Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program 2021-2022

Program Description:
The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program is a Fulbright program that brings accomplished young and mid-career professionals with demonstrated leadership potential to the United States for a year of non-degree graduate-level study, leadership development, and substantive professional collaboration with U.S. counterparts. By providing future leaders and policy makers with experience in U.S. society, culture, and professional fields, the program provides a basis for lasting, productive ties between Americans and their professional counterparts overseas. Fellows are nominated based on potential for leadership and commitment to public service.
Program Components:
Academic: The Humphrey 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. Humphrey Fellows pursue tailored study programs at participating host institutions, where the freedom from the requirements of a degree program gives each Fellow the flexibility to pursue a self-directed, individualized program. There is no provision for Fellows to request placement at any particular university. 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 also assist Fellows in pursuing balanced academic and professional programs.
Professional: Professional enrichment activities include professional visits, conferences, training programs, and a professional affiliation (work attachment). The professional affiliation provides first-hand exposure to an American work environment on a full-time basis for a minimum period of 6 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 Humphrey program objectives.

Fellowship 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
  • International Religious Freedom
  • 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, Prevention, and Treatment (Note on Substance Abuse Education, Prevention, and Treatment field: ECA cooperates with the National Institute on Drug Abuse which provides some co-funding to work with Humphrey Fellows in the field of substance abuse.  Candidates must have either a research background in the field or demonstrated ability to learn the results and policy implications of current research)
  • Contagious and Infectious Diseases

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 growth.
  • Have a minimum of 5 years full-time professional experience beyond attainment of an undergraduate degree prior to August 2021
  • Have not attended a graduate school in the United States for one academic year or more during the seven years prior to August 2021
  • No recent U.S. experience of over six months during the five years prior to August 2021
  • No dual U.S. citizenship or U.S. permanent resident status
  • Good English language ability and be prepared to take TOEFL test (candidates should score higher than 525 on the paper based test (PBT), and 71 on the internet-based test (iBT).
  • Are not U.S. Department of State employees or their immediate family members
  • Be in good health

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. 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 31, 2020.

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 : 2021-2022 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program.