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The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program – the United States

This program is for young and mid-career professionals who want to develop their leadership skills, share their experience and acquire new knowledge! It is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

In order to learn more about specific requirements that may be set out for your home country by the administration of the program, you should consult the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy or Binational Fulbright Commission.

Eligibility Criteria

If you would like to participate in the Humphrey Fellowship Program, you must meet the following criteria:

  • you must be an undergraduate (that is to hold a Bachelor’s degree);
  • you must have full-time working (a minimum of 5 years);
  • you must have either no or limited experience of living/working in the United States;
  • you must prove your leadership qualities;
  • there must be a formal record of your public service in the community;
  • English language ability is compulsory.

Fields of Study

Sustainable Development Studies Democratic Institution Building Studies
·         Agricultural and Rural Development ·         Communications/Journalism
·         Economic Development ·         Human Resource Management
·         Finance and Banking ·         Law and Human Rights
·         Natural Resources, Environmental Policy, & Climate Change ·         Public Policy Analysis and Public Administration
·         Urban and Regional Planning ·         Technology Policy and Management
  ·         Trafficking in Persons Policy and Prevention
Education Studies Public Health studies
·         Educational Administration, Planning and Policy ·         HIV/AIDS Policy and Prevention
·         Higher Education Administration ·         Public Health Policy and Management
·         Teaching of English as a Foreign Language ·         Substance Abuse Education, Treatment and Prevention


Countries of Origin

The Humphrey Fellowship Program is managed by a Binational Fulbright Commission in 28 countries of the world. The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy is responsible to administer the Program in other participating countries.                                                                                     


Please check here if your country or region can participate in the fellowship program. On the official website you can find the contact information of the respective bodies with which you can consult when applying for the fellowship.

Below you can see the list of regions that are included in the program:

  • Europe
  • South and Central Asia
  • East Asia and Pacific
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Western Hemisphere

Value of Fellowship

Please familiarize yourself with the expenses that are covered by the fellowship award:

  • tuition fees & the fees required by the host university assigned;
  • English language training prior to the commencement of the program, if required;
  • maintenance allowance plus a settling-in allowance (one-time);
  • accident and sickness insurance;
  • computer subsidy (one-time);
  • materials allowance;
  • professional development allowance that covers conferences, professional visits, field trips, and the like;
  • airfare: a return ticket for the Program plus domestic air travel to events set in the program.

Selection Stages: Keep Your Fingers Crossed

Stage #1: Screening on the National Level

The application submitted for the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program are first reviewed locally either by the Public Affairs Sections of U.S. Embassies or by Binational Fulbright Commissions/Foundations. These bodies are authorized to invite candidates for interviews and select the applications that are worth being forwarded to the Institute of International Education in Washington, D.C.

Stage #2: Institute of International Education Office Screening

The selected nominations must be submitted to the IIE office in Washington, DC not later than October 1st. However, the deadlines for the local (national) applications can vary by country, so the candidates are advised to check the dates either with the U.S. Embassies or Fulbright Commissions in their countries of residence.

The submitted applications are reviewed by IIE office and then are evaluated by regional Candidate Review Committees (CRC), convened by IIE.

Stage #3: CRC Screening

In December CRC convene in Washington, DC. Application from a particular region are reviewed by specially recruited independent panelists. These are workers of international or non-governmental organizations and academia.

Stage #4: The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board Approval

The Humphrey Fellowship Program is included in the list of programs and exchange activities supervised by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (or FSB). It administrates the conduct of the Humphrey Fellowship in the U.S. and abroad, sets the respective policies and determines the course of application procedures, and holds final authority for selecting successful fellows.

Stage #5: Selected Humphrey Fellows: Principles of Placement

After the FSB grants its approval, the U.S. Department of State announces the final results to the Embassies and Binational Fulbright Commissions. In their turn, they must inform the participants about the status given. The placement of Humphrey fellows is carried out by IIE. It is determined by the field of study chosen by the candidate as well as by the program statements mentioned in their applications.

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