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Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program

Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program

Application Deadline:  Friday, July 28, 2023

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program provides ten (10) months of non-degree academic study and related professional experiences in the United States.  Humphrey Fellows are selected based on their potential for leadership and their commitment to public service in either the public or the private sector.  Every year, approximately 200 Fellowships are awarded worldwide.  Thirteen major universities in the United States host Humphrey Fellows.

All applicants must apply at https://apply.iie.org/huberthhumphrey

Program Fields:

  • Agricultural and Rural Development
  • Communications/Journalism
  • Economic Development
  • Educational Administration, Planning and Policy
  • Finance and Banking
  • Higher Education Administration
  • Law and Human Rights
  • Wildlife Management
  • Public Policy Analysis and Public Administration
  • Public Health
  • Technology Policy and Management
  • Trafficking in Persons Policy and Prevention
  • Urban and Regional Planning
  • Contagious and Infectious Diseases

Minimum Eligibility Requirements:

  1.  Undergraduate degree
  2. A minimum of five years of substantial, full-time, professional experience
  3. Limited or no prior experience in the United States
  4. Demonstrated leadership qualities
  5. A record of public service in the community
  6. Strong English skills

For more information about the Humphrey program, visit the website: http://www.humphreyfellowship.org

For more information, please contact Cultural Affairs Assistant by email: LusakaExchanges@state.gov

Helpful Additional Information

  • Applicants are asked to respond to questions related to leadership, goals and program plan, public service, and a challenge they have faced.  Responses should provide detailed information specific to each question.  During the review process in Washington, D.C., independent review panelists rely heavily on the short answer questions when evaluating the candidate’s communication skills, his/her understanding of the Humphrey program, professional goals, country context, and the candidate’s need for the program.
  • Responses should provide detailed insight into the candidate’s proposed program plans for academic programming and professional development and how they relate to the candidate’s goals and the country’s needs.  Whether the candidate works in the public, private, or NGO sector, the panelists look for evidence of a strong commitment to public service, broadly defined, leadership ability and potential for growth, and short- and long-term goals.

Details on Eligibility

  • Appropriate candidates are mid-career professionals in leadership positions who have demonstrated a commitment to public service and the potential for professional advancement.
  • Candidates should have both the need to participate in the program and the potential to benefit from it.  Accordingly, they should demonstrate the required experience, skills, and commitment while also indicating how they can benefit from this program in ways that they have not experienced previously and are not likely to experience without the Humphrey Fellowship. Applicants with distinguished records and no compelling need for the Humphrey experience are not appropriate candidates.
  • Prospective Fellows should have a minimum of five years full-time professional experience (prior to August 2024) in the relevant field and should be interested in the policy aspects of their field of specialization. Please note that candidates must have completed a university degree program requiring at least four years of full-time study to qualify for participation in U.S. graduate study programs.

Ineligible candidates include:

  • Recent university graduates (even if they have significant positions).
  • Individuals who attended a graduate school in the United States for one academic year or more during the seven years prior to August 2024.
  • Individuals with U.S. in-country experience of any kind lasting more than six months during the five years prior to August 2024.
  • Individuals with dual citizenship or permanent resident status.