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    Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program

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    The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship program brings mid-career and young professionals from several developing countries to USA 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 USA.

    • The major components of the Humphrey Fellowship program include academic enrichment, professional development, English language courses, the Humphrey Seminar, and a four-day seminar.
    • The fellowship covers almost all the expenses of the selected candidates:
      • Air travel
      • Tuition & fees & Book allowance
      • Pre-academic English language training
      • Monthly living allowance
      • One-time settling-in stipend for student housing in USA
      • Sickness and accident coverage
      • One-time subsidy for computer
      • Allowance for all professional activities like field trips & conferences
    • Application deadline for the Hubert H. Humphrey Program varies in different participating countries. For Indian students, it is July 1 every year.

    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.


    Scholarship TypeMerit-Based
    Offered byGovernment bodies
    OrganizationUnited States- India Educational Foundation (USIEF)
    Application Deadline Jul 01 ,2021
    No. of Scholarships150
    RenewabilityOne Time Payment
    International Students EligibleYes
    Scholarship Website Link
    Application FormClick Here

    Eligibility Criteria

    Eligibility requirements for the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Programs are quite straightforward. Only those who fulfill these requirements given below will be considered for the program:

    • Citizenship: National of any of the 131 participating countries including India, Peru, Bangladesh, Pakistan.
    • Academic Qualification: Must hold an undergraduate degree from an accredited university.
    • Professional Experience: Minimum 5 years of full-time work experience, preferably in a relevant field.
      • Part-time work experience is not considered.
    • Language Proficiency: Must be proficient in the English language & attempt TOEFL/IELTS exams to demonstrate the same.
    • Must have a public service record in the community and minimal to no prior experience in the USA.

    Eligible Courses

    Professionals from the following fields are eligible for participating in the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship program:

    Rural Development and Agriculture Economic Development Finance and Banking

    Natural Resources, Climate Change, and Environmental Policy

    Regional and Urban Planning


    Human Rights and Law

    Public Administration and Public Policy Analysis

    Trafficking in Persons Prevention and Policy
    Technology Management and Policy HR Management

    Educational Administration, Policy and Planning

    Higher Education Administration

    The Teaching of English as Foreign Language

    Public Health Management and Policy

    HIV/AIDS Prevention and Policy Substance Abuse Prevention, Education and Treatment

    NOTE: For any program-related inquiry, applicants must contact the U.S. Embassy, Public Affairs Section, or Binational Fulbright Commission in their respective country.

    Application Process

    The 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. For Indian students, Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship program application deadline is July 1. 

    To apply for the fellowship, Indian applicants need to complete the documents:

    All these documents must be completed and sent to before the application deadline.

    Note I: In case of central or state govt. employees, the signed copy of employer’s endorsement form must be forwarded via cadre controlling authority.
    Note II: Recommendation letters must be sent to

    Senior Program Officer,
    Indian Program, 
    Fulbright House, 12 Hailey Road,
    New Delhi 110001

    Selection Process

    The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program is administered either by the U.S. Embassy’s Public Affairs Section or the Binational Fulbright Commission. While the selection criteria may differ according to the applicant’s country, the overall selection process of the Humphrey Fellowship Program application takes place in five stages:

    1. National Screening: The commission reviews all applications and invites potential recipients for an interview session. Post that, applications of shortlisted candidates are forwarded to IIE in Washington for further evaluation.
    2. Screening by the Institute of International Education: IIE reviews all applications, verify the eligibility, and then summons the regional Candidate Review Committees (CRC) for further evaluation of the applications.
    3. Screening by CRC: The committee assembles in Washington, D.C., in December and evaluates applications from a specific region. It comprises of independent experts who hold regional professional experience in international organizations, academia, or NGOs.
    4. Approval of J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FSB)*: This board sets procedures and policies for the supervision of the program and has the final authority over decisions regarding the selection of Fellows.
    5. Placement of the Selected Candidates: After FSB has approved the candidates selected by CRCs, the Department of State informs the same to participating commissions and embassies which, in turn, will apprise the selected candidates.

    Post that, IIE places the approved Fellows at the selected host universities in the USA. The placements are based on the Fellow’s field of education and the program plan statements included in their applications. Fellows don’t have any sway over the decision regarding the university they will attend.

    *Congress established FSB to administer the Fulbright programs, which also include the Humphrey Fellowship programs.

    Grant Details

    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 USA. 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 summary of the Humphrey Fellowship Program are tabulated below:

    Scholarship Type Merit-based
    Eligible Candidates Citizen of a participating country;
    minimum full-time professional experience of five years
    Average Number of Fellowships Awarded Annually 150
    Available To International Candidates Yes
    Application Deadlines Varies by country;
    India: July 1
    Participating Countries Botswana, South Africa, Russia, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, China, Indonesia, India, Costa Rica, Argentina, and many more
    Official Website 

    Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program applications for 2020-2021 session are ongoing. While the deadline for Indian applicants has passed, interestes applicants can prepare their applications for the the 2021-2022 session.

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