Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program in the USA

The Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program provides a year of mutual exchange of knowledge and experience in the United States for professionals who hail from selected countries across the world. Participants will discuss development, politics, and other matters of concern in the United States and their home countries.

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program is designed to enhance leadership among foreign professionals who collaborate to deliberate on local and global challenges and develop strategies that will collectively bring solutions to most of the problems of the world.  Through academic study and professional development with U.S. counterparts, this growing global network shares best practices and builds expertise in fields of critical importance to advance societal and institutional capacity, promote human rights and freedoms, ensure sustainable environments, and develop thriving communities.

The program through the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy has opened its application portal for the academic year 2022-2023 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program. Scholarships awarded under the Humphrey Fellowship Program are subject to the availability of funding.

About the Hubert Humphrey

Hubert was born in Wallace, South Dakota in 1911 to a pharmacist father and a homemaker mother, Hubert H. Humphrey began his illustrious career as a statesman and champion of civil and human rights in his community.

He became mayor of Minneapolis in 1945 and gained national attention when he delivered a controversial, electrifying, and historic speech on civil rights to the Democratic National Convention in 1948. In that year, he was elected to the U.S. Senate, where he served for 15 years. In 1964 he was elected Vice President of the United States on the ticket headed by President Lyndon B. Johnson and served a full four-year term. He ran for President in 1968 but lost by a very thin margin to Richard M. Nixon. Focused and re-energized, Humphrey returned to the Senate in 1971, where he served until his death from cancer in January 1978.

Among many qualities, Humphrey was known for his exuberant personality and detailed memory. Persons of many different political orientations considered him a friend, and he worked on behalf of people from all walks of life: the young, the aged, the poor, laborers, farmers, people of color, and people from other countries.

Eligibility for the Hubert Humphrey Fellowship in USA

To be eligible for the Hubert Humphrey, applicants must have the following qualities and qualifications:

  • Demonstrate commitment to public service and potential for advancement in their professions
  • A minimum of five years of professional experience (before August 2022) in the relevant field
  • Completed a university degree program requiring at least four years of full-time study to qualify for admission to U.S. programs of graduate study
  • Have an interest in the policy aspects of their field of specialization
  • Proficiency in both written and spoken English with a minimum TOEFL test score of 525 paper-based or 71 internet-based (Candidates with lower scores may be nominated for the Long-term English Training.)
  • Demonstrate the required experience, skills, and commitment while also indicating how they can benefit from this program in ways that they have not already experienced
  • An undergraduate (first university or Bachelor’s) degree
  • A minimum of five years of full-time, professional experience
  • Limited or no prior experience in the United States
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities
  • A record of public service in the community
  • English language ability
  • Please contact the U.S. Embassy, Public Affairs Section or Binational Fulbright Commission in your country of residence to learn about possible specific program requirements.

Benefits of the Hubert Humphrey

The Fellowship provides for:  

  • Payment of tuition and fees at the assigned host university;
  • Pre-academic English language training, if required;
  • A maintenance (living) allowance, including a one-time settling-in allowance;
  • Accident and sickness coverage;
  • A book allowance;
  • A one-time computer subsidy;
  • Air travel (international travel to and from the U.S. for the Program and domestic travel to required program events);
  • A Professional Development allowance for professional activities, such as field trips, professional visits and conferences.

Application Deadline

  • Application deadlines vary by country. The nominating U.S. Embassy or Binational 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.


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