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Program Design

Shortly after arriving in the U.S., Humphrey Fellows will prepare individual program plans for their professional development, detailing their goals and objectives for the year, including courses, seminars, special projects, professional and community activities. The main program components are:

Funding and Administration

The Humphrey Program is funded primarily by a Congressional appropriation to the United States Department of State. The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the Department of State and the Institute of International Education (IIE) administer the program jointly through a cooperative agreement. IIE contributes donated staff time, recruitment of pro bono experts and speakers, shared event costs, and other administrative resources to the Humphrey Program. Participating governments and host institutions contribute financial support through direct cost-sharing.

U.S. Department of State

The United States Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) sponsors the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program under policy guidelines established by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FSB) and in cooperation with Binational Fulbright Commissions/Foundations and Public Affairs Sections of U.S. Embassies abroad.

Program History

The Humphrey Fellowship Program has received funding as a Fulbright exchange activity from the U.S. Congress since 1978 to honor the public service career of the late Senator and Vice President, Hubert H. Humphrey (1911-1978). A long-time advocate of international cooperation and understanding, Humphrey served as Vice President of the United States from 1965 to 1969 and for many years as a U.S. Senator from Minnesota.

Selection Process

Stage 1: National Screening

The Humphrey Program is facilitated overseas by Binational Fulbright Commissions/Foundations or the Public Affairs Sections of U.S. Embassies. Commissions and Embassies review applications submitted for the Humphrey Fellowship Program, invite selected applicants for interviews, and determine which applications are to be forwarded for further consideration to the Institute of International Education in Washington, D.C. Please contact the Embassy or Commission in your country to learn of its selection criteria.

Contact the Institute of International Education

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program's primary sponsor is the United States Department of State. The Program is administered under a cooperative agreement with the Institute of International Education (IIE). These two agencies work in partnership with a network of host universities which are competitively selected to host Fellows. The recruitment for the Humphrey Fellowship Program is done by the U.S. Embassies or Fulbright Commissions in the participating countries.

Participating Countries by Region

    

In 26 countries, the Humphrey Fellowship Program is administered by a Binational Fulbright Commission. In all other participating countries, the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy is charged with the operation of the Program.

To find out if citizens of your country/region are eligible to participate in the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program, click on your region. If your country/region appears on the list, you are eligible to apply.

Program Fields

Humphrey Fellowships are awarded competitively to candidates who are mid-career professionals in the fields listed below. Please contact the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy or Binational Fulbright Commission in your country to see which of the following fields candidates are being recruited in.

Am I Eligible?

Basic Eligibility Criteria

  • An undergraduate (first university or Bachelor's) degree
  • A minimum of five years of full-time, professional experience
  • Limited or no prior experience in the United States
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities
  • A record of public service in the community
  • English language ability

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