Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program 2022-2023

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program

Program Description:
The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program was established in 1978 as a Fulbright exchange that advances U.S. foreign policy goals through the exchange of mid-career professionals representing approximately 140 eligible countries from all world regions. Humphrey Fellows work in critical fields for collaboration, such as law and human rights, public health, including infectious diseases, climate change, and public policy. A recent evaluation found that 61 percent of Humphrey alumni return home and work in government in some capacity.  Others are leaders in their fields driving policy, introducing new best practices, and implementing innovative management methods into their organizations. Additionally, 46 percent of alumni report having developed national policies, created national programs, served as national trainers, and/or advised government officials on legislation in their home countries. During their fellowship, Humphrey Fellows participate in non-degree study at approximately 13 host campuses across the United States and complete at least six weeks of a professional affiliation at a U.S.-based governmental, non-governmental, private sector, or international organization.  Through their academic and professional experiences, they gain knowledge about the United States, deepen their professional expertise, and experience in their field, and expand their networks to include U.S. and international counterparts. Fellowship alumni are well positioned to serve as key interlocutors for posts around the world, helping achieve U.S. foreign policy goals and advance bilateral relationships. Alumni have lasting impacts on their communities, applying knowledge and skills acquired through their Fellowships to effect broad change across their organizations and fields of expertise.

Program Components:
Non-Degree Academic Study:
Humphrey Fellows pursue tailored study programs at participating host institutions, where freedom from the requirements of a degree program gives each Fellow the flexibility to pursue a self-directed, individualized program at a host campus.  Approximately 13 U.S. campuses have been selected through a competitive process based on their ability to offer institutional and professional resources to host cohorts of Fellows in designated fields of study.  Humphrey Fellows may not request placement at any particular university.  Each campus has at least one designated faculty coordinator for academic and administrative support.  In addition, faculty advisors assist Fellows in pursuing balanced academic and professional programs.  Even though Fellows will spend time in an academic setting and are able to take classes at a U.S. university, the Humphrey Fellowship Program is classified as a non-degree program by the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS).  Humphrey Fellows cannot transfer from non-degree status to degree status under any circumstances under their program.
Leadership and Professional Development:
Professional enrichment activities include professional visits, enhancement skills workshops, conferences, training programs, and a professional affiliation (placement).  The professional affiliation provides firsthand exposure to a U.S. work environment on a full-time basis for a minimum period of six weeks. Early in the academic year, each Fellow develops, with assistance from the local campus coordinator and faculty advisors, a detailed plan of practical professional activities geared to the Fellow’s program objectives.

Fellowship fields:

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
  • International Religious Freedom
  • Law and Human Rights
  • Trafficking in Persons Policy and Prevention

Sustainable Lands:

  • Agricultural and Rural Development
  • Natural Resources, Environmental Policy, and Climate Change
  • Urban and Regional Planning

Thriving Communities:

  • Contagious and Infectious Diseases
  • Public Health Policy and Management
  • HIV/AIDS Policy and Prevention
  • Substance Abuse Education, Prevention, and Treatment (see 4b)
  • Educational Administration, Planning, and Policy
  • Higher Education Administration
  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be a Djiboutian citizen
  • Possess a degree
  • No age restriction, but priority given to ages 30-50
  • Are a mid-career professional in a leadership position who has a commitment to public service and the potential for professional advancement.
  • Have a minimum of 5 years full-time professional experience (prior to August 2022) in the relevant field and should be interested in the policy aspects of their field of specialization. Please note that candidates must have completed a university degree program requiring at least four years of full-time study to qualify for participation in U.S. graduate study programs.
  • Have not attended a graduate school in the United States for one academic year or more during the seven years prior to August 2022
  • No recent U.S. experience of over six months during the five years prior to August 2022
  • No dual U.S. citizenship or U.S. permanent resident status
  • Be proficient in both written and spoken English as demonstrated by a minimum TOEFL score of 525 (paper based) or 71 (internet-based), although exceptionally promising candidates with lower scores may be nominated and will be considered for one of the two English training programs.
  • Are not U.S. Department of State employees or their immediate family members
  • Be in good health

English Language Training

In an effort to engage with candidates from non-elite populations, rural areas, minority groups, and others who may be excellent candidates but are lacking the necessary language skills, English language training is available for nominees with lower TOEFL scores.  Currently, two opportunities for English training in the United States are available to prepare Fellows to participate in the academic year Humphrey Fellowship: 1) Long-Term English (LTE) language training is an intensive 16-week program; and 2) Pre-Academic English (Pre-Ac) language training is an intensive eight-week course.  English language training participants will train together in groups at different campuses and then transfer to their academic-year host campuses after completing LTE or Pre-Ac.

Note: Humphrey Fellows may bring dependents on J-2 visas to accompany them while in the United States if they meet all criteria described in this paragraph.  All expenses for J-2 dependents must be covered by the Fellow.  The Humphrey Fellowship stipend is sufficient only to support the Fellow.  Candidates should be advised of the high cost of living in the United States if they are considering having dependents join them.  Dependents may not accompany Fellows to English language training or arrive during the first month of the program.  Fellows who wish to have an exception made to this rule must receive prior approval.  IIE and ECA will conduct a technical review of evidence that they have adequate personal funds to cover living expenses, dependents’ health insurance, and childcare (if needed).  Health insurance for dependents is required and may cost USD 200 per month per dependent. IIE will seek concurrence of the nominating post or commission before processing any dependent requests.

Only shortlisted candidates will be called for interview at which time, the originals of all documents must be produced. Incomplete/poorly written applications will not be considered.

How to Apply:
Please note that there is a new application system called Slate for this application cycle. Applicants can access the application at .
Applications must be completed and submitted online no later than July 24, 2021.

A complete application includes:

(1) Duly filled Application Form
(2) Official transcripts with the degree certificates.
(3) English translations of official documents where applicable.
(4) Two letters of recommendation including one from current employer.
(5) Study Objectives

Queries on this call for application should be directed to the Public Affairs Section team of the U.S. Embassy Djibouti at with subject line : 2022-2023 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program.