International summer program to study (in)equity, human rights, and democratic values. 



Application Deadline

July 15, 2024 at 4:00 AM

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Humanity In Action (HIA) Fellowship

Quick facts

Academic Discipline

Arts & Humanities
Professional (Law/Medicine/Business)
Public Service
Social Sciences
STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math)

Eligibility: Citizenship

U.S. Citizen, Non-US Citizen, DACA Recipient

When to Apply

Sophomore Year, Junior Year, Senior Year, Young Alumni

Campus Nomination Required?



The HIA Fellowship brings together international groups of Fellows to study minority rights and produce research exploring how and why individuals and societies, past and present, have resisted intolerance and protected democratic values. Separate programs will take place for four weeks in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Berlin, Copenhagen, Sarajevo, and Warsaw.

After the program, Fellows are expected to participate in HIA's international network of alumni and to sustain their engagement in the human rights issues addressed during the HIA Fellowship. There are also a number of professional fellowship opportunities available for HIA alumni, such as internship programs run by HIA in the U.S. Congress, European Parliament, and community organizations in San Francisco.


The Fellowship provides funding for the costs of participating in the summer program, a modest stipend for meals, and accommodation for the duration of the program. The Fellowship will also provide airfare funding for Fellows with demonstrated financial need; Fellows without financial need must provide their own transportation funding.

Fellows also gain access to robust networking and HIA-alumni-exclusive opportunities. 


Applicants to the HIA Fellowship must be currently enrolled students (sophomores, juniors, and seniors), or recent graduates at accredited, four-year colleges or universities in the United States. 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. Applicants may not apply to a program in a specific country and cannot choose their city of participation.

Selection Criteria

  • Strong, demonstrable commitment to human rights and social justice.
  • Maturity, proactivity, self-reliance, and ability to work in groups
  • Willingness to examine and challenge own preconceptions and biases


Recent Duke Recipients


Juan Jose Jimenez Lizardi

Humanity In Action Fellow

Chandler Phillips

Humanity In Action Fellow