What is Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship?
The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program is a non-degree 10-month professional development program. It 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.
Initiated in 1978 to honor the memory and accomplishments of the late senator and Vice President, Hubert H. Humphrey, the Humphrey program provides a basis for establishing lasting ties between the citizens of the United States and their professional counterparts in other countries, fostering an exchange of knowledge and mutual understanding throughout the world. 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.
Academic: The Humphrey program is classified as a non-degree program by the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). 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 15 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 advisers 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 advisers, a detailed plan of practical professional activities geared to the Fellow’s Humphrey program objectives.
Fields of Study
The Humphrey program supports studies in broad range of areas. Each year the list of supported list of studies get updated depending on country needs and requests. Below is the list of general fields of studies that are supported by the Humphrey program:
- Agricultural and Rural Development;
- Economic Development/Finance and Banking;
- 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 Policy and Management;
- HIV/AIDS Policy and Prevention;
- Substance Abuse Education, Prevention, and Treatment.
Fellowships are granted competitively to professional candidates with a commitment to public service in both the public and private sector. Appropriate candidates are young and mid-career professionals in leadership positions who have a commitment to public service and the potential for professional advancement.
Prospective Fellows should have a minimum of five years full-time professional experience (prior to the application deadline of the applying year) in the relevant field, after completing a university degree, and should be interested in the policy aspects of their field of specialization. Please note that candidates must have completed a university degree program requiring at least four years of full-time study to qualify for participation in U.S. graduate study programs.
Candidates should be proficient in both written and spoken English and should normally have a minimum TOEFL score of 525 (paper based) or 71 (internet-based), although exceptionally promising candidates with lower scores may apply for the Long-Term English (LTE) training.
Candidates should have both the need to participate in the program and the potential to benefit from it. Accordingly, they should demonstrate the required experience, skills, and commitment while also indicating how they can benefit from this program in ways that they have not experienced previously and are not likely to experience without the Humphrey Program. Applicants with distinguished records but who do not have a compelling need for the Humphrey experience are not appropriate candidates.
To be eligible, applicants must be:
- Be a Mongolian citizen currently living in Mongolia
- Hold a university degree (B.A. or equivalent)
- Have Five years of substantial professional/working experience in the relevant field immediately preceding the application
- Have Demonstrated leadership qualities and a record of public service
- Have strong English language ability (IBT score of 71, Institutional TOEFL 530 will be acceptable; those who scored on IBT 51-68; ITP 470-520 may apply as Long Term English required candidates.)
- Preference will be given to candidates with limited prior experience in the U.S.
Individuals belonging to below categories will not be eligible for the Humphrey program:
- Recent graduates;
- University teachers with no management responsibilities (Except in the fields of drug abuse prevention);
- Individuals with less than 5 years of experience;
- Individuals with recent U.S. experience (more than 6 months within the last 5 years);
- Individuals who have attended a graduate school in the U.S. for one academic year or more during the seven years prior to application;
- Individuals with U.S. permanent resident status.
How to Apply
In order to apply for the Humphrey program, the applicant will follow the steps below:
- Fill out Humphrey application form: The application form becomes available for download when the program is announced. The announcement and the applications will be available on our embassy’s website.
- References: Please attach letters of recommendation from two people who can attest to your academic and professional abilities: Recommendation letters in English only or please provide the official translation of the Mongolian letter. Notarized copies of original letters are acceptable).
- Essay: Please attach a concise (no more than two pages long) essay, in English, which explains why you wish to study in the United States, and what you would like to do after completing that study.
- Education: Please attach a certified copy of your university diploma along with certified English translation (Certified copies of original documents will be acceptable. Please do not submit any original documents as any part of submitted application package will not be returned to applicant)
- Submit the completed application package to the U.S. Embassy within the deadline
Things to remember when filling out an application:
- Application must be completed in English in electronic format;
- Applicants must answer all questions in the application form. Incomplete applications will be deemed technically ineligible. No questions can be left blank. Put N/A if not applicable;
- Application must be typed. Hand-written applications will be disqualified;
- Essays must be your own work reflecting your original thought. Other people’s works/ideas used anywhere in the application must be properly noted;
- Please note any word or character limit for essay portions of the application and give your answers within the limit.
All U.S. Government scholarship programs are merit-based. Although we take in to account special circumstances of candidates such as disability, disadvantaged background, or any other notable characteristics, final decision is made based on the candidate’s overall strength as represented by the application quality and interview. We also consider one’s ability to be a cultural ambassador and his/her ability and motivation to give back to the community. Following are the main steps for selection for the Humphrey program:
Technical Screening: This is the initial review to verify the completeness of the applications. During technical screening, we check to see two main things:
- If applications and any required supplemental documents are complete
- If applicants meet all the eligibility requirements
Application Review: After technical screening, all complete applications are then reviewed by an application review committee. During this process, each application gets to be reviewed by a minimum of three people.
Short List: Based on the recommendations of the application review committee, an interview short list is created. Candidates who are included in the short list are then invited for an in-person interview.
Interview: An interview panel consisting of representatives of the U.S. Embassy, program alumni and other professionals interview all short listed candidates and select finalists to be nominated to Washington approval.
Final Selection: Finalists approved by the Humphrey Program Office are then officially declared as Fulbright nominees.
- March – May: Scholarship is announced through U.S. Embassy website and social media;
- May – June: Technical screening and pre-screening of applications;
- June: Humphrey selection panel interview;
- June – August: Finalists take TOEFL IBT & submit other necessary documents;
- October – November: Nomination review by Humphrey external review committee in Washington, D.C.;
- February – March: Final selection results announced to the finalists;
- Late March: Pre-departure orientation for LTE program finalist/s;
- April: LTE program finalists depart to the U.S.;
- June: Pre-departure orientation for Regular program finalist/s;
- July – August: Regular program finalists depart to the U.S.