Humphrey Fellowship Program

Program Overview

The Hubert H. Humphrey Program enables Afghans to pursue graduate-level study in the United States, build leadership skills and build mutual cultural understanding with Americans. The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program provides ten months of non-degree academic study and related professional experiences in the United States. Because the Humphrey Fellowship does not offer a degree, Humphrey Fellows design and implement individualized programs to acquire career-related knowledge, interact with colleagues and gain professional experience, including arrangements for a six-week professional affiliation. In addition, Fellows may also attend special enrichment activities throughout their program. These activities are excellent opportunities to network with Humphrey Fellows from other countries and to interact with prominent Americans across a range of professional fields. 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 5,500 men and women have been honored as Humphrey Fellows since the program began in 1978. Approximately 150 Fellowships are awarded annually. The 14 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. All grantees are required to return to Afghanistan for at least two years at the conclusion of their grant in compliance with the J-visa requirements, to promote mutual understanding, and serve as future leaders in the public and private sectors of Afghanistan.  For more information please visit https://www.humphreyfellowship.org

Program Fields

Humphrey Fellowships are awarded competitively to candidates who are mid-career professionals in many fields, among them:

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

  • Communication and Journalism
  • Law and Human Rights
  • Public Policy Analysis and Public Administration
  • Trafficking in Persons and Prevention
  • Technology Policy and Management
  • Human Resource Management

Education

  • 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

For more detailed descriptions on study fields, please visit the site below:

https://www.humphreyfellowship.org/program-fields