The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program provides a year of professional enrichment in the United States for experienced professionals from designated countries throughout the world.
It brings young and mid-career professionals from these countries to the U.S.A for a year of non-degree graduate-level study, leadership development, and professional collaboration with U.S. counterparts. Fellows are selected based on their potential for leadership and their commitment to public service in either the public or private sector.
The Program is non-degree-granting. Participants may complete academic coursework at their host university to update their academic and professional knowledge in their field, but they do not receive an academic degree as a result of their participation in the program.
The applicant must have:
- an undergraduate (first university) 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.
For possible specific program requirements, contact the U.S. Embassy, Public Affairs Section or Fulbright Commission in your country of residence.
Citizens of eligible countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, Europe, Middle East and North Africa, East Asia and Pacific, South and Central Asia, and the Western Hemisphere.
Any one of the selected host American universities / higher institutions
Fields of study
All approved program fields (except clinical medical research involving patient contact):
- Agricultural and Rural Development;
- Substance Abuse Education, Treatment and Prevention;
- Economic Development/Finance and Banking;
- Educational Administration, Planning and Policy;
- HIV/AIDS Policy and Prevention;
- Higher Education Administration;
- 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;
- Teaching of English as a Foreign Language;
- Technology Policy and Management;
- Trafficking in Persons, Policy and Prevention;
- Urban and Regional Planning.
Number of Awards
About 160-190 are awarded each year
The Fellowship provides for:
- Payment of tuition and fees at the assigned host university;
- Pre-academic English language training, if required;
- A 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.
Method of Application
To apply, contact the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy or Bi-national Fulbright Commission in your country for more information about application procedures.
To find out if citizens of your country/region are eligible to participate in the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program, visit the official web site (link to it is below). If your country/region appears on the list, you are eligible to apply.
The deadlines for applicants vary by country but generally falls around May-September each year. Please contact the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy or Binational Fulbright Commission in your country for more information about application procedures and deadlines.
Embassies and Commissions must submit their nominations to the Institute of International Education office in Washington, DC by October 1.
In 28 countries, the Humphrey Fellowship Program is administered by a Binational Fulbright Commission/Foundation. In all other participating countries, the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy is charged with the operation of the Program.
Application Deadline: May – September 2018
Open to International Applicants: Yes