The Humphrey Program brings young and mid-career professionals from designated countries to the United States for a year of non-degree graduate-level study, leadership development, and professional collaboration with U.S. counterparts.
During their stay at an American host university, Humphrey Fellows are invited to take graduate courses relevant to their professional interests. However, as the Humphrey Fellowship is not a degree program, participants spend a considerable portion of their time engaged in professional development activities including: consultations and affiliations with U.S. faculty and experts, field trips, workshops, research projects, and the development of practical useful strategies that could be applied in the Fellows’ home countries.
Fellows are selected through a competitive process based on leadership and commitment to public service in the public or private sector.
Academic: The Humphrey program is classified as a non-degree program. Humphrey Fellows cannot transfer from non-degree status to degree status. Humphrey Fellows pursue tailored study programs at participating host institutions, where the freedom from the requirements of a degree program gives each Fellow the flexibility to pursue a self-directed, individualized program.
Professional: Early in the academic year, each Fellow develops, with assistance from the local campus coordinator and faculty advisors, a plan for professional activities carefully geared to the Fellow’s need for relevant, practical professional experiences. A Fellow’s professional-development plan may include professional visits, conferences, and a professional affiliation (mid-career internship/residency) that must be at least six weeks in duration.
The Humphrey Fellowship offers opportunities in the following program fields:
Human and Institutional Capacity:
- Economic Development
- Finance & Banking
- Public Policy Analysis and Public Administration
- Technology Policy and Management
- Human Resource Management
Rights and Freedoms:
- Communications and Journalism
- International Religious Freedom
- Law and Human Rights
- Trafficking in Persons Policy & Prevention
- Agricultural and Rural Development
- Natural Resources, Environmental Policy, and Climate Change
- Urban and Regional Planning
- Contagious and Infectious Diseases
- Public Health Policy and Management
- HIV&AIDS, Policy and Prevention
- Substance Abuse Education, Treatment and Prevention (see 4b)
- Educational Administration, Planning, and Policy
- Higher Education Administration
- Teaching English as a Foreign Language
- Minimum of a four-year undergraduate degree (4-year BA or BA + Honors)
- Minimum of five years of full-time professional experience prior to August 2022 (beyond the attainment of a first university/undergraduate degree)
- Demonstrated leadership ability – Candidates should have achieved positions of significant responsibility at the national, regional or local level and show clear promise to assume greater future leadership roles
- Record of public service in the community – Candidates’ careers must reflect a present and future commitment to public service, broadly defined in the public, NGO, or private sector
- University lecturers – Candidates need to demonstrate management or policy responsibilities and experience (Exceptions apply to teachers of English as a foreign language and specialists in substance abuse preventions and treatment)
The following individuals are not eligible for the HHH Fellowship:
- Individuals who have attended graduate school in the United States for one academic year or more during the seven years prior to August 2022 are ineligible to apply
- Individuals who have had more than six months of U.S. in-country experience of any kind during the five years prior to August 2022 are ineligible to apply
- Individuals with dual U.S. citizenship or U.S. permanent resident status are ineligible to apply.
The Fellowship provides for:
- Payment of tuition and fees at the assigned host university
- Pre-academic English language training, if required
- A living allowance, including a one-time settling-in allowance
- Accident and sickness coverage
- A book allowance and one-time computer subsidy
- Air travel (international travel to and from the U.S. for the Program and domestic travel to required program events)
- Professional Development allowance for professional activities, such as field trips, professional visits and conferences.
For more information on the Hubert H. Humphrey program, please contact your nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate:
U.S. Embassy in Pretoria: firstname.lastname@example.org
U.S. Consulate in Johannesburg: email@example.com
U.S. Consulate in Durban: firstname.lastname@example.org
U.S. Consulate in Cape Town: email@example.com
For additional information visit the HHH website