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The Humphrey Fellowship program is a fully funded fellowship that provides avenue for young professionals from various fields and nationalities to come together in order to broaden their perspectives, enhance their capability to assume greater career responsibilities, and provide opportunities to establish useful professional contacts.


The Humphrey Fellowship is a program for young and mid-career professionals from designated countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, Europe and Eurasia with an opportunity to enhance their professional capabilities through participation in specialized, 10-month, non-degree programs developed specifically for small clusters of Humphrey Fellows at selected U.S. universities.
Despite being a non-degree program, fellows may complete academic coursework at their host university to update their academic and professional knowledge in their field. Fellows are not permitted to choose which university they would attend. Instead, they are assigned in diverse groups of 7-15 to the most appropriate institution based on their area of interest and professional field.
The objective is to provide Humphrey Fellows with an overall experience that broadens their perspectives, enhances their capability to assume greater career responsibilities, and provides opportunities to establish useful professional contacts.


The United States of America.


  • You are eligible to apply for the Humphrey Fellows program if you;
  • Hold at least a first-level university or Bachelor’s degree (equivalent to a B.A. or B.S.) to enable them to undertake graduate-level study in the U.S.
  • Are proficient in English as measured by the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), with a minimum score of 525 in the PBT version or 195 in the CBT version of the test.
  • Have a minimum of five years of full-time professional experience in any of the fields of interest
  • Have not visited or had limited experience in the United States
  • Show leadership ability and broadly defined commitment to public service
International fellowship for young professionals in the US
Humphrey Fellowship for young professionals

You are ineligible for this Fellowship if you belong to any or all of the categories stated below.

  • Recent university graduates (even if they hold significant positions).
  • University teachers with no management or policy responsibilities, except for teachers of English as a Foreign Language and specialists in drug abuse prevention and treatment.
  • Individuals who have attended a graduate school in the U.S. for one academic year or more during the seven years before the date of application.
  • Individuals with recent U.S. educational or work experience (more than six months during the five years before the date of application).


Sustainable Development:

Agricultural and Rural Development
Economic Development
Finance and Banking
Natural Resources, Environmental Policy, and Climate Change
Urban and Regional Planning

Democratic Institution Building

Communications and Journalism
Law and Human Rights
Public Policy Analysis and Public Administration
Trafficking in Person Policy and Prevention
Technology Policy and Management
Human Resource Management


Educational Administration Planning and Policy
Higher Education Administration
Teaching of English as a foreign language

Public Health

Public Health Policy and Management
HIV/AIDS Policy and Prevention
Substance Abuse Education, Treatment and Prevention


To accomplish the earlier stated objectives, the programs are designed to include various combinations of course work, independent projects, internships, consultations with U.S. faculty experts, field trips, and special seminars. Under the guidance of a designated faculty advisor or “coordinator,” Fellows plan programs that best suit their individual career development needs.
Shortly after arriving in the US, 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;
Humphrey Seminars
Academic enrichment
Professional Development
The Washington Global Leadership Forum
English Language Courses


The Fellowship provides for:

  • Payment of tuition and fees at the assigned host university;
  • Pre-academic English language training, if required;
  • A maintenance (living) allowance, including a one-time settling-in allowance;
  • 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);
  • A Professional Development allowance for professional activities, such as field trips, professional visits, and conferences.


Fellows are selected based on their potential for national leadership and commitment to public service in either the public or private sector in the Humphrey Fellowship Program Fields listed above. The selection passes through the following processes.

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 proceed for further consideration to the Institute of International Education in Washington, D.C. 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 Washington, DC, 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 Washington, DC, in December. Independent expert panelists with regional experience who work in academia, international organizations, or non-governmental organizations are recruited to review applications from a particular region of the world.

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 the 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.


June 15, 2020 ( Varies per country)


  • Copy of degree
  • Copies of transcripts for four undergraduates study years
  • Two letters of recommendation (1 from university teacher & 1 from the professional field).
  • Professional CV
  • An essay on how applicants and their home institutions and countries could benefit from experiences to be acquired under the Program.


To access the Humphrey Fellowship application and learn more about applying, please contact the U.S. Embassy (Public Affairs Section) or Binational Fulbright Commission in your country.

List of Participating Countries

Visit the Humphrey Fellow Program official website for more information

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