2021-2022 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program, which is a Fulbright program, brings accomplished young and mid-career professionals from developing countries to the United States for ten months of non-degree graduate study and related practical professional experiences. The Humphrey program was initiated in 1978 to honor the memory and accomplishments of the late Senator and Vice-President of the United States, Hubert H. Humphrey.


The program is designed to meet the requirements of policy makers, planners, administrators, and managers in the government, public and private sectors, and non-governmental organizations, who have a public service commitment, demonstrated leadership potential, and commitment to their own country's development. The fellowships are awarded in the fields of Agricultural and Rural Development; Communications/Journalism; Contagious and Infectious Diseases; Economic Development; Educational Administration, Planning and Policy; Finance and Banking; Higher Education Administration; HIV/AIDS Policy and Prevention; Human Resource Management; International Religious Freedom; Law and Human Rights; Natural Resources, Environmental Policy, and Climate Change; Public Health Policy and Management; Public Policy Analysis and Public Administration; Substance Abuse Education, Treatment and Prevention; Teaching of English as a Foreign Language (Teacher Training or Curriculum Development); Technology Policy and Management; Trafficking in Persons, Policy and Prevention; Urban and Regional Planning. In case of ‘Teaching of English as a Foreign Language,’ applications are invited from curriculum specialists and teacher trainers who work in teacher training institutes, public or private organizations concerned with English language teaching and development. Applications from all the listed fields are welcome. Qualified women and candidates from minority and disadvantaged groups are encouraged to apply.


Appropriate candidates are young and mid-career professionals in leadership positions who have a commitment to public service and the potential for professional advancement. Candidates 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.


Candidates should be proficient in both written and spoken English and will be required to take Internet-based Test (iBT) of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).


The Humphrey program is now offering a Long-Term English (LTE) language training opportunity to facilitate the participation of candidates from non-elite populations, rural areas, minority groups and others who may be excellent candidates but lack the necessary language skills. LTE participants will be brought to the U.S. for an intensive 20-25 week pre-academic program to improve their language skills.


The Humphrey fellows undertake master's level work directly related to their professional needs and fields of interest but does not result in the awarding of a degree. They are assigned in clusters of 8-15 to the institution offering the most appropriate program in their area of interest. These clusters are balanced geographically, permitting interaction among fellows from various countries. The host universities are chosen for their excellence in the Humphrey fields and for the resources and support they offer Humphrey Fellows. For 2019-2020, host universities were: 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 Minnesota, Humphrey School of Public Affairs; Vanderbilt University; Virginia Commonwealth University. Placement at a specific university requested by a candidate cannot be arranged.


Programs arranged for the Humphrey fellows will begin in August 2021. They include academic course work at the master's level, and place considerable emphasis on activities such as seminars, special projects, field trips, attendance at professional meetings and conferences, networking with professional counterparts, and professional affiliations with appropriate organizations. These activities provide fellows with practical experience in their fields outside the university setting. Each fellow designs his/her individual program with the Humphrey coordinator’s assistance.


During their Humphrey year, fellows are expected to be resourceful, display initiative, and network with U.S. organizations and professionals.


All fellows participate in a one-week workshop in Washington, D.C. in the Fall of 2021.




These fellowships are designed to provide training in prevention research, epidemiology, treatment and substance abuse policy research. Candidates in this field may be focused on problems of alcohol, drug and tobacco abuse 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 program, hospitals, criminal justice settings and local or national policy agencies.


Grant Benefits
A Humphrey fellowship provides tuition and fees, a monthly maintenance allowance, Accident and Sickness Program for Exchanges per U.S. Government guidelines, a modest allowance for books and supplies, round-trip international air travel to the host institution, domestic travel to the Washington, D.C. workshop, and allowances for professional activities such as field trips, professional visits, and conferences. These fellowships do not provide an allowance for dependents, and the stipend provided under the grant is not sufficient to support family members. The program will involve a number of activities where it will be difficult to include dependents.


Eligibility Requirements

In addition to the General Prerequisites the applicant must:

  • must have a master's degree or a professional degree of at least four years’ duration;
  • must have at least five years of substantial professional experience prior to August 2021 in the respective field, and be eligible for leave;
  • have demonstrated leadership qualities;
  • have a record of public service in the community; and
  • must give an undertaking to return to India on completion of the fellowship.

Candidates meeting any of the following descriptions will be rendered technically ineligible to participate in the Humphrey Program.

  • Individuals with less than five years of full-time professional experience prior to August 2021.
  • University teachers with no management or policy responsibilities, except for teachers of English as a foreign language and specialists in substance abuse prevention and treatment.
  • Individuals who have attended a graduate school in the United States for one academic year or more during the seven years prior to August 2021.
  • Individuals who have had more than six months of U.S. experience during the five years prior to August 2021.
  • Individuals with dual U.S. citizenship or U.S. permanent resident status.

How to Apply

  1. Application Form
  2. Confidential Letter of Reference
  3. Confidential Letter of Reference from Current Employer
  4. Employer’s Endorsement Form


The completed application (including enclosures) must be sent to humphrey@usief.org.in by application deadline. In case of central or state government employees, the signed copy of employer’s endorsement form should be forwarded through the cadre controlling authority so as to reach USIEF by the application deadline. The applicant may also send scanned copy of employer’s endorsement form to humphrey@usief.org.in. In case of employed candidates, the employer's comments in the employer’s endorsement form must indicate that leave will be granted for the fellowship. Applications must be submitted in softcopy only by the application deadline.


Incomplete or late applications or applications not forwarded through the proper channel will not be considered.


Applicants are also advised to request two referees to send in their recommendations as per the instructions given on the first page of each fellowship application form. The recommendations should be sent to the Senior Program Officer, Indian Program, USIEF, Fulbright House, 12 Hailey Road, New Delhi 110 001 by the application deadline.


All entries in the application form must be computer-generated and not hand-written. Please do not exceed the word limit or attach additional pages to answer questions, unless otherwise specified.


Application Due Date: July 01, 2020, 23:59:59 hrs (IST)  


Timeline and Placement Process

July  01, 2020 Application due date for 2021-2022 awards
End July 2020 Screening applications to short-list candidates
Early August 2020 USIEF informs the applicants about the review outcome
End August 2020 National interviews of the short-listed candidates in Delhi
Early September 2020 USIEF notifies the nominees. Nominees take TOEFL
October 2020 USIEF forwards applications of nominees to the Humphrey Program Office, Washington, D.C.
February-March 2021 USIEF expects to receive the Humphrey selection cable from Washington D.C. 
February-March 2021 USIEF notifies the finalists
May 2021 Pre-Departure Orientation
April/June 2021 Pre-academic training in the U.S. (if required)
August-September 2021 Humphrey Program begins


Visit https://www.humphreyfellowship.org/ for more details on Humphrey Fellowship Program.