2019-2020 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program

The U.S. Embassy in Suriname is now accepting applications for the 2019-2020 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program.

The Humphrey Fellowship Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. The program is intended for experienced mid-career professionals interested in strengthening their leadership skills through a mutual exchange of knowledge and understanding about issues of common concern in the U.S. and Fellows’ home countries. As a non-degree program, the Fellowship offers valuable opportunities for professional development through selected university courses, attending conferences, networking, and practical work experiences. During the year, Fellows pursue both their individual program goals and work closely with their Humphrey colleagues in workshops and seminars. Unlike a typical graduate school experience, the Program encourages Fellows to travel away from their host campus to learn more about American culture and to network with their American peers. If you are interested in broadening your perspectives and becoming a global leader, the Humphrey Fellowship is for you.

The Program:

The United States Embassy in Suriname is pleased to announce the annual competition for the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program. This one-year Fellowship program is offered to mid-career professionals who have a proven track record of leadership, a public service commitment, and the capacity to take full advantage of a self-defined program of independent non-degree study at a leading U.S. university. The program awards a certificate from the U.S. Government; it is not designed to deliver an advanced degree.

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program brings accomplished professionals from designated countries around the world to the United States at a midpoint in their careers for a year of graduate-level academic course work and professional development activities. The Humphrey Program was initiated in 1978 to honor the memory and accomplishments of the late Senator and Vice President, Hubert H. Humphrey. Fellows are selected on their potential for leadership and commitment to public service.

The program provides a basis for establishing lasting ties between citizens of the United States and their professional counterparts in other countries, fostering an exchange of knowledge and mutual understanding throughout the world.

The selection process is highly competitive.  Only professional candidates with a commitment to public service in either the public or private sector are considered.

Eligible Fields/Sectors:

  • 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
  • Communications/journalism
  • Law and human rights
  • Public policy analysis and public administration
  • Trafficking in persons policy 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


Application Process:

Interested applicants must apply to the U.S. Embassy by no later than 01 August 2018.

After a national selection here in Suriname, final nominations are reviewed in the United States by independent review committees. These review committees make recommendations to the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board which makes the ultimate decision. Awards are expected to be announced by the end of March 2019 for Fellowships during the 2019-2020 academic year.
Applicants can start their applications at:


To be eligible for a Humphrey Fellowship, applicants must have:

  • An undergraduate (first university or Bachelor’s) degree
  • Five years of full-time professional experience
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities and a record of public service
  • Demonstrated English language ability
  • Limited prior experience in the U.S.


Terms and Conditions:

The Humphrey Fellowship provides: international travel, tuition and university fees, accident/sickness coverage, monthly maintenance allowance and funding for books and professional activities. The Humphrey Program does not provide financial support for accompanying dependents.

More Information:

For more information about the Humphrey Fellowship, including information about eligibility and the selection process, check out their website at https://www.humphreyfellowship.org/.

You may also check out the Humphrey Program Facebook page (www.facebook.com/humphreyfellowship) and YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/user/HumphreyFellowship).