Deadline January 6, 2019
Eligibility sophomores, juniors, seniors and recent graduates from US universities
Duration one month

Note: The current Humanity in Action application cycle has closed. Updated deadlines will be posted in the summer of 2019.

Candidate must

  • be a sophomore, junior, senior or recent graduates
  • have demonstrated intellectual curiosity, collaborative spirit, open-mindedness and entrepreneurial drive


Our one-year Fellowship program welcomes college and university students and recent graduates from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Poland, the Netherlands, the United States, and Ukraine. Fellows participate in intensive four-week educational programs located in cities across Europe and the United States, with approximately 20 local and international students in each program. Each program provides a site-specific curriculum for understanding the historical and cultural context in which challenges to pluralism and liberal democracy occur. The programs are interdisciplinary, collaborative, and engaged learning experiences; they feature lectures and discussions with researchers, journalists, politicians, activists, and artists, as well as site visits to government agencies, non-profit and community organizations, museums, and cultural and memorial sites. The goal of these programs is to foster cross-cultural understanding and an appreciation of different perspectives and approaches for assessing past and contemporary social justice issues.

After the four-week on-site educational programs, Fellows return to their countries to develop and implement Action Projects to address social justice issues in their own communities. Past Action Projects have ranged from the production of documentaries and theatrical plays to community organizing projects, campaigns and social enterprises. The Action Project implementation stage is not a full-time commitment and is individually completed as the Fellow continues their education or career.

Graduates of the one-year Fellowship program then are invited to join a transatlantic network of over 2,000 alumni as Senior Fellows. Senior Fellows have developed careers as entrepreneurs, artists, scientists, journalists, researchers, performers, writers and professionals from all disciplines, united by a shared commitment to advancing human rights through civic engagement. Humanity in Action provides Senior Fellows with opportunities for continued learning and engagement through annual international conferences on both sides of the Atlantic, professional Fellowship programs, study tours, grant competitions and more.

Advice from NYU Humanity in Action Recipients

Tine Nansen Paulsen (Denmark, 2014):

Advice: “Apply again.” I was rejected the first time I applied for the fellowship and had actually decided not to apply again until a friend convinced me otherwise. And I am so grateful to her for that.


Alexandria Margolis:

Advice: Try to remember that when you are in the "real world" these accolades will not define you. When you apply for scholarships and fellowships, prioritize your learning and professional goals. These are the experiences that build you, not your resume.