Open Call – Apply for Humphrey Fellowship for Academic Year 2021-2022

Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship for Academic Year 2021-22

Application Deadline:  September 15, 2020.

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program brings accomplished young and mid-career professionals with demonstrated leadership potential to the United States for a year of non-degree graduate-level study, leadership development, and substantive professional collaboration with U.S. counterparts.

Information on applying to the program, etc.: https://humphreyfellowship.org/

Program Description:

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program was established in 1978 as a Fulbright exchange that advances U.S. foreign policy goals through the exchange of mid-career professionals representing approximately 140 eligible countries from all world regions. In support of U.S. foreign policy goals, Mission goals, and ECA’s Functional Bureau strategy, the program cultivates a network of current and future political, civil society, and educational leaders to address global challenges in fields such as democratic institution building, economic development, public health, education, and journalism and media literacy.  A recent evaluation found that 61 percent of Humphrey alumni return home and work in government in some capacity.  Others are leaders in their fields driving policy, introducing new best practices and implementing innovative management methods into their organizations.  Additionally, 46 percent of alumni have developed national policies, created national programs, served as national trainers, and advised government officials on legislation in their home countries.  During their fellowship, Humphrey Fellows participate in non-degree study at approximately 13 host campuses across the United States and complete at least six weeks of a professional affiliation at a U.S.-based governmental, non-governmental, private sector or international organization.  Through their academic and professional experiences, they gain knowledge about the United States, deepen their professional expertise and experience in their field, expand their network to include U.S. and international counterparts, and, as alumni, serve as key interlocutors for posts around the world.

Program Components:

a. Academic Study: Humphrey Fellows pursue tailored study programs at participating host institutions, where freedom from the requirements of a degree program gives each Fellow the flexibility to pursue a self-directed, individualized program at a host campus.  Approximately 13 U.S. campuses have been selected through a competitive process based on their ability to offer institutional and professional resources to host cohorts of Fellows in designated fields of study.  Humphrey Fellows may not request placement at any particular university.  Each campus has at least one designated faculty coordinator for academic and administrative support.  In addition, faculty advisors assist Fellows in pursuing balanced academic and professional programs.  Even though Fellows will spend time in an academic setting and are able to take classes at a U.S. university, the Humphrey program is classified as a non-degree program by the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS).  Humphrey Fellows cannot transfer from non-degree status to degree status under any circumstances.  Posts and commissions should direct degree-seeking candidates to the local EducationUSA advising center and/or other relevant programs and services.
b. Leadership and Professional Development: Professional enrichment activities include professional visits, enhancement skills workshops, conferences, training programs, and a professional affiliation (placement).  The professional affiliation provides firsthand exposure to a U.S. work environment on a full-time basis for a minimum period of six weeks. Early in the academic year, each Fellow develops, with assistance from the local campus coordinator and faculty advisors, a detailed plan of practical professional activities geared to the Fellow’s Humphrey program objectives.

Candidates: 

Appropriate candidates are young and mid-career professionals in leadership positions who have a commitment to public service and the potential for professional advancement. Prospective Fellows should have a minimum of five years full-time professional experience (prior to August 2021) in the relevant field, after completing a university degree, 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. Candidates should be proficient in both written and spoken English and should normally have a minimum TOEFL score of 525 (paper based) or 71 (internet-based), although exceptionally promising candidates with lower scores may be nominated for the Long-Term English (LTE) training. 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 Program. Applicants with distinguished records but who do not have a compelling need for the Humphrey experience are not appropriate candidates.

Applicants can access the application at: https://apply.iie.org/huberthhumphrey

Eligible fields:

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

Democratic Institution Building
a. Communications and 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

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

Public Health
a. Public Health Policy and Management
b. HIV/AIDS Policy and Prevention
c. Substance Abuse Education, Prevention, and Treatment (see note below)
d. Contagious and Infectious Diseases

Social Media

The Humphrey Program is on FacebookYouTube and LinkedIn. Interested applicants can interact with current Fellows and alumni, and learn more about the program through our semi-weekly posts on Facebook. Access our YouTube page to see videos of Fellows and alumni discussing their Humphrey Programs. Candidates can join LinkedIn to participate in field-specific discussions with Fellows and alumni.

If you have any questions, contact Rasa Baukuviene at BaukuvieneR@state.gov