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Is the Humphrey Fellowship Program right for you?

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.

Basic Eligibility Criteria:

• an undergraduate (first university) degree
• a minimum of five 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
• English language ability

Professional Fields

Humphrey Fellowships are awarded competitively to candidates who are mid-career professionals in many fields.
• Agricultural and Rural Development
• Communications/Journalism
• Economic Development
• Educational Administration, Planning and Policy
• Finance and Banking
• Higher Education Administration
• HIV/AIDS Policy and Prevention
• Human Resource Management
• Law and Human Rights
• Natural Resources, Environmental Policy, and Climate Change
• Public Health Policy and Management
• Public Policy Analysis and Public Administration
• Substance Abuse Education, Treatment and Prevention
• Teaching of English as a Foreign Language
• Technology Policy and Management
• Trafficking in Persons Policy and Prevention
• Urban and Regional Planning

Selection Process

Stage 1: National Screening.

The Humphrey Program is facilitated overseas by binational Fulbright Commissions/Foundations (Commissions) or U.S. Embassies (Posts). Commissions and Posts review applications submitted for the Humphrey Fellowship Program and invite selected applicants for interviews. Posts and Commissions determine which applications are to be forwarded for further consideration to the Institute of International Education in Washington, D.C. Please contact the Post 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, D.C. 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 Selection Committees (CRC) to evaluate the applications.
Stage 3: Candidate Selection Committees

Candidate Selection Committees convene in Washington, D.C. in December. CRC members are chosen for their expertise in the region of the world in which they will review applications. Independent expert panelists with regional experience who work in academia, international organizations, or non-governmental organizations are recruited to review applications.

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 Fulbright Commissions, who will inform candidates of their status. The Institute of International Education places the selected candidates in U.S. universities that have been selected to host the Humphrey program. Placements are determined by candidates' fields of study and their individual program plans.

Fellowship Provisions

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.