Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program

Humphrey FellowshipU.S. Embassy welcomes applicants for the 2017-2018 Hubert H. Humphrey Program

The U.S. Embassy, Kingston is the authorized administrator of the annual Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program and will be announcing this fellowship program for a July deadline very soon. This is just a heads up to you in preparation of this prestigious annual fellowship program. For further details on eligibility and other program requirements, interested persons may contact U.S. Embassy, Kingston via email or visit the official Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program website.

The Humphrey Fellowship Program is for experienced professionals interested in strengthening their leadership skills through a mutual exchange of knowledge and understanding about issues of common concern in the U.S. and Fellows’ home countries. As a non-degree program, the Fellowship offers valuable opportunities for professional development through selected university courses, attending conferences, networking, and practical work experiences.

During the year, Fellows pursue both their individual program goals and work closely with their Humphrey colleagues in workshops and seminars. Unlike a typical graduate school experience, the Program encourages Fellows to travel away from their host campus to learn more about American culture and to network with their American peers.

If you are interested in broadening your perspectives and becoming a global leader, the Humphrey Fellowship is for you.

Please contact the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy or Binational Fulbright Commission in your country for more information about application procedures and deadlines.

Embassies and Commissions must submit their nominations to the Institute of International Education office in Washington, DC by October 1. The deadlines for applicants vary by country.

The U.S. Embassy invites suitably qualified persons to compete for participation in the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program.  This distinguished program brings accomplished mid-level professionals to the United States for a year of combined academic (but non-degree) and professional work. Fellows are selected based on potential for leadership and commitment to public service. Fellowships are granted competitively to both public and private sector candidates with strong leadership potential and a commitment to public service in these fields.

General Fellowship Requirements:

  • Candidates must hold at least a first-level university degree (equivalent to a B.A. or B.Sc.)
  • Humphrey Fellows are expected to be resourceful and display initiative. The individual’s application should indicate how s/he and his/her organization and the country could benefit from experiences to be acquired under the program

Specific Eligibility Requirements:  Prospective applicants must have or be:

  • Jamaican citizenship; permanent employment in Jamaica;
  • English proficient and be between the ages of 30-50 years old.  Note carefully that applicants should be no older than 50 years old at the beginning of the program on August 1, 2017.
  • show leadership ability and commitment to public service
  • a minimum of five years substantial full-time professional experience and should be policy rather than research or technically oriented.

Not Eligible: Persons ineligible for consideration include:

  • Recent graduates (even if they have significant positions)
  • University teachers or researchers with no management or policy responsibilities (except in the fields of drug abuse prevention)
  • Individuals with less than five years of full-time professional work experience and with recent academic or professional U.S. experience (more than 6 months within the last 5 years prior to the date of application);
  • Individuals who have attended a graduate school in the U.S. for one academic year or more during the seven years prior to August 2016; and
  • Individuals with dual Jamaican and U.S. citizenship or U.S. permanent resident status.

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)-Funded Humphrey Fellowships: 

The drug abuse component of the field of public health policy and management emphasizes drug abuse education, treatment, and prevention. Fellowships funded by the 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, or 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, or prevention, and meet the requirements to follow a program based in a school of public health.

NIDA Question Sheet: All candidates applying for fellowships in the field of drug abuse should fill out the NIDA form regardless of degree held, number of publications, or research experience. Candidates in other fields should omit the NIDA page.


Only electronic submission of applications will be accepted.  The online application is available at

Applications close in July 2017. For further details on eligibility and other program requirements, interested persons may contact U.S. Embassy, Kingston via email or visit the official Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program website.

Supporting Documents: Official sealed copies of university transcript(s), sealed reference letters and forms (typewritten) and curriculum vitae should be mailed to:

Counselor for Public Affairs

Public Affairs Section
142 Old Hope Road, Kingston 6
Re: Hubert H. Humphrey Program

Selection: Please note that selection for this program is competitive. The review panel is looking for candidates who meet all program requirements, including demonstrated leadership ability/ potential, a commitment to public service, and a well-developed program plan. Following a technical review, short-listed candidates will be advised and invited for an interview.

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Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program from the U.S. Embassy in Jamaica welcomes applicants for the 2017-2018 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program