Call for Applications for the Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program, 2020/2021 Academic Year

Applications are invited for the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program, 2020/2021 academic year. The primary funding for the fellowship is provided by the U.S. Congress and it is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

The Hubert Humphrey Fellowship is a specialized exchange program for accomplished mid-career professionals. The fellowship takes mid-career professionals from designated countries to the United States for one-year long non-degree graduate level study program focuses on leadership development, and professional collaboration with U.S. counterparts at select U.S. universities. The objective of the fellowship is to provide Humphrey fellows with an overall experience that broadens their perspectives, enhances their capability to assume greater career responsibilities, and provides opportunities to establish useful professional contacts. The selection process and final award of grants are extremely competitive.

Program Fields

  • Sustainable Development: Agriculture and Rural Development; Economic Development; Finance and Banking; Natural Resources, Environmental Policy and Climate Change; Urban and Regional Planning
  • Democratic Institution Building: Communications/Journalism; Law and Human Rights; Public Policy Analysis and Public Administration; Trafficking in Persons Policy and Prevention; Technology Policy and Management; Human Resource Management.
  • Education: Educational Administration, Planning and Policy; Higher Education Administration; Teaching of English as a Foreign Language
  • Public Health: Public Health Policy and Management; HIV/AIDS Policy and Prevention; Substance Abuse Education, Treatment and Prevention

Grant Benefits

The Humphrey fellowship provides for

  • payment of tuition and fees at the assigned host university;
  • pre-academic English language training, if required;
  • a maintenance (living) allowance, including a one-time settling-in allowance;
  • accident and sickness coverage;
  • a book allowance;
  • a one-time computer subsidy;
  • international travel to and from the U.S. for the program and domestic travel to required program events in the U.S.;
  • a professional development allowance for professional activities, such as field trips, professional visits and conferences.
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  • 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

Please contact the U.S. Embassy, Public Affairs Section or Binational Fulbright Commission in your country of residence to learn about possible specific program requirements.

Participating Countries by Region

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.

Complete Application: 

A complete application includes:

  • An online application with a clearly written objectives, program plan and motivations for applying; detailed essays;
  • uploaded academic records with certificates and curriculum vitae
  • Two professional letters of reference submitted electronically and attached to the online application by referees who know the applicants very well
  • TOEFL score report of not less than 100
  • Biodata page of valid international passport

Note (For Nigerians): Hard copies of official academic transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended and other supplementary documents should be forwarded to our office by regular mail. Please address the envelope to:

The Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program Officer, Public Affairs Section, U.S. Consulate General, 2 Walter Carrington Crescent, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Application Deadline: June 1, 2019.

To learn more about the program, please visit the official site

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