Type of Funding
The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program, a program for young and mid-career professionals from developing and transition countries that is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, provides 10 months of non-degree academic study and related professional experiences at 18 major U.S. universities.
Eligible fields of study are:
- Sustainable development: Agricultural and Rural Development; Economic Development; Finance and Banking; Natural Resources, Environmental Policy, and Climate Change; and Urban and Regional Planning
- Democratic institution building: Communications/Journalism; Law and Human Rights; Public Policy Analysis and Public Administration; Trafficking in Persons Policy and Prevention; Technology Policy and Management; and Human Resource Management
- Education, and
- Public health
Approximately 200 Fellowships are awarded annually.
The Fellowship covers tuition and fees at the assigned host university, pre-academic English language training, if required and a maintenance (living) allowance, including a one-time settling-in allowance. It also includes 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) and a Professional Development allowance for professional activities, such as field trips, professional visits and conferences.
A core part of the Fellowship is a special year-long Humphrey Seminar organized by the host university, which introduces Fellows to the skills and perspectives they will need as global leaders and enables them to share approaches to common issues and problems in their regions, as well as learn about many aspects of U.S. culture and society.
Applicants must have an undergraduate (first university or Bachelors) degree, a minimum of 5 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 and English language ability.
Applicants have to access the relevant webpages of their home embassies or national commissions to obtain further information on selection criteria, eligible programs of study and deadlines for that country, as well as whether their country is an eligible participating country (see the Official Website for webpages/contact information of embassies/commissions and for eligible countries). The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program is facilitated by Binational Fulbright Commissions/Foundations or the Public Affairs Sections of U.S. Embassies of the eligible participating countries.
Application deadlines vary by country. Applicants will have to check with the relevant webpages of the country Embassy or Binational Fulbright Commission for the internal deadline and mode of application. Embassies and Commissions must submit their nominations to the Institute of International Education office in Washington, DC by 1 October 2017.