Type of Funding

Fully funded




The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program, a 1-year fellowship 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 13 major U.S. universities. Approximately 150 Fellowships are awarded annually. Humphrey Fellows are selected based on their potential for leadership and their commitment to public service in either the public or the private sector. Applications are sought for the 2020-2021 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program.

The main program components are:

  • Humphrey Seminar: a special year-long Humphrey Seminar organized by the host university.
  • Academic Enrichment: fellows are placed in groups of 7 to 15 at selected U.S. universities, which serve as their academic and professional base. Fellows audit or register for a partial course load to enable them to travel and network with their American peers and experts in their field of work, attend conferences, and engage in a professional affiliation (work experience) without the pressure of meeting specific degree or diploma requirements.
  • Professional Development.
  • The Washington Global Leadership Forum: all Fellows attend this 4-day seminar in Washington, D.C. to learn more about U.S. institutions, federal agencies, and international organizations.
  • English Language Courses: intensive English language training will be provided for strong Humphrey candidates who need improved English to benefit fully from the Humphrey experience.


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.

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. The Program encourages Fellows to travel away from their host campus to learn more about American culture and to network with their American peers.


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 strong English language ability. They should be individuals 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. They should be mid-career professionals in the following program fields:

  • 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: Educational Administration, Planning and Policy; Higher Education Administration; and Teaching of English as a Foreign Language.
  • Public health: Public Health Policy and Management; HIV/AIDS Policy and Prevention; and Substance Abuse Education, Treatment and Prevention.

Applicants have to be nationals of participating countries in the following regions: Sub-Saharan Africa; Europe and Eurasia; Middle East and North Africa; East Asia and Pacific; South and Central Asia; and the Western Hemisphere (see the Official Website for all eligible countries).

Applicants have to contact the 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, with most falling in the June to July timeframe. For example, the application deadline for South Africa is 15 August 2019. 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 2019.

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