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June 6, 2023


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
  • Natural resources, environmental policy, and climate change
  • Urban and regional planning

Human and Institutional Capacity

  • Economic development
  • Finance and banking
  • Public policy analysis and public administration
  • Technology policy and management
  • Human resource management

Rights and Freedoms

  • Communications/journalism
  • Law and human rights
  • Trafficking in persons policy and prevention

Thriving Communities

  • Contagious and infectious diseases
  • Public health policy and management
  • Substance abuse education, treatment, and prevention
  • Educational administration, planning and policy
  • Higher education leadership

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 2024
  • 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 2024
  • Have not participated in recent State Department exchange program

Apply before June 30, 2023, at https://apply.iie.org/huberthhumphrey