Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program

Deadline: 1 October 2014, but deadlines vary by each country
Open to: candidates worldwide with a bachelor’s degree and five years professional experience in their field, and limited or no experience in the United States
Fellowship: tuition and fees at U.S. institutions, living allowance, round-trip airfare, plus other benefits


The Humphrey Fellowship Program is for experienced professionals interested in strengthening their leadership skills through a mutual exchange of knowledge and understanding about issues of common concern in the U.S. and Fellows’ home countries. As a non-degree program, the fellowship offers valuable opportunities for professional development through selected university courses, attending conferences, networking, and practical work experiences.

During the year, fellows pursue both their individual program goals and work closely with their Humphrey colleagues in workshops and seminars. Unlike a typical graduate school experience, the program encourages fellows to travel away from their host campus to learn more about American culture and to network with their American peers. If you are interested in broadening your perspectives and becoming a global leader, the Humphrey Fellowship is for you.

The program fields include the following: 

  1. Agricultural and Rural Development
  2. Communications/Journalism
  3. Economic Development
  4. Educational Administration, Planning and Policy
  5. Finance and Banking
  6. Higher Education Administration
  7. HIV/AIDS Policy and Prevention
  8. Human Resource Management
  9. Law and Human Rights
  10. Natural Resources, Environmental Policy, and Climate Change
  11. Public Health Policy and Management
  12. Public Policy Analysis and Public Administration
  13. Substance Abuse Education, Treatment and Prevention
  14. Teaching of English as a Foreign Language
  15. Technology Policy and Management
  16. Trafficking in Persons Policy and Prevention
  17. Urban and Regional Planning


  • Payment of tuition and fees at the assigned host university;
  • Pre-academic English language training, if required;
  • maintenance (living) allowance, including a one-time settling-in allowance;
  • Accident and sickness coverage;
  • A book allowance;
  • A one-time computer subsidy;
  • Air travel (international travel to and from the U.S. for the Program and domestic travel to required program events);
  • A Professional Development allowance for professional activities, such as field trips, professional visits and conferences.


  • An undergraduate (first university or Bachelor’s) 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.


Embassies and Commissions must submit their nominations to the Institute of International Education office in Washington, DC by October 1. The deadlines for applicants vary by country. Please contact the U.S. Embassy, Public Affairs Section or Binational Fulbright Commission in your country of residence to learn about possible specific program requirements.

Fellowships are announced in March the following year and Humphrey Fellows start their program in the U.S. between April and September of the same year, depending on the amount of English language training required. The program ends the following June. Fellows with inadequate TOEFL scores may be required to attend intensive English language training before the start of their fellowship

For more information, please see the official website HERE.

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