Humphrey Fellowship Program

Exclusive Humphrey Fellowship Program 2022

When you come across the term ‘fellowship ‘, what comes into your mind? A Church would probably be the first term or definition that enters your mind. But you haven’t really defined it. What then is the meaning of fellowship?

Breaking it down first, who is a fellow? A fellow, according to the Oxford Languages Dictionary, is a person in the same position, involved in the same activity, or otherwise associated with another.

Fellowship, as defined by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, is a community of interests, activities, feelings, or experiences.

Humphrey Fellowship Program – A Brief Introduction

The Humphrey Fellowship Program gets its name from Hubert H. Humphrey, a one-time Vice President of the United States of America (1965 – 1969).

Humphrey was born in Wallace, South Darkar in the year 1911. In his lifetime, he enjoyed an industrious career as a Statesman and champion of civil and human rights.

In 1945, he became Mayor of Minneapolis and gained national spotlight when he delivered a controversial, action-provoking, and historical speech on civil rights to the Democratic National Convention in 1948. In that same year, he was elected to the U.S Senate where he served judiciously for fifteen (15) years. 

In 1964, he was elected Vice President of the United States on the ticket headed by President Lyndon B. Johnson in which he served a four-year term.

He furthermore ran for the post of Presidency in 1968 but lost by a thin margin to Richard M. Nixon. Not subdued by the defeat, he returned to the Senate in 1971 where he served for 7 years before his demise in January 1978 by reason of cancer.

At his funeral ceremony, President Jimmy Carter gave an eulogy remarking, ‘From time to time, our country is blessed by the presence of men and women who bear the mark of greatness, who help us see a better vision of what we could become. Hubert Humphrey was such a man.” 

In regards to that, in March 1978, President Carter, on a State visit to Venezuela, announced the establishment of the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program to honor Humphrey’s exemplary leadership, his commitment to public service, and his legacy.

It is a program meant to encapsulate the values shared by the United States and Venezuela which are: democracy, social justice, and a growing desire to assist other nations of the world.

A year after this ambitious declaration, the first Humphrey Fellows arrived in the United States. There were 27 mid-career professionals from 24 countries who would study in 11 US universities and institutions.

The Exclusive Humphrey Fellowship Program unlike other traditional and foreign scholarship programs is not a degree awarding program.

It has a duration of ten (10) months and was created with the aim of strengthening the leadership skills of mid-career professionals, as well as educating them more about their professional fields of study.

It also underscores the importance of mutual exchange of knowledge to help arrest issues of concern to the United States and other Fellows’ countries.

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Exclusive Humphrey Fellowship Program Eligibility

1. What countries are eligible? 

The list of eligible countries is a long one but has been subsection into the list below. If your country or region falls under the following, it simply means you are eligible.

  • East Asia and the Pacific
  • South and Central Asia
  • The Middle East and North Africa
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Europe and Eurasia
  • Western Hemisphere.

2. What are the Eligibility Criteria?

If you can fulfill the following requirements, you will be deemed eligible for the Humphrey Fellowship Program:

  • An undergraduate degree (First university or bachelor’s degree)
  • A minimum of five years full-time professional experience.
  • Limited or no prior experience in the United States
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities
  • A record of Public service in your community.
  • English language ability.

3. Are all sectors or fields eligible for the program?

There are certain fields that the Embassies/Commission may consider as a better-suited option to match country priorities. They include:

  • Sustainable Development
  • Agriculture and Rural Development.
  • Urban and regional planning.
  • Economic Development
  • Finance and Banking
  • Natural resources, environmental policy, and climate change.
  • Democratic Institution Building
  • Communications/ journalism.
  • Law and human rights
  • Human Resource (HR) Management
  • Trafficking in Persons Policy and prevention.
  • Technology policy and Management.
  • Education
  • Educational Administration, planning, and policy
  • Higher education administration
  • The teaching of English as a Foreign Language
  • Public Health
  • Public Health and policy management
  • HIV/AIDS policy and prevention 
  • Substance education abuse, treatment, and prevention.

List of Host Universities

Since 1978, more than 4o countries have hosted the Fellows for their year of study. For this year (2022), there are 15 host universities that Fellows will be assigned to for study. They are:

  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Vanderbilt University.
  • University of Minnesota
  • Humphrey School of Public Affairs
  • Emory University
  • Massachusetts University Technology
  • Cornell University
  • Boston University
  • Arizona State University
  • American University
  • Washington College of Law
  • Michigan State University
  • Pennsylvania state university
  • Syracuse University
  • University of California, Davis.

Scholarship Value/ Provisions

The fellowship provides for:

  • Payment of tuition at the assigned host university
  • Fees for standardized tests required for admission by the host university.
  • Pre-academic English language training: Fellows who are on other consideration bases – outside adequate knowledge of English Language –¬† strong Humphrey candidates participate in intensive English language training before the start of their Humphrey Fellowship program. If there is a need, Fellows could also take additional English Language courses at their host universities.
  • Medical insurance is covered by the United States (Accident and sickness coverage).
  • Books and supplies allowance
  • A one-time computer subsidy.
  • Air travel (international travel to and from the US for the program and domestic travels to necessary program events).
  • Professional development stipend for professional activities such as field trips.
  • The University will also lend a helping hand to selected candidates in the process of obtaining visas for their spouse and minor children. But they are to bear in mind that their living expenses are solely their responsibility.

Important Components of the Program

The following are some of the major components of the program:

  • Humphrey Seminar: This core part of the program is a special all-year-long Humphery seminar conducted. In this, they are introduced to the skills and perspectives that will invariably be considered in the course of the training that they as global leaders will undoubtedly need.
  • Academic Enrichment: Fellows are placed in groups of seven to fifteen (7 – 15) in different host universities which will serve as their academic base.
  • Professional Development: Humphrey’s primary purpose is to enrich Fellows with professional skills and knowledge. It provides the opportunity for knowledge, experiences, and information to be shared between Fellows.
  •  The Washington Global Leadership Forum: All Fellows are mandated to attend a four-day seminar in Washington DC to learn more about US institutions and the various agencies and organizations that make up the United States.


The deadline is exclusive to different countries. Interested candidates are to enquire from their country’s embassy.


This is an exclusive opportunity to learn and strengthen leadership skills and gain useful and applicable knowledge, and professionalism. If you think you have what it takes and you fulfill all criteria, then go get it!

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