Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program

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Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program

Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship program was initiated back in 1978 which comes under the full bright program. This program brings young professionals from developing countries to USA to pursue non-degree graduate study. Let’s explore everything you need to know about Hubert H Humphrey Fellowship Program.

Fellowship Name Hubert H Humphrey Fellowship Program
Offering body US Department of State
No. of Participating Countries 162
No. of Participating Colleges 13
Grant Amount $50,000 (3,000,000 INR)
Duration of the Program 10 months

What is the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program?

Founded in 1978, Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship program is built to develop leadership qualities among professionals from around the world who are willing to collaborate for addressing local and global challenges. Its aim is to bring together youth and mid-career professionals from developing countries like India who are committed to their country’s development. 

Important Dates

Application deadlines are different for every country. For Indian students, the deadline is June 1 every year. Below mentioned are some important dates for the placement process.

Process Timeline Dates
Application due date for 2022-2023 June 1, 2021
Screening and shortlisting applicants Late July 2021
Informing the applicants about the outcome End July 2021
Interviews of short-listed candidates Mid August 2021
Notifying the nominees for taking the TOEFL iBT Exam End August 2021
Forwarding applications of nominees to the Humphrey Program Office, in Washington, D.C. October 2021
Notifying the finalists February/March 2022
A 4-month intensive English program for fellows requiring Long-Term English Training April 2022
Pre-academic training in the U.S. for fellows requiring 8-weeks English Training (if required) June/July 2022
Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program begins August/September 2022

Participating Countries

More than 150 countries participate every year. Citizens of the following countries/regions are eligible to participate in the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship program:

Region Countries
Sub-Saharan Africa Angola, Benin, Mali, Mauritius, Mauritania, Mozambique etc.
Europe and Eurasia Albania, Armenia, Bulgaria, Russia etc.
Middle-East and North Africa Algeria, Morocco, Egypt, Israel etc.
East Asia and Pacific Burma, Malaysia, China, Thailand etc.
South and Central Asia Afghanistan, Nepal, India, Pakistan, Maldives, Sri Lanka etc.
Western Hemisphere Argentina, Barbados, Jamaica, Chile etc.

Note: The complete list can be found on the official website

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Courses Under Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program

Sustainable Development

  • Agriculture and Rural Development
  • 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
  • International and Regional Freedom
  • Law and Human Rights
  • Finance and Banking
  • Economic Development

Public Health

  • Public Health Policy and Management
  • HIV/AIDS Policy and Prevention


  • Educational, Administration, Planning and Policy
  • Higher Education Administration
  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language
  • Substance Abuse Education, Treatment and Prevention

Eligibility Criteria

  1. A citizen of any of the participating countries including India is eligible for the fellowship program 
  2. An undergraduate degree from a recognised and accredited University
  3. Minimum of 5 years of full-time professional experience in a relevant field. Part-time work experience will not be considered. No prior work experience or minimal experience in the US
  4. An undertaking to return to India on completion of the fellowship
  5. Should demonstrate leadership qualities
  6. TOEFL/IELTS exams to demonstrate the English Language Proficiency
  7. A relevant record of Public Service to the community

How to Apply for the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program?

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program accepts online applications through its official website. To apply, candidates must follow the steps given below:

  1. Visit the official website
  2. Create an account on the website
  3. Give the required information (Dependent information, Contact information and Citizenship information etc.)
  4. Submit documents

Also Read: CM Urban Leaders Fellowship Programme

Documents Required

To complete the application process, a set of the following documents must be submitted by students and an employee:

  1. Academic Transcripts
  2. Certificates or Mark sheets in other languages (excluding English) must be submitted with certified English translations
  3. TOEFL/IELTS score reports
  4. Confidential Letter of Reference 
  5. CV or Resume 
  6. Confidential Letter of Reference from Current Employer
  7. Employer’s Endorsement Form

Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program Components

  1. Academic enrichment
  2. Professional development
  3. English language courses
  4. The Humphrey Seminar
  5. The Washington Global Leadership Forum


The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program provides the students with the following:

  1. Payment of tuition and fees at the assigned host university
  2. Pre-academic English language training, if required
  3. A maintenance (living) allowance, including a one-time settling-in allowance
  4. Accident and sickness coverage
  5. A book allowance
  6. A one-time computer subsidy
  7. Air travel
  8. A Professional Development allowance for professional activities

Host Universities for Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program

  1. American University, Washington College of Law
  2. Arizona State University
  3. Boston University
  4. Cornell University
  5. Emory University
  6. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  7. Michigan State University
  8. Pennsylvania State University
  9. Syracuse University
  10. University of California, Davis
  11. University of Maryland, College Park
  12. University of Minnesota, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
  13. Vanderbilt University
  14. Virginia Commonwealth University


Can I choose the university I want to attend?

No, you cannot choose any university you may want to attend. Rather, you’ll be assigned in diverse groups of 7-15 to the most appropriate host institution based on their area of interest and professional field.

Is the Humphrey Program a degree-granting program?

No, it is a non-degree program.

What is the duration of the program?

The duration of the program is 10 months.

This blog has covered all the important information you need to know about the  Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship program. To get assistance with any aspect of your study abroad scholarships and applications, contact our Leverage Edu experts now.

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