Humphrey host universities are selected through a competitive application process to participate in the Program for five years. Competitions are organized by fields of study and are scheduled annually with one or two of the eight major fields being competed. Selection is based on the institution’s ability to develop specialized non-degree, interdisciplinary programs for a diverse group of 7-15 international Fellows. Both public and private institutions have participated in the Program over the years.
The demand for host campus capacity is dictated from year to year by the pool of candidates in that field of study.
Each summer, IIE solicits proposals from a broad range of institutions. The solicitation is also posted on both IIE's website and the Humphrey Fellowship Program website. Institutions may access a request for proposal document fully outlining the Program's requirements, the selection criteria, budget and program guidelines, a timeline of review/notification dates, and other relevant information. Prior to the deadline, IIE receives questions in writing and posts the complete Q&A online. Final proposals are due to IIE on October 1.
Independent peer review panels are convened by IIE to evaluate the proposals and draw up final recommendations for submission to the Department of State — the Program's primary funding sponsor. Once campuses have been selected, IIE notifies all applicants and signs Sub-award Agreements with the selected universities. Successful applicants are eligible to begin working with the program the following academic year.
University Competition Timeline
July: Competition opens
October 1: Proposals from universities due to IIE
December: Independent panel reviews proposals
February 15: Applicants are notified