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2024-2025 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program
May 1, 2023

General Program Information:

The United States Embassy in Mozambique is pleased to announce the annual competition for the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program. The Humphrey Program was initiated in 1978 to honor the memory and accomplishments of the late Senator and Vice President, Hubert H. Humphrey. Fellows are selected on their potential for leadership and commitment to public service. This one-year Fellowship program is offered to young and mid-career professionals who have a proven track record of leadership, a public service commitment, and the capacity to take full advantage of a self-defined program of independent non-degree study at a leading U.S. university. The program awards a certificate from the U.S. Government; it is not designed to deliver an advanced degree.

The program provides a basis for establishing lasting ties between citizens of the United States and their professional counterparts in other countries, fostering an exchange of knowledge and mutual understanding throughout the world. Fellowships are granted competitively to professional candidates with a commitment to public service in either the public or private sector. 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.

Eligible Fields/Sectors:

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

Human and Institutional Capacity:

  • Economic Development
  • Finance and Banking
  • Public Policy Analysis and Public Administration
  • Technology Policy and Management
  • Human Resource Management

Rights and Freedoms: 

  • Communications and Journalism
  • International Religious Freedom
  • Law and Human Rights
  • Trafficking in Persons Policy & Prevention

Sustainable Lands:

  • Agricultural and Rural Development
  • Natural Resources, Environmental Policy, and Climate Change
  • Urban and Regional Planning

Thriving Communities:

  • Contagious and Infectious Diseases
  • Public Health Policy and Management
  • HIV&AIDS, Policy and Prevention
  • Substance Abuse Education, Treatment and Prevention (see 4b)
  • Educational Administration, Planning, and Policy
  • Higher Education Administration
  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language

Application Process:

To be eligible for a Humphrey Fellowship, applicants must have:

  • A first-level university degree (licenciatura) to enable them to undertake graduate level study in the U.S. AND at least five years of full-time professional experience;
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities and a record of public service;
  • Demonstrated English language ability;
  • Limited prior experience in the U.S.;
  • Mozambican citizenship

Candidates who meet the above criteria are encouraged to apply.

Process and Selection Criteria:

Humphrey Fellowships are highly competitive, and applicants must fulfill the eligibility criteria outlined above. After a pre-selection process by the Embassy Selection Committee the names of selected applicants are sent to the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board in Washington, D.C. for final approval.

Testing is not required for the initial application. Only individuals selected as semi-finalists will be required to take the standardized tests below and their test fees will be paid by the U.S. Department of State. After evaluation of the application and associated documents, qualified candidates will be invited to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Candidates for Long-Term English typically have TOEFL scores in the range of 42 – 61 (internet-based test). In normal circumstances, candidates must fund their own travel to the test center in Maputo; however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the test must be taken virtually from home. Selected candidates should familiarize themselves with the tests in advance and utilize practice tests and available online resources to prepare. Those candidates that score high enough in this exam will be interviewed by the Embassy Selection Committee for final recommendation.

*Nominees should test no later than November 2023. At-home testing options through ETS or through Duolingo are available.

Terms and Conditions:

The Humphrey Fellowship funds international travel, tuition and university fees, accident/sickness coverage, monthly maintenance allowance, books and professional activities. The Humphrey Program does not provide financial support for accompanying dependents.

To apply, visit: https://apply.iie.org/huberthhumphrey

DEADLINE TO APPLY: June 16, 2023

Applications will only be accepted online. To create an account, first, read the instructions carefully and create a Slate user account. When beginning a new application, select the correct cycle: 2024-2025 Humphrey Fellowship Program.

A complete application package will include the following:

  • Application Form
  • Copies of transcripts for each year of undergraduate and graduate study completed, with English translation
  • Copies of diploma(s), with English translation
  • Two hand-signed letters of recommendation. Recommendation letters should be written by people who know you well, such as teachers or employers. They should not come from friends or relatives. At least one letter of recommendation is required from your current employer. Letters should be written in English or be accompanied by an English translation.
  • Copy of TOEFL or IELTS score report if previously taken
  • Resumé or CV in English
  • Copy of the biographical data page of your passport or photo identification (B.I.)

Selected semi-finalists will be required to provide certified copies and translations of all documents.

Due to the anticipated volume of applications received, we will be unable to forward explanations to applicants not selected for the program.

Additional Information:

Please contact the Public Affairs Office of the U.S. Embassy at MaputoExchangePrograms@state.gov with any questions. For additional information on the Humphrey Fellowship, please visit www.humphreyfellowship.org.