Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship for Academic Year 2022-23

Application Deadline:  September 1, 2021

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.

Information on applying to the program, etc.: https://humphreyfellowship.org/

Program Description:

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program, a Fulbright exchange, 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 lands, and develop thriving communities. By providing future leaders and policy makers with experience in U.S. higher education, society, culture, and professional organizations, the program provides a basis for lasting, productive ties between Americans and their professional counterparts overseas.

Program Components:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • 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.

Possible Ineligibility:

Ineligible candidates include:

  • Recent university graduates (even if they have significant positions);
  • University teachers or academic researchers with no management responsibilities (except in the fields of Substance Abuse Education, Prevention, and Treatment and Teaching of English as a Foreign Language);
  • Individuals who have attended a graduate school in the United States for one academic year or more during the seven years prior to August 2022;
  • Individuals with U.S. in-country experience of any kind lasting more than six months during the five years prior to August 2022; and
  • Individuals with dual U.S. citizenship or U.S. permanent resident status.

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.

Applicants can access the application at: https://apply.iie.org/huberthhumphrey

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:

  • Contagious and Infectious Diseases
  • Public Health Policy and Management
  • HIV&AIDS, Policy and Prevention
  • Substance Abuse Education, Treatment and Prevention (see 4b)
  • Educational Administration, Planning, and Policy
  • Higher Education Administration
  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language

Social Media

The Humphrey Program is on FacebookYouTube and LinkedIn. Interested applicants can interact with current Fellows and alumni, and learn more about the program through our semi-weekly posts on Facebook. Access our YouTube page to see videos of Fellows and alumni discussing their Humphrey Programs. Candidates can join LinkedIn to participate in field-specific discussions with Fellows and alumni.