The Hubert H. Humphrey Competition for the 2020-2021 Academic Year is Now Open



The  Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowships Program

The Hubert H. Humphrey Competition for the 2020-2021 Academic Year is Now Open

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program brings accomplished young and mid-level professionals to the United States for a year of combined academic (NON-DEGREE) and professional work.  Fellows are selected based on potential for leadership and commitment to public service.  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.

FELLOWSHIP FIELDS:  Fellowships are granted competitively to both public and private sector candidates with strong leadership potential and a commitment to public service in the fields of:

  • Agricultural and Rural Development
  • Economic Development/Finance and Banking
  • Natural Resources, Environmental Policy, and Climate Change
  • Urban and Regional Planning
  • 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 Policy and Management
  • HIV/AIDS Policy and Prevention
  • Substance Abuse Education, Prevention, and Treatment

Appropriate candidates are young and mid-career professionals in leadership positions who have 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 2020) in the relevant field, after completing a university degree, and should be interested in the policy aspects of their field of specialization.

NOT ELIGIBLE: Recent graduates (even if they have significant positions), university teachers with no management or policy responsibilities (except in the fields of drug abuse prevention and TEFL), individuals with less than five years of work experience, individuals with recent U.S. experience (more than 6 months within the last 5 years), individuals who have attended a graduate school in the United States for one academic year or more during the seven years prior to August 2020, individuals with dual U.S. citizenship or U.S. permanent resident status.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS: Macedonian citizenship, five years of full-time professional experience, university degree, English proficiency.

NIDA-FUNDED HUMPHREY FELLOWSHIPS (DRUG ABUSE):  The drug abuse component of the field of public health policy and management emphasizes drug abuse education, treatment, and prevention. Fellowships funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) target more specialized candidates.  Appropriate candidates for NIDA-funded Humphrey Fellowships include mid-level researchers, research managers and policy makers in universities, drug abuse prevention or treatment programs, health or social services industries or medical facilities.  Candidates preferably should have a doctoral degree or equivalent in medicine, health, behavioral or social science.  Professionals employed by social welfare, education or community-based organizations would be appropriate if they meet the general eligibility criteria. Law enforcement candidates are not eligible unless they have a public health focus on drug abuse epidemiology, education, treatment and prevention, and meet the requirements to follow a program based in a school of public health.

NATURE OF THE PROGRAM:  It is essential that candidates have a clear understanding of the professional development component of the program. If a candidate’s intent is to pursue an advanced academic degree, or to attend a specific university, he/she cannot be nominated for the program. Candidates should also understand that Humphrey maintenance support may not enable them to maintain the standard of living they enjoy at home.

APPLICATIONS: Applications can be accessed at:

General information about the Humphrey Program can be found at:

The deadline for receipt of applications is May 31, 2019.

  1. Each page of the enclosed application carries its own instructions and should be read carefully before proceeding.  Following the instructions given for each item, please answer every question as completely as possible.
  2. ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS: Proof of citizenship; evidence of employment history in Macedonia (letter from employer confirming employment); notarized copies of all university diplomas; curriculum vitae.  Please scan all additional documents and send to us by e-mail as attachments.


A. Academic placement in a non-degree program: The Humphrey program is not designed to lead to a degree. Rather, fellows pursue tailored study programs at participating host institutions. There is no provision for fellows to request a particular university for placement.  Approximately  14 campuses have been selected through a competitive process to host fellows in groups with thematic and subject affinities.  Each university is chosen based on the richness of its institutional resource base and level of support and guidance it offers to the participants. Each campus has a designated faculty coordinator for academic and administrative support. Faculty advisers also assist fellows in balancing academic and professional experience.

B. Professional development: This is one of the strongest features of the program.  Each fellow’s professional plan may include professional visits, conferences, and a professional affiliation (work placement) of at least six weeks.  Early in the academic year, each fellow develops, with assistance from the Institute of International Education (IIE), the campus coordinator, and faculty advisers, a plan for professional activities carefully geared to the fellow’s need for relevant, practical professional experiences.

  1. English language testing (TOEFL TEST):All finalists will be required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).  Do not register for the test before you are notified of your status.  If you have taken the test in the past two years, please attach the score report. Minimum required score is 71 IBT (Internet Based Test).FINANCIAL PROVISIONS AND DEPENDENTS

    The Humphrey Fellowship provides tuition and university fees, a monthly maintenance allowance, a book and supplies allowance, a computer subsidy, round-trip international travel to the host institution (and to the Fellow’s English-language training program when applicable), and domestic travel to Washington, D.C. for a special seminar. Supplementary funds are available for professional activities such as field trips or attendance at conferences.  Humphrey Fellowships are not renewable.

    Humphrey Fellowships do not include funds for dependents (family members). Humphrey Fellows are responsible for providing travel, insurance, and financial support for any dependents accompanying them to the United States.  Please note that English and orientation centers cannot accommodate dependents.  Therefore, dependents should not arrive in the United States until the Fellows are settled in their academic-year programs and have secured housing (at least 30 days after the Fellow’s arrival).

For additional information, please contact:
Gazmend Ilazi
Educational Affairs Assistant
Public Affairs Office
Phone: 389-2-310 2099