The Hubert H. Humphrey Competition for the 2018-2019 Academic Year 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:

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.

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:

Sustainable Development

  1. Agricultural and Rural Development
  2. Economic Development/Finance and Banking
  3. Natural Resources, Environmental Policy, and Climate Change
  4. Urban and Regional Planning

Democratic Institution Building

  1. Communications/Journalism
  2. Law and Human Rights
  3. Public Policy Analysis and Public Administration
  4. Trafficking in Persons Policy and Prevention
  5. Technology Policy and Management
  6. Human Resource Management


  1. Educational Administration, Planning and Policy
  2. Higher Education Administration
  3. Teaching of English as a Foreign Language

Public Health

  1. Public Health Policy and Management
  2. HIV/AIDS Policy and Prevention
  3. Substance Abuse Education, Prevention, and Treatment


Maldivian 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 August 1, 2017.

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

Completed applications must include:

Full online Embark Application, including detailed Program Plan and Detailed Personal Statements;

Certified Transcript(s) and Certified English language translation;

Certified copy of the applicant’s passport; and

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 August 1, 2017.