Humphrey Fellowship Program

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program brings accomplished young and mid-career professionals with demonstrated leadership potential to the United States for a year of graduate-level non-degree academic coursework and professional development activities.

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Link: https://af.usembassy.gov/education-culture/educational-exchanges/humphrey/

 

Program Name: Humphrey Fellowship Program

 

Description:

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program brings accomplished young and mid-career professionals with demonstrated leadership potential to the United States for a year of graduate-level non-degree academic coursework and professional development activities. The U.S. Embassy strongly encourages qualified women to apply for the program.  This ten-month program consists of academic coursework and an internship in a relevant professional organization. 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.  Approximately 14 campuses have been selected through a competitive process to host fellows in groups with thematic and subject affinities. All participants must return to Afghanistan immediately following completion of their program.

 

All grantees receive tuition, a monthly stipend, supplemental health and accident benefits, book and supplies allowance, travel support and the opportunity to attend Humphrey enrichment activities and seminars.  Selected candidates may be required to travel to the United States as early as January 2018 for pre-academic English and writing seminars or as late as the start of the academic year in late summer 2018. The U.S. government is committed to a clear and transparent selection process to identify the country’s most promising candidates. Please read the below guidance thoroughly.  Before you apply, consider whether you can commit to full participation in every aspect of the program.

 

Deadline: Check the website for the deadline

 

Eligibility Requirements:

  • The U.S. Embassy strongly encourages qualified women to apply for the program;
  • Applicants must be citizens of Afghanistan and currently reside/live in Afghanistan;
  • Applicants must have an undergraduate (first university/bachelor’s) degree by June 2017 and a strong academic background as demonstrated by their post-secondary transcripts. Applicants with a Master’s degree would generally be considered stronger but it is not a requirement;
  • Applicants must have a minimum of five years of substantial, full-time, professional experience in a related field;
  • Applicants should demonstrate strong leadership qualities;
  • Applicants should demonstrate a record of public service in the community;
  • Applicants should submit application essays with clear goals, well-reasoned statements describing why a specific academic track is the best fit, and tying their academic plans to longer term professional goals;
  • Applicants must present two letters of recommendation (one from their current employer and one from their academic institution);
  • Applicants should have strong English language skills;
  • Applicants with a valid TOEFL iBT score will be given preference when selecting candidates. Candidates with TOEFL scores must include a screenshot or their highest such score in the application package. Selected applicants may be required to retake a TOEFL iBT later.  Competitive applicants will have a TOEFL score of at least 71 iBT.  *Please note that applicants are judged according to their complete application (TOEFL iBT scores, essays, experience, interview, etc.);
  • Applicants should have limited or no prior experience in the United States;
  • Applicants must be committed to returning to Afghanistan and a specific plan for using their Humphrey Fellowship experience in their professional lives and in service to their country;
  • Applicants currently living in the United States and U.S. citizens are NOT eligible for the program;
  • Persons who have a pending application for immigration to any country (this includes Special Immigrant Visas to the United States) are NOT eligible for the program;
  • Employees of the U.S. government, including the U.S. Department of State and USAID, and their family members (parents, siblings, spouses, and children) are NOT eligible for the program.

“The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Government.”

NICK WIERSMA

Senior Director – Disaster Services Church Engagement