The John Lewis Fellowship

The John Lewis Fellowship is a Humanity in Action Fellowship program in Atlanta, Georgia. In partnership with The National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Inc., Humanity in Action brings together a group of 30 American and European university students and recent graduates for an intensive program about diversity and civil rights in America. The program honors Congressman John Lewis, an icon of the Civil Rights Movement. 

In its first two years, the program explored the history of the Civil Rights Movement, diversity and minority rights in Atlanta. In its third year, the John Lewis Fellowship expanded to focus on restorative justice in Atlanta. The four-week inquiry and resulting blueprint for restorative justice involves a multidisciplinary approach. Fellows, speakers and staff produce a blueprint – "An Appeal for Human Rights and Restorative Justice" for the city. The Fellowship's restorative justice framework grounds the program and directs the Fellows’ to address specific, substantive, civil and human rights issues, such as education, public health, urban development, and policing.  In 2017, the Fellowship will place a greater emphasis on community engagement and the impact of the fellowship programming on the public at large in Atlanta. 

The John Lewis Fellows attend discussions with renowned scholars and activists at The Center, visit historical sites around Atlanta and engage in discussions on a range of political and social issues. They also draw upon the immense resources of The Center and contribute to its extensive and innovative outreach initiatives. As part of the program in 2016, Fellows produced a set of reflective essays, "John Lewis Fellowship Presentations," that explored Atlanta's history and contemporary issues challenging pluralistic societies.


Applicants to the John Lewis Fellowship must be currently enrolled undergraduate students (sophomores, juniors and seniors) or recent graduates. For the 2018 John Lewis Fellowship, we define recent graduates as individuals from the undergraduate classes of 2016 and 2017 at accredited, four-year undergraduate colleges or universities in the United States. Applicants of minority backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Period of Study

The 2018 John Lewis Fellowship will take place from July 10 through August 5, 2018, in Atlanta, Georgia.


Humanity in Action covers the costs of participation and accommodation during the John Lewis Fellowship. However, all Fellows will be responsible for financing the cost of round-trip airfare to and from Atlanta. Humanity in Action will cover this cost for Fellows with documented need.

Although Humanity in Action provides a modest stipend for meals, Fellows should also plan to bring spending money of approximately $750 for food and social activities during the fellowship program.


Application instructions and materials are available on the Humanity in Action website


When is the deadline for applications?
All applications for the 2018 Humanity in Action Fellowship programs, including the John Lewis Fellowship, are due on by 11:59pm PST January 8, 2018.


Class Year

  • Junior
  • Senior
  • Recent Graduate


  • Arts
  • Business
  • Communication
  • Education
  • Health
  • Humanities
  • International Affairs
  • Public Affairs/Government
  • Social Sciences
  • STEM
  • Multiple


  • English


  • Other

Program Type

  • Professional
  • Public Service
  • Undergraduate


  • North America

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