HUMPHREY FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
The Humphrey Program provides a year of professional enrichment in the United States for experienced professionals from designated developing countries.
Leaders for a Global Society
The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program provides ten months of academic study and related
professional experiences in the United States. Humphrey Fellows are selected based on their potential
for leadership and their commitment to public service in either the public or the private sector. The
Humphrey Program fosters a mutual exchange of knowledge and understanding about issues of
common concern in the United States and the Fellows' home countries. The Program offers Fellows
valuable opportunities for leadership development and professional engagement with Americans and
their counterparts from many nations. More than 5,800 men and women have been honored as
Humphrey Fellows since the program began in 1978. Approximately 150 Fellowships are awarded
annually. Thirteen major universities in the United States host Humphrey Fellows. These host
universities are chosen for their excellence in the Program's designated fields of study and for the
resources and support they offer Humphrey Fellows.
Humphrey Fellowships are awarded competitively to candidates who are mid-career professionals in many fields. To read more about the professional fields, please go to the Program Fields section. Applicants are required to have an undergraduate degree, a minimum of five years of substantial, full- time, professional experience, limited or no prior experience in the United States, demonstrated leadership qualities, a record of public service in the community, and strong English skills.
The Humphrey Program is a Fulbright exchange activity. Its primary funding is provided by the U.S. Congress through the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State. Co- sponsors include other governmental agencies, multinational organizations, and private donors. The Institute of International Education (IIE) assists the U.S. Department of State in administering the Humphrey Fellowship Program.
Hubert H. Humphrey
Born in Wallace, South Dakota in 1911 to a mother who was a homemaker and a father who was a
small-town pharmacist, Hubert H. Humphrey enjoyed an illustrious career as a statesman and champion
of civil and human rights.
He became mayor of Minneapolis in 1945 and gained national attention when he delivered a controversial, electrifying, and historic speech on civil rights to the Democratic National Convention in 1948. In that year, he was elected to the U.S. Senate, where he served for 15 years. In 1964 he was elected Vice President of the United States on the ticket headed by President Lyndon B. Johnson, and served a full four-year term. He ran for President in 1968, but lost by a very thin margin to Richard M. Nixon. Undaunted, Humphrey returned to the Senate in 1971, where he served until his death from cancer in January 1978.
Among many qualities, Humphrey was known for his exuberant personality and detailed memory. Persons of many different political orientations considered him a friend, and he worked on behalf of people from all walks of life: the young, the aged, the poor, laborers, farmers, people of color, and people from other countries.
During a eulogy at Humphrey's funeral, President Jimmy Carter remarked: "From time to time, our nation is blessed by the presence of men and women who bear the mark of greatness, who help us see a better vision of what we can become. Hubert Humphrey was such a man."
Building on that sentiment, in March 1978 Carter announced the creation of the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program to honor Humphrey's exemplary leadership, his tireless devotion to public service, and his sincere hope for greater understanding among nations.