Humphrey Fellowship Program

The Humphrey Fellowship Program supports about 200 international students annually through a fully funded fellowship program to eligible candidates from countries in East Asia and Pacific, Europe and Eurasia, Middle East and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, South and Central Asia, and Western Hemisphere.


Overview Of The Humphrey Fellowship Program


The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program enhances leadership among international professionals who collaborate to address local and global challenges and foster change for our collective good.


Through academic study and professional development with U.S. counterparts, this growing global network shares best practices and builds expertise in fields of critical importance to advance societal and institutional capacity, promote human rights and freedoms, ensure sustainable environments, and develop thriving communities.


The Humphrey Fellowship Program was founded in 1978 to honor the late Senator and Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey. President Jimmy Carter announced the establishment of the Humphrey Fellowship Program in Venezuela with the intent to create a program that embodied the values of democracy, social justice, and a desire to assist the world’s developing nations. In 1979, the first Humphrey Fellows arrived in the United States, welcoming 27 mid-career professionals from 24 countries to 11 U.S. universities.


Humphrey Fellowship Program Scholarship Value


The Humphrey Fellowship provides: international travel, tuition and university fees, accident/sickness coverage, monthly maintenance allowance and funding for books and professional activities. The Humphrey Program does not provide financial support for accompanying dependents. 


Accepted Fields 


Below is a list of eligible fields from which Embassies/Commissions may choose to target in order to match country priorities.


  • 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/journalism


  • Law and human rights


  • Public policy analysis and public administration


  • Trafficking in persons policy and prevention


  • Technology policy and management


  • Human resource management


  • Education


  • 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


Humphrey Fellowship Program Eligibility Criteria


To be eligible for a Humphrey Fellowship, applicants must have:


  • A first university degree
  • Five years of full-time professional experience
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities and a record of public service
  • Demonstrated English language ability
  • Limited prior experience in the U.S.


Application Process:


Interested applicants must apply online as instructed.


After national selection, final nominations are reviewed in the United States by independent review committees. These review committees make recommendations to the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. 


Awards for Fellows going to the Long-Term English program will be announced in January 2022. 


Awards for all other candidates will be announced by the end of March 2022 for Fellowships during the 2022-2023 academic year.


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