Learn More about the NAACP-Humanity in Action Fellowship

The inaugural NAACP-Humanity in Action Fellowship will take place from ______date______ to ____date____. The Fellow selected for this Fellowship will conduct substantial research and take part in meaningful policy advocacy in accordance with the NAACP's mission. 

Given the prevailing political and social climate, the NAACP's mission "to ensure political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination" could hardly be more important. Racism has always been deeply imbued in the very fabric of the United States, but not for many years have we seen such a deeply unsettling set of racialized political, economic, and social circumstances as we do in the present. This professional fellowship will provide an opportunity for a Fellow or Senior Fellow to delve into and critically engage with some of the most pressing dilemmas that our country is currently facing. 


The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), founded in February of 1909, is the oldest and most recognizable civil-rights organization in the United States. Throughout its vaunted history, the NAACP has relentlessly fought against deplorable violations of civil and human rights ranging from lynching to job discrimination, segregation to urban poverty. 

Humanity in Action is thrilled to work in conjunction with Cornell Brooks, president and CEO of the NAACP. A graduate of Head Start and Yale Law School, Brooks "considers himself 'a grandson, heir, and beneficiary' of the landmark decison Brown v. Board of Education argued by legendary NAACP litigator Thurgood Marshall." Knowing fully the power of social justice advocacy, Brooks has dedicated his life to issues of racial justice, economic empowerment, criminal justice reform, and fair housing initiatives. 

The NAACP-Humanity in Action Fellowship is designed to cultivate and develop the leadership and professional skills of a Humanity in Action Fellow or Senior Fellow. Over ten months, the Fellow or Senior Fellow will coordinate closely with key NAACP contacts and contribute to meanigful advocacy efforts as determined by the NAACP. Through this program, Humanity in Action seeks to further its mission to instill the values of human dignity and moral responsibility for the protection of the rights of minorities in a new generation of social, cultural, and political leaders. 

Program Location

This NAACP-Humanity in Action Fellowship will take place in Baltimore, Maryland. The Fellow will serve in the Office of President Cornell Brooks. 

Who Can Apply

This opportunity is exclusively available to Humanity in Action Senior Fellows as well as to Fellows who have completed their action projects. 


  • Support the NAACP's policy and advocacy strategy
  • Utilize various resources (legal, legislative, and social science writings) to conduct research
  • Develop a strong knowledge of priority issues and policy campaigns
  • Engage in meaningful policy advocacy on issues of racial justice

Minimum Qualifications

  • Excellent written, oral, computer, and organizational skills
  • Must be able to multi-task and be self-motivated
  • Strong capacity for follow-through
  • Proven commitment to racial justice

Additional Desirable Qualifications

  • Team player
  • Creativity and initiative

Essential Functions

  • Ability to communicate effectively with people in person and via telephone, fax, and email
  • Abiltiy to use a computer efficiently and effectively to craft written communications