The Humphrey Fellowship Program is a Fulbright program that brings accomplished young and mid-career professionals from designated countries around the world to the United States for ten months of non-degree graduate study and related practical professional experiences. Fellowships are granted competitively to professionals with a commitment to public service in either the public or private sector.
During their year‐long stay at a host American university, Humphrey Fellows will take graduate-level courses relevant to their professional interests. However, as the Humphrey Fellowship is not a degree program, participants spend a considerable portion of their time engaged in professional development activities, including: consultations and affiliations with U.S. faculty and experts, field trips, workshops, research projects, and the development of practical strategies that could be applied in the Fellows’ home countries.
To participate in the Humphrey Fellowship Program, applicants must:
- be citizens or permanent residents qualified to hold a valid passport issued by Uzbekistan, and reside in the country throughout application and selection process
- have completed undergraduate education and hold a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent
- have at least five years of full-time professional experience beyond attainment of a first university/undergraduate degree prior to August 2021
Eligible Fields of Study
Human and Institutional Capacity:
- Economic Development
- Finance & Banking
- Public Policy Analysis and Public Administration
- Technology Policy and Management
- Human Resource Management
Rights and Freedoms:
- Communications and Journalism
- International Religious Freedom
- Law and Human Rights
- Trafficking in Persons Policy & Prevention
- Agricultural and Rural Development
- Natural Resources, Environmental Policy and Climate Change
- Urban and Regional Planning
- Contagious and Infectious Diseases
- Public Health Policy and Management
- HIV&AIDS, Policy and Prevention
- Substance Abuse Education, Treatment and Prevention
- Educational Administration, Planning, and Policy
- Higher Education Administration
- Teaching English as a Foreign Language
Ineligible candidates include:
- Recent university graduates (even if they have significant positions);
- University teachers or academic researchers with no management responsibilities (except in the fields of Substance Abuse Education, Prevention, and Treatment and Teaching of English as a Foreign Language);
- Individuals who have attended a graduate school in the United States for one academic year or more during the seven years prior to August 2022;
- Individuals with U.S. in-country experience of any kind lasting more than six months during the five years prior to August 2022; and
- Individuals with dual U.S. citizenship or U.S. permanent resident status may not apply to the program; they are ineligible for a J visa.
How to Apply
The online application is available at https://apply.iie.org/huberthhumphrey
Application Materials: The Humphrey Fellowship Program requires two letters of reference and an English Language Assessment form.
- Recommendation Letters: One of the letters should be from the current employer. Letters should be submitted through the online application system by the recommenders. If this is not possible, your recommenders can download the Humphrey Reference Letter Form (DOCX 44 KB). When completed, your recommenders must e-mail the reference letters to the Embassy at TashkentFulbright@state.gov. The Fulbright office will confirm receipt of the reference letters to the recommenders. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure references are submitted by the application deadline.
- The English Language Assessment form should be left blank. IELTS and/or TOEFL scores are NOT required at this point, but if available, they should be sent to TashkentFulbright@state.gov.
Application Deadline: June 10, 2021
Humphrey Fellowships are highly competitive, and applicants must fulfill the eligibility criteria outlined above. After the application deadline, all submitted applications undergo a technical review. Applications that pass the technical review will then be reviewed by a selection committee composed of embassy officials and former awardees, which will evaluate and score each application based on a set of standard criteria. Semi-finalists with the highest scores will then be invited to interview at the U.S. Embassy. All finalists and alternates will be asked to register for TOEFL using vouchers provided by the U.S. Embassy. The names of selected applicants will be sent to the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board in Washington, DC for final approval. The selected grantees are expected to travel to their host universities in the United States in Fall 2022.
What do we look for in applicants?
- Leadership qualities and a record of public service
- Potential for professional advancement and interest in the policy aspects of their fields of specialization
- Experience and interest in extracurricular and community activities
- Resourcefulness, initiative, and ability to network with U.S. organizations and professionals
- Demonstrated need to participate in the program
- Potential to benefit from experiences acquired under the program for applicants, their home institutions, and home countries
- Sufficiently high level of English to undertake graduate level study in the United States
- Desire to further the Humphrey program and give back to your home country upon returning
- Do not apply if you want to pursue an advanced academic degree in the United States, or if you want to attend a specific U.S. university. Universities are selected competitively to host Fellows in groups by profession.
- Applications from recent university graduates (even if they hold significant positions) are not considered.
- University teachers with no management or policy responsibilities are not eligible to apply, except for teachers of English as a Foreign Language and specialists in drug abuse prevention and treatment.
- Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.
- The Embassy reserves the right to check any information in the application. Applications with discrepancies will be suspended.
- All grantees are expected to return to their home countries for at least two years at the conclusion of their grant in compliance with exchange visa requirements.
Benefits Provided by the Fellowship
- Costs of standardized tests required for admission at those universities
- Assistance in obtaining a J-1 visa (Exchange Program Visa)
- Economy class round-trip airline ticket
- Medical Insurance
- Living expenses, which vary depending on city of destination. The Fellowship does not cover the expenses of the grantee’s accompanying family members.
- Pre-academic orientation program in the United States.