Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship

Applications for the 2021-2022 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program
are being accepted now through July 2, 2020.

Program Information

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 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program is a Fulbright exchange that brings 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 in fields that are crucial to foreign policy goals. By providing future leaders and policy makers with experience in U.S. higher education, society, culture, and professional organizations, the program provides a basis for lasting, productive ties between Americans and their professional counterparts overseas.

Program Components

  1. Academic Study: Academic Study: Humphrey Fellows pursue tailored study programs at participating host institutions, where freedom from the requirements of a degree program gives each Fellow the flexibility to pursue a self-directed, individualized program at a host campus. Approximately 13 U.S. campuses have been selected through a competitive process based on their ability to offer institutional and professional resources to host cohorts of Fellows in designated fields of study.
  2. Leadership and Professional Development: Professional enrichment activities include professional visits, enhancement skills workshops, conferences, training programs, and a professional affiliation (placement). The professional affiliation provides firsthand exposure to a U.S. work environment on a full-time basis for a minimum period of six 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.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must:

  • Be in possession of an undergraduate degree from an accredited university or college;
  • Have a minimum of five years full-time professional experience (prior to August 2021) in the relevant field and should be interested in the policy aspects of their field of specialization.
  • Demonstrate leadership qualities and broadly defined commitment to public service;
  • Be proficient in both written and spoken English as demonstrated by a minimum TOEFL score of 525 (paper based) or 71 (internet-based). Exceptionally promising candidates with lower scores may be considered for a Long-term English program. Note: applicants are not required to take the TOEFL test prior to submitting an application. Selected candidates will be required to take the TOEFL test at a later stage of the application process. Test fees will be covered by the program.
  • Have limited or no prior experience in the U.S.;
  • Have a desire to focus on public policy rather than research or technical fields;
  • Have proficiency in both written and spoken English (TOEFL scores are not required at the time of application, but successful candidates will be required to take the TOEFL exam); and
  • Be Iraqi citizens resident in Iraq throughout the application and selection process (Individuals with dual U.S. citizenship or U.S. permanent resident status are ineligible).

Those Ineligible for Consideration Include:

  • Recent university graduates (even if they hold significant positions)
    University teachers with no management or policy responsibilities, except for teachers of English as a Foreign Language and specialists in drug abuse prevention and treatment
  • Individuals who have attended a graduate school in the U.S. for one academic year or more during the seven years prior to the date of application
  • Individuals with recent U.S. educational or work experience (more than six months during the five years prior to the date of application)
  • Individuals with dual U.S. citizenship or U.S. permanent resident status

Field of Study

Sustainable Development
a. Agricultural and Rural Development
b. Economic Development/Finance and Banking
c. Natural Resources, Environmental and Climate Policy
d. Urban and Regional Planning

Democratic Institution Building
a. Communications and Journalism
b. Law and Human Rights
c. International Religious Freedom
d. Public Policy Analysis and Public Administration
e. Trafficking in Persons Policy and Prevention
f. Technology Policy and Management
g. 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 (see note below)
d. Contagious and Infectious Diseases

Application and Selection

All applications must be submitted at Candidates whose applications pass the initial review are invited for an interview at the U.S. Embassy and to take the TOEFL test. Final selection will be made by J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board in the United States.

For general information about the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program, please visit

For questions about the program in Iraq, please call us at 0770-443-1572. We will receive your calls every day from Sunday to Thursday from 3:00 to 5:00 PM.

Application deadline is July 2, 2020.