The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program provides ten months of non-degree academic study and related professional experiences in the United States. Humphrey Fellows are selected based on their potential for leadership and their commitment to public service in either the public or the private sector. The Humphrey Program fosters a mutual exchange of knowledge and understanding about issues of common concern in the United States and the Fellows’ home countries. The Program offers Fellows valuable opportunities for leadership development and professional engagement with Americans and their counterparts from many nations. More than 3,700 men and women have been honored as Humphrey Fellows since the program began in 1978. Approximately 160 Fellowships are awarded annually. Fifteen major universities in the United States host Humphrey Fellows. These host universities are chosen for their excellence in the fields listed below and for the resources and support they offer Humphrey Fellows.
Applicants are required to have an undergraduate degree, a minimum of five years of substantial professional experience, limited or no prior experience in the United States, demonstrated leadership qualities, a record of public service in the community, and strong English skills.
The Humphrey Program is a Fulbright exchange activity. Its primary funding is provided by the U.S. Congress through the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State. Co-sponsors include other governmental agencies, multinational organizations, and private donors. The Institute of International Education (IIE) assists the U.S. Department of State in administering the Humphrey Fellowship Program.
Humphrey Fellowships are awarded competitively to candidates who are mid-career professionals in many fields given below
- Agricultural and Rural Development
- Economic Development
- Educational Administration, Planning and Policy
- Finance and Banking
- Higher Education Administration
- HIV/AIDS Policy and Prevention
- Human Resource Management
- Law and Human Rights
- Natural Resources, Environmental Policy, and Climate Change
- Public Health Policy and Management
- Public Policy Analysis and Public Administration
- Substance Abuse Education, Treatment and Prevention
- Teaching of English as a Foreign Language
- Technology Policy and Management
- Trafficking in Persons Policy and Prevention
- Urban and Regional Planning
Basic Eligibility Criteria:-
an undergraduate (first university) degree
a minimum of five years of full-time professional experience
limited or no prior experience in the United States
demonstrated leadership qualities
a record of public service in the community
English language ability
Stage 1: National Screening.
The Humphrey Program is facilitated overseas by binational Fulbright Commissions/Foundations (Commissions) or U.S. Embassies (Posts). Commissions and Posts review applications submitted for the Humphrey Fellowship Program and invite selected applicants for interviews. Posts and Commissions determine which applications are to be forwarded for further consideration to the Institute of International Education in Washington, D.C. Please contact the Post or Commission in your country to learn of its selection criteria.
Stage 2: Screening by the Institute of International Education
Embassies and Commissions must submit their nominations to the Institute of International Education (IIE) office in Washington, D.C. by October 1. The deadline for applicants to submit their applications to the Embassy or Commission varies by country. Please check with the Embassy or Fulbright Commission in your country to learn of its application deadline.
IIE reviews all submitted applications for basic eligibility and then convenes regional Candidate Selection Committees (CRC) to evaluate the applications.
Stage 3: Candidate Selection Committees
Candidate Selection Committees convene in Washington, D.C. in December. CRC members are chosen for their expertise in the region of the world in which they will review applications. Independent expert panelists with regional experience who work in academia, international organizations, or non-governmental organizations are recruited to review applications.
Stage 4: Approval by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board
The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FSB) was created by Congress to supervise the Fulbright Program and other Fulbright Exchange Activities, including the Humphrey Fellowship Program. The FSB sets policies and procedures for administration of the Humphrey Fellowship Program, has final authority for selection of all Fellows, and supervises the conduct of the program both in the United States and abroad.
Stage 5: Placement of selected Humphrey Fellows
After receiving approval from the FSB, the Department of State will announce the final selection results to participating U.S. embassies and Fulbright Commissions, who will inform candidates of their status. The Institute of International Education places the selected candidates in U.S. universities that have been selected to host the Humphrey program. Placements are determined by candidates' fields of study and their individual program plans.