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Humphrey Fellowships
May 18, 2023

Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program

The 2024-2025 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program is currently open for recruitment.

Program Description

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 1984, more than 160 Chinese fellows from government, academic field, media, NGO and other social organizations have participated in the program.

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.

How the Humphrey Program Is Administered

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 United States 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:  https://www.humphreyfellowship.org/

Humphrey Fellowship Qualifications

Candidates for 2024-2025

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

Human and Institutional Capacity:

  • Economic Development
  • Finance & Banking
  • Public Policy Analysis and Public Administration
  • Technology Policy and Management

Rights and Freedoms: 

  • Communications and Journalism
  • Law and Human Rights

Sustainable Lands:

  • Agricultural and Rural Development
  • Natural Resources, Environmental Policy, and Climate Change
  • Urban and Regional Planning

Thriving Communities:

  • Public Health Policy and Management
  • Substance Abuse Education, Treatment and Prevention (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.)
  • Educational Administration, Planning, and Policy

Candidates must also meet the following qualifications:

  • Possess at least a bachelor’s degree.
  • Have a minimum of 5 years full-time professional experience in the relevant field (prior to August 2024), after completing a university degree program requiring at least four years of full-time study.
  • Should be proficient in both written and spoken English.  Applicants with TOEFL scores below 85 will be taking English training program before the Humphrey Program. (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 the 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).
  • Have not attended a graduate school in the United States for one academic year or more during the seven years prior to August 2024.
  • Have no recent U.S. in-country experience of any kind lasting more than six months during the five years prior to August 2024.
  • Have not participated in recent State Department exchange programs.
  • Have no 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.

Application Procedures

2024-2025 Humphrey Fellowship Application Procedure

Interested applicants who meet the application criteria should submit applications by 5:00 p.m. (Beijing time) on June 20, 2023.

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, in August 2023 (the date, time and place to be determined).  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 2024.  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:

Beijing Exchange Program
Public Affairs Section
U.S. Embassy, Beijing

Tel:  010-8531-3046
Email:  beijingexchangeprog@state.gov

Contact Us

For additional information please visit the Humphrey Program website: Humphrey Fellowship