Humanity in Action Summer Fellows Program

The Humanity in Action Summer Fellows Program (HIA) summer fellows program brings together international groups of college students and recent graduates to explore different national histories of discrimination and resistance, as well as issues affecting minority groups today. Programs take place in Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Lyon, and Warsaw.

The HIA summer fellows program facilitates a collective exploration of the social and political roots of discrimination, and provides a forum where potential solutions can be considered and discussed. Fellows meet with journalists, politicians, activists, and academics to discuss strategies for protecting minorities and promoting human rights. Following the summer programs, HIA Fellows complete an Action Project, engaging human rights or minority issues in their home institutions or communities. HIA covers the costs of participation and accommodation during the summer fellows program.

After completing an HIA summer fellows program, HIA Fellows are invited to join the global network of HIA Senior Fellows. The Senior Fellows support their members' continuing engagement and professional development though annual meetings, conferences, and financial support for individual and collaborative action projects.


Applicants to the HIA fellowship programs must be currently enrolled undergraduates or recent graduates. All majors and academic disciplines are encouraged to apply.


Selections are made on the basis of demonstrated commitment to minority rights and social justice, evidence of leadership potential, significant academic achievement, and social maturity.

Applicants can apply to the American Program and/or the European Programs, but can only participate in one. Applicants to the European Programs may not apply to a program in a specific country and cannot choose their city of participation.

Applications must include:

  • Completed application form
  • Curriculum vitae or resume
  • College transcript
  • Response essay
  • Personal statement
  • Two letters of recommendation


Applications must be submitted online in January 2019 on a TBD date. Finalists are notified in mid-February and are interviewed by a member of the HIA Selection Committee. Fellowships are announced in early March.


Arthur D. Casciato, Ph.D.
Director, Office of Distinguished Fellowships
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey