Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program

Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program

The program provides mid-career professionals an opportunity to pursue graduate-level academic course work with professional development activities. While the Program does not offer a degree, it does provide broad professional enrichment through a combination of activities tailored to each Fellow’s interest. Humphrey Fellowships are limited to one academic year, preceded, if appropriate, by a period of English-language training.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate the potential for leadership and a commitment to service, either in the public or private sector. Because Humphrey Fellows design their own programs and establish their own professional affiliations, they must be self-motivated and able to easily adapt to a new environment. It is important that candidates have considerable initiative if they are to benefit from the program. Prospective fellows should have a minimum of five years of professional experience prior to the program deadline in August and should be interested in policies pertaining to their fields of specialization.

The Humphrey Program is a Fulbright Exchange Activity and its funding is provided by the United States Congress through the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State. In Russia, the Public Affairs section of the U.S. Embassy administers the program. Russian candidates compete with candidates from about one hundred other countries for selection. The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarships Board, appointed by the President to oversee and supervise the educational exchanges of the Fulbright Program, has overall responsibility for the final selection of Humphrey Fellows.

Program fields for 2021-2022:

Sustainable Development

a. Agricultural and Rural Development

b. Economic Development

c. Finance and Banking

d. Natural Resources, Environmental Policy, and Climate Change

e. Urban and Regional Planning

Democratic Institution Building

a. Communications/Journalism

b. International Religious Freedom

c. Law and Human Rights

d. Public Policy Analysis and Public Administration

e. Trafficking in Persons Policy and Prevention

f. Technology Policy and Management

g. Human Resource Management


a. Educational Administration, Planning and Policy

b. Higher Education Administration

c. Teaching of English as a Foreign Language

Public Health

a. Contagious and Infectious Diseases

b. Public Health Policy and Management

c. HIV/AIDS Policy and Prevention

d. Substance Abuse Education, Treatment and Prevention

Please see the detailed description of each field here.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Russian citizenship;
  • University degree (Bachelor’s degree) as a minimum;
  • At least five years of full-time professional experience after completing a university degree (prior to August 2020);
  • Strong leadership potential as evidenced by performance history;
  • Commitment to public service in a wide variety of fields;
  • Proficiency in English (TOEFL scores no lower than 525/paper-based and 71/internet-based)

Who is ineligible to apply?

  • Recent university graduates (even if they have significant positions);
  • 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);
  • 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 U.S. in-country experience of any kind lasting more than six months during the five years prior to August 2020;
  • Local employees of U.S. Missions abroad who work for the U.S. Department of State and members of their families (incl. one year following the termination of employment);
  • Individuals with dual U.S. citizenship or U.S. permanent resident status

*Due to restrictions mandated by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, certain categories of Russian citizens are prohibited from participating in U.S. government exchange programs:

Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship is a non-degree program. You should not seek to pursue an advanced academic degree in the United States, nor will you be able to attend a specific U.S. university. Participating universities are selected competitively to host Fellows in groups by profession.

Applicants can begin an application by going to: The deadline for submitting applications is Sunday, August 16, 11:59 p.m. Moscow time.

Please note that mentions October 1 as the deadline for U.S. embassies/Fulbright commissions to submit nominations. It means that after the internal deadline (August 16 for Russia) U.S. Embassy will review all applications and interview candidates who have potential. The selected candidates will be nominated by October 1, and will be ready for further review by the IIE.

Candidates nominated by the Embassy need to take TOEFL after October 1 (the exam will be free). Please do not take TOEFL in advance.

Please write to the U.S. Embassy Academic Exchanges Office at if you have any questions related to the Humphrey Program. Please do NOT send program applications to this e-mail address. Please submit applications only through the IIE portal (

Candidates who are invited for the semi-finalist interview should be prepared to send their academic transcripts and other supporting documents along with their English language translations by e-mail to the Public Affairs Office.

Deadline for submitting online applications for academic year 2021-2022 is August 16, 2020, 23:59 Moscow time.

Additional program information is available at the Academic Exchanges Office of the U.S. Embassy Moscow


More details are available at the Humphrey Program website,

Be advised:

Applicants need to take TOEFL only after they have been nominated for the Humphrey Program by the American Embassy (that is, after a successful interview). A free TOEFL voucher will be provided and applicants will be able to register for the test. For all TOEFL-related questions, please contact ETS.


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