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Humphrey Fellowship
April 5, 2023

The 2024-2025 Humphrey Fellowship Program is now open!

The U.S. Mission in Nigeria is pleased to announce the annual competition for the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program, 2024/2025 academic year. The Humphrey Fellowship is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Program Overview: The Humphrey Fellowship is a specialized, non-degree exchange program for accomplished mid-career professionals. The fellowship takes them from designated countries, including Nigeria to the United States for one-year long graduate level study that focuses on leadership development and professional collaboration with U.S. counterparts at select U.S. universities. The program is designed to provide broad professional enrichment through a combination of activities tailored to each fellow’s interests. While in the United States, fellows will share best practices, build expertise in their fields, participate in workshops and conferences that provide interaction with leaders from U.S. federal, state, and local governments, multinational organizations, and the private sector. Fellows will also participate in professional affiliations (placements) that provide firsthand exposure to a U.S. work environment on a full-time basis for a minimum period of six weeks. The objective of the Humphrey fellowship is to provide fellows with an overall experience that broadens their perspectives, enhances their capability to assume greater career responsibilities, and provides opportunities to establish useful professional contacts. Following a highly competitive selection process, candidates are selected based on their demonstrated leadership ability, a commitment to public service, and a strong desire to effect change in their workplace and community.

To participate in the Humphrey Fellowship, candidates must have:

  • an undergraduate (first university or Bachelor’s) degree;
  • a minimum of eight year of full-time professional experience;
  • limited or no prior experience in the United States;
  • demonstrated leadership qualities;
  • a record of public service in the community;
  • demonstrated English language ability by scoring not less than 100 on the Internet-based TOEFL (iBT) test. Participants should use 9616 as the institution code to ensure that their scores are sent to our office.

Program Timeline: Application opens on April 1, 2023. The deadline for submitting the online application with supporting documents is June 16, 2023.

Online Application: Applicants can access the application here: https://apply.iie.org/huberthhumphrey First-time applicant should click on “create an account to start a new application.

To determine which of the 19 program fields best matches your professional and public service experience, please refer to the attached “Humphrey Program Fields” document.

Grant Benefits: Payment of tuition and fees at the assigned host university; pre-academic English language training (if required); a maintenance (living) allowance, including a one-time settling-in allowance; accident and sickness coverage; a book allowance; a one-time computer subsidy; international travel to and from the U.S. for the program and domestic travel to required program events in the U.S.; a professional development allowance for professional activities, such as field trips, professional visits and conferences.

Selection Criteria: Please refer to the attached document for detailed description of the selection criteria.

Complete Application:

A complete application includes:

  1. An online application with:
    • a clearly written program plan, objectives, and motivations for applying
    • detailed essays
    • uploaded academic records with certificates and curriculum vitae.
  1. Two professional letters of reference submitted electronically and attached to the online application by referees who know the applicants very well.
  1. Biodata page of valid international passport.

Note: Hard copies of official academic transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended and other supplementary documents should be forwarded to our offices by regular mail.

Applicants in southern Nigeria should address their envelopes to: The Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program Officer, Public Affairs Section, U.S. Consulate General, 2 Walter Carrington Crescent, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Applicants in northern Nigeria should address their envelopes to: The Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program Officer, Public Affairs Section, U.S. Embassy, Plot 1075 Diplomatic Drive, Central District Area, Abuja.

To learn more about the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship, please visit www.humphreyfellowship.org

The Hubert Humphrey Fellowship is a popular program, and the Public Affairs sections will only notify shortlisted candidates.

Applicants with specific questions should e-mail NigeriaFulbright@state.gov with “The Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program” in the subject line.