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Application for the
Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program
for Mid-Career Professional Study in the United States in 2020-21

• A Fulbright Program •


Important Dates

Information Session, USEFFriday, June 14 from 12:30-2:00pm
Application submission deadline4:00 P.M. Friday, June 28, 2019
(~1 month and one week from announcement)
First screening result (and list of candidates called for English language test) .Friday, July 5, 2019
(7 days from submission)
English language testJuly 11 and July 12, 2019
(about a week from 1st screening)
Interview list publicationLate July or early August 2019
InterviewAugust 3rd Week

Information and Application Instructions

Please note that the USEF-Nepal will nominate up to three candidates for the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship and up to three candidates for the Hubert H. Humphrey Long-Term English Language Program. The final selection is made by the U.S. State Department and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FSB) in Washington, D.C.


The United States Educational Foundation in Nepal (also known as the Fulbright Commission and/or USEF-Nepal) is pleased to announce the competition for the 2020-21 Humphrey Fellowship Program. The Humphrey Fellowship Program provides mid-career professionals from designated countries around the world with an opportunity to enhance their professional capabilities through participation in specialized, 10-month, non-degree programs developed for small clusters of Humphrey Fellows at selected U.S. universities.

The Humphrey Program was initiated in 1978 to honor the memory and accomplishments of the late U.S. Vice President and Senator, Hubert H. Humphrey. Fellows are selected based on their potential for national leadership and commitment to public service, in either the public or private sector. The Program provides a basis for establishing long-lasting productive partnerships and relationships between citizens of the United States and their professional counterparts in other countries, fostering an exchange of knowledge and mutual understanding throughout the world.

The Humphrey programs do not have a traditional discipline-oriented focus; they emphasize problem-solving and experience-sharing. The programs are not degree-related or aimed at providing scholarly preparation or basic training in a field. The objective is to provide Humphrey Fellows with an overall experience that broadens their perspectives, enhances their capability to assume greater career responsibilities, and provides opportunities to establish useful professional contacts. The programs include various combinations of coursework, independent projects, internships, consultations with U.S. faculty or experts, field trips, and special seminars. Under the guidance of a designated faculty advisor or "coordinator," Fellows plan programs that best suit their individual career development needs.


The Humphrey Program is again offering a Long-Term English (LTE) language training opportunity to facilitate the participation of candidates from non-elite populations, rural areas, minority groups and others who may be excellent Humphrey material but are lacking the necessary language skills. The Long-Term English Language Program (LTE) participants will be brought to the U.S. for an intensive 20-25 week pre-academic program to improve their English language skills before beginning their Humphrey Fellowship. LTE candidates should meet all Humphrey Program requirements, including leadership ability and commitment to public service, but may have lower language proficiency than would normally be required. The LTE training option is available in addition to existing pre-academic training options from 3-12 weeks.


The program arranged for Humphrey Fellows extends from August or early September to the following June. Applicants who need additional English training may be required to arrive in the United States as early as 20-25 weeks ahead for intensive language study before beginning their regular university programs. Candidates must be able to participate in the full period of the English and/or university programs.


The program designed for Humphrey Fellows does not result in the awarding of a degree. While Fellows are able to enroll in courses relevant to their professional interests, the Humphrey Program is not appropriate for those who wish to concentrate on academic work required for a U.S. degree. Humphrey Fellows spend a considerable portion of their time engaged in off-campus activities such as internships, field trips, workshops, and special projects that give them practical experience in their professional fields. Fellows who successfully complete the program are awarded a Certificate of Participation.


The Humphrey Fellowship provides:

  • a monthly maintenance stipend
  • accident and sickness coverage
  • tuition and university fees
  • round-trip international travel to the host institution (and to the Fellow's English-language training program when applicable), and domestic travel to required Humphrey workshops and seminar events
  • settling-in allowance, book allowance
  • computer subsidy (when applicable)
  • and professional development allowance

Humphrey Fellowships are not renewable.

Humphrey Fellows should plan to bring with them some personal funds to cover incidental expenses not covered in the grant. Humphrey Fellowships do not include funds for dependents (family members), and Humphrey Fellows may not take their dependents to the US with them without first obtaining the approval of IIE, their host U.S. university and USEF. Humphrey Fellows are responsible for providing travel, insurance, and financial support for any dependents accompanying them to the United States. Please note that Long-Term English program and other orientation centers cannot accommodate dependents. Even if dependent approval is obtained, dependents may not arrive in the United States until the Fellows are settled into their academic year programs and have secured housing (at least 90 days after the Fellow's arrival) at the primary Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship host campus.

Funding for the Humphrey Program is provided by the U.S. government through the United States Department of State and other co-sponsors. The Institute of International Education (IIE) collaborates with the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and USEF-Nepal in administering the Program.


Agricultural and Rural Development Natural Resources, Environmental Policy and Climate Change
Communications/Journalism Public Health Policy and Management
Economic Development Public Policy Analysis and Public Administration
Educational Administration, Planning and Policy Substance Abuse Education, Treatment and Prevention
Finance and Banking Teaching of English as a Foreign Language
Higher Education Administration Technology Policy and Management
HIV/AIDS Policy and Prevention Trafficking in Persons, Policy and Prevention
Human Resource Management Urban and Regional Planning
Law and Human Rights  

The university programs do not address themselves to the scientific or technical aspects of these fields, but rather to broad policy-making and problem-solving issues.


Candidates who are selected for fellowships are placed in clusters by field of interest at U.S. universities designated to host a group of Humphrey Fellows. IIE is not able to make placements at specific universities requested by candidates, or to award fellowships enabling candidates to attend a U.S. university on the basis that they have already been admitted. Candidates should not apply directly to U.S. institutions.

Please click here for the links to the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship program pages at U.S. universities that hosted the Fellows in the year 2018-2019.

American University, Washington College of Law
Arizona State University (Journalism)
Boston University (Politics and Development)
Cornell University (agriculture, environmental and natural resource management, biotechnology, and city and regional planning)
Emory University (Public Health)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sustainable Development, Health, Democratic Institution Building, Education)
Michigan State University (Economic Development)
Pennsylvania State University (Education)
Syracuse University (many subjects)
University of California, Davis (agricultural and rural development, natural resources management and environmental science)
University of Minnesota, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
Vanderbilt University (Education)
Virginia Commonwealth University (Many Subjects)


Except in the field of journalism, candidates must be policy-makers, managers, or administrators in leadership positions with a commitment to public service from the public or private sectors including non-governmental organizations. Fellowships are competitive and will be awarded on the basis of excellence in professional and personal qualifications as well as leadership potential.

The Humphrey competition is not open to:
  • Recent university graduates (even if they have significant positions),
  • University teachers with no management or policy 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,
  • Individuals with, or in the process of obtaining, dual U.S. citizenship or U.S. permanent resident status, and
  • Employees of USEF-Nepal and local employees of the U.S. Mission in Nepal who work for the U.S. Department of State, and their spouses and dependent children (they are ineligible for grants during the period of their employment and for one year following the termination of employment).

Visa sponsorship

All grantees must receive an exchange visitor (J-1) visa which requires that the individuals return to Nepal upon completion of their fellowship. They are not eligible for an immigrant visa, for permanent residence, or for a non-immigrant visa as a temporary worker ("H" visa) or trainee, or as an intra-company transferee ("L" visa) to re-enter the United States until they have accumulated two years residence in Nepal after returning from the United States on an exchange visitor visa. This does not preclude the individual from going to the United States on other visas during the two-year period.

All applicants must

  • Possess Nepali citizenship.
  • Have a demonstrable commitment to public service and potential for national leadership.
  • Be employed at a mid-career, policy level with progressively more responsible working experience in the government, NGO or private sector.
  • Have at least 4 years of progressively more responsible professional experience in Nepal as of the application submission deadline of June 28, 2019, with the assumption that the applicant will have the required 5 years of experience by August 2020. The professional experience should be in the relevant field, after the completion of a university degree (that is, a 4-year bachelor's degree, or if the bachelor's degree is of 2-year/3-year duration, then a master's degree). Volunteer jobs, internships, and work done as a requirement for an academic degree shall not be counted towards the required duration of work experience.
  • Have the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree. (That is, graduation, with at least six years of study beyond the SLC. If the bachelor’s degree was of fewer than four years duration, then a master’s degree is also required. Candidates who have two or more 2-year/3-year bachelor’s degrees in different fields but who do not have a master’s degree are ineligible to apply.)
  • Be proficient in speaking, reading and writing English (see section 6, under ‘Application Instructions’). (Also see the supplemental English program.)
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  • Be eligible for a non-immigrant J-1 U.S. visa.
  • Have a wish to develop problem-solving capacities, enhance capabilities to assume greater career responsibilities, and return to a significant public service role upon completion of the Humphrey Program.


The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), one of 27 research institutes and centers of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, along with the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), will fund several Humphrey Fellows in the field of drug abuse prevention and treatment. These grants will provide mid-career professionals with exposure to scientific methodologies and research advances and will help to establish research links that will lead to on-going international collaborations between Humphrey Fellows and NIDA in the field of drug abuse prevention and treatment.

Candidates for Humphrey Fellowships in the field of substance abuse education, treatment and prevention must meet all the regular selection criteria, including demonstrated potential for leadership and commitment to public service. Although candidates who hold a doctoral degree in medicine, health, biomedical, behavioral or social science will be preferred, candidates holding a master's degree and who have substantial professional experience and/or background in research will also be considered. Policymakers without a research background will be considered if they demonstrate an interest in learning how to understand and apply research about drug abuse.

Appropriate candidates for these fellowships include mid-level researchers, research managers and policy makers in universities, drug abuse prevention or treatment programs, non-governmental organizations, government ministries, healthcare professions, or other drug abuse related occupations.

Law enforcement candidates are not eligible unless they are qualified to participate in a program based in a school of public health and propose programs focused on drug abuse research, education, treatment and prevention, or demand reduction, as opposed to interdiction policies.


AREA OF INTEREST. Please describe your major area of professional interest and explain how this area addresses the specific development needs of Nepal.

PROGRAM COMPONENTS. Describe the type of Humphrey program you would like to design. Indicate the kinds of academic and professional experiences you would like to pursue.

Describe how knowledge and skills you will gain will help you address Nepal’s development needs.

COMMITMENT TO PUBLIC SERVICE. Please describe how you have demonstrated a strong commitment to public service (i.e. community, civic involvement, or professional responsibilities etc.)

PROFESSIONAL GOALS. Please state your professional goals for the next five years. How will the Humphrey Program help you reach these goals?

PROBLEM SOLVING AND LEADERSHIP. Describe a problem or challenging situation that you resolved by using your initiative. What was the outcome? Please select this example carefully. It should illustrate something that you want the review panel to know about your problem-solving, leadership abilities, or commitment to public service.


  1. Please read the instructions on each page carefully.
    • Answer every question as completely as possible (except for the Substance Abuse form, page 5 of the application, which should only be completed by candidates in the field of substance abuse).
    • All dates in the application need to be according to Western calendar dates.
    • Please attach a CV (resume) but do not refer to the CV (resume) for any information requested in the application.
    • Extra documents not requested in the application should not be included in the application.
  2. The completed application, including letters of reference, must be submitted to the USEF-Nepal office no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, June 28, 2019. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.
  3. Very important: Read the information sheet on plagiarism. Each year, several applicants are disqualified for not doing their own work.
  4. A complete application packet consists of:
    1. An attested/certified photocopy of Nepali citizenship (no need for English translation)
    2. A completed application form
    3. Complete academic documents covering your entire period of study at universities or other postsecondary institutions, including advanced degrees (I.A., I.Com., I.Sc., 10+2 etc. and beyond). Documents in languages other than English must be accompanied by complete English translations. Your academic documents must consist of:
      • An official record (transcript) from each university or other post-secondary institution, listing the subjects you studied and the grades (marks) you received during each year of your enrollment. Include all post-secondary institutions you attended, even those from which you did not receive a degree or diploma.
      • Official evidence of each post-secondary or university degree, diploma, or certificate awarded to you. (To be considered official, each document must bear the seal of the issuing institution as well as the signature of its officials. Only scanned copies of original documents should be uploaded. Furthermore, if requested, you should be able to leave behind the attested copies of those documents at USEF-Nepal for further verification process, at any point in the application process. The nominated candidates need to provide attested copies of all academic documents within about a week of the nomination notification. Failure to comply could rescind the nomination. Attestation may be done by: the academic records department that issued the original document; USEF-Nepal; the U.S. Embassy’s Consular Office; the Government of Nepal and diplomatic missions of countries where the condidate studied.
    4. Latest CV (or resume) according to our guidelines, as shown in the model CV. Click here to see the model CV.
  5. You are required to submit two letters of reference, one of which must be from your immediate supervisor in your current position. The second must come from a professor, professional mentor, or other associate outside your current work setting. Personal friends or family members are NOT acceptable as referees. The letters of reference should be written in English or include an English translation. The letters must be submitted directly (hand-delivery, mail, or email) to USEF-Nepal by the referees, and not by the applicant. If the letter of reference is to be hand delivered by the referee, the envelope containing the letter should have the signature of the referee across the closed/sealed cover-flap. The letters of reference need to be completed using the forms provided. In the past, many references were submitted without the signature of the referee or the date; it is the responsibility of the applicant to remind the referees to sign (in ink) and also write the date on the reference letters. The referees also can email the letters as scanned pdf documents to It is the responsibility of the applicant to call at 444-4780 ext. 24, anytime between 10 a.m. - 12 noon, Monday through Friday, to ensure that the reference letters are complete, and have been received by USEF-Nepal by the deadline.
  6. Important information about TOEFL: The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required of those chosen to be Humphrey Fellows by all U.S. universities. If you already have a valid TOEFL score (less than two years old as of the deadline of June 28, 2019), submit a photocopy of your official score report with your application. If you do not have a valid TOEFL score and you pass the first stage of review by USEF-Nepal, you will be required to take a preliminary English test that will be administered free of charge by USEF-Nepal in July. This preliminary English test will be waived if you have already passed the English language test administered by USEF-Nepal in 2018 or 2019. Those who are selected as finalists will be required to take a TOEFL test (or an alternate test recommended by the Humphrey Program Office if TOEFL registration is not readily available at that time) in Fall 2019 (very soon after the interview), the test fee for which will be covered by USEF-Nepal. Candidates should be proficient in both written and spoken English and should normally have a minimum TOEFL score of 525 paper-based (PBT), 195 computer-based (CBT), or 71 on the internet-based test (iBT), although exceptionally strong candidates with lower scores may be nominated for the Long-term English (LTE) training.
  7. If you have any questions, please come to the Q&A session at the Commission auditorium in Gyaneshwor on at Friday, June 14 from 12:30-2:00pm. Pre-registration is not required to attend the Q&A session.
  8. On Wednesday, July 12, 2019 you should check the USEF-Nepal notice board or our website ( to see if your application has passed the first screening and, if it has passed, to find out your English proficiency test date (tentatively scheduled for July 11 and July 12) and the test venue. Please note that a passing score on the English proficiency test does not guarantee that an applicant will be called for an interview. The names of the interviewees and the interview date will be announced in late July or early August 2019. The interview is tentatively scheduled for 3rd week of August, and if you are a finalist, you must be available during these times.

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