The Humanity in Action (HIA) Foundation sponsors an integrated set of educational programs for university students and post-graduates in the United States, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, France, and Poland. In 2006, HIA began an American-based core program for student leaders who are involved in the study and work of human rights by:

  • Engaging younger generations in histories of resistance and inspire them to fulfill their moral responsibilities to protect those in danger from institutional violations of minority rights.
  • Strengthening the commitment of American and European university students to democratic values and fostering their knowledge of resistance to intolerance, past and present.

The HIA fellowship brings together students from various nationalities, perspectives, and personal experiences with human and minority rights issues. The fellowship programs are highly interdisciplinary. They feature daily lectures and discussions with a variety of people, including academics, journalists, politicians and activists. The HIA program also consists of site visits to places such as government agencies, non-profit and community organizations, museums, and memorials. By exploring collectively the social and political roots of discrimination, HIA fellows can recognize and address the need to promote human rights.

Who should apply

Current students and recent graduates from universities in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Turkey, Ukrain, and the United States are eligible to apply. Applicants should be interested in human rights and should be engaged in their education, allowing them to learn and explore through discussion and field study. They should also be interested in participating in a global network and active citizenship, both locally and internationally.