2019-2020 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program

2019-2020 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program

Deadline for Application: April 13, 2018

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program is a Fulbright program that brings accomplished mid-career professionals from designated countries around the world to the United States for one academic year (10 months) of practical, professional development experiences and non-degree academic study in their field of expertise. 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. Fellows are selected through a competitive process based on their potential for leadership and commitment to public service.

Program Description

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program brings accomplished young and mid-career professionals with demonstrated leadership potential to the United States for a year of non-degree graduate-level study, leadership development, and substantive professional collaboration with U.S. counterparts. By providing future leaders and policy makers with experience in U.S. society, culture, and professional fields, the program provides a basis for lasting, productive ties between Americans and their professional counterparts overseas.  Fellows are nominated by embassies (through public affairs sections) based on potential for leadership and commitment to public service.

FundingProgram Description

Funding is provided by the Government of the United States of America through the U.S. Department of State. The funding covers the cost of TOEFL testing for selected candidates, tuition and university fees, a monthly maintenance allowance, a book and supplies allowance, round-trip transportation from Mozambique to the host university in the U.S., and transportation to Washington, D.C. for a special seminar. The Humphrey Program does not provide financial support for accompanying dependents.

Exceptional candidates with limited English proficiency may be considered for the Humphrey Long-Term English (LTE) Program.  LTE Fellows will receive up to 6 months of English language training prior to their academic programs.

Program Components

Academic: The Humphrey program is a non-degree program. Humphrey Fellows cannot transfer from non-degree status to degree status under any circumstances. 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. There is no provision for Fellows to request placement at any particular university. Approximately 14 campuses have been selected through a competitive process to host Fellows in groups with thematic and subject affinities. Each university is chosen based on institutional resources and the level of support and guidance it offers to the participants. Each campus has a designated faculty coordinator for academic and administrative support. In addition, faculty advisors also assist Fellows in pursuing balanced academic and professional programs.

Professional: Professional enrichment activities include professional visits, conferences, training programs, and a professional affiliation (work attachment). The professional affiliation provides first-hand exposure to an American work environment on a full-time basis for a minimum period of 6 weeks. Early in the academic year each Fellow develops, with assistance from the local campus coordinator and faculty advisors, a detailed plan of practical professional activities geared to the Fellow’s Humphrey program objectives.

Eligible Fields of Study

Mid-career professionals working in the following fields are eligible to apply:
Sustainable Development
Agricultural and Rural Development
Economic Development
Banking and Finance
Natural Resources, Environmental Policy, and Climate Change
Urban and Regional Planning
Democratic Institution Building
Law and Human Rights
Public Policy Analysis and Public Administration
Trafficking in Persons Policy and Prevention
Technology Policy and Management
Human Resource Management
Educational Administration, Planning and Policy
Higher Education Administration
Teaching of English as a Foreign Language

Public Health
Public Health Policy and Management
HIV/AIDS Policy and Prevention
Substance Abuse Education, Prevention, and Treatment


To participate in the Humphrey Program, candidates must have:

  •  Mozambican citizenship or permanent residency in Mozambique
  • a Bachelor’s or equivalent degree (must have completed a university degree program requiring at least four years of full-time study).
  • a minimum of five years of full-time professional experience
  • limited or no prior experience in the United States
  • demonstrated leadership ability and commitment to public service
  • Proficiency in English. Selected semi-finalists will be required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and score a minimum of 71. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores of 6.0 or above will also be accepted.
  • a commitment to returning to Mozambique after completing the program

The following are not eligible for consideration:

  • recent university graduates
  • teachers, scientists, or researchers with no management or policy responsibilities (except for teachers of English as a Foreign Language and specialists in drug abuse prevention and treatment)
  • individuals who have attended a graduate school in the United States for one academic year or more during the seven years prior to May 2018
  • individuals who have spent more than six months in the United States during the five years prior to May 2018
  • individuals who are dual citizens of the U.S. and another country, or who have U.S. permanent resident status (i.e.: Green Card holders).
  • Employees of U.S. missions abroad who work for the U.S. Department of State or the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and their immediate family members (spouses and dependent children). This provision includes all employees, paid or unpaid (including part-time or temporary employees, consultants, externs, fellows, and contract employees). This provision does not apply to interns and does not disqualify self-supporting children who live apart from their parents. Employees and family members are ineligible for grants for a period ending one year following the termination of their employment, association, or service. The one-year period of ineligibility is calculated from the date of termination of employment, service, or association until the program application deadline.

Process and Selection Criteria

Humphrey Fellowships are highly competitive and several stages of review are necessary to make the final selection of participants. Applicants must fulfill the eligibility criteria outlined above to be considered. Applications are due by 23:59 on Friday, April 13. Qualified candidates will be interviewed in English by the U.S. Embassy Selection Committee in July and must be available to take the TOEFL in July or August. Those whose scores allow them to continue in the competition will be required to resubmit a completed online application, which will be sent to Washington, D.C. for final approval in September. Finalists will be announced in March 2019 and will begin the 2019-2020 Humphrey Program in August/September of 2019. Those who require additional English training may be required to attend an intensive English program before the Humphrey Program begins.

Applicants will be evaluated on their leadership ability, commitment to public service, academic and professional qualifications, interest and preparation for cultural exchange, capacity to benefit from the program, and plans upon return to Mozambique.

To Submit an Application

Applications submitted online are preferred, however applications will also be accepted via e-mail, by mail, or in person. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

A complete application package will include the following:

  • Application Form (PDF 305 KB)
  • Copies of transcripts for each year of undergraduate and graduate study completed, with English translation
  • Copies of diploma, with English translation
  • Two hand-signed letters of recommendation (PDF 264 KB). Recommendation letters should be written by people who know you well, such as teachers or employers. They should not come from friends or relatives. Letters should be written in English or be accompanied by an English translation. Letters must be sent by referees to the U.S. Embassy directly. They will not be accepted from applicants. At least one letter of recommendation is required from your current employer.
  • Copy of TOEFL or IELTS score report (only if previously taken)
  • Resume or CV in English
  • Copy of the biographical data page of your passport or photo identification (B.I.)

To apply online, visit: https://apply.embark.com/student/humphrey/fellowship/
To enter online application, first create an Embark user account. When entering a new application, select the correct cycle: : “2019-2020 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program”.

To apply by e-mail, send your materials to MaputoExchangePrograms@state.gov with your name and ”2018 Humphrey Program” in the subject line.  

To apply by mail, send your materials to:

2018 Humphrey Program
Centro Cultural Americano Martin Luther King
Av. Mao Tse Tung, 542
Maputo, Mozambique

Applications may also be submitted in person to the the library at the address above.

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

DEADLINE TO APPLY: Friday, April 13, 2018 by 23:59.

Review the  Fulbright & Humphrey Program Presentation (PDF 2 MB) and the Sample Study Objectives and Personal Statement (PDF 713 KB) before applying.

For more information on the Humphrey Program or for announcements of upcoming information sessions, e-mail MaputoExchangePrograms@state.gov , visit our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/U.S.EmbassyMozambique, or visit http://www.humphreyfellowship.org/.