Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program

Deadline for Application: June 30, 2023, 11:59 p.m. (23:59) Surinamese time.


The Embassy of the United States of America in Suriname is pleased to announce the Hubert Humphrey Program 2024 competition, for mid-career professionals in leadership positions who have demonstrated a commitment to public service and the potential for professional advancement for a year of non-degree graduate-level study, leadership development, and substantive professional collaboration with U.S. counterparts during the 2024-2025 academic year.

Humphrey Fellows are selected based on their potential for leadership and their commitment to public service in either the public or private sector. The Program awards a certificate from the U.S. Government but it is not designed to deliver an advanced degree. As a non-degree program, the Fellowship offers valuable opportunities for professional development through selected university courses, conferences, networking, and practical work experiences. The program will be funded for one academic year, pending: a successful application for a J-1 visa; receipt of medical clearance; and availability of funds.


  • Surinamese citizenship and residency
  • Completed your BA studies by the start of the grant
  • At least five years of full-time professional experience
  • Interest in the policy aspects of your respective field of specialization
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities and a record of public service in the community
  • Limited experience in the United States
  • Completed your online application, including two reference letters
  • Are proficient in English/successful TOEFL exam – include your most recent TOEFL score, if you have it. If you don’t have it, you can still apply—the Embassy will arrange testing for you if you are selected as one of the final candidates.


Human and Institutional Capacity:

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

Rights and Freedoms:

  • Communications and Journalism
  • Law and Human Rights

Sustainable Lands:

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

Thriving Communities:

  • Public Health Policy and Management
  • Substance Abuse Education, Treatment and Prevention (applicants must complete the supplementary field-specific page of the application for this topic area)
  • Educational Administration, Planning, and Policy


Interested applicants must complete an online application at this website:

You’ll need to have these items ready before you begin the online application process:

1. A personal statement describing why you want to apply for this program, and a program plan describing your academic goals;
2. Two people: your current employer, and a professional mentor or an associate outside your current work setting, who will submit a letter of recommendation for you. These should be people who can speak to your academic abilities and professional goals.
3. If you have them, your most recent test score for TOEFL. If you don’t have these, you can still apply—the Embassy will arrange testing for you if you are selected as one of the final candidates.

Tips for the application process:

In using the online application system, you’ll need to first register by creating a user name and a password, and proceed as prompted by the application. Save your data after completing each page. You will be able to log off and return to your application later if you need to complete it over several sittings. After you log in again and enter the application, completed sections will have green arrows and sections. All applicants will be able to send online requests for recommendation letters and the English assessment forms to their recommenders. Please submit your online application ONLY when all information is complete and the supplementary documents are obtained. Once you submit your application, you will not have access to it and will not be able to view it. Only online applications will be considered.

What happens next?

All applications, including references, undergo technical and academic reviews. Candidates who satisfy all requirements will be interviewed by the Embassy Humphrey Selection Committee. The Committee will submit the names of the selected nominees to the Fulbright Board of Foreign Scholarships in the U.S. for final approval. Awards are scheduled to be announced in February 2024 for Fellowships beginning in August/September 2024. Approximately 18 university campuses in the United States have been selected through a competitive process to host Humphrey fellows. Please follow the Embassy Facebook page for updates. For any other questions, please email us at


• How strict are the deadlines? Deadlines are firm.

• If I was not successful in previous competitions, can I apply again? Yes.

• What are the selection criteria? The following factors are considered: leadership ability, commitment to public service, candidate’s objectives and program plan/personal statement, professional and personal qualifications, and need for the program and language proficiency. Preference will be given to candidates with little or no previous experience in the United States. While not considered ineligible, candidates who have already participated in U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs are less likely to be selected.

• Can I complete my Master’s Degree while on the program? No. The Humphrey Fellowship is a non-degree program.

• What are the basic benefits? The Humphrey Fellowship provides international travel, tuition and university fees, accident/sickness insurance, monthly maintenance allowance and funding for books and professional activities. The Humphrey Program does not provide financial support for accompanying dependents.

• Can family members accompany the Fellow? The Humphrey award does not include an additional allowance for dependents. The Fellow may request permission for dependents to join him/her in the U.S., but must show proof of adequate personal funds to cover high living expenses and dependent’s health insurance.

• Do I have to arrange university affiliation in the United States? No. There is no provision for Fellows to request placement at any particular university. The universities are selected on a competitive basis. Each university is chosen based on institutional resources and the level of support and guidance it offers to the participants.

• How should I provide my references? References should be provided online together with the application. A request for a reference letter is sent to the recommender through the online system and is received by the program coordinator at the U.S. Embassy. You will receive a notification when the recommendation letter is submitted.

• When should I submit diploma transcripts/translations? Since this is costly, we require it only for the finalists. Please make sure you will be able to submit it when you are selected as a finalist. If you are unable to submit it, you will be considered ineligible.

• When should I take a Language Test? English Language test score (TOEFL) must be submitted with each application. Applicants not possessing a TOEFL score dating from the past two years or less must take the TOEFL test. The Embassy will arrange testing for you if you are selected as one of the final candidates.