Humphrey Fellowships

Humphrey Program

Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program

The Embassy of the United States of America in China is currently seeking candidates for the year 2020-2021 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program.

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program was initiated in 1978 to honor the memory and accomplishments of the late United States Senator and Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey.  Since 1978, more than 5,000 Fellows from 157 countries have participated in the program, including more than 150 from China.

The Humphrey Program brings accomplished young and mid-career professionals with demonstrated leadership potential to the United States for a year of non-degree graduate-level study, leadership development, and substantive professional collaboration with U.S. counterparts directly related to their professional needs and fields of interest.

Humphrey Fellows are placed in theme-based clusters of approximately ten persons at U.S. universities.  Following their academic study program, Humphrey Fellows also participate in a professional development internship for at least six weeks with local, state, national or international organizations located in the United States.

The Humphrey Fellowship program is sponsored by the United States Department of State and administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE) in consultation with a national advisory committee composed of representatives from business, education and government.  The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB) in the United States, appointed by presidential authority, has overall responsibility for the final selection of Humphrey Fellows.

Humphrey Fellowships provide for international travel and travel within the U.S. as required, tuition and fees, books, a monthly maintenance stipend, and limited funds for professional development activities such as attendance at conferences, field trips and professional affiliations.  In China, the U.S. Embassy is the sponsor of the Humphrey Program.

For more information about the Humphrey program, please visit the program website:

Humphrey Fellowship Qualifications

 Candidates for 2020-2021

Must be mid-career professionals in leadership positions with a commitment to public service in the following fields:

Sustainable Development

  1. Agricultural and Rural Development
  2. Economic Development/Finance and Banking
  3. Natural Resources, Environmental Policy, and Climate Change
  4. Urban and Regional Planning

Democratic Institution Building

  1. Communications/Journalism
  2. Law and Human Rights
  3. Public Policy Analysis and Public Administration
  4. Trafficking in Persons Policy and Prevention
  5. Technology Policy and Management
  6. Human Resource Management


  1. Educational Administration, Planning and Policy
  2. Higher Education Administration
  3. Teaching of English as a Foreign Language

Public Health

  1. Public Health Policy and Management
  2. HIV/AIDS Policy and Prevention
  3. Substance Abuse Education, Prevention, and Treatment (Applicants must have either a research background in the field or demonstrated ability to learn the results and policy implications of current research. Applicants also must complete the supplementary field-specific page of the Humphrey application for this topic area.)

And meet the following qualifications:

  • Possess at least a bachelors degree;
  • Have a minimum of 5 years full-time professional experience in the relevant field, after completing the first university degree prior to August 2020;
  • Should be proficient in both written and spoken English and have a minimum TOEFL score of 71 (Applicants do not need to possess a valid TOEFL score during the application period. After the interviews, we will inform those who are selected as the program nominees to take TOEFL test, and we will cover the test fee);
  • Not be university teachers or academic researchers with no management responsibilities (except in the fields of Substance Abuse Education, Prevention, and Treatment and Teaching of English as a Foreign Language);
  • Not have attended a graduate school in the United States for one academic year or more during the seven years prior to August 2020;
  • Not have recent U.S. in-country experience of any kind lasting more than six months during the five years prior to August 2020;
  • Not have dual U.S. citizenship or U.S. permanent resident status;
  • Not be U.S. Department of State employees or their immediate family members;
  • Be between 30 and 50 years of age.

Women, people with disabilities, members of ethnic minority groups, individuals from under-represented groups, and those from less-developed regions are encouraged to apply.

2020-21 Humphrey Fellowship Application Procedure

Application period:  NowJune 17, 2019

Interested applicants who meet the application criteria should submit applications by 5:00 p.m. (Beijing time) on June 17, 2019.

Based on an initial review of these applications, the U.S. Embassy will invite those candidates deemed most highly qualified to appear for a personal interview at their own expense in Beijing, August 14-16, 2019.  15 candidates from China will be submitted to Washington, D.C., where the final selections are made.  Announcements of the final selections will be made in February 2020.  Selection is highly competitive.

The online application may be accessed at:

For additional information, please visit the Humphrey Program website:

and the U.S. Embassy website:


U.S. Embassy Program Contact:

Zhou Yue
Public Affairs Section
U.S. Embassy, Beijing

Tel:  010-8531-4563