine.

Each 5-week program is divided into two phases. In the first phase, leaders of human rights organizations, politicians, diplomats, philanthropists, journalists, scholars, artists and authors meet with Fellows during intensive seminars, site visits, and group activities. The second phase focuses on research and writing. The European programs culminate in research projects completed in international teams that address pressing host country minority rights issues.


To ensure participation of all qualified students, HIA pays for accommodations and provides a modest food stipend. Fellows are responsible for financing the cost of airfare to participate in the program; HIA will cover this cost for Fellows with documented need. Fellows should also plan to bring spending money (about $500) for food and social activities during the fellowship.

Applicant Profile

Fellows are selected based on academic achievement, leadership potential, interest in minority issues, and demonstrated commitment to human rights. Applicants are invited from all academic disciplines and personal backgrounds who are mature, self-reliant, and comfortable with intensive group activity and interaction.


Upon return from their core summer programs, Fellows are expected to implement projects to engage human rights or minority issues in their home institutions or communities. Program participants who successfully complete a follow-on project are eligible for international internships. Internship opportunities for these "Senior Fellows" include the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, US House of Representatives, and European Parliament.


Sophomores, juniors, seniors, and recent graduates (applying within 3 semesters of graduation).


For students applying from US institutions, US citizens only.


Usually in January.

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