Graduate Funding Information Service

July 7, 2020

Alfred Landecker Democracy Fellowship

Application Deadline: August 2, 2020, midnight CET

In partnership with the Alfred Landecker Foundation, Humanity in Action is launching the Alfred Landecker Democracy Fellowship. For this program, Humanity in Action will also collaborate with the social impact agency Purpose. The Fellowship brings together 30 diverse leaders from Europe and the United States who spend one year working part-time on creating projects that reinvent democratic spaces, strengthen social cohesion and build community against the backdrop of COVID-19’s impact on democracy. With financial support, the inaugural cohort of the Alfred Landecker Democracy Fellows work together from October 25, 2020 to October 24, 2021. They form a unique community with strong ties to the Alfred Landecker Foundation and the Humanity in Action alumni network.

Addressing the impact of COVID-19 is the common denominator of our Alfred Landecker Democracy Fellows’ diverse set of projects. Together and individually, the Fellows explore an array of complex questions, develop responses and implement tangible actions that reach broad audiences. What lessons can be drawn from the national and international responses? What is a desirable balance between civil rights in times of global and national health threats? How do we deal with fake news, conspiracy theories and hate speech? How do public health and social justice intersect, and what are the consequences for policy making? What is the impact on vulnerable communities and how can it be dealt with? The Fellows may explore these and other sub-themes in relation to COVID-19’s impact on democracy in their projects. Project methodologies vary widely from Fellow to Fellow. And yet, in their own ways, all of them build community and shape pluralism through reinventing democratic spaces.

From October 25, 2020 to October 24, 2021, the Alfred Landecker Democracy Fellows work part-time on implementing their projects. Humanity in Action provides guidance, programming and supervision through an intense virtual and on-site training program throughout the year, including two in-person Action Academies in Berlin and Amsterdam. Across borders and beyond their own communities, the Fellows draw upon their existing networks and the new connections they make to implement their projects. In the process, they build a unique and supportive community of change-makers. As part of the program, the Alfred Landecker Democracy Fellows receive a Fellowship stipend of a total of 10,000 Euro (paid out in monthly installments). Additionally, they receive 5,000 Euro in seed funding for the implementation of their project idea. All training expenses are covered, as are travel and accommodation costs for the Action Academies in Berlin and Amsterdam.


Candidates are young professionals based in the European Union, the United Kingdom and the United States with leadership experience and demonstrated political or civic engagement. They can be Master’s or doctoral students in any discipline. Candidates should possess a passion for serving the public interest, a high level of emotional intelligence, and should have been born after 1980. Additionally, candidates should have:

  • Work experience of at least 5 years;
  • An outstanding record of political and/or civic engagement, community activism, or social entrepreneurship;
  • Impactful professional and/or community networks;
  • Demonstrated leadership experience;
  • An innovative project proposal;
  • Strong communication skills and cultural fluency.

For more information about this opportunity, including how to apply, click here. For Fellowship FAQs, click here.