Humanity in Action Fellowship (US)

Application Deadline: January 8, 2018

Open to:  Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, alumni, and early-career graduate students
Award Type: Academic/ Professional
Area(s) of study: All fields, with an interest in human rights and social justice
Award criteria: leadership; academic achievement; diversity
Award provides: Provides a month-long summer program centered around race and civil rights, based in either Atlanta, Georgia ("The John Lewis Fellowship") or Detroit, MI ("The Detroit Fellowship")
Open to international students: Yes

Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must have:

  • a demonstrated record of commitment to minority rights and social justice
  • evidence of significant leadership potential
  • an outstanding academic record
  • personal traits including intellectual curiosity, collaborative spirit, open-mindedness, and entrepreneurial drive 

The Humanity in Action John Lewis Fellowship brings together international groups of university students and recent graduates for an intensive summer program focused on diversity and civil rights in America. The HIA John Lewis Fellowship focuses on the relationship between majority and minority groups, with a particular emphasis on issues of diversity in Georgia and the American South. Program participants will attend discussions with scholars and activists, visit historical sites around Atlanta, and engage in discussions on political and social issues, and will complete a one year Action Project. After completion of the program, Fellows are invited to the HIA Senior Fellow Network, and to ongoing professional activities.

The HIA Detroit Fellowship explores the biography of Detroit — a city deeply emblematic of the tensions of massive economic and cultural change in 20th and 21st century America. The program places special emphasis on democratic inclusion, equitable development, social entrepreneurship and public health.  After completing the program, Fellows have one year to initiate Action Projects on important issues within their own communities. These Action Projects enable Fellows to apply the knowledge and skills they gained from their Fellowship experiences. To support the professional growth of its Fellows beyond their program experience, Humanity in Action also offers ongoing opportunities, including international conferences and professional fellowships in the U.S. Congress, the European Parliament and with organizations such as the NAACP and the ACLU.

Application Components:

  • Application form
  • Personal statement
  • Response essay
  • Essay on program theme
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts
  • Résumé
  • $40 application fee [Humanity in Action will extend a fee waiver for the $40 application fee for applicants with demonstrated financial need and all those from Michigan.]

This award does not require Emory endorsement. For more information and to apply, visit and . Note that applicants may apply for both the HIA- Europe and HIA- John Lewis Fellowships; there is a single application for both awards.

NS&FP recommends beginning the application process in November. Make an appointment with a NS&FP advisor. We will help you determine your eligibility and, if you choose to apply, provide feedback on your application.