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

Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program

2021-2022 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

Suitable candidates include individuals from the public sector, non-governmental organizations, and business focused on agricultural and food system development and/or rural development. The field includes, but is not limited to, the following areas of specialization: food security, sustainable farming systems, agricultural research, extension management, agricultural marketing and value-chain management, post-harvest technology and food safety, trade and food policy, and rural livelihood enhancement.

Economic Development

This field may be interpreted very broadly. Suitable candidates include policy makers and administrative managers focusing on contemporary development issues including population growth, agriculture and industrial development, poverty and income distribution, labor markets, and foreign trade. Individuals who are working in the fields of sustainable development and micro-finance in the public or private sector are also appropriate.

Finance and Banking

Suitable candidates include individuals who are involved in the management of financial institutions, the regulation of depository institutions and securities, transnational lending and trade financing, or public-private partnerships. Corporate financial managers and analysts are appropriate if they are interested in and able to convey how their work will impact the development of the country. Individuals in this field are not suitable for the Humphrey Fellowship Program if they are primarily concerned with expanding a corporate entity’s market share.

Natural Resources, Environmental Policy, and Climate Change

Natural resource and environmental managers are appropriate candidates for this field. Policy makers working on the protection of natural resources, water quality, pollution control, land use, conservation, and environmental impact assessment are also suitable. Climate change is a critical emerging field open to professionals working in a range of disciplines, including policy development, clean technologies, carbon management, and response planning or adaptation to new climate patterns.

Urban and Regional Planning

Appropriate candidates for this field include architects, engineers, planners, urban designers, urban economists and sociologists, and historic preservation specialists. The field of Urban and Regional Planning should be broadly interpreted to include the following: urban infrastructure, transportation policy and planning, water and sanitation, town and rural planning, land use and urban design, housing and real estate development, international and comparative planning, environmental protection and planning, ecological land development, public policy, social policy, urban redevelopment policy, economic development and planning, regional economic integration, economic conversion, urban finance management, and urban spatial analysis using geographic information systems.

Democratic Institution Building

Communications/Journalism

Appropriate candidates include those using media in all its current forms to facilitate global development for their country. Journalists in this field could work for private media outlets or state-run public broadcasters with a focus on independent reporting and transparency. Journalists can work in any platform (print, broadcast, online) using digital and social media tools to cover a wide variety of subject beats, including but not limited to public affairs, arts and features, social issues, business news and investigative topics. Other individuals might manage the public or internal communications for non-governmental organizations, for state-run media, governmental agencies and private business enterprises.

International Religious Freedom

Individuals who are contributing to local, national, or international efforts to promote religious freedom are appropriate candidates. Successful candidates may support efforts to combat and monitor religious persecution and discrimination; recommend, implement, or advocate for policies in their country or region to protect or expand rights to freely practiced religions; or develop programs and projects to promote interfaith dialogue and/or international religious freedom.

Law and Human Rights

Attorneys, judges, and human rights activists are the most suitable candidates in this field. The range of law specializations is far reaching; some of the more common include: constitutional, criminal, business, civil rights, family/child, alternative dispute resolution, international humanitarian, international trade, international business, intellectual property, and telecommunications law. Individuals engaged in legal and judicial reform and the administration of justice also are appropriate candidates.

Public Policy Analysis and Public Administration

This field may be interpreted very broadly. Policy issues that past Fellows addressed have included: regional economic and workforce development planning; public management and leadership; financial management in public and non-profit organizations; poverty and inequality; gender; public finance and revenue administration; domestic and foreign development policies; political transition to market-based democracy; planning and the global knowledge economy; and private sector development.

Trafficking in Persons Policy and Prevention

Candidates include foreign government officials, NGO activists, and media specialists who are focused on anti-trafficking issues. Humphrey Fellows can focus in areas of public administration, NGO administration, law and human rights, social work, communications and journalism, and public health as applied to anti-trafficking program management and policy-making.

Technology Policy and Management

Network administrators, engineers, and urban planners involved in formulating technology policy and planning and managing technological change and systems are suitable candidates in this field. Officials in the Ministry of Education and educators who teach technology and science in higher education institutions and can demonstrate leadership in curriculum development or administration in this field are also appropriate candidates.

Human Resource Management

The most suitable candidates in this field are those individuals dealing with institutional change and setting personnel policies and procedures. These might be human resource managers or individuals from various fields who have been charged with re-organizing a department or ministry, for example.

Education

Educational Administration, Planning and Policy

Individuals who are contributing to national or regional education planning, policy development and implementation make good candidates. University professors with an exclusively academic focus are not suitable; however, university professors in administrative or policy-making positions are eligible. Candidate profiles also include those focused in the more technical areas of education: curriculum development, instruction and learning assessment techniques, program design and adult learning, teacher training, and the use of technology in higher education. These individuals may be teachers if they also have additional responsibilities in the areas above.

Higher Education Administration

This field of study is intended for individuals who devote a significant portion of their professional life to policy formation, strategic decision-making, planning and management in higher education. Individuals holding administrative or policy-making positions at institutions of higher education, non-profit organizations or government ministries are eligible. Suitable candidates also include those focused on functional areas of higher education, such as curriculum design techniques for instruction and learning assessment, vocational and life-long learning programs, and areas of higher education administration such as financial management, student affairs, academic affairs, business affairs, recruitment and admissions, development and alumni relations, and the use of technology in higher education. These individuals can be faculty at institutions of higher education if they also have significant responsibilities in the areas listed above.

Teaching of English as a Foreign Language

Appropriate candidates include teacher trainers and master teachers in the field of Teaching English as a Foreign Language if they are interested in teacher training, curriculum development, and methodology.  

Public Health

Contagious and Infectious Diseases

Physicians, health educators, and practitioners with management and policy-making responsibilities working to prevent, detect, and respond to infectious and contagious disease threats and improve global health security are appropriate candidates for this field.

Public Health Policy and Management                                                   Physicians, clinicians with management responsibilities, health educators, and other practitioners with policy-making responsibilities in this field are suitable candidates. Past Fellows’ interests have included: management of public health care organizations, health care delivery through community-based organizations, reproductive, adolescent and child health, and epidemiology in public health practice. Candidates who are primarily practitioners in their field are not appropriate. For example, dentists whose program goals are to be more effective dentists in a clinical setting are not appropriate candidates for the program. Instead, dentists or other practitioners who are interested in acquiring skills and knowledge to become better administrators of public health programs, which might, for example, promote health education in their community or country, would be a better fit for the program.

HIV/AIDS Policy and Prevention

Physicians, health educators, communication specialists, and policy analysts who are interested in HIV/AIDS policy, treatment and prevention are appropriate candidates for this field. Candidates with a primary focus on clinical treatment are not appropriate.

Substance Abuse Education, Treatment and Prevention

Candidates in this field may be focused on problems of alcohol, drug and tobacco use as well as broader areas of public health that relate to substance abuse, such as HIV/AIDS, mental health, medicine, psychology, social work and counseling. Previous Fellows in the substance abuse field have come from schools and universities, community-based treatment and prevention programs, hospitals, criminal justice settings and local or national policy agencies. Fellows in this field will have access to strong university-based research program as well as contacts with community, state and national professionals and provider groups working in substance abuse. 

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 2021;
  • Not have recent U.S. experience of over six months during the five years prior to August 2021;
  • 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

The complete application package includes

  • 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 20, 2020. The online application is available at https://apply.iie.org/huberthhumphrey.

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 2021.