2023-2024 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Call for Applications

2018-2019 Humphrey Fellows in front of the US Capitol during the Global Leadership Forum.

The Public Diplomacy Section of U.S. Embassy Dhaka is pleased to announce the 2023-2024 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program is now open.  This unique, one-year program is open to professional candidates in the public and private sectors, including from non-governmental organizations.

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program is one of the U.S. government’s prestigious Fulbright programs bringing accomplished, young. and mid-career professionals to the United States for a year of non-degree graduate-level study, leadership development, and substantive professional collaboration with American counterparts.  By providing future leaders and policy makers with exposure to U.S. society, culture, and professional fields, the program provides a basis for lasting, productive ties between Americans and their professional counterparts overseas.  The Humphrey Program was initiated in 1978 to honor the memory and accomplishments of the late Senator and Vice President, Hubert H. Humphrey.  Since the program’s launch, nearly 100 Bangladeshis have participated in this fellowship including Ms. Mahbooba Panna, Additional Secretary, Economic Relations Division, Government of Bangladesh, Dr. Niaz Abdur Rahman, Managing Director of Bangladesh Eye Hospital and a Vitreo Retina Surgeon, Elita Karim, popular media personality and more.

Eligible Fields/Sectors:

Interested applicants may apply in any one of the following fields.  An applicant must have a minimum of five years of full-time professional experience (prior to August 2022) in the relevant field that s/he is applying in.

Human and Institutional Capacity:

  • Economic Development
  • Public Policy Analysis and Public Administration
  • Technology Policy and Management

Rights and Freedoms: 

  • Communications and Journalism
  • International Religious Freedom
  • Law and Human Rights
  • Trafficking in Persons Policy & Prevention

Sustainable Lands:

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

Thriving Communities:

  • Contagious and Infectious Diseases
  • Public Health Policy and Management
  • Educational Administration, Planning, and Policy
  • Higher Education Administration
  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible for the fellowship program:

  1. Be a Bangladeshi citizen and residing in Bangladesh at the time of the application and the selection process.
  2. Not be a dual (Bangladesh & U.S.) citizen or U.S. permanent resident.
  3. Must hold a valid passport at the time of application.
  4. Be a young, mid-career professional in leadership position who has demonstrated a commitment to public service and the potential for professional advancement.
  5. Cannot be a recent university graduate.
  6. Completed a university degree program requiring at least four years of full-time study.
  7. Should have a minimum of five years full-time professional experience (prior to August 2023) in the relevant field, after completing a university degree, and should be interested in the policy aspects of their field of specialization.
  8. Cannot be university teachers or academic researchers with no management responsibilities (except in the field of Teaching English as a Foreign Language).
  9. Cannot have attended a graduate school in the United States for one academic year seven years prior to August 2023.
  10. Cannot have U.S. experience of any kind lasting more than six months during the five years prior to August 2023.
  11. Be proficient in both written and spoken English and should normally have a minimum TOEFL score of 525 (paper based) or 71 (internet-based).  Candidates who do not have a valid TOEFL score must sit for the TOEFL exam after the selection process. (The American Center will arrange the TOEFL exam for selected candidates only. Exceptionally promising candidates with lower scores may be nominated for the Long-Term English (LTE) training.).
  12. Should demonstrate the required experience, skills, and commitment while also indicating how they can benefit from this program in ways that they have not experienced previously and are not likely to experience without the Humphrey Program.
  13. Be in good health; successful candidates will be requested to complete a medical examination.
  14. Return to Bangladesh upon completion of the program.

To apply, applicants should visit  here to access the online application.  Please note paper applications will not be accepted for this program.  For more information about the program visit:  https://www.humphreyfellowship.org/.

An applicant must first create an IIE account before s/he can access the HHH Fellowship Program application.  Applicants can use this account to log into the system throughout the application process.  Applicants can save the application and return to it before submitting it.  An applicant must read all instructions carefully.  Keeping in mind the word limits, candidates should try to answer each essay question as fully as possible with clarity and the required information.

When applicants finish their applications, they should review the application to ensure they have completed all the required questions and attached all the requested documents before they submit their applications.  After submitting the application, applicants can view the document, but will not be able to make edits.  Only complete online applications submitted with the required documents will be considered for further processing.

The deadline for submitting an online application is 11:59 pm (BST) on July 16, 2022.

For further information, please email the program Points of Contact at ChowdhuryKS@state.gov and SuhrawardyF@state.gov.