Humphrey Fellowship Program – Fully Funded 2021

Application Deadline: September 02, 2020
Program: Fellowship
Location: USA
Eligible Countries: All Countries

The program designed for Humphrey Fellows does not result in the awarding of a degree. While Fellows are able to enroll in courses relevant to their professional interests, the Humphrey Program is not appropriate for those who wish to concentrate on academic work required for a U.S. degree. Humphrey Fellows spend a considerable portion of their time engaged in off-campus activities such as internships, field trips, workshops, and special projects that give them practical experience in their professional fields. Successfully fellow will be awarded a Certificate of Participation.

Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program – Overview

  • The Program provides a year of professional enrichment in the United States for experienced professionals from designated countries undergoing development or political transition.
  • The Humphrey Program is a Fulbright exchange activity. Its primary funding is provided by the U.S. Congress through the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State. Co-sponsors include other governmental agencies, multinational organizations, and private donors. The Institute of International Education (IIE) assists the U.S. Department of State in administering the Humphrey Fellowship Program.
  • This ten-month program consists of academic coursework and an internship in a relevant professional organization.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Professional enrichment activities include professional visits, enhancement skills workshops, conferences, training programs, and a professional affiliation (placement)


  • Sustainable Development: Agricultural and Rural Development; Economic Development; Finance and Banking; Natural Resources; Environmental Policy and Climate Change; Urban and Regional Planning.
  • Democratic Institution Building: Communications/Journalism; Law and Human Rights; Public Policy Analysis and Public Administration; Trafficking in Persons Policy and Prevention; Technology Policy and Management; Human Resource Management
  • Education: Educational Administration, Planning and Policy; Higher Education Administration; Teaching of English as a Foreign Language
  • Public Health: Public Health Policy and Management; HIV/AIDS Policy and Prevention; Substance Abuse Education, Treatment and Prevention

PLACEMENT IN UNIVERSITY PROGRAMS: Candidates who are selected for fellowships are placed in clusters by field of interest at U.S. universities specially designated to host a group of Humphrey Fellows. Therefore, requests for placements at specific universities by candidates will not be entertained. Candidates should not apply directly to U.S. institutions.



  • An undergraduate (first university or Bachelor’s) degree. A candidate 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.
  • Prospective Fellows should have a minimum of five years of full-time professional experience (prior to August 2021) in the relevant field and should be interested in the policy aspects of their field of specialization.
  • Limited or no prior experience in the United States
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities
  • The applicant should be a mid-career professional in leadership positions who have demonstrated a commitment to public service and the potential for professional advancement.
  • English Language Ability: TOEFL Score of 71 iBT or 6.0. – 7.0 IELTS is required but in the absence of TOEFL and IELTS at the time of submitting an application, a certificate of formal English study should be provided. This does not substitute the taking of the TOEFL test which should be done no later than September 2, 2020. The result of the TOEFL test should be provided to US Embassy Kabul.


  • Recent university graduates (even if they have significant positions);
  • University teachers or academic researchers with no management responsibilities (except in the fields of Substance Abuse Education, Prevention, and Treatment and Teaching of English as a Foreign Language);
  • Applicants who have attended a graduate school in the United States for one academic year or more during the seven years prior to August 2021;
  • Applicants with U.S. in-country experience of any kind lasting more than six months during the five years prior to August 2021; and
  • Individuals with dual U.S. citizenship or U.S. permanent resident status may not apply to the program; they are ineligible for a J visa.
  • Local employees of U.S. Missions abroad who work for the U.S. Department of State and members of their families as well as individuals who work for or are otherwise associated with an organization that is responsible for nominating or selecting individuals for participation in any ECA exchange program are ineligible for grants during the period of their employment and for one year following the termination of employment.

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  • Travel costs (To and from the US and to programs)
  • Tuition fees and other fees
  • Costs for sickness and accident
  • Book allowance
  • One-time computer subsidy
  • Allowance for professional development (activities, field trips, visits, and conferences)
  • Living allowance (including settling allowance for one time)


Please submit your complete application to Kabul Humphrey Team ( no later than September 2, 2020, at 11:59 pm (Afghanistan Time).

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