Humphrey Fellowship Program 2018-2019

Humphrey Fellowship Program 2018-2019

Program Objective

The Humphrey Program was launched in 1978 to honor the memory and accomplishments of the late U.S. Senator and Vice President, Hubert H. Humphrey.The 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 by the Embassy based on potential for leadership and commitment to public service.  

Program Objective

During their year-long stay at a host American university, Humphrey Fellows are invited to take graduate courses relevant to their professional interests. However, as the Humphrey Fellowship is not a degree program, participants spend a considerable portion of their time engaged in professional development activities including: consultations and affiliations with U.S. faculty and experts, field trips, workshops, research projects and the development of practical useful strategies that could be applied in the Fellows’ home countries. 

Program Components

a. Academic: the Humphrey program is classified as a non-degree program i.e. 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 16 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.

b. Professional: professional enrichment activities include professional visits, conferences, training programs, and aprofessional 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. 

Fields of Study

1. Sustainable Development
a. Agricultural and rural development
b. Economic development/Finance and banking
c. Natural resources, environmental policy, and climate change
d.Urban and regional planning

2. Democratic Institution Building
a. Communications/journalism
b. Law and human rights
c. Public policy analysis and public administration
d. Trafficking in persons policy and prevention
e. Technology policy and management
f. Human resource management

3. Education
a. Educational administration, planning and policy
b. Higher education administration
c.Teaching of English as a foreign language

4. Public Health
a. Public health policy and management
b. HIV/AIDS policy and prevention
c. Substance abuse education, treatment and prevention
NOTE: Candidates in this field of study must have either a search background in the field or demonstrated ability to learn the results and policy implications of current research. Candidates must complete the supplementary field-specific page of the Humphrey application for this topic area.

General Fellowship Requirements

Prospective Candidates:

  • Are young and mid-career professionals in leadership positions who have a commitment to public service and the potential for professional advancement.
  • Candidates should have boththe need to participate in the program and the potential to benefitfrom it. Accordingly, they should demonstrate the requiredexperience, skills, and commitment while also indicating how they canbenefit from this program in ways that they have not experiencedpreviously and are not likely to experience without the Humphrey Program. Applicants with distinguished records but who do not have a compelling need for the Humphrey experience are not appropriate candidates. 
  • Must hold at least a first-level university degree (equivalent to a B.A. or B.S.) to enable them to undertake graduate level study in the U.S.
  • Are expected to be resourceful and display initiative. Their applications should indicate how they and their home institutions and countries could benefit from experiences to be acquired under the program

Specific Eligibility Requirements

Prospective candidates should:

  • Be residents or citizens of The Gambia
  • Be proficient inboth written and spoken English and should normally have a minimumTOEFL score of 525 (paper based) or 71 (internet-based), althoughexceptionally promising candidates with lower scores may be nominatedfor the Long-Term English (LTE) training
  • Be a graduate of an accredited university or college and hold a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent. Please note thatcandidates must have completed a university degree program requiringat least four years of full-time study to qualify for participationin U.S. graduate study programs.
  • Fellows should have a minimum of five years full-time professional experience (prior to August 2016) in the relevant field, after completing a university degree, and should be interested in the policy aspects of their field of specialization.

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.

Process and Selection Criteria

Humphrey Fellowships are highly competitive, and applicants must fulfill the eligibility criteria outlined above. After a pre-selection process by the Embassy Selection Committee the names of selected applicants are then sent to the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FSB) in Washington, D.C. for final approval. Candidates who meet the above criteria are encouraged to apply online using the Embark System. Candidates who do not have access to the internet may download the word version of the form which must be completed and returned to Please note that applications for 2018-2019 elapsed on June 30th 2017.

How to apply

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

Note: Once completed the application forms should be sent to with the following documents:

  • Scanned copy of University Diploma
  • Scanned copy of university transcript, in which the Grade Point Average and the grade of the thesis and/or Graduation Exam appear
  • Any other supporting documents, C.V., employment letter, etc.
  • All documents must be e-mailed to
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.

After evaluation of the application and associated documents, qualified candidates will be invited to take the Test of English Language Proficiency (TELP). Those candidates that score high enough in this exam will be interviewed by the Embassy Selection Committee for final recommendation.

Additional Information

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.

For any additional information please contact the Public Affairs Office of the United States

Embassy at: or visit

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