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EAC / Study in the US / Financial Aid / Program Announcements / July 2002


The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program was initiated in 1978 to honor the memory and accomplishments of the late Senator and Vice-President, Hubert H. Humphrey. It is a 10-month, full scholarship program offered to mid-career professionals from a select number of countries who have a proven track record and further potential for leadership, commitment to public service in either the public or private sector, and the capacity to take full advantage of a self-defined program of independent study and related professional experiences. The program provides a basis for establishing lasting ties between citizens of the United States and their professional counterparts in other countries, fostering an exchange of knowledge and mutual understanding throughout the world. Funding for the program is provided by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA).
During their fellowship year, Humphrey Fellows participate in programs that combine graduate level academic coursework with relevant, practical professional experiences. The university programs do not address themselves to the scientific or technical aspects of these fields, but rather to the broad policy-making and problem-solving issues. A Fellow's professional plans may include professional visits, workshops, conferences and a professional affiliation or internship of at least six weeks. The program is not a degree program but rather is designed to provide broad professional enrichment through a combination of activities tailored to each Fellow's interests.

Fellowships are granted competitively to professional candidates with a commitment to public service in either the public or private sector in the following fields:
• Natural resources and environmental management
• Public policy analysis and public administration
• Economic development
• Agricultural development/agricultural economics
• Finance and banking
• Human resource management/personnel
• Urban and regional planning
• Drug abuse epidemiology/prevention/education/treatment
• Public health policy and management
• Technology policy and management
• Educational planning
• Law and human rights
• Communications/journalism

To be eligible for a Hubert Humphrey Fellowship, applicants must have:
• A first university degree (at least four years of full-time study so that a candidate may qualify for admission to graduate study in the U.S.)
• Five years of substantial professional experience prior to August 2003 in the type of study and training which they seek
• Demonstrated leadership qualities and a record of public service
• Fluency in written and spoken English with a minimum TOEFL score of 525 paper-based or 195 computer-based
Applicants who are recent university graduates, university teachers with no management responsibilities, individuals who have attended a graduate school in the U.S. for one academic year or more during the seven years prior to August 2003 and individuals with other recent U.S. experience (more than six months during the five years prior to August 2003) are ineligible to receive a Humphrey Fellowship. Those with dual U.S. citizenship or U.S. Permanent Resident status may not apply to the program since they are ineligible to receive a J visa.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) funds a limited number of Humphrey Fellowships each year. NIDA-funded fellowships are limited to individuals interested in drug prevention and treatment research, such as researchers, treatment providers, prevention specialists, governmental or non-governmental organization program planners. NIDA-funded Humphrey Fellows will have the opportunity to learn about NIDA-supported drug abuse research and the application of research to the development of prevention programs, treatment protocols, and government policy. Candidates for NIDA-funded Humphrey Fellowships must hold a midlevel position in a university; drug abuse treatment of prevention program; education, social welfare or community-based organization; government ministry; health care profession; or other drug abuse-related occupation. Candidates must also have research experience and should hold a doctoral degree in public health; biomedical, behavioral, social science; or medicine. Candidates with a Master's Degree and substantial professional or research experience may be considered for a fellowship. Applicants for NIDA-funded Humphrey Fellowships in the field of drug prevention and treatment should fill out the NIDA form that is included in the application regardless of the degree they hold, the number of their publications or research experience.

Applications for the Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program can be obtained from the U.S. Embassy in Moscow in electronic or printed form. In addition, applications can be downloaded from this site. All completed applications must be received by the U.S. Embassy in Moscow by October 25, 2002. The mailing address is as follows: 123242 Moskva, 19/23 Novinskiy Bulvar. Note that medical exams are not required as part of the application process. However, applicants who are awarded fellowships are required to complete medical evaluation forms

Applications are reviewed by members of the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. After national selection, final nominations are reviewed in the United States by independent review committees whose members have regional and field-specific expertise. These review committees make recommendation to the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Awards are announced by March each year for Fellowships beginning in August/September. Approximately 150 fellowships will be awarded worldwide for the 2003-04 academic year, with up to 10 fellowships for Russia.

Candidates who are selected for fellowships are placed in clusters by field of interest at U.S. universities specially designated to host a group of Humphrey Fellows. Each university that hosts Humphrey Scholars has been chosen for the richness of its institutional resources and the level of support and guidance it offers to the participants, and each campus has a designated faculty coordinator for academic and administrative support. The host institutions in 2003-04 include: The American University; Boston University; Cornell University; Emory University; Johns Hopkins University; Pennsylvania State University; Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey; Tulane University; University of California, Davis; University of Maryland, College Park; University of Minnesota; University of Missouri; University of Washington, Seattle. Requests by candidates for placement at a specific university cannot be fulfilled. Candidates should not apply directly to U.S. institutions.

Humphrey Fellowships include round-trip international travel to the host institution (and to the Fellow's English-language training program when applicable) and domestic travel to Washington, D.C. for a special seminar, tuition and university fees, accident/sickness insurance, a computer subsidy, monthly maintenance allowance and funding for books and professional activities. Supplementary funds are available for professional activities such as field trips or attendance at conferences. Humphrey Fellowships are not renewable. Humphrey Fellowships do not include funds for dependents (family members). Humphrey Fellows may request permission for dependents to join them but must show proof of adequate personal funds to cover the living expenses and health insurance for their dependents. Please note that English language and orientation centers cannot accommodate dependents. Therefore, dependents should not arrive in the United States until Fellows are settled in their academic year programs and have secured housing (at least 30 days after the Fellow's arrival).

Humphrey Fellows enter the U.S. on an Exchange Visitor (J1) visa under a Department of State program, which requires them to return to their home countries for a minimum of two years at the end of their grant period.

The program arranged for Humphrey Fellows extends from August or early September to the following June. Applicants who need additional English training may be required to arrive in the United States as early as late May for intensive language study before beginning their regular university program. Candidates must be able to participate in the full period of the English and/or university programs.

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