Call for applications for the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program


The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program is a United States government-funded program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs.  Initiated in 1978, this program is part of the Fulbright exchange programs.

The Humphrey Fellowship brings accomplished professionals from designated countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, the Middle East and Eurasia to the United States at a mid-point in their careers for a year of non-degree graduate study and related practical professional experience.

The U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Section, Addis Ababa is responsible for recruiting and selecting qualified professionals to be part of this program.  We are currently accepting on-line applications for the 2018/2019 academic year.  The application deadline is July 10, 2017.


Applicants MUST be from the following eligible fields, which are grouped under overarching headings:

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

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

a. Educational Administration, Planning and Policy
b. Higher Education Administration
c. Teaching of English as a Foreign Language

Public Health
a. Public Health Policy and Management
b. HIV/AIDS Policy and Prevention
c. Substance Abuse Education, Prevention, and Treatment

Candidates must have either a research background in the field or demonstrated ability to learn the results and policy implications of current research.

Applications for the Humphrey Fellowship must be filed on-line.  The on-line application requires the following elements:

  1. Curriculum Vitae detailing overall experience and qualifications;
  2. Program plan providing details of what the applicants hopes to accomplish through participation in the program;
  3. Personal statement;
  4. Recommendations from two referees;
  5. Copy of undergraduate transcript (original copies will be requested if applicants have been selected for interviews).


Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. Applicants must be in the age range of 32 – 45 inclusive;
  2. Applicants should have a minimum of five years full-time professional experience (prior to July 2017) in the relevant field, after completing a university degree, and should be interested in the policy aspects of their field of specialization.
  3. Applicants must present a letter of support from their organization showing consent to grant of leave of absence during course of study;
  4. Applicants must possess managerial or supervisory positions in their organizations;
  5. Applicants must possess an undergraduate degree;
  6. Cumulative GPA in undergraduate studies should be 2.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale;
  7. Applicants must be willing to sit for TOEFL (English language proficiency exam). Candidates should be proficient in both written and spoken English and should normally have a minimum
    TOEFL score of 525 (paper based) or 71 (internet-based).


Applicants should submit their application on line no later than July 10, 2017 at:


Female applicants meeting the minimum requirement are highly encouraged to apply.

Candidates are also encouraged to visit the Humphrey Fellowship program website to learn more about the program. (

Please note that unfortunately Humphrey Fellowships do not accommodate accompanying family members.

If you have any questions relating to the application process, please feel free to contact the U.S. Embassy Cultural Affairs Specialist Yohannes Birhanu at

We look forward to receiving applications by July 10, 2017, and would like to extend best wishes to all!