Applications for Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program has Started

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program is a non-degree program designed for young and mid-career professionals in leadership positions who have a commitment to public service and the potential for professional advancement. The program has academic and professional components. Humphrey fellows pursue tailored study programs at participating host institutions as well as having professional enrichment activities including professional visits, conferences, training programs and a minimum 6-week long professional affiliation (work attachment).

Humphrey Program provides Grants for the following fields:

Sustainable Development

  • Agricultural and Rural Development
  • Economic Development/Finance and Banking
  • Natural Resources, Environmental Policy, and Climate Change
  • Urban and Regional Planning

 Democratic Institution Building

  • Communications/Journalism
  • Law and Human Rights
  • Public Policy Analysis and Public Administration
  • Trafficking in Persons Policy and Prevention
  • Technology Policy and Management
  • Human Resource Management


  • Educational Administration, Planning and Policy
  • Higher Education Administration
  • Teaching of English as a Foreign Language

Public Health

  • Public Health Policy and Management
  • HIV/AIDS Policy and Prevention
  • Substance Abuse Education, Prevention, and Treatment

This Fellowship Program will start in August 2020 and continue for one academic year. Before the program start date, participants may be required to attend an intensive 16-week long pre-academic program to improve their English language skills before transitioning to their academic-year Humphrey campuses.

The Humphrey Fellowship Program Grantees will be provided a round-trip plane ticket in addition to health insurance and financial support which will cover their educational and living expenses in the U.S.A.

Grants do not require mandatory service, but after completion of the Program in the United States, grantees are required to return to Turkey pursuant to the U.S.A. J-1 visa rule.

Application Requirements

  • Turkish Republic citizenship is required. U.S. citizens or Green Card holders cannot apply.
  • University degree or graduation from a 4-year college is required.
  • Applicants must not be older than 45 years old at the time of application deadline.
  • Applicants should be proficient in both written and spoken English and should be able to have a minimum TOEFL Score  of 71 (iBT), although exceptionally promising candidates with low scores (minimum 42 iBT) may be nominated for the fellowship on the condition that they take the Long-Term English Training before the program starts. (It is not required to submit language test scores at the time of application.)
  • Applicants should be young and mid-career professionals currently working at a governmental institution or a private sector or an NGO as administrators, specialists or planners who have a commitment to public service.
  • Applicants should be interested in the policy aspect of their field of specialization and have policy responsibility within their institution, city, region or nation. Related work should be described in detail on the application form.
  • Applicants should have a minimum of five years full-time professional experience in the relevant field prior to August 2020.
  • Applicants should not have lived in the U.S.A. for more than six months in the last five years prior to August 2020.
  • Applicants should not have attended a graduate school in the U.S.A. for one academic year or more during the last seven years prior to August 2020.
  • University teachers and academic researchers who have management responsibilities can apply (see the whole list of program fields in the "Overview" section).
  • University teachers and academic researchers with no management responsibilities can only apply in the fields of “Substance Abuse Education, Prevention, and Treatment” and “Teaching of English as a Foreign Language”.
  • Teachers who are not working at the post-secondary level cannot apply.
  • A candidate who has never had a significant professional stay abroad is encouraged to apply.
  • Applications of women are encouraged.

Application deadline for the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program is 17 July 2019.

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