Humanity in Action fellowship programs will take place from May 27 - June 22, 2016 in five European cities simultaneously: Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Paris and Warsaw. Additionally, participants of all those programs will meet during the seventh annual Humanity in Action International Conference, which will run from June 23 to June 25 in Athens.
Intensive and demanding, the Humanity in Action fellowship programs bring together international groups of college/university students and recent graduates from United States and Europe to scrutinize human and minority rights, civil society, societal (in)justice and to explore national histories of discrimination and resistance, as well as to analyze issues that affect a variety of marginalized groups nowadays. Moreover, the ‘host’ country becomes the case-study for each of the programs (e.g. the Warsaw program will treat Poland as the main point of reference).
Each program is highly interdisciplinary, multidimensional and time-consuming. It features daily presentations, workshops and discussions with prominent academics, activists, journalists, policy-makers, artists as well as site visits to NGOs and community organizations, government agencies, international organizations, museums, and memorials. The programs seek to present a variety of opinions and perspectives on different models of action, which aim at reducing injustice, discrimination and societal divides.
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 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 senior fellows, the alumni of the Humanity in Action fellowships, are expected to use the know-how obtained during the fellowship while implementing their Humanity in Action ‘Action Projects’. Additionally, they are to participate in Humanity in Action international network and Senior Fellows Networks once their programs end—and to sustain their active engagement in the issues addressed during the fellowships.A Note About Humanity's Focus
A Note on Humanity in Action's Focus
Humanity in Action's programs concern human rights activities generally, but they focus specifically on the relationship between majority and minority populations in the five European countries where the programs take place: Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Poland. The programs address a carefully selected range of subjects intended to give the Fellows analytical and intercultural skills and perspectives that will aid in their work on a broad range of human rights issues in the future.
These issues include the relationships among European immigrant communities and their host societies or current notions of solidarity, especially in Poland. We are particularly concerned with the contemporary causes and consequences of xenophobia as well as religious, ethnic, racial, gender and national identities present in Europe and especially the five Humanity in Action European countries.
The fellowship programs explore national diversity issues in regard to their economic, educational, political, social, cultural, religious and environmental ramifications. We use a national perspective to explore the international implications and repercussions of the treatment of minorities in those countries. It is important for applicants to recognize that these issues are central to Humanity in Action's educational activities during the five-week fellowship programs. While we recognize the importance of transnational problems and the impact of global issues, the Humanity in Action Fellowship concentrates almost exclusively on issues and problems within specific countries in continental Europe.
Fellows apply the knowledge and skills gained from their Fellowship experience to strengthen their work in their own communities around the world.
A wide range of international topics, conflicts and crises are addressed in follow-up conferences, study trips and fellowship opportunities for Senior Fellows. The Fellowship itself, however, adheres to a strong national focus. Those who prefer instead to study international conflicts should carefully consider whether the Humanity in Action Fellowship is right for them.
Eligibility & Application Process
Humanity in Action Poland invites applications from university students and recent graduates interested in taking action in their communities and around the world, and who demonstrate a great interest and commitment in promoting human rights, pluralism, diversity as well as active and responsible citizenship. All majors and academic disciplines are encouraged to apply.
Successful candidates 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 participants 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 and peers. Participants 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.
Humanity in Action does not discriminate on the basis of race or ethnicity, religion, political party, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical or financial ability. Humanity in Action strongly encourages applicants of a minority background to apply.
Eligible applicants are:
- Polish students and recent graduates (no earlier than 2014) of BA/MA/Postgraduate/PhD studies;
- Proficient in English (as the programs are conducted in English);
- Not older than 28.
Please note that short-term exchange students are not eligible to apply.
Experience in grass-root activism is not a must but would be considered as important asset.
Humanity in Action Poland is now accepting applications from Polish university students and recent graduates for the 2016 Humanity in Action Fellowship programs in Poland, Germany and the USA.
Candidates may apply to all programs, but will only be selected to participate in one of them.
The Polish Program will take place in Warsaw from May 27 through June 22, 2016. The German Program will take place in Berlin during the same dates.
Additionally, all participants will take part in the seventh annual Humanity in Action International Conference, which will run from June 23 - June 26 in the Athens, Greece.
The application deadline is February 23, 2016, 23.59 CET.
Admission to the Humanity in Action Poland fellowship program is highly competitive with participants coming from Germany, Poland, Ukraine and the USA. (Please note that this national composition concerns the fellowship in Poland. For details about the fellowship in Germany and the USA, please see here.)
- The first selection is made based on the written application, completed online, which must include: curriculum vitae, personal statement, response essay, Action Project proposal and a future commitment statement. Please make sure to check the application instructions and guidelines before beginning your application.
- Based on your written application, you may be invited for a personal interview with the admissions committee in Warsaw. The interviews will take place in March/April 2016. The exact date/time as well as the place (the committee might conduct interviews also by Skype) of the interview will be communicated via email.