The Humphrey Fellowships Program is for experienced professionals interested in strengthening their leadership skills through the mutual exchange of knowledge and understanding about issues of common interest in the United States and the Fellows’ home countries. As a non-university program, the fellowship offers invaluable opportunities for professional development through select university courses, conference attendance, networking, and practical work experiences.
During the year, Fellows pursue individual program goals and work closely with Humphrey Fellows in workshops and seminars. In contrast to a typical graduate experience, the program encourages fellows to travel away from the host campus to learn more about American culture and connect with their American peers. If you are interested in expanding your horizons and becoming a world leader, then the Humphrey Fellowship is for you.
About Humphrey Fellowships
The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program is a non-degree program for experienced professionals interested in strengthening their leadership skills through a mutual exchange of knowledge and understanding about issues of common interest in the United States and fellow countries. As a non-university program, the fellowship offers invaluable opportunities for professional development through select university courses, conference attendance, networking, and practical work experiences. If you are interested in expanding your horizons and becoming a world leader, then the Humphrey Fellowship is for you.
During the year, Fellows pursue individual program goals and work closely with Humphrey Fellows in workshops and seminars. In contrast to a typical graduate experience, the program encourages fellows to travel away from the host campus to learn more about American culture and connect with their American peers.
In addition to the traditionally available pre-academic language training, the Humphrey Program also offers the opportunity for Long-Term English Language Training (LTE) to facilitate the participation of candidates from non-elite residents, rural areas, minority groups and others who may be excellent candidates but lack the necessary language skills. LTE participants will be brought to the United States for an intensive 20-25-week pre-academic program to improve their language skills before moving onto the Humphrey campus in the academic year. LTE candidates must have exceptional leadership potential and commitment to public service, but their level of language proficiency may be lower than what is usually required. LTE candidates usually have TOEFL scores in the range of 440-500 (paper-based test) or 42-61 (internet-based test).
Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowships value
For successful applicants, the program begins with an intensive orientation in Washington, DC, and includes participation in a professional development internship of at least six weeks with local, governmental, national, or international organizations located in the United States following the academic portion of the program.
The fellowship provides international travel, travel within the United States as required, tuition and fees, books, monthly maintenance stipends, and limited funds for professional development activities such as conference attendance, field trips, and professional affiliations.
Eligibility for Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowships
The following are the eligibility criteria for candidates:
- Bachelor’s degree (4 years of undergraduate studies)
- You have at least five years of full-time professional experience
- You have not attended graduate school in the United States for one academic year or more in the seven years prior to the start of the fellowship
- You did not have more than six months of experience in the United States in the five years prior to starting the fellowship
- You should not be a teacher without administrative or political responsibilities, except for teachers of English as a foreign language and those specializing in drug abuse prevention and treatment
- You do not have permanent residence status in the United States or dual American citizenship
- Demonstrate leadership qualities
- Owning a public service record in the community
- Possesses English language ability (minimum TOEFL score of 525 on paper based test) or 71 on internet based test)
- Has strong computer skills (candidates will be submitted online)
Fields of studies
- Agricultural and rural development
- Economic / financial and banking development
- Natural Resources, Environmental Policy and Climate Change
- Urban and regional planning
- Communications / Journalism
- Law and human rights
- Analysis of Public Policy and Public Administration
- Policy and Prevention of Trafficking in Persons
- Technology Policy and Management
- Human Resources Management
- Educational administration, planning and policy
- Higher Education Administration
- Teaching English as a Foreign Language
- Public Health Policy and Management
- HIV / AIDS Policy and Prevention
- Drug abuse education, prevention and treatment
Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowships Selection process
The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program is administered by either the Public Affairs Department of the United States Embassy or the binational Fulbright Commission. Although the selection criteria may differ according to the applicant’s country, the overall selection process for the application of the Humphrey Fellowship Program takes place in five stages:
- National Screening: The committee reviews all requests and invites potential beneficiaries for a meeting. After that, the applications of the selected candidates are sent to IIE in Washington for further evaluation.
- Examination by the Institute of International Education: The Institute of International Education (IIE) reviews all applications, verifies their eligibility, and then summons the Regional Candidate Review Committees (CRC) to further evaluate the applications.
- Screening by the Committee on the Rights of the Child: The committee meets in Washington, DC in December and evaluates applications received from a specific district. It is comprised of independent experts who have regional professional experience in international organizations, academia or NGOs.
- Foreign Scholarship Board (FSB) approval from J. William Fulbright *: This board establishes procedures and policies to oversee the program and has ultimate authority over decisions regarding the selection of fellows.
- 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.
After that, IIE places accredited fellows at selected host universities in the USA. Placements are based on the fellow’s field of education and program plan data included in their applications. Fellows have no influence over the decision about which university they will attend.
Congress created FSB to administer the Fulbright Programs, which also include Humphrey Fellowship Programs.
How to Apply for Humphrey Fellowships
Interested persons can obtain more information from the Humphrey IIE Program website at: www.humphreyfellowship.org. If you are interested, please send an email to CulturalAbuja@state.gov in Abuja or CulturalLagos@state.gov in Lagos to enable us to inform you when the application link will open for 2021 (Please note that there is a change in the 2021 application. The submission date schedule is no longer open April 1 and June 1 possible). All applications must be submitted online at SCHOLARSHIP WEBPAGE