2021 Humanity in Action Landecker Democracy Fellowship

Deadline: July 11, 2021.

With our societies being built on histories of structural injustice and violence, what does a critical and inclusive path toward social cohesion look like? How can peoples’ and communities’ diverging realities be seen and acknowledged in the process of building equitable societies? How can the forces underpinning today’s polarization be addressed responsibly? What does building trust require and entail in a climate of division and apathy?

The thematic focus of this year’s Landecker Democracy Fellowship is social cohesion, for which we invite applicants to develop compelling project ideas. It is our goal to support young professionals in their quest to build bridges and form unique and lasting ties among those who are increasingly drifting apart. 


  1. To apply for this program, you need to have been born in or after 1980. If you were born prior to 1980, you are not eligible to apply.
  2. Have at least five years of professional experience,
  3. You are eligible to apply if you are a permanent resident in one of the EU member states, the UK or the US. Citizenship is not a requirement. The target group of the project and its related activities needs to include communities from the country of your residence. This can be online and/or offline and across borders. 
  4. The project proposal and its related activities need to focus on the specified geographic range (EU, UK or US).


  • A Fellowship stipend of 10,000 Euro, to be paid out monthly over 12 months (also please see next question and answer);
  • A project seed funding grant of 5,000 Euro for the implementation of the Fellow’s project idea;
  • The participation in all virtual training sessions as well as additional skill-building and training opportunities;
  • The participation in a six-day in-person Action Academy in Berlin (March 2022);
  • Costs for travel and accommodation for the offline Action Academy;
  • Guidance and coaching in developing and executing the project idea and its activities;
  • Upon completion of the Fellowship, participation in a global network of leaders poised to contribute to civic society and exposure to opportunities provided by other Humanity in Action programming, such as professional fellowships, grant competitions, study trips, international conferences, leadership roles and speaking engagements. The Landecker Democracy Fellows will form a unique alumni community within the larger Humanity in Action community and maintain strong ties to the Alfred Landecker Foundation and their alumni from other programs.


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