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Humphrey Fellows who meet the eligibility requirements apply for the program through their Binational Fulbright Commissions or Public Affairs Section of the U.S. embassy in their home countries. Please contact your country’s Binational Fulbright Commission or the U.S. embassy for information on how to apply, including deadlines.

See the country eligibility list to check if you are eligible for the program.

To be eligible for a Humphrey Fellowship Program, applicants must:

  • Be a citizen of an eligible country
  • Have an undergraduate (first university or Bachelor’s) degree 
  • Have a minimum of five years of full-time professional experience 
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities and a record of public service in the community 
  • Limited experience in the United States 
  • Demonstrated English language ability 

Interested applicants must apply through the U.S. Embassy (Public Affairs Section) or Binational Fulbright Commission in their country. Application deadlines vary by country. Applications must contain: 

  • Complete answers to all questions; essay responses in English must thoroughly address the prompt. 
  • Two letters of reference in English; one must be from the applicant’s current employer. 
  • Official transcripts in English: Ensure all transcripts uploaded by the applicant are official, valid documents. Transcripts must list courses taken and grades received. Diplomas need only be uploaded if the transcript does not show proof that the degree was obtained. 

After national selection, independent review committees review nominations in the United States, and final candidate approval is determined by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. After receiving approval from the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, the U.S. Embassies and Binational Fulbright Commissions will inform candidates of their status.