Humphrey Fellowship Program 2022-23 in the United States of America (Fully Funded). The Humphrey Program is funded by the U.S. Department of State.
Approximately 150 Fellowships are awarded annually.
1) Full Tuition Fee
3) A book allowance
4) Living Allowances
6) A one-time computer subsidy;
6) Medical Allowances and much more
Deadline: October 2022.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
The Humphrey Program provides a year of professional enrichment in the United States for experienced professionals from designated countries undergoing development or political transition.
Leaders for a Global Society
The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program provides ten months of non-degree academic study and related professional experiences in the United States. Humphrey Fellows are selected based on their potential for leadership and their commitment to public service in either the public or the private sector. The Humphrey Program fosters a mutual exchange of knowledge and understanding about issues of common concern in the United States and the Fellows’ home countries. The Program offers Fellows valuable opportunities for leadership development and professional engagement with Americans and their counterparts from many nations. More than 6,400 men and women have been honored as Humphrey Fellows since the Program began in 1978. Approximately 150 Fellowships are awarded annually. Fifteen major universities in the United States host Humphrey Fellows. These host universities are chosen for their excellence in the Program’s designated fields of study and for the resources and support they offer Humphrey Fellows.
Humphrey Fellowships are awarded competitively to candidates who are mid-career professionals in many fields. To read more about the professional fields, please go to the “Program Fields” section.
Applicants are required to have an undergraduate degree, a minimum of five years of substantial, 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 skills.
The Humphrey Program is a Fulbright exchange activity. Its primary funding is provided by the U.S. Congress through the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State. Co-sponsors include other governmental agencies, multinational organizations, and private donors. The Institute of International Education (IIE) assists the U.S. Department of State in administering the Humphrey Fellowship Program.
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
The United States Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) sponsors the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program under policy guidelines established by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FSB) and in cooperation with Binational Fulbright Commissions/Foundations and Public Affairs Sections of U.S. Embassies abroad.
As the administrative and executive arm of the Humphrey Program, the Bureau has fiscal responsibility for the preparation of an annual budget request to Congress. Under policies established by the FSB, ECA also holds primary responsibility for the administration of the Program, together with the assistance of a cooperating non-profit organization.
Within a U.S. Embassy abroad, exchange program activities are the responsibility of a Public Affairs Officer (PAO) or a Cultural Affairs Officer (CAO). At least one of these officers is a member of the local Binational Fulbright Commission/Foundation and liaises with the Commission/Foundation on policy and program matters on behalf of ECA. In countries without a Commission/Foundation, the PAO or CAO administers the educational exchange program.
FUNDING AND ADMINISTRATION
The Humphrey Program is funded primarily by a Congressional appropriation to the United States Department of State. The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the Department of State and the Institute of International Education (IIE) administer the program jointly through a cooperative agreement. IIE contributes donated staff time, recruitment of pro bono experts and speakers, shared event costs, and other administrative resources to the Humphrey Program. Participating governments and host institutions contribute financial support through direct cost-sharing.
The Program also benefits from the generous support of several co-funders:
- National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) – The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), a leading supporter of global research on drug abuse and addiction, sponsors several Humphrey Fellows. In order to be considered for funding by NIDA, candidates must hold an advanced graduate degree in medicine, health, biomedical, behavioral, or the social sciences and have significant research experience.
- Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health – Emory University has donated support for an Enhancement Workshop on Global Development and Social Justice at the School of Public Health for more than a decade.
- Employers – In addition to granting leave status to Humphrey Fellows, many employers continue to pay Fellows their annual salaries. This generous assistance enables Fellows to support their families and participate in the Humphrey Fellowship Program.
- Host Campuses – Each Humphrey host university provides in-kind support to the Program, including tuition reduction, donated office space, computers, and staff time.
Shortly after arriving in the U.S., Humphrey Fellows will prepare individual program plans for their professional development, detailing their goals and objectives for the year, including courses, seminars, special projects, professional and community activities. The main program components are:
A core part of the Fellowship is a special year-long Humphrey Seminar organized by the host university. In the seminar, Fellows are introduced to the skills and perspectives they will need as global leaders, share approaches to common issues and problems in their regions, and learn about many aspects of U.S. culture and society.
Fellows are placed in groups of seven to fifteen 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.
The purpose of the Humphrey Fellowship is to enrich Fellows’ professional skills and knowledge. The Program provides Fellows opportunities to meet and exchange information and share experiences with their American counterparts and Humphrey colleagues from around the world. Through conferences, networking meetings, seminars and workshops, Fellows expand their perspectives on their work and on global issues. The culmination of the Fellowship year is a six-week work experience, or Professional Affiliation, arranged by the Fellows, that involves them with American organizations and provides another opportunity for meeting and working with their American peers. The Institute of International Education also facilitates professional enhancement workshops that engage Fellows in cross-disciplinary and multi-regional exchanges.
The Washington Global Leadership Forum
All Fellows attend this four-day seminar in Washington, D.C. to learn more about U.S. institutions, federal agencies, and international organizations. Humphrey Fellows meet with representatives of key organizations, participate in sessions on leadership and professional development, and make professional contacts. The Global Leadership Forum provides an opportunity for Fellows to meet their Humphrey colleagues from all 13 host campuses and to initiate the friendships and professional relationships that will continue throughout the Fellowship year and beyond.
English Language Courses
Fellows who are otherwise strong Humphrey candidates but need improved English to benefit fully from the Humphrey experience participate in intensive English language training before the start of their Humphrey Fellowship Program (usually during the summer months). If needed, Fellows can also take additional English language courses at their host universities.
HOW TO APPLY TO THE HUMPHREY FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
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.
Embassies and Commissions must submit their nominations to the Institute of International Education office by October 1. The deadlines for applicants vary by country.
- Am I Eligible?
- Program Fields
- Participating Countries by Region
- Selection Process
- Fellowship Provisions
- Fellowship Components
- Frequently Asked Questions
Stage 1: National Screening
The Humphrey Program is facilitated overseas by Binational Fulbright Commissions/Foundations or the Public Affairs Sections of U.S. Embassies. Commissions and Embassies review applications submitted for the Humphrey Fellowship Program, invite selected applicants for interviews, and determine which applications are to be forwarded for further consideration to the Institute of International Education in the U.S. Please contact the Embassy or Commission in your country to learn of its selection criteria.
Stage 2: Screening by the Institute of International Education
Embassies and Commissions must submit their nominations to the Institute of International Education (IIE) office in the U.S. by October 1. The deadline for applicants to submit their applications to the Embassy or Commission varies by country. Please check with the Embassy or Fulbright Commission in your country to learn of its application deadline.
IIE reviews all submitted applications for basic eligibility and then convenes regional Candidate Review Committees (CRC) to evaluate the applications.
Stage 3: Candidate Review Committees
Candidate Review Committees convene in the United States in December. Independent expert panelists with regional experience who work in academia, international organizations, or non-governmental organizations are recruited to review applications from particular program fields.
Stage 4: Approval by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board
The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FSB) was created by Congress to supervise the Fulbright Program and other Fulbright exchange activities, including the Humphrey Fellowship Program. The FSB sets policies and procedures for administration of the Humphrey Fellowship Program, has final authority for selection of all Fellows, and supervises the conduct of the Program both in the United States and abroad.
Stage 5: Placement of Selected Humphrey Fellows
After receiving approval from the FSB, the Department of State will announce the final selection results to participating U.S. Embassies and Binational Fulbright Commissions, who will inform candidates of their status. The Institute of International Education places the approved candidates at U.S. universities that have been selected to host Humphrey Fellows. Placements are determined by candidates’ fields of study and the program plan statements expressed in their applications.