APPLY: The Humphrey Fellowship Program, USA (Fully-funded)

The Humphrey Fellowship Program, USA

APPLY: The Humphrey Fellowship Program, USA (Fully-funded)

Deadline: June 1, 2017 (for candidates from Nigeria)


The Humphrey Fellowship Program provides mid-career professionals from designated countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, Europe and Eurasia with an opportunity to enhance their professional capabilities through participation in specialized, 10-month, nondegree programs developed specifically for small clusters of Humphrey Fellows at selected U.S. universities. The Humphrey Program was initiated in 1978 to honor the memory and accomplishments of the late Senator and Vice President, Hubert H. Humphrey.


Program Fields

Fellows are selected based on their potential for national leadership and commitment to public service, in either the public or private sector in the following Humphrey fields:



International Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarships (Full scholarships)


AAAS-TWAS Course on Science Diplomacy 2017 (Apply)


TWAS Research Grants Programme in Basic Sciences (Groups)


TWAS-COMSTECH Joint Research Grants (ICT, Earth sciences, Energy, Engineering, others)


*Sustainable Development (Agricultural and Rural Development; Economic Development; Finance and Banking; Natural Resources, Environmental Policy, and 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)


*Education (Educational Administration, Planning and Policy; Higher Education Administration; Teaching of English as a Foreign Language)


*Public Health (Public Health Policy and Management; HIV/AIDS Policy and Prevention; Substance Abuse Education, Treatment and Prevention)


The Program provides a basis for establishing long-lasting productive partnerships and relationships between citizens of the United States and their counterparts in other countries, fostering an exchange of knowledge and mutual understanding throughout the world.


Funding for the Humphrey Program is provided by the U.S. government through the United States Department of State and other co-sponsors. The Institute of International Education (IIE) collaborates with the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in administering the program. The types of university programs arranged for Humphrey Fellows depart from a traditional discipline-oriented focus and have a problem-solving and experience-sharing emphasis. The programs are not degree-related or aimed at providing scholarly preparation or basic training in a field. The objective is to provide Humphrey Fellows with an overall experience that broadens their perspectives, enhances their capability to assume greater career responsibilities, and provides opportunities to establish useful professional contacts. To accomplish these objectives, programs are designed to include various combinations of course work, independent projects, internships, consultations with U.S. faculty experts, field trips, and special seminars. Under the guidance of a designated faculty advisor or “coordinator”, Fellows plan programs that best suit their individual career development needs.


The Program extends from August of each year to June of the following year. Applicants who need additional English training may be required to arrive in the United States as early as late May for intensive language study before beginning their regular university program. Candidates must be able to participate in the full period of the English and/or university programs.


Am I Eligible?

Basic Eligibility Criteria

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


Please contact the U.S. Embassy, Public Affairs Section or Binational Fulbright Commission in your country of residence to learn about possible specific program requirements.


Embassies and Commissions must submit their nominations to the Institute of International Education office in Washington, DC by October 1.



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The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (Environment, Health and safety, others)


The OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Awards (for Early-Career Women Scientists in the Developing World)


Apprentice Ecologist Initiative™


For candidates from Nigeria

Interested persons can get more information from the IIE Humphrey Program website at: or send an e-mail to in Abuja or in Lagos. All applications must be submitted on-line at


(Please note that this link opens only on April 1) Dateline for submission of applications is June 1 every year.


For candidates from other countries

The deadlines for applicants vary by country.


Important information of ALL candidates



Please contact the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy or Binational Fulbright Commission in your country for more information about application procedures and deadlines.





U.S. Embassy

U.S. Embassy Abuja
Plot 1075 Diplomatic Drive
Central District Area, Abuja, Nigeria
Phone: (234)-9-461-4000
Fax: (234)-9-461-4036


U.S. Consulate

U.S. Consulate General Lagos



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  1. Ali 5 months ago April 15, 2017

    Thank you for this opportunity

    • Kunlere Idowu 5 months ago April 20, 2017

      You are welcome, Ali.

      We wish you the best.

      We will love to hear and read your feedbacks.


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