Humanity in Action Fellowships in Europe and the US!

Announcing that the application for the 2017 Humanity in Action Fellowship is now open

The Humanity in Action Fellowship brings together international groups of university students and recent graduates to explore national histories of discrimination and resistance, as well as examples of issues affecting different minority groups today.

The programs, when appropriate to national histories, address the destructive common roots of prejudice, discrimination and dehumanization. These practices were directed towards Jews and other minorities in Europe during the Nazi era and Holocaust. Those under colonial rule in Africa, Asia, South, Central and North America and the Caribbean Islands were subject to racist policies and attitudes. Countries which experienced other totalitarian regimes after World War II also address the impact that socialism and its implosion had on their societies.

The program is open to undergraduate students and recent graduates from universities in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Poland, Ukraine and the United States. Further information about the programs is available below.





Personal Statement

A recent Fellow in a Humanity in Action program reflected on the following points.

“Humanity in Action seeks to ensure that its programs challenge the thoughts of everyone, including those who

challenge society…The power of the reformer is that he or she changes things; the danger of the reformer is self-righteousness.

For every ounce of diligence we devote to correcting the inequities of society and the world, we must

devote twice as much energy correcting ourselves.”

Please respond to this statement referencing your passions and career aspirations. Limit your response to 500 words.

Response Essay

Required reading:

King Leopold’s Ghost by Adam Hochschild (Intro and Chapters 19) AND EITHER

The Science and Politics of Racial Research by William H. Tucker (Intro and Chapter 1, and 3-4) OR

Kill ‘Em And Leave” by James McBride (Intro and Chapters 1-4 & 6)

The obligatory reading focuses on the struggle to recognize and account for aspects of Europe’s colonial past.

Hochschild refers to that challenge in the Congo and many parts of Africa as the “Great Forgetting.” To some,

Hochschild’s book could be considered an appeal for what might be called the “Great Remembering.”

With this as a backdrop, please turn to either Tucker or McBride. If Tucker, in regard to eugenics, or McBride, in

regard to James Brown, had composed an epilogue on restorative justice, what do you think he would have written?

Furthermore, what linkages might exist between either Tucker or McBride’s appeal for restorative justice and

Hochschild’s appeal for what some might call the “Great Remembering?”

In answering these questions, place yourself in the mind of one of the two authors and imagine how he would

appeal for restorative justice, as it relates to his subject, and as you define it for yourself.

We ask applicants to avoid academic jargon and to write simply and directly. Limit of 500 words

Commentary on Themes

Please read the 2016 Humanity in Action Fellowship Overviews and watch Humanity in Action’s film Just People.

Referencing both the overview and the film, identify a theme present across some of the five programs in the 2016

Fellowship programs in Europe that you think is particularly challenging. Briefly comment on how multiple

programs approach this theme and why you feel that Humanity in Action chose to incorporate it across multiple


If you are applying only to the American program, the John Lewis Fellowship, please discuss how the program

might incorporate the theme you identified from the European programs within the American context.

Please limit your response to no more than 150 words.