Hubert H Humphrey Fellowship: Your ticket to study in the US
Updated on Dec 20, 2018 - 12:50 p.m. IST by Himani Kothari
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For: Young and mid career professionals
Field of study: Non-degree program
Average duration: Ten months
How to apply: Download application form from the official website

The college education abroad is very expensive unlike education back home. But global standard education in a technologically advanced environment, a chance to explore your individuality and different cultures along with being financially and otherwise independent are just some of the factors that lure students to study in the USA. And when there are ways the financial aspect can also be taken care of, there is nothing more one could ask for. Hubert H Humphrey Fellowship is one such fellowship programme that tops the list of some of the most coveted and financially viable options to study in the USA.

What is Hubert H Humphrey Fellowship?

A Fulbright program, Hubert H Humphrey Fellowship allows competent young and mid-level career professionals to undergo a ten months’ non-degree graduate study and related practical professional experiences in the United States. The Fellowship programme is open to candidates from developing countries who have a record of public service in the community, have demonstrated leadership qualities and shown willingness to return to home country on completion of the fellowship. Since its inception, more than 4,600 Fellows from 157 countries have participated in the programme. The fellowship programme gives preference to qualified women and candidates from minority and disadvantaged groups.

Hubert-H-Humphrey-Fellowship-fundingWho funds Hubert H Humphrey Fellowship?

The Hubert H Humphrey Fellowship is funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the Department of State under the guidelines stated by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FSB) and in cooperation with Public Affairs Sections of U.S. Embassies abroad and Binational Fulbright Commissions/Foundations. The Institute of International Education (IIE) administers the Hubert H Humphrey Fellowship program with the help of generous support from several co-funders which include National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), The Republic of Korea/Ministry of Government Administration and Home Affairs (MOGAHA), Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health, American Management Association, Employers and Host Campuses.

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A sneak peek into the history of Hubert H Humphrey Fellowship

The fellowship is named after Hubert H. Humphrey, the 38th Vice President of the USA who served the country from 1965 to 1969. In the year 1978, the year Humphrey died of cancer, President Jimmy Carter, to honor Humphrey's tireless devotion to public service, achievements and visionary leadership, announced Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program. The fellowship programme encourages an exchange of knowledge and mutual understanding throughout the globe.

Hubert-H-Humphrey-Fellowship-eligibilityHubert H Humphrey Fellowship eligibility criteria

Listed below are the basic eligibility criteria for the fellowship programme:

  • 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

Selection process for Hubert H Humphrey Fellowship

The five different steps of selection process are listed below:

  • National Screening
  • Screening by the Institute of International Education
  • Candidate Review Committees
  • Approval by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board
  • Placement of selected Humphrey Fellows

Choice of University

As per the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program, the fellows can’t choose for themselves which university to attend.  They are rather assigned the most appropriate host institution in diverse groups of 7-15. The institution being assigned depends upon the fellows’ area of interest and professional field.

Choice of Course

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowships are awarded in the following fields of study:

  • Sustainable Development
    • Agricultural and Rural Development
    • Economic Development
    • Finance and Banking
    • Natural Resources, Environmental Policy and Climate Change
    • Urban and Regional Planning
  • Democratic Institution Building
    • Communications/Journalism
    • Law and Human Rights
    • Public Policy Analysis and Public Administration
    • Trafficking in Persons Policy and Prevention
    • Technology Policy and Management
    • Human Resource Management
  • Education
    • 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, Treatment and Prevention


The main components of the Fellowship program are:
  • Humphrey Seminar
  • Academic Enrichment
  • Professional Development
  • The Washington Global Leadership Forum
  • English Language Courses

Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program Design

Soon after reaching the US, the fellows are asked to prepare individual program plans that will assist them in their professional development, detail their objectives and goals for the year, including seminars, special projects, courses, community and professional activities.

Why Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship?

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship covers the following aspects

  • Pre-academic English language training, if required
  • Payment of tuition and fees of the course
  • A maintenance (living) allowance, including a one-time settling-in allowance
  • Accident and sickness coverage
  • Air travel
  • A book allowance
  • A one-time computer subsidy
  • A Professional Development allowance for activities, such as professional visits, field trips and conferences.

How to apply for Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program

Candidates need to download the application form online and send the completed form with supporting documents to the following address:

The Executive Director,
United States- India Educational Foundation
Fulbright House, 12 Hailey Road
New Delhi- 110001

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