Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program

Competition for Academic Year 2018-2019 is NOW OPEN 


The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program is a Fulbright program that provides young and mid-career professionals from designated countries around the world with an opportunity to enhance their professional capacities through participation in specialized 10 month non degree programs developed specifically for small clusters of Humphrey Fellows at selected U.S. universities.

The Humphrey Program was launched in 1978 to honor the memory and accomplishments of the late U.S. Senator and Vice President, Hubert H. Humphrey.

Program Objective

  • During their yearlong stay at a host American 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 their potential for leadership and commitment to public service in the public or private sector.

Program Components:

  1.  Academic: 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. Candidates who seek degree programs should look to other opportunities.  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.
  2.  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.

Candidates should realize that they have a commitment to return home after their Fellowship for at least two years to use the skills and knowledge they have acquired to assist their communities and their country.

The Public Affairs Office of the U.S. Embassy offers to qualified candidates Humphrey Fellowship opportunities in the following fields:

  •  Agricultural and Rural Development

Suitable candidates include individuals from the public sector, non-governmental organizations, and business focused on agricultural and food system development and/or rural development. The field includes, but is not limited to, the following areas of specialization: food security, sustainable farming systems, agricultural research, extension management, agricultural marketing and value chain management, post-harvest technology and food safety, trade and food policy, and rural livelihood enhancement.

  • Economic Development

This field may be interpreted very broadly. Suitable candidates include policy makers and administrative managers focusing on contemporary development issues including population growth, agriculture and industrial development, poverty and income distribution, labor markets, and foreign trade. Individuals who are working in the fields of sustainable development and microfinance in the public or private sector are also appropriate.

  • Finance and Banking

Suitable candidates include individuals who are involved in the management of financial institutions, the regulation of depository institutions and securities, transnational lending and trade financing, or public-private partnerships.  Corporate financial managers and analysts are appropriate if they are interested in and able to convey how their work will impact the development of the country.  Individuals in this field are not suitable for the Humphrey Fellowship Program if they are primarily concerned with expanding a corporate entity’s market share.

  • Natural Resources, Environmental Policy, and Climate Change

Natural resource and environmental managers are appropriate candidates for this field. Policymakers working on the protection of natural resources, water quality, pollution control, land use, conservation, and environmental impact assessment also are suitable. Climate change is a critical emerging field open to professionals working in a range of disciplines, including policy development, clean technologies, carbon management, and response planning or adaptation to new climate patterns.

  • Urban and Regional Planning

Appropriate candidates for this field include architects, engineers, planners, urban designers, urban economists and sociologists, and historic preservation specialists. The field of Urban and Regional Planning should be broadly interpreted to include the following: urban infrastructure, transportation policy and planning, water and sanitation, town and rural planning, land use and urban design, housing and real estate development, international and comparative planning, environmental protection and planning, ecological land development, public policy, social policy, urban redevelopment policy, economic development and planning, regional economic integration, economic conversion, urban finance management, and urban spatial analysis using geographic information systems.

  •  Communications/Journalism

Appropriate candidates include those using media in all its current forms to facilitate global development for their country. Journalists in this field could work for private media outlets or state-run public broadcasters with a focus on independent reporting and transparency. Journalists can work in any platform (print, broadcast, online) using digital and social media tools to cover a wide variety of subject beats, including, but not limited to public affairs, arts and features, social issues, business news and investigative topics. Other individuals might manage the public or internal communications for non-governmental organizations, for state-run media, governmental agencies and private business enterprises.

  • Law and Human Rights

Attorneys, judges, and human rights activists are the most suitable candidates in this field. The range of law specializations is far reaching; some of the more common include: constitutional, criminal, business, civil rights, family/child, alternative dispute resolution, international humanitarian, international trade, international business, intellectual property, and telecommunications law. Individuals engaged in legal and judicial reform and the administration of justice also are appropriate candidates.

  • Public Policy Analysis and Public Administration

This field may be interpreted very broadly. Policy issues that past Fellows addressed have included: regional economic and workforce development planning, public management and leadership, financial management in public and non-profit organizations, poverty and inequality, gender, public finance and revenue administration, domestic and foreign development policies, political transition to market-based democracy, planning and the global knowledge economy and private sector development.

  • Trafficking in Persons Policy and Prevention

Candidates include foreign government officials, NGO activists, and media specialists who are focused on anti-trafficking issues. Humphrey Fellows can focus in areas of public administration, NGO administration, law and human rights, social work, communications and journalism, and public health as applied to anti-trafficking program management and policy-making.

  • Technology Policy and Management

Network administrators, engineers, and urban planners involved in formulating technology policy and planning and managing technological change and systems are suitable candidates in this field.  Officials in the Ministry of Education and educators who teach technology and science in higher education institutions and can demonstrate leadership in curriculum development or administration in this field are also appropriate candidates.

  • Human Resource Management

The most suitable candidates in this field are those individuals dealing with institutional change and setting personnel policies and procedures. These might be human resource managers or individuals from various fields who have been charged with re-organizing a department or ministry, for example.

  •  Educational Administration, Planning and Policy

Individuals who are contributing to national or regional education planning, policy development and implementation make good candidates. University professors with an exclusively academic focus are not suitable; however, university professors in administrative or policy-making positions are eligible.  Candidate profiles also include those focused in the more technical areas of education: curriculum development, instruction and learning assessment techniques, program design and adult learning, teacher training, and the use of technology in higher education. These individuals may be teachers if they also have additional responsibilities in the areas above.

  • Higher Education Administration

This field of study is intended for individuals who devote a significant portion of their professional life to policy formation, strategic decision-making, planning and management in higher education. Individuals holding administrative or policy-making positions at institutions of higher education, non-profit organizations or government ministries are eligible. Suitable candidates also include those focused on functional areas of higher education, such as curriculum design, techniques for instruction and learning assessment, vocational and life-long learning programs, and areas of higher education administration such as financial management, student affairs, academic affairs, business affairs, recruitment and admissions, development and alumni relations, and the use of technology in higher education. These individuals can be faculty at institutions of higher education if they also have significant additional responsibilities in the areas listed above.

  • Teaching of English as a Foreign Language

Appropriate candidates include teacher trainers and master teachers in the field of Teaching of English as a Foreign Language if they are interested in teacher training, curriculum development, and methodology.

  • Public Health Policy and Management

Physicians, clinicians with management responsibilities, health educators, and other practitioners with policymaking responsibilities in this field are suitable candidates. Past Fellows’ interests have included: management of public health care organizations; health care delivery through community-based organizations; reproductive, adolescent and child health; and epidemiology in public health practice. Candidates who are primarily practitioners in their field are not appropriate. For example, dentists whose program goals are to be more effective dentists in a clinical setting are not appropriate candidates for the program. Instead, dentists or other practitioners who are interested in acquiring skills and knowledge to become better administrators of public health programs, which might, for example, promote health education in their community or country, would be a better fit for the program.

  • HIV/AIDS Policy and Prevention

Physicians, health educators, communication specialists, and policy analysts who are interested in HIV/AIDS policy, treatment and prevention are appropriate candidates for this field. Candidates with a primary focus on clinical treatment are not appropriate.

  • Substance Abuse Education, Treatment and Prevention

Candidates in this field may be focused on problems of alcohol, drug and tobacco abuse as well as broader areas of public health that relate to substance abuse, such as HIV/AIDS, mental health, medicine, psychology, social work and counseling. Previous Fellows in the substance abuse field have come from schools and universities, community-based treatment and prevention programs, hospitals, criminal justice settings and local or national policy agencies. Fellows in this field will have access to strong university-based research programs as well as contacts with community, state and national professionals and provider groups working in substance abuse.  Humphrey Fellows who have a background and interest in research are also eligible to link more closely with the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), one of 27 research institutes and centers of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Candidates for Humphrey Fellowships that may be selected for special funding by NIDA must meet all the regular selection criteria, including demonstrated potential for leadership and public service, but in addition show a strong commitment to research and the development of scientific links that will lead to on-going international collaborations with NIDA in the field of drug abuse prevention and treatment. All of the Fellows in the Substance Abuse field will be part of the joint programming offered by NIDA, even if they are not directly supported by this agency.


  • Montenegrin citizenship
  • Five years of professional experience
  • University degree (minimum 4-year undergraduate degree is required by many graduate schools in the U.S.)
  • Proficiency in English at a high enough level to participate in academic coursework and professional development (in limited cases, pre-academic English training may be available, especially for otherwise excellent candidates from non-elite populations.)


Appropriate candidates are 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 September 2017) in the relevant field after completing a university degree, and should be interested in the policy aspects of their fields of specialization. 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). Some universities accept IELTS results, generally requiring scores in the 6.0-7.0 range.  Whenever possible, the selection committee will attempt to ensure ethnic, gender, and geographical diversity and to give priority to excellent candidates from non-elite populations, rural areas, and minority groups.

Medical exams are not required as part of the initial application process.


Recent university graduates, university teachers with no management responsibilities (except in the field of TOEFL), and individuals with recent U.S. experience (more than 6 months during the 5 years prior to September 2017), individuals with dual U.S. citizenship or U.S. permanent residence status, individuals who have attended a graduate school in the U.S. for one academic year or more during the seven years prior to August 2017.


The Humphrey Fellowship stipend is not sufficient to support anyone in addition to the grantee. Awards do not include an additional allowance for dependents.



The deadline for receiving online applications is September 10, 2017.

Applications will be considered complete only when submitted electronically through the Embark system at:

Completed applications must include:

  1. Full online Embark Application, including detailed Program Plan and Detailed Personal Statements;
  2. Certified Transcript(s) and Certified English language translation;
  3. Certified copy of the applicant’s passport; and
  4. Two (2) letters of reference.
Certified copies (not originals) should be emailed to

Reference letters should not be included in the packet of certified copies.  They can either be uploaded directly into Embark or sent directly by email to by the person writing the letter.

All parts of the application package— must be received no later than September 10, 2017.

Interviews of short-listed candidates will take place in September.  Finalists will be registered for the TOEFL test. The final selection and placement announced in spring 2018.

Additional information about the program can be obtained at

The 2018‐2019 Recruitment Guidelines, which may be downloaded from‐and‐commissions, contain additional guidance regarding appropriate candidates in the following eligible fields