The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program – for mid-career professionals

The submission deadline for the online application is 18:00 (local Georgian time) on July 26, 2021.


The United States Embassy in Tbilisi, Georgia, is pleased to announce the annual competition for the 2022-2023 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program.  This program brings accomplished young and 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.  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 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program’s primary sponsor is the United States Department of State.  The Program is administered under a cooperative agreement with the Institute of International Education (IIE).  These two agencies work in partnership with a network of universities which are competitively selected to host Fellows.  The recruitment for the Humphrey Fellowship Program is done by the U.S. Embassy in Georgia.

Program Components
Academic: the Humphrey program is a non-degree program.  Humphrey Fellows cannot transfer from non-degree status to degree status under any circumstances. Humphrey Fellows pursue tailored study programs at participating host institutions, where the freedom from the requirements of a degree program gives each Fellow the flexibility to pursue a self-directed, individualized program. There is no provision for Fellows to request placement at any particular university. Approximately 13 campuses have been selected through a competitive process to host Fellows in groups with 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. In addition, faculty advisors also assist Fellows in pursuing balanced academic and professional programs.

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.

Fields of Study

Human and Institutional Capacity:

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

Rights and Freedoms:  

  • Communications and Journalism
  • International Religious Freedom
  • Law and Human Rights
  • Trafficking in Persons Policy & Prevention

Sustainable Lands:

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

Thriving Communities:

  • Contagious and Infectious Diseases
  • Public Health Policy and Management
  • HIV&AIDS, Policy and Prevention
  • Substance Abuse Education, Treatment and Prevention
  • Educational Administration, Planning, and Policy
  • Higher Education Administration
  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language

Appropriate candidates are young and mid-career professionals in leadership positions who have demonstrated a commitment to public service and the potential for professional advancement. Prospective Fellows should have a minimum of five years full-time professional experience (prior to August 2022) in the relevant field, after completing a university degree, and should be interested in the policy aspects of their field of specialization. Candidates must have completed a university degree program requiring at least four years of full-time study to qualify for participation in U.S. graduate study programs. Candidates should have both the need to participate in the program and the potential to benefit from it.

TOEFL Test  
Candidates should be proficient in both written and spoken English and should normally have a minimum TOEFL score of 525 (paper based) or 71 (internet-based), although exceptionally promising candidates with lower scores may participate the Long-Term English (LTE) training. The U.S. embassy will arrange registration and cover the fees for the TOEFL test for all semi-finalists in September-October 2021.

Ineligible candidates include:

  • Recent university graduates (even if they have significant positions);
  • University teachers or academic researchers with no management responsibilities (except in the fields of Substance Abuse Education, Prevention, and Treatment and Teaching of English as a Foreign Language);
  • Individuals who have attended a graduate school in the United States for one academic year or more during the seven years prior to August 2022;
  • Individuals with U.S. in-country experience of any kind lasting more than six months during the five years prior to August 2022; and
  • Individuals with dual U.S. citizenship or U.S. permanent resident status may not apply to the program; they are ineligible for a J visa.

According to the policies of the J. William Fulbright Foreign 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.

Application Forms:
IIE will accept only electronic submissions of applications through the Slate system. Applicants can access the application here:

Two recommendations, transcripts, and copies of diplomas with English-language translations, should be uploaded electronically; paper documents will not be accepted.

Substance Abuse Applicants:
Candidates applying in the Substance Abuse field of study should complete field-specific questions not required of other fields.

Humphrey Fellows may bring dependents on J-2 visas to accompany them while in the United States if they meet all criteria described in this paragraph. All expenses for J-2 dependents must be covered by the Fellow. The Humphrey Fellowship stipend is not sufficient to support anyone in addition to the Fellow. Awards do not include an additional allowance for dependents. Dependents may not accompany Fellows to English language training under any circumstances. Fellows who wish to have family members join them during all or part of their fellowship year must receive prior approval following a technical review of evidence that they have adequate personal funds to cover living expenses and dependents’ health insurance and childcare. Health insurance for dependents is required and may cost USD 200 per month per dependent. Failure to provide adequate dependent health insurance coverage is grounds for terminating the grant award due to non-compliance with J visa requirements.

Medical Forms:
Medical exams are not required as part of the initial application process. It is not necessary to complete medical evaluation forms until a candidate is advanced to principal status.

Additional information about the Humphrey Fellowship, host universities, and program alumni is available at   

If you are unable to upload the application, please send an e-mail to with a subject line “2022-23 Humphrey Fellowship Program”.