Humphrey Fellowship Program

2022 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program


The U.S. Embassy Kabul is pleased to announce the open application cycle for the 2022 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program for citizens of Afghanistan. The Humphrey Fellowship, a Fulbright exchange program, is a fully funded, non-degree fellowship that enhances leadership among international professionals and builds expertise in fields of critical importance to advance societal and institutional capacity or promote human rights and freedoms.

Humphrey Fellows pursue tailored study programs at participating U.S. universities where freedom from the requirements of a degree program gives each Fellow the flexibility to pursue a self-directed, individualized program. In addition, Fellows complete at least six weeks of professional affiliation at a U.S.-based governmental, non-governmental, private sector, or international organization.

Applicants must have professional experience and interest in one of the following priority fields:
Human and Institutional Capacity

  • Economic Development
  • Finance & Banking
  • Public Policy Analysis and Public Administration
  • Technology Policy and Management
  • Human Resource Management

Rights and Freedoms

  • Communications and Journalism
  • International Religious Freedom
  • Law and Human Rights
  • Trafficking in Persons Policy & Prevention

Sustainable Lands

  • Agricultural and Rural Development
  • Natural Resources, Environmental Policy and Climate Change
  • Urban and Regional Planning

Thriving Communities

  • Contagious and Infectious Diseases
  • Public Health Policy and Management
  • HIV&AIDS, Policy and Prevention
  • Substance Abuse Education, Treatment and Prevention
  • Educational Administration, Planning, and Policy
  • Higher Education Administration
  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicant’s professional and educational experiences must align with one or more priority fields.
  • Applicant must hold Afghan citizenship.
  • Applicant must be a mid-career professional in a leadership position with demonstrated commitment to public service and have the potential for professional advancement.
  • Applicant must have a minimum of seven years full-time professional experience in the relevant priority field living and working in Afghanistan prior to August 2022.
  • Applicant must hold a university degree requiring at least four years of full-time study and must have completed the degree before September 2017.
  • Applicant must submit TOEFL score results as part of the application. Exceptionally promising candidates with lower scores will still be considered for the Fellowship with a required English language training component.
  • Applicant must submit all required documents and a complete application.

Ineligibility Factors

  • Applicant who does not meet the eligibility criteria.
  • Applicant with U.S. citizenship or U.S. legal permanent residency.
  • Applicant with multiple citizenships and/or permanent legal residency in another country.
  • Applicant with a spouse, parent, fiancé, or child over 18 years of age who is a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States.
  • Applicant who is a current or former employee of the U.S. Department of State or the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), for a period of one year following the conclusion of the paid or unpaid employment, association, or service, including part-time or temporary employees, consultants, externs, fellows, and contract employees. This provision does not apply to interns.
  • Applicant with a pending immigration application(s) to any country, including a special immigrant visa to the United States.
  • Applicant who has attended a graduate school in the United States for one academic year or more during the seven years prior to August 2022.
  • Applicant with in-country U.S. experience of any kind lasting more than six months during the five years prior to August 2022.
  • Applicant who is an alumnus/alumna of any of the following U.S. government funded programs: International Visitor Leadership Program, Fulbright Foreign Student Program, and Afghan Junior Faculty Development Program.

Additional Information

Final applications and supporting documents (transcripts, diplomas, resume, reference letters, signature form, and proof of English proficiency TOEFL results) must be submitted online through the website listed below by July 31, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. Kabul time.

Please use your own words in all application material. If someone else’s work or research is used, the source must be documented and credited all times. Plagiarism is using someone else’s words, ideas, or research as your own without crediting the source. Applications will be processed using software to help identify any instance of plagiarism.  Plagiarism in any of your answers will result in disqualification.

Apply here:

  • We will not accept applications or supporting documents via email.
  • U.S. Embassy Kabul policies do not permit Humphrey Fellows to take their dependents to the U.S. during their Fellowship year.
  • If you have any technical issues or questions about the application, please email

Note: We will only respond to emails related to technical issues. Answers to your general questions may be available in the description of the announcement, FAQ website located here, or the instructions in

Thank you,

U.S. Embassy, Kabul – Public Affairs Section