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2021-2022 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship: Call for Applications
May 6, 2020

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The 2021-2022 Humphrey Fellowship Program application is open! Applicants can begin an application by going to: https://apply.iie.org/huberthhumphrey.  The deadline for submitting applications online is July 31, 2020.

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship is a one-year, full-scholarship program offered to mid-career professionals who have a proven track record of leadership, a public service commitment and the capacity to take full advantage of a self-defined program of independent study at one of the leading U.S. universities.  The program awards a certificate from the U.S. Government; it is NOT designed to deliver an advanced degree.


The candidates’ eligibility criteria follow:

  • Possess an undergraduate (4 years of university studies) degree
  • Have a minimum of five years of full-time, professional experience
  • 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
  • Have not had more than six months of U.S. experience in the five years prior to the start of the Fellowship
  • Should not be a teacher with no management or policy responsibilities, except for teachers of English as a foreign language and specialists in drug abuse prevention and treatment
  • Should not have U.S. permanent resident status or dual U.S. citizenship
  • Have demonstrated leadership qualities
  • Possess a record of public service in the community
  • Possess English language ability  (minimum TOEFL score of 525 on the paper-based test) or 71 on the internet-based test)
  •  Have strong computer skills (candidates will apply online)

Fields of Studies

Sustainable Development

a. Agricultural and Rural Development
b. Economic Development/Finance and Banking
c. Natural Resources, Environmental Policy, and Climate Change
d. Urban and Regional Planning

Democratic Institution Building

a. Communications/Journalism
b. Law and Human Rights
c. International Religious Freedom

d. Public Policy Analysis and Public Administration
e. Trafficking in Persons Policy and Prevention
f. Technology Policy and Management
g. Human Resource Management


a. Educational Administration, Planning and Policy
b. Higher Education Administration
c. Teaching of English as a Foreign Language

Public Healtha. Public Health Policy and Management
b. HIV/AIDS Policy and Prevention
c. Substance Abuse Education, Prevention, and Treatment

d. Contagious and Infectious Diseases

English Language Training

In an effort to engage with candidates from non-elite populations, rural areas, minority groups and others who may be excellent candidates but are lacking the necessary language skills, English language training is available for nominees with lower TOEFL scores. Two opportunities for English training in the United States are available to prepare Fellows to participate in the academic year Humphrey Fellowship: 1) Long-Term English (LTE) language training is an intensive 16-week program; and 2) Pre-Academic English (Pre-Ac) language training is an intensive eight-week course. English language training participants will train together in groups at different campuses then transfer to their academic-year host campuses after completing LTE or Pre-Ac. LTE candidates should have exceptional leadership potential, a commitment to public service and clear objectives for their Humphrey year. Candidates for LTE typically have TOEFL scores in the 440-500 range (paper-based test) or 42-61 (internet based test).

After a national selection, final nominations are reviewed in the United States by independent review committees, which will make their recommendations to the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted by the U.S. Embassy’s Public Affairs Section for additional instructions about the application process.

To learn more about the Humphrey program, please visit the following website: Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship.