|Basic Eligibility Criteria:|
Please contact the U.S. Embassy, Public Affairs Section or Fulbright Commission in your country of residence to learn about possible specific program requirements.
Humphrey Fellowships are awarded competitively to candidates who are mid-career professionals in many fields. Please contact the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy or Bi-national Fulbright Commission in your country to see which of the following fields candidates are being recruited in.
In 28 countries, the Humphrey Fellowship Program is administered by a bi-national educational exchange commission. In all other participating countries, the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy is charged with the operation of the Program.
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.
Please contact the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy or Bi-national Fulbright Commission in your country for more information about application procedures. Click here for a list of eligible countries and in-country contact information.
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. Please check with the Embassy or Fulbright Commission in your country to learn about the deadline for submitting applications.
|Frequently Asked Questions|
Is the Humphrey Program a degree-granting program?
The Humphrey Program is a non-degree program. Participants may complete academic coursework at their host university to update their academic and professional knowledge in their field, but they do not receive an academic degree as a result of their participation in the program.
I worked part-time in a professional position while I was in graduate school. Does that qualify me for the Humphrey Fellowship Program?
Candidates for the Humphrey Program should have at least five years of full-time experience in their professional field and should be at a point in their careers to fully benefit from this mid-career program. Candidates with only part-time work experience may not be considered eligible.
What is the application deadline?
Application deadlines vary by country. The nominating Embassy or Fulbright Commission will advise you of its internal deadline for receiving applications.
Embassies and Commissions must submit their nominations to the Institute of International Education office in Washington, DC by October 1.
If I’m selected, what are the time demands of the program?
The Humphrey Program is quite rigorous and life as a Humphrey Fellow does not resemble that of a graduate student with regular hours and a predictable schedule. There are many activities required of Humphrey Fellows as part of the program. Fellows go on field trips, attend a weekly Humphrey Seminar, as well as other conferences and networking meetings, and may spend long hours each day in classes and involved in campus and community activities, in addition to spending time with other members of the group on campus.
Fellows also travel away from their host campus as part of the program, spending two weeks in Washington, DC for national program events. Fellows may also attend workshops and conferences in other parts of the country at various times throughout the year.
May I bring my family with me?
Fellows may choose to apply to have their family join them shortly after they have arrived in the U.S. However, careful consideration should be given to bringing one’s family. The Humphrey Program is very demanding, and Fellows spend considerable time away from their host campus. The Humphrey Program also does not provide an additional maintenance allowance for dependents. Fellows must show proof of financial support, adequate insurance coverage for their dependents that meets U.S. State Department requirements, and child care plans before they may be approved to apply for J-2 visa(s) for their dependents. Not all countries permit Humphrey Fellows to bring their dependents during their Fellowship year. Please check with the U.S. Embassy or Fulbright Commission for country-specific policies
May I choose the university I will go to?
Fellows are not able to choose which university they will attend. Rather, they are assigned in diverse groups of 6-15 to the most appropriate host institution based on their area of interest and professional field.
What does the Fellowship stipend cover?
The Fellowship provides for:
What is the timeline of the program?
If I’m not selected this year, may I reapply?