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HHH Fellowship 2023-2024 Announcement
April 5, 2022

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Humphrey Fellowship Program

The Program:

U.S. Embassy Abidjan is pleased to announce the launch of the annual competition for the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship program. This one-year Fellowship is offered to early and mid-career professionals in either the public or private sector who have a track record of leadership and public service, and the capacity to take full advantage of an independent non-degree study. The program awards a certificate from the U.S. government and does not confer a degree.

The Fellowship brings accomplished professionals from designated countries around the world to the United States for one year of graduate-level academic course work and professional development activities. The program was initiated in 1978 to honor the memory and accomplishments of the late Senator and Vice President, Hubert H. Humphrey.  The program provides a basis for lasting ties between citizens of the United States and their counterparts in other countries, fostering a global exchange of knowledge and mutual understanding.

Eligible Fields/Sectors:  Below is a list of eligible fields.

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


  • 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

Applicants who do not see their field listed above, and all others seeking further information on fields of study, please consult: https://www.humphreyfellowship.org/program-fields

Application Process:

Interested applicants must make sure their complete applications meet the following:

  • Complete answers to all questions; essay responses in English must thoroughly address the prompt. • Two letters of reference in English; one must be from the applicant’s current employer.
  • Official transcripts in English: Ensure all transcripts uploaded by the applicant are official, valid documents. Transcripts must list courses taken and grades received for undergraduate (first university or Bachelor’s) degree. Diplomas are required for all other higher education degrees (Masters and Doctoral), no transcripts are needed. Diplomas need only be uploaded for the undergraduate degree if the transcript does not show proof that the degree was obtained.

Apply before June 17, 2022 at https://apply.iie.org/huberthhumphrey

For further details, please, visit:  https://exchanges.state.gov/non-us/program/hubert-h-humphrey-fellowship-program

Eligibility Criteria 

Candidates must meet the following criteria to be eligible for the Humphrey Fellowship.

  • Individuals must have a first university degree (equivalent of a Bachelor’s or undergraduate degree) • Individuals must have at least five years of full-time professional experience beyond attainment of a first university/undergraduate degree, and prior to August 2023
  • University teachers must have management or policy responsibilities, except for teachers of English as a foreign language, and specialists in substance abuse prevention and treatment
  • Individuals with dual U.S. citizenship or U.S. permanent resident status may not apply to the program as they are ineligible for a J visa
  • Individuals must hold a passport (or to be eligible to hold a passport) of the country nominating them. Previous experience in the United States is not necessarily a disqualifying factor provided the number of years spent in the United States has not been substantial (more than three years), and the candidate has been back in their home country and employed at a level of professional responsibility for at least four years.
  • Have not attended a graduate school in the United States for one academic year or more during the seven years prior to August 2023
  • Have not had more than six months of U.S. experience during the five years prior to August 2023
  • Have not participated in recent State Department exchange programs

Per the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board regulations, local employees of U.S. Missions abroad who work for the Department of State, and members of their immediate families, are ineligible for grants during the period of their employment and for one year following the termination of employment. The term “immediate family” includes spouses and dependent children.

Additionally, officers of and/or individuals associated with organizations that are responsible for nominating or selecting individuals for participation in any exchange program sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs are also ineligible.  See Fulbright Program Policies section 341.6 for full ineligibility criteria.

USAID employees, contractors or USG employees from all branches of government other than the Department of State are eligible but could be considered as lower priority candidates by the U.S.-based review panels due to their exposure to U.S. perspectives and opportunities through the workplace.

Other considerations

  • Gender

The Humphrey Program aims to achieve a balance between the number of qualified female and male participants.

  • Age

There is no age limit for the program; however, candidates with limited professional experience must clearly demonstrate the maturity and discipline needed to carry out a flexible, self-directed program. For more seasoned candidates, their potential to contribute in a substantial way to their profession upon return to their home country will be considered. Persons whose careers have been interrupted for family or political reasons will also be considered in light of these conditions.

Terms and Conditions:

The Humphrey Fellowship provides:  international travel, tuition and university fees; accident/sickness coverage; and, a monthly maintenance allowance and funding for books and professional activities. The program does not provide financial support for dependents.