Humphrey Fellowship Program

The Humphrey Fellowship Program provides mid-career professionals from designated countries – including Guyana – with an opportunity to enhance their professional capacities through participation in specialized 10-month non degree programs developed specifically for small clusters of Humphrey Fellows at selected U.S. universities.

The Humphrey Program was launched in 1978 to honor the memory and accomplishments of the late U.S. Senator and Vice President, Hubert H. Humphrey.

Program Objective

During their year-long stay at a host American university, Humphrey Fellows are invited to take graduate courses relevant to their professional interests. However, as the Humphrey Fellowship is not a degree program, participants spend a considerable portion of their time engaged in professional development activities including: consultations and affiliations with U.S. faculty and experts, field trips, workshops, research projects and the development of practical useful strategies that could be applied in the Fellows’ home countries.

General Information:

Fields of Study
The Public Affairs Office of the U.S. Embassy in Guyana offers to qualified Guyanese, Humphrey Fellowship opportunities in the following fields:

  • Sustainable Development
    Agricultural and Rural Development
    b. Economic Development/Finance and Banking
    c. Natural Resources, Environmental Policy, and Climate Change
    d. Urban and Regional Planning
  • Democratic Institution Building
    Communications/Journalism
    b. Law and Human Rights
    c. Public Policy Analysis and Public Administration
    d. Trafficking in Persons Policy and Prevention
    e. Technology Policy and Management
    f. Human Resource Management
  • Education
    Educational Administration, Planning and Policy
    b. Higher Education Administration
  • Public Health
    Public Health Policy and Management
    b. HIV/AIDS Policy and Prevention
    c. Substance Abuse Education, Prevention, and Treatment

 General Fellowship Requirements

  • Candidates must hold at least a first-level university degree (equivalent to a B.A. or B.S.) to enable them to undertake graduate level study in the U.S.
  • Humphrey Fellows are expected to be resourceful and display initiative. Their applications should indicate how they and their home institutions and countries could benefit from experiences to be acquired under the program.

Specific Eligibility Requirements:

Prospective applicants must:

  • Be residents and citizens of Guyana.
  • Be a graduate of an accredited university or college and hold a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent.
  • Have five years of substantial professional experience.
  • Show leadership ability and broadly defined commitment to public service.
  • Be committed to returning to Guyana after completing the program.

Those Ineligible for Consideration Include:

  • Recent university graduates (even if they hold significant positions).
  • University teachers with no management or policy responsibilities, except for specialists in drug abuse prevention and treatment.
  • Individuals who have attended a graduate school in the U.S. for one academic year or more during the seven years prior to the date of application.
  • Individuals with recent U.S. educational or work experience (more than six months during the five years prior to the date of application).

 Program Calendar

The dates given here are approximate.

  • Announcement of the Program – August
  • Deadline for Application – September 15
  • Interviewees are notified of the interview results – September
  • Announcement of awards of Fellowships – February 2020
  • Pre-departure orientation for grantees – July – August 2020
  • Fellowships begin – August – September 2020

The Humphrey Program provides the following benefits:

The Fellowship provides for:

  • Payment of tuition and fees at the assigned host university;
  • A maintenance (living) allowance, including a one-time settling-in allowance;
  • Accident and sickness coverage;
  • A book allowance;
  • A one-time computer subsidy;
  • Air travel (international travel to and from the U.S. for the Program and domestic travel to required program events);
  • A Professional Development allowance for professional activities, such as field trips, professional visits and conferences.

Visas

In order to make sure that Guyana continues to receive the benefits of the exchange program, U.S. visa requirements state that visitors under an exchange program return to and remain in GUYANA FOR A MINIMUM PERIOD OF TWO YEARS AFTER COMPLETION OF THEIR PROGRAMS. The Commission will assist grantees in obtaining visas for their spouses and minor children, though the grantees are responsible for their living expenses.

Application available at: Humphrey Application 

Question?
For questions about the application process, write to us here:  PDGeorge@state.gov