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Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program now Open

[Press Release] SLUDTERA would like to inform suitable and interested persons that the fully funded Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship is now open for applications.

The Humphrey Program brings young and mid-career professionals from designated countries to the United States for a year of non-degree graduate-level study, leadership development, and professional collaboration with U.S. counterparts.

The United States Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) sponsors the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program under policy guidelines established by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FSB) and in cooperation with Binational Fulbright Commissions/Foundations and Public Affairs Sections of U.S. Embassies abroad. The Program also benefits from the generous support of several co-funders:

– National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) – The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), a leading supporter of global research on drug abuse and addiction, sponsors several Humphrey Fellows. In order to be considered for funding by NIDA, candidates must hold an advanced graduate degree in medicine, health, biomedical, behavioral, or the social sciences and have significant research experience.

– Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health – Emory University has donated support for an Enhancement Workshop on Global Development and Social Justice at the School of Public Health for more than a decade.

– Employers – In addition to granting leave status to Humphrey Fellows, many employers continue to pay Fellows their annual salaries. This generous assistance enables Fellows to support their families and participate in the Humphrey Fellowship Program.

– Host Campuses – Each Humphrey host university provides in-kind support to the Program, including tuition reduction, donated office space, computers, and staff time.

Program Description

Shortly after arriving in the U.S., Humphrey Fellows will prepare individual program plans for their professional development, detailing their goals and objectives for the year, including courses, seminars, special projects, professional and community activities. The main program components are:

Humphrey Seminar

A core part of the Fellowship is a special year-long Humphrey Seminar organized by the host university. In the seminar, Fellows are introduced to the skills and perspectives they will need as global leaders, share approaches to common issues and problems in their regions, and learn about many aspects of U.S. culture and society.

Academic Enrichment

Fellows are placed in groups of seven to fifteen at selected U.S. universities, which serve as their academic and professional base. Fellows audit or register for a partial course load to enable them to travel and network with their American peers and experts in their field of work, attend conferences, and engage in a professional affiliation (work experience) without the pressure of meeting specific degree or diploma requirements.

Professional Development

The purpose of the Humphrey Fellowship is to enrich Fellows’ professional skills and knowledge. The Program provides Fellows opportunities to meet and exchange information and share experiences with their American counterparts and Humphrey colleagues from around the world. Through conferences, networking meetings, seminars and workshops, Fellows expand their perspectives on their work and on global issues.

The culmination of the Fellowship year is a six-week work experience, or Professional Affiliation, arranged by the Fellows, that involves them with American organizations and provides another opportunity for meeting and working with their American peers. The Institute of International Education also facilitates professional enhancement workshops that engage Fellows in cross-disciplinary and multi-regional exchanges.

The Washington Global Leadership Forum

All Fellows attend this four-day seminar in Washington, D.C. to learn more about U.S. institutions, federal agencies, and international organizations. Humphrey Fellows meet with representatives of key organizations, participate in sessions on leadership and professional development, and make professional contacts. The Global Leadership Forum provides an opportunity for Fellows to meet their Humphrey colleagues from all 13 host campuses and to initiate the friendships and professional relationships that will continue throughout the Fellowship year and beyond.

English Language Courses

Fellows who are otherwise strong Humphrey candidates but need improved English to benefit fully from the Humphrey experience participate in intensive English language training before the start of their Humphrey Fellowship Program (usually during the summer months). If needed, Fellows can also take additional English language courses at their host universities.

Alumni Opportunities

The Humphrey Program offers two grant programs for alumni. The Alumni Impact Award offers up to $10,000 to alumni to implement a project in their home country or region. The Professional Development Grant provides funding for alumni to attend a conference, workshop or other professional activity.

Humphrey alumni are also eligible to apply to receive funding to implement an Alumni Regional Workshop. These workshops, designed for alumni from a given world region, should be “action-based” and focus on a topic which is relevant across multiple professional fields.

Alumni interested in learning more about these opportunities can complete the contact form here and an IIE staff member will be in touch.

Humphrey Program alumni are encouraged to connect with the alumni of other Department of State programs through International Exchange Alumni. It is our pleasure to state that individuals who have participated in any U.S. Government State funded program is recognized as a member of the International Exchange Alumni, for example, persons who participate in The Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative – YLAI Program which we recently recruited several St. Lucians for this year’s stint!

To Be Eligible You must have;

– An undergraduate (first university or Bachelor’s) degree
– A minimum of five years of full-time, professional experience
– Limited or no prior experience in the United States
– Demonstrated leadership qualities
– A record of public service in the community
– English language ability
– Be a resident of one of the eligible countries.

The Selection Process

Fellows are selected based on their potential for National Leadership and commitment to Public Service or Private Service in the following Humphrey fields;

Agriculture and Rural development
Substance Abuse Education, Treatment and Prevention
Economic Development
Finance & Banking
Educational Administration, Planning & Policy
HIV/AIDS Policy and Prevention
Human Resource Management
Law and Human Rights
National Resources, Environment Policy & Climate Change
Technology Policy and Management
Trafficking in persons, policy & prevention
Urban and Regional Planning

Stage 1: National Screening

The Humphrey Program is facilitated overseas by Binational Fulbright Commissions/Foundations or the Public Affairs Sections of U.S. Embassies. Commissions and Embassies review applications submitted for the Humphrey Fellowship Program, invite selected applicants for interviews, and determine which applications are to be forwarded for further consideration to the Institute of International Education in Washington, D.C. Please contact the Embassy or Commission in your country to learn of its selection criteria. In the case of St. Lucians, applications will be reviewed by the staff of the U.S. Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados.

Stage 2: Screening by the Institute of International Education

Embassies and Commissions must submit their nominations to the Institute of International Education (IIE) office in Washington, DC by October 1. The deadline for applicants to submit their applications to the Embassy or Commission varies by country. Please check with the Embassy or Fulbright Commission in your country to learn of its application deadline.

IIE reviews all submitted applications for basic eligibility and then convenes regional Candidate Review Committees (CRC) to evaluate the applications.

Stage 3: Candidate Review Committees

Candidate Review Committees convene in Washington, DC in December. Independent expert panelists with regional experience who work in academia, international organizations, or non-governmental organizations are recruited to review applications from a particular region of the world.

Stage 4: Approval by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board

The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FSB) was created by Congress to supervise the Fulbright Program and other Fulbright exchange activities, including the Humphrey Fellowship Program. The FSB sets policies and procedures for administration of the Humphrey Fellowship Program, has final authority for selection of all Fellows, and supervises the conduct of the Program both in the United States and abroad.

Stage 5: Placement of selected Humphrey Fellows

After receiving approval from the FSB, the Department of State will announce the final selection results to participating U.S. Embassies and Binational Fulbright Commissions, who will inform candidates of their status. The Institute of International Education places the approved candidates at U.S. universities that have been selected to host Humphrey Fellows. Placements are determined by candidates’ fields of study and the program plan statements expressed in their applications.

Fellowship Provisions

The Fellowship covers the cost of:

Payment of tuition and fees at the assigned host university;
Pre-academic English language training, if required;
A maintenance (living) allowance, including a one-time settling-in allowance;
Accident and sickness coverage;
A book allowance;
A one-time computer subsidy;
Air travel (international travel to and from the U.S. for the Program and domestic travel to required program events);
A Professional Development allowance for professional activities, such as field trips, professional visits and conferences.

For those persons who are very much interested in the program, who are concerned about leaving their family members behind, take a look at this Frequently Asked Question;

Question: “May I bring my family with me?”

Answer: Fellows may choose to apply to have their family join them shortly after they have arrived in the U.S. Careful consideration should be given to bringing one’s family, however, as the Humphrey Program is very demanding, and Fellows spend considerable time away from their host campus. The Humphrey Program also does not provide an additional maintenance allowance for dependents. Fellows must show proof of financial support, adequate insurance coverage for their dependents that meets U.S. State Department requirements, and child care plans before they may be approved to apply for J-2 visa(s) for their dependents. Not all countries permit Humphrey Fellows to bring their dependents during their Fellowship year. Please check with the U.S. Embassy or Binational Fulbright Commission for country-specific policies.

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