Humphrey Fellowship Program is a scholarship program started by President Jimmy Carter in 1978 to promote international cooperation. Since 1978, more than 5,600 scholars from 57 countries have studied in the 14 US colleges and universities. Currently, more than 200 fellowships are awarded every year.

Humphrey Fellowship Program fully funds a year of graduate non-degree experience in the US. The scholarship is funded primarily by the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs which is a part of the US Department of State. Other organizations and companies help support this scholarship also.

Through this program, the fellows develop leadership and form professional relationships with other Humphrey Fellowship Fellows. Not only that, they have the opportunity to attend fourteen major universities fully funded, some of them being MIT and Cornell University.


Humphrey Fellows have amazing opportunities to attend seminars, courses, special projects, and professional and social activities. The benefits of becoming a Humphrey Fellows are the following:

  1. Humphrey Seminar
  2. Academic Enrichment
  3. Professional Development
  4. The Washington Global Leadership Forum
  5. English Language Courses

For a description of these benefits, visit the official scholarship page.

Scholarship Amount

  1. Full tuition and fees
  2. If needed, English language training
  3. Living allowance
  4. One-time settling-in allowance
  5. Insurance
  6. One-time computer subsidy
  7. Airplane Ticket
  8. Allowance for professional development such as traveling to and from conferences and seminars.

Host Universities

If you become a Humphrey fellow, you will be assigned to one of these host universities:

  1. American University, Washington College of Law
  2. Arizona State University
  3. Boston University
  4. Cornell University
  5. Emory University
  6. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  7. Michigan State University
  8. Pennsylvania State University
  9. Syracuse University
  10. University of California, Davis
  11. University of Maryland, College Park
  12. University of Minnesota, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
  13. Vanderbilt University
  14. Virginia Commonwealth University


  1. An undergraduate degree
  2. A minimum of five years of full-time, professional experience
  3. Limited or no prior experience in the United States
  4. Demonstrated leadership qualities
  5. A record of public service in the community
  6. English language ability
  7. Be a citizen of one of the participating countries. For the complete list, visit the official scholarship page.

Eligible Fields of Study

  1. Sustainable Development
  2. Agricultural and Rural Development
  3. Economic Development
  4. Finance and Banking
  5. Natural Resources, Environmental Policy, and Climate Change
  6. Urban and Regional Planning
  7. Democratic Institution Building
  8. Communications/Journalism
  9. Law and Human Rights
  10. Public Policy Analysis and Public Administration
  11. Trafficking in Persons Policy and Prevention
  12. Technology Policy and Management
  13. Human Resource Management
  14. Education
  15. Educational Administration, Planning and Policy
  16. Higher Education Administration
  17. The teaching of English as a Foreign Language
  18. Public Health
  19. Public Health Policy and Management
  20. HIV/AIDS Policy and Prevention
  21. Substance Abuse Education, Treatment and Prevention

Check Also: Available Programs for International Students

Application Timeline

  1. The deadlines for submitting the application vary by country. Contact the Public Affairs Section of the US Embassy in your country or Binational Fulbright Committee for the deadline to submit the application.
  2. The embassies and commissions submit their nomination to IIE in Washington DC by October 1.
  3. Fellowships are announced in March.
  4. Fellows arrive in the US for English training from March to April the same year.
  5. The English program ends in June.
  6. Fellows start fellowship program in the host university for a year.

How to Apply

Application materials and deadlines are different for each country. You should contact the Public Affairs Section of the US Embassy or Binational Fulbright Committee. To find out who to contact in your country, visit the official scholarship page.

Official Scholarship Page


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