Humphrey Fellowship Program in the USA

The Humphrey Fellowship Program provides a year of professional enrichment in the United States for experienced professionals from designated countries undergoing development or political transition. The fellowship is a non-degree program that covers all expenses for selected participants. Deadlines vary by country.

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. As a non-degree program, the Humphrey Fellowship offers valuable opportunities for professional development through selected university courses, attending conferences, networking, and practical work experiences.

The program provides ten months of non-degree academic study and related professional experiences in the United States. Fellows are offered valuable opportunities for leadership development and professional engagement with Americans and their counterparts from many nations. Thirteen major universities in the United States host Humphrey Fellows. These host universities are chosen for their excellence in the Program’s designated fields of study and for the resources and support they offer Humphrey Fellows. The fellowship covers academic tuition fees, English language training if required, a living allowance, accident and sickness coverage, a book allowance, a one-time computer subsidy, air travel, and a professional development allowance for professional activities.

The deadlines vary by country.


Main criteria

  • The program is open to candidates with a bachelor’s degree and minimum of five years of full-time, professional experience
  • Limited or no prior experience in the United States is required. Embassies and Commissions must submit their nominations to the Institute of International Education office in Washington, DC by October 1
  • The deadlines for applicants vary by country

Find out more about the Humphrey Fellowship Program. 

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