Hubert H. Humphrey , A U.S. senator from Minnesota for 27 years and vice president of the United States from 1965-1969, Hubert H. Humphrey was a lifelong advocate of programs fostering human rights and international understanding. These fellowships were established to honor his memory and to continue his ideals


Founded in 1978 in honor of the late Senator and Vice-president, the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program brings accomplished mid-level professionals from designated countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, Europe, and Eurasia to the United States for a year of study and professional experience.

The program encourages a variety of U.S. and foreign partnerships worldwide. Fellowships are awarded competitively to candidates with a commitment to public service in both the public and private sectors, specifically in the fields of natural resources and environmental management, public policy analysis and administration, law and human rights, finance and banking, economic development, agricultural development/economics, human resource management, urban and regional planning, public health policy and management, technology policy and management, educational planning, teaching of English as a foreign language, communications/journalism, and drug abuse epidemiology, education, treatment and prevention
Fellowships are limited to one academic year, preceded if appropriate, by English language training. The program provides coursework combined with professional enrichment activities tailored to each Fellow’s interests.

Fellows are grouped at carefully selected U.S. host institutions with Humphrey Coordinators and advisers who provide academic and administrative support to each Fellow on individualized program design and implementation. Fellows attend a workshop in Washington, D.C. to interact with leaders from the U.S. federal government, multinational organizations, and the private sector. Throughout the year, Fellows engage in a variety of professional activities, including site visits and workshops.

The Humphrey Program is a Fulbright Exchange activity funded by the Department of State and administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE). Since 1978, more than 3,122 Fellows from over 120 countries have participated in the program. IIE is one of the country’s leading nonprofit organizations in the field of cultural and educational exchange. IIE assists the bureau in administering the program.

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