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Humphrey Fellowship Program

The Humphrey Fellowship Program is a nine-month professional development opportunity funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Institute of International Education.  The Fellowship offers mid-career professionals an avenue by which to enhance their skills though graduate-level coursework and on-the-job experience at institutions throughout the United States.

Humphrey Fellows are placed in carefully selected U.S. universities.  Each campus has a Humphrey Program coordinator who will provide academic guidance and administrative support, assisting each fellow to design and implement an individualized program of academic course work and professional development activities.  The Fellowship is not designed to lead to the attainment of a degree, but rather participation in the program provides broad professional development and enrichment.

Following the academic portion of the program, Humphrey Fellows identify and participate in professional affiliations where they gain practical experience by working with U.S. organizations specializing in a variety of fields.

The Humphrey Fellowship covers all expenses including international and domestic travel, tuition, accident and sickness insurance, monthly maintenance, and funding for books and professional activities. The Humphrey Program does not provide financial support for accompanying family members.

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

  • An undergraduate degree (BA equivalent)
  • Five years of substantive professional experience prior to August, 2007
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities
  • Fluency in English (A TOEFL score of 525 is required for the paper-based test, or 195 for the computer-based test.  If a lower TOEFL score is received, the applicant must take an intensive eight-week English course in the U.S. prior to commencement of the program in September funded by the Humphrey Fellowship program.)
  • Kuwait nationality.

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 drug abuse prevention and treatment, and the 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 2007; and individuals with other recent U.S. experience (more than six months during the five years prior to August 2007).

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To apply for this prestigious program, please complete the application form (click the link below for the application or visit the IIE website) and forward a completed application form via e-mail to FaroukiMM@state.gov .  If you have other questions about the Fellowship or the application procedure, please feel free to contact Cultural Affairs Specialist Mona Farouki via e-mail at FaroukiMM@state.gov .