The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship program brings mid-career and young professionals from several developing countries to the United States for a year of leadership development, non-degree graduate-level education and professional collaboration with their American counterparts. Over the last four decades, more than 4,600 Fellows from 157 countries have taken part in the program and have been hosted by more than 40 universities in the U.S.
The major components of the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship program include academic enrichment, professional development, English language courses, the Humphrey Seminar and a four-day seminar - ‘The Washington Global Leadership Forum’. The program covers almost all expenses including tuition fees, maintenance allowance, a living stipend, air travel, computer subsidy, and sickness and accident coverage.
|Type of Funding||Government|
|Eligible Candidates||Citizen of a participating country with a minimum full-time experience of five years in their professional field|
|Average Number of Fellowships Awarded Annually||150|
|Available To International Candidates||Yes|
|Application Deadlines||Varies by country|
|Participating Countries||Botswana, South Africa, Russia, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, China, Indonesia, India, Costa Rica, and Argentina|
Once nominations are submitted, finalized fellowship recipients are announced in March next year. The selected participants begin their program between April and September the same year, based on the extent of English language training needed by them. The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship program reaches its end in June next year.
|Offered by||Government bodies|
|Application Deadline||Oct 01 ,2020|
|No. of Scholarships||150|
|International Students Eligible||Yes|
|Scholarship Website Link||https://www.humphreyfellowship.org|
To be eligible for the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship program, an applicant must
Applicants with only part-time professional experience are not eligible for the program. They must have a public service record in the community and minimal to no prior experience in the U.S.
Professionals from the following fields are eligible for participating in the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship program:
The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship program is overseen by a binational Fulbright Commission in 26 countries while in other countries, it is administered by the U.S. Embassy’s Public Affairs Section. Application deadlines vary according to the applicant’s country. The nominating Binational Fulbright Commission or U.S. Embassy informs candidates of its internal deadline for accepting applications.
The deadline for commissions and embassies to submit their nominations to Washington’s Institute of International Education (IIE) office is October 1.
The selection process of the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship program application takes place in five stages:
Stage 1: National Screening: The Humphrey program is administered either by the U.S. Embassy’s Public Affairs Section or the Binational Fulbright Commission. They review the applications and invite the selected candidates for the interview.
After the thorough analysis of applications and conducting personal interviews, applications of the selected candidates are forwarded to IIE in Washington, D.C., for further consideration. The selection criteria may differ according to the applicant’s country.
Stage 2: Screening by IIE: IIE reviews all the received applications and check for eligibility and then summons the regional Candidate Review Committees (CRC) for further evaluation of the applications.
Stage 3: Screening by CRC: CRCs assemble in Washington, D.C., in December. The committees consist of independent experts who hold regional professional experience in international organizations, academia or NGOs. These committees evaluate applications from a specific region.
Stage 4: Approval of J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FSB): Congress established FSB to administer the Fulbright programs, which also include the Humphrey Fellowship programs. This board sets procedures and policies for the supervision of the program and has the final authority over any decision regarding the selection of Fellows.
Stage 5: Placement of the Selected Candidates: After FSB has approved the candidates selected by CRCs, the Department of State will inform about the final decision to the participating commissions and embassies which, in turn, will apprise the selected candidates. IIE places the approved Fellows at the selected host universities in the U.S. The placements are based on the Fellow’s field of education and the program plan statements included in their applications. Notably, Fellows don’t have any sway over the decision regarding the university they will attend.
The fellowship covers almost all the expenses of the selected candidates. Following are the provisions of the fellowship:
The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship program is suitable for experienced professionals who are interested in enhancing their leadership skills and gaining understanding and knowledge about the issues of mutual concern in their countries and the U.S. It is a non-degree program that offers outstanding opportunities for academic and professional development through networking, attending conferences, taking selected university courses and gaining practical work experience. The program encourages participants to connect with their American peers and explore American culture by traveling away from the host campus.
The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship program has been funded by the U.S. Congress as a Fulbright exchange activity since 1978. It also receives generous funds from many prestigious organizations like the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), Rollins School of Public Health (part of Emory University), host campuses and employers of the Humphrey Fellows.