The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program brings accomplished young and mid-career professionals with demonstrated leadership potential to the United States for a year of non-degree graduate-level study, leadership development, and substantive professional collaboration with U.S. counterparts.
- Non-Degree Academic Study: Humphrey Fellows pursue tailored study programs at participating host institutions, where freedom from the requirements of a degree program gives each Fellow the flexibility to pursue a self-directed, individualized program at a host campus. Humphrey Fellows may not request placement at any particular university. Each campus has at least one designated faculty coordinator for academic and administrative support. In addition, faculty advisors assist Fellows in pursuing balanced academic and professional programs. Even though Fellows will spend time in an academic setting and are able to take classes at a U.S. university, the Humphrey Fellowship Program is classified as a non-degree program. Humphrey Fellows cannot transfer from non-degree status to degree status under any circumstances under their program.
- Leadership and Professional Development: Professional enrichment activities include professional visits, enhancement skills workshops, conferences, training programs, and a professional affiliation (placement). The professional affiliation provides firsthand exposure to a U.S. work environment on a full-time basis for a minimum period of six weeks. Early in the academic year, each Fellow develops, with assistance from the local campus coordinator and faculty advisors, a detailed plan of practical professional activities geared to the Fellow’s program objectives.
Fields of Study
- Human and Institutional Capacity
- Economic Development
- Finance & 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 & Prevention
- Sustainable Lands
- Agricultural and Rural Development
- Natural Resources, Environmental Policy, and Climate Change
- Urban and Regional Planning
- Thriving Communities
- Appropriate candidates are mid-career professionals in leadership positions who have demonstrated a commitment to public service and the potential for professional advancement.
- Candidates should have both the need to participate in the program and the potential to benefit from it. Accordingly, they should demonstrate the required experience, skills, and commitment while also indicating how they can benefit from this program in ways that they have not experienced previously and are not likely to experience without the Humphrey Fellowship. Applicants with distinguished records and no compelling need for the Humphrey experience are not appropriate candidates.
- Prospective Fellows should have a minimum of five years full-time professional experience (prior to August 2022) in the relevant field after university graduation and should be interested in the policy aspects of their field of specialization.
- Candidates should generally be proficient in both written and spoken English. All finalists will be required to take TOEF test.
Note: A candidate with recent third-country experience, especially in developed countries, may have a less compelling need for the Humphrey Fellowship Program than a candidate who has never had a significant professional opportunity abroad. If a candidate has had a recent professional or study experience in another developed country, he or she should clearly explain why this experience has not already addressed the need of the candidate for professional training and leadership development.
For more information, visit https://lt.usembassy.gov/education-culture/educational-exchange/humphrey-program/