Annual Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program Announced

The United States Embassy in Banjul is pleased to announce the annual competition for the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program.  This one-year Fellowship program is offered to young and mid-career professionals who have a proven track record of leadership, a public service commitment, and the capacity to take full advantage of a self-defined program of independent non-degree study at a leading U.S. university.  The program awards a certificate from the U.S. Government; it is not designed to deliver an advanced degree.

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program brings accomplished professionals from designated countries around the world to the United States at a midpoint in their careers for a year of graduate-level academic course work and professional development activities.

The Humphrey Program was initiated in 1978 to honor the memory and accomplishments of the late Senator and Vice President, Hubert H. Humphrey.  Fellows are selected on their potential for leadership and commitment to public service.

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.  To date, over 5,500 Fellows representing 162 countries have participated in the program since its inception.  Approximately 160 Humphrey Fellowships are being awarded for program year 2017-2018.

Fellowships are granted competitively to professional candidates with a commitment to public service in either the public or private sector.

Eligible Fields/Sectors:

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
  • 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, treatment and prevention

Application Process:

Interested applicants must apply to the Embark online application at:

Information on accessing and using the online application system is available on the Humphrey website at

You can apply online by June 30th 2017 via the link above and also email your complete application and any supporting documents to .

After national selection, final nominations are reviewed in the United States by independent review committees.  These review committees make recommendations to the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.  Awards will be announced in March 2018 for Fellowships during the 2018-2019 academic year.

To be eligible for a Humphrey Fellowship, applicants must have:

  • A first university degree
  • Five years of full-time professional experience
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities and a record of public service
  • Demonstrated English language ability
  • Limited prior experience in the U.S.

Ineligible candidates include:

  • Recent University graduates (even if they have significant positions)
  • University teachers or academic researchers with no management responsibilities (except in the fields of Substance Abuse Education, Prevention, and Treatment and Teaching of English as a Foreign Language);
  • Individuals who have attended a graduate school in the United States for one academic year or more during the seven years prior to August 2018; and individuals with U.S. in-country experience of any kind lasting more than six months during the five years prior to August 2018

Terms and Conditions:

The Humphrey Fellowship provides: international travel, tuition and university fees, accident/sickness coverage, monthly maintenance allowance and funding for books and professional activities.  The Humphrey Program does not provide financial support for accompanying dependents.

We particularly encourage women, minorities, those with disabilities, or otherwise disadvantaged candidates to apply.

Thank you.  We look forward receiving your applications.