The ten-month fellowship consists of academic coursework and an internship in a relevant professional organization. Fellows are accomplished mid-career professionals with demonstrated leadership and the capacity to develop a self-defined program of independent academic and professional development.
Humphrey Fellows pursue graduate-level study in the United States, build leadership skills, and build mutual cultural understanding with Americans. Because the Humphrey Fellowship does not offer a degree, Humphrey Fellows design and implement individualized programs to acquire career-related knowledge, interact with colleagues and gain professional experience, including arrangements for a six-week professional internship. In addition, Fellows may also attend special enrichment activities throughout their program. These activities are excellent opportunities to network with Humphrey Fellows from other countries and to interact with prominent Americans across a range of professional fields.
The prestigious Hubert H. Humphrey Program provides future leaders and policy makers with experience in U.S. society, culture, and professional fields. It also provides a basis for lasting, productive ties between Americans and their professional counterparts overseas.
The Humphrey Fellowship covers international travel, travel within the United States as required, tuition and fees, books, a monthly maintenance stipend, and limited funds for professional development activities such as attendance at conferences, field trips, and professional affiliations.
- Human and Institutional Capacity
- Economic Development
- Finance and Banking
- Public Policy Analysis and Public Administration
- Technology Policy and Management
- Human Resource Management
- Rights and Freedoms
- Communications and Journalism
- International Religious Freedom
- Law and Human Rights
- Trafficking in Persons Policy and Prevention
- Sustainable Lands
- Thriving Communities
- Applicants must be citizens of Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu and currently reside in these countries
- Applicants must have a four-year bachelor’s degree (undergraduate) and a strong academic background demonstrated by their post-secondary transcripts
- Applicants must have a minimum of five years of professional work experience
- Applicants must demonstrate leadership qualities: including volunteer experience and involvement in their communities
- Applicants must have excellent English communication skills
- Applicants must present three letters of recommendation from their professors and/or employers. One from professor and two from employers is highly recommended.
- Applicants must submit two well-reasoned application essays: a description of the proposed professional development plan describing the area of interest and how it connects to their country’s development goals; and a personal statement describing their professional goals and public service commitment
- Applicants must be committed to returning to his or her country of citizenship and outline a specific plan for using their Humphrey Fellowship experience in their professional lives and in service to his or her country
- Strong preference will be given to applicants who have not had extensive or recent experience in the United States
- Persons who have not been conferred their bachelor’s degree
- Persons with a dual U.S./ Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu nationality
- Persons who have a spouse, parent, fiancé, or child over 18 years of age who is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
- Persons who have a pending application for immigration to any country (this includes Special Immigrant Visas)
- Employees of any U.S. government agency (U.S. Embassy, USAID, CDC, DOD)
For more information, visit https://pg.usembassy.gov/education-culture/humphrey-fellowship-program/