The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program 2020-2021 Academic Year

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program

2020-2021 Academic Year

Leaders for a Global Society

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program provides accomplished young and mid-career professionals with ten months of non-degree academic study, leadership development, and professional enrichment in the United States. Humphrey Fellows are selected based on their potential for leadership and commitment to public service either in the public or the private sector. 14 universities across the United States host Humphrey Fellows. In recent years, these universities have included: American University-Washington College of Law, Arizona State University, Boston University, Cornell University, Emory University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Michigan State University, Pennsylvania State University, Syracuse University, University of California – Davis, University of Maryland-College Park, University of Minnesota, Vanderbilt University, and Virginia Commonwealth University.

Professional Fields

Humphrey Fellowships are awarded to candidates in the following fields:

Sustainable Development

·         Agricultural and Rural Development

·         Economic Development/Finance and Banking

·         Natural Resources/Environmental Policy/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


·         Educational Administration, Planning and Policy

·         Higher Education Administration

·         Teaching of English as a Foreign Language (Teacher Training or Curriculum Development)

Public Health

·         Public Health Policy and Management

·         Substance Abuse Education, Treatment, and Prevention

·         HIV/AIDS Policy and Prevention

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must:

·         Be young and mid-career professionals in leadership positions who have a commitment to public service and the potential for professional advancement;

·         Possess a first university/undergraduate degree;

·         Have a minimum of 5 years full-time professional experience beyond attainment of an undergraduate/first university degree prior to August 2020 in the relevant field;

·         Not be teachers/scientists/researchers with no management or policy responsibilities (except teachers of English as a second language and specialists in substance abuse prevention and treatment);

·         Not have attended a graduate school in the United States for one academic year or more during the seven years prior to August 2020;

·         Not have recent U.S. experience of over six months during the five years prior to August 2020;

·         Be a citizen of Kazakhstan and not have a permanent resident status in another country;

·         Should be proficient in both written and spoken English and normally have a minimum TOEFL score of 525 (paper based) or 71 (internet-based);

·         Have a record of public service in the community.

Application Documents

·         Online application

  • Recommendation letters (two letters only)

One of the letters should be from the candidate’s current employer. If recommendation letters are submitted online, it is not necessary to upload them to the application

  • Notarized copies of diplomas and transcripts

Diplomas and transcripts for all higher education degrees received. English translations if diplomas and transcripts are in Russian and/or Kazakh.

Application Procedure

The application deadline is July 25, 2019. The online application is available at

Nominations are made by the Embassy and are reviewed in the United States by independent review committees. The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board has final approval of nominees. The new Humphrey Fellowships will be announced in February – March 2020.