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The Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Programme provides mid-career professionals from developing countries with an opportunity to enhance their professional capabilities through participation in a specialised 10-month programme designed specifically for small clusters of Humphrey Fellows at selected US universities. Funding for the Humphrey Programme is provided by the Educational and Cultural Affairs Bureau (ECA) of the U.S. Department of State.

The types of academic programmes arranged for Humphrey Fellows are different from the traditional discipline-oriented focus and they have a problem-solving and experience-sharing emphasis. These programmes moreover 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 and enhances their capabilities to assume greater career responsibilities. Hence these academic programmes are designed to include various combinations of course work, independent projects, internships, consultations with U.S. faculty specialists, field trips, and special seminars. Under the guidance of a faculty adviser or co-ordinator, Fellows plan their programmes that best suit their individual career development needs.

All Humphrey Fellows participate in a workshop/seminar in the fall/autumn in Washington D.C.



The programme arranged for Humphrey Fellows extend from August or early September through the end of the following month of June. Applicants who need additional English training may be required to arrive in the United States as early as May for intensive language study prior to beginning their regular university programme. Candidates must be able to participate in the full period of the English and/or university programmes.


The programme designed for Humphrey Fellows do not result in the awarding of a degree. While Fellows are able to enrol in courses relevant to their professional interests, the Humphrey programme is not appropriate for those who wish to concentrate on pursuing academic work required for a U.S. degree. Humphrey Fellows spend a considerable portion of their time engaged in activities such as internships, field trips and special projects that give them practical experience in their professional fields.


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


Grantees selected for Fellowships are placed in clusters by fields of interest at those U.S. institutions selected to host Humphrey Fellows. Neither the U.S.-Sri Lanka Fulbright Commission nor the Institute of International Education (IIE) which assists the ECA of the Department of State in the administration of the Hubert Humphrey Programme, therefore, is able to make placements at specific universities requested by candidates or award fellowships enabling Fellows to attend a U.S. university as a regular scholar would. At no time should a Humphrey candidate or nominee apply directly to a U.S. higher educational institution.


1. Letters of Reference: You are required to submit three letters of reference, one of which must be from your employer. Referees must send their reference letters, under confidential cover addressed to the Executive Director of the Fulbright Commission before 30 June, 2017.

2. TOEFL: TOEFL scores, which are a mandatory requirement for all HHH grantees, are not required at this stage. Applicants selected as nominees will be advised to take the test. The Fulbright Commission will bear the cost involved. For your information, it is an advantage to have a score of over 71 or more in Internet-based TOEFL (iBT).

3. Once you have completed and submitted the online application, please print out a copy of the application and mail it to the address given below before 30 June, 2017. You may include any supporting documents as a part of your hard copy application.


The Executive Director,

The United States-Sri Lanka Fulbright Commission

55 Abdul Caffoor Mawatha

Colombo 3

Tel: 011 471 8744

Only candidates short-listed for interviews will be notified