Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program 2020-2021

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 14 campuses have been selected through a competitive process to host Fellows in groups with thematic and subject affinities. Each university is chosen based on institutional resources and the level of support and guidance it offers to the participants. Each campus has a 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:
Recruitment guidelines contain additional guidance regarding appropriate candidates in the following 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 InstitutionBuilding

  • 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, Prevention, and Treatment

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 experience.
  • Have a minimum of 5 years full-time professional experience beyond attainment of an undergraduate degree prior to August 2020
  • Have not attended a graduate school in the United States for one academic year or more during the seven years prior to August 2020
  • No recent U.S. experience of over six months during the five years prior to August 2020
  • 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: There is no age limit for the program; however, candidates who are under 30 need to clearly demonstrate the maturity and discipline needed to carry out a flexible, self-directed
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 25, 2019.
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 and Personal Statements.
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 : 2020-2021 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program