Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program
For Mid-Career Professional Study In The United States
*** Application cycle 2020 – 2021 ***
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The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program is a Fulbright program that brings accomplished mid-level professionals to the United States for a year of academic and professional work. In Tanzania, fellows are nominated by the Office Of Public Affairs of the American Embassy based on demonstrated potential for leadership and commitment to public service. 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. The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) from provide primary funding for the Humphrey program within its congressional appropriation for exchanges. The Humphrey program is a non-degree program. Applicants should not assume that they could become degree candidates after they arrive in the U.S. Anyone seeking a degree program should look at the Fulbright Junior Staff Development Program, among others.
Fellowships are granted competitively to both public and private sector candidates with a commitment to public service in the following fields:
- Agricultural Development/ Agricultural Economics: Suitable candidates include individuals focused on technical areas of agricultural development such as building sustainable farming systems for increasing food production and rural incomes. Individuals developing national policy frameworks related to agriculture, trade and food policy are also appropriate candidates.
- Communications/Journalism: Appropriate candidates include those using electronic mass media and telecommunication to facilitate national development in the areas of agriculture, health, family planning, nutrition and education. These candidates might manage media strategies for non-governmental organizations or for state-run media, alike. Journalists engaged in public affairs reporting, magazine and feature writing, and interpretive writing on social issues and international affairs are also suitable.
- Substance Abuse Education, Treatment and Prevention: ECA cooperates with the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) in co-funding Humphrey fellowships in substance abuse treatment and prevention. Appropriate candidates for these fellowships include researchers, treatment providers, prevention specialists, and program planners at governmental or non-governmental organizations. Fellows in this field will learn about NIDA-supported substance abuse research and its application to the development of prevention programs, treatment protocols, and government policy. Appropriate candidates should hold mid-level positions in such organizations as universities, government ministries, drug abuse treatment or prevention agencies, social welfare or community-based organizations, or as health care professionals. Because the effective treatment and prevention of drug abuse depends on the interpretation and application of current research, candidates in this field who have a record of scientific research are preferred. However, candidates without research records will also be considered carefully if they can demonstrate the ability to gain an understanding of research in the field and a commitment to apply its results to substance abuse treatment and prevention in their home environments. All regular selection criteria also apply in this field, including demonstrated leadership potential, public service commitment, English proficiency, etc. Given the emphasis on substance abuse prevention and treatment, candidates who are law enforcement professionals should be focused on demand reduction issues rather than interdiction policies.
- Economic Development/ Finance and Banking: This field may be interpreted very broadly. Suitable candidates include policy makers and administrative managers focusing on contemporary development issues including population growth, agriculture and industrial development, poverty and income distribution, labor markets and foreign trade. Also, individuals who are working in the field of sustainable development in the public or private sector are appropriate.
- Educational Administration, Planning and Policy: Individuals who are contributing to national education planning, policy development and implementation make good candidates. University professors whose projects focus exclusively on research or teaching are not suitable. However, university professors in administrative or policy-making positions are eligible. Candidate profiles also include those focused on areas of education with an administrative or policy: curriculum development, instruction and learning assessment techniques, program design and adult learning, the use of technology in higher education. These individuals MAY be teachers who have additional responsibilities in the areas above.
- Finance and Banking: Suitable candidates include individuals who are involved in the management of financial institutions, the regulation of depository institutions and securities, or transnational lending and trade financing. Corporate financial managers and analysts are appropriate if they are interested in and able to convey how their work will impact the development of the country.
- HIV/AIDS Policy and Prevention: Physicians, health educators, communications specialists and policy analysts who are interested in HIV/AIDS policy and prevention are appropriate candidates in this field.
- Human Resource Management: The most suitable candidates in this field are those individuals dealing with institutional change, setting personnel policies and procedures. These might be human resource managers or individuals from varying fields who have been charged with re-organizing a department or ministry, for example.
- Law and Human Rights: Attorneys and judges are the most suitable candidates for this field. If the individual is not an attorney or judge he or she must have a strong legal background to facilitate placement at schools of law. The range of law specializations is far-reaching; some of the more common include: constitutional, criminal, business, civil rights, family/child, alternative dispute resolution, international humanitarian, international trade, international business, intellectual property, and telecommunications. Individuals engaged in legal and judicial reform and the administration of justice are also appropriate candidates.
- Natural Resources/Environmental Policy/Climate Change: Natural resource and environmental managers are appropriate candidates for this field. Policy makers and practitioners working on the protection of natural resources, water management and quality issues, land use, conservation and development, risk assessment and management policy, and pollution are also suitable.
- Nonproliferation: This focus is new to the Humphrey Program and would include foreign government officials and leaders in the area of nonproliferation education and national security studies.
- Public Health Policy and Management: Physicians, clinicians with management responsibilities, health educators, and other practitioners with policy-making responsibility in this field are suitable candidates. Past Fellows, interests have included: management of public health care organizations, health care delivery through community-based organizations, reproductive, adolescent, and child health, and epidemiology in public health practice.
- Public Policy Analysis and Public Administration: This field may be interpreted very broadly. Policy issues that past Fellows addressed have included: regional, economic and workforce development planning; public management and leadership; financial management in public and non-profit organizations; poverty and inequality; gender; public finance and revenue administration; domestic and foreign development policies; political transition to market-based democracy; planning and the global knowledge economy; private sector development.
- Teaching of English as a Foreign Language: Appropriate candidates include teachers, administrators, and other education practitioners in the field of Teaching of English as a Foreign Language if they are interested in teacher training, curriculum development and methodology.
- Technology Policy and Management: Network administrators, engineers and urban planners involved in formulating technology policy and managing technological change/systems are suitable candidates in this field.
- Trafficking In Persons, Policy and Prevention: Candidates include foreign government officials, NGO activists, and media specialists who are focused on anti-trafficking issues. Humphrey Fellows can focus in areas of public administration, NGO administration, law and human rights, social work, communications and journalism, and public health as applied to anti-trafficking program management and policy making.
- Urban and Regional Planning: Appropriate candidates for this field include architects, engineers, city planners, and historic preservation Specialists. Also suitable are individuals involved in some aspects of urban design and managing urban growth and change, geographic information systems, and regional integration and development.
Recruitment of Eligible Candidates
Approximately 120 American embassies and commissions worldwide are eligible to nominate candidates, who will undergo additional screening by U.S.-based independent panels of academics and professionals with regional and field-specific expertise. The presidential-appointed J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board must also approve all candidates recommended by the U.S.-based independent panels before a grant can be offered.
Appropriate applicants are mid-career professionals in leadership positions and who have a commitment to public service and the potential for professional advancement. It is important that applicants have considerable initiative if they are to benefit from the program. Prospective fellows should have a minimum of five years full-time professional experience prior to August of the grant year in the relevant field, after completing a university degree, and should be interested in the policy aspect in the field of their specialization.
- Applicants must have completed a university degree program requiring at least four years of full-time study in order to qualify.
- Applicants should be proficient in both written and spoken English. Finalists will be required to have a minimum Test Of English As A Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 525 paper-based, or 71 on the Internet Based Test (IBT), although exceptionally strong applicants with lower scores may be nominated for the Long-Term English (LTE) training. Please note that if you do not have a TOEFL score, we will arrange for you to take the examination if you are nominated.
- Applicants should have at least five years of relevant professional experience beyond the university degree. In general, applicants should have both the need to participate in the program and the potential to benefit from it. Accordingly, they should demonstrate the required experience, skills, and commitment while also indicating how they can benefit from this program in ways that they have not experienced previously and are not likely to experience without the Humphrey program.
- An applicant may be removed from consideration if he/she does not meet all of the technical eligibility requirements.
- Ineligible applicants include recent university graduates, university teachers or academic researchers with no management responsibilities, individuals who have attended a graduate school in the United States for one academic year or more during the seven years prior to August of the grant year; and individuals with other recent U.S. experience (more than six months during the five years prior to August of the grant year). An applicant with resent third country experience, especially in developed countries, may have a less compelling need for Humphrey program than a candidate who has never had a significant professional stay abroad.
- As per the guidelines of the J. William Fulbright Scholarship Board, local employees of U.S. Missions abroad who work for the U.S. Department of State and members of their families are ineligible for grants during the period of their employment and for one year following the termination of employment.
- Individuals with dual U.S. citizenship or U.S. permanent resident status may not apply to the program, since they are ineligible for a J visa.
Nature of the Program
It is essential that applicants have a clear understanding of the professional development component of the program (see below). If an applicant intends to pursue an advanced academic degree or to attend a specific university, he/she should not apply for the program. Applicants should also understand that Humphrey maintenance support might not enable them to maintain the standards of living they enjoy at home.
- Academic placement in a non-degree program: the Humphrey program is not designed to lead to a degree. Rather, fellows pursue tailored study programs at participating host institutions. There is no provision for fellows to request placement at any particular university. Approximately 18 campuses have been selected through a competitive process to host fellows in groups with significant 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. Faculty advisors also assist fellows in pursuing balanced academic and professional programs.
- Professional: A fellow’s professional-development plan may include professional visits, conferences, and a professional affiliation (work attachment) which must be at least six weeks in duration. Early in the academic year, each fellow develops, with assistance from the local campus coordinator and faculty advisors, a plan for professional activities carefully geared to the fellow’s need for relevant, practical professional experiences.
IIE accepts only electronic submissions of applications through embark system. The online application is available at: https://apply.iie.org/huberthhumphrey
If you have any questions about this Fellowship, please contact the HHH Coordinator via telephone at +255 22 229 4813 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Selection for the Humphrey program is competitive. Nominated candidates must meet program qualifications, including demonstrated leadership ability/potential, a commitment to public service, a clear need for the program, and a well-developed program plan.
Final results of the selection process will be available by April/May of 2020. Please submit only the 2020-2021 application forms to facilitate timely processing of the applications. The applications must include letters of recommendation, TOEFL scores if available, academic transcripts and English language translations of all non-English documents.
- Application questions: responses should be drafted and completed by the applicant. Responses should provide detailed information about the applicant’s plans for professional development and how they relate to the applicant’s goals and Tanzania’s needs. Independent review panelists rely heavily on the proposed program plan in evaluating the applicant’s communications skills, his/her understanding of the Humphrey program, and the applicant’s need for it. Independent review panelists are also keen to see clearly articulated evidence of commitment to public service by the applicant.
- References: One reference form must be from the candidate’s current employer. The employer should indicate how the Fellow’s training would be utilized by the organization upon return and also confirm that the employee will be granted a leave of absence for the Fellowship’s duration and that a position will be available upon return home. The second reference form should be from an individual who can comment significantly on the candidate from a different perspective: a university professor, professional mentor, or an associate if the candidate is involved in relevant community service or volunteer work. Personal friends, non-professional colleagues or family members are not acceptable references. Please submit no more than the two required references.
- Substance Abuse Supplimentary Application Page: all applicants applying for fellowships in the field of substance abuse prevention and treatment should complete the special form for candidates in this field regardless of degree held, number of publications or research experience. Applicants in other fields should omit this page of the application.
- Medical exams are not required as part of the application process. Medical evaluation forms are only to be completed after a candidate has been awarded a fellowship.
- Visas And Travel: Please note that applications should be made in the full name of the applicant as it appears or will appear on his/her passport. This is to ensure easier handling of necessary paperwork for visas and travel if the applicant is selected.
The HHH fellowship stipend is not sufficient to support anyone but the grantee. Awards do not include an additional allowance for dependents. Please be advised that the cost of living in the United States is much higher than in Tanzania, if you are considering whether to have dependents join you in the U.S. Dependents may not accompany fellows to English language training. Fellows who wish to have family members join them during all or part of their fellowship year must receive prior approval from the U.S. host campus coordinator before IIE will issue a dependent DS-2019. Fellows may request permission for dependents to join them but must show proof of adequate personal funds to cover living expenses and dependents’ health insurance. If these conditions are met, IIE will prepare and send by express mail to The American Embassy an individual DS 2019 form for each dependent to support his/her J-visa application. Dependents may not arrive until after fellows have submitted required documentation of personal funds to IIE.
Health insurance for dependents is required and can cost 150-200 dollars per month per dependent. Failure to provide adequate dependent health insurance coverage is grounds for termination of the grant award.
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