Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program

Established in honor of the late U.S. Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey, the fellowship program sends outstanding mid-career Filipino professionals in public service from both the public and private sectors to the United States for a year of university study and work-related practical experience. The program develops leaders who will have “multiplier effect” on their society.


The fellowship provides for tuition and fees, a monthly maintenance allowance, book and supplies, and round-trip international travel to the Fellow’s English language center (when applicable), to the host institution, and to Washington, DC for a workshop. Supplementary funds are available for professional activities such as field trips or attendance at conferences. Humphrey Fellowships are not renewable.


The Humphrey Fellowship Program provides mid-career professionals from designated countries of Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, Europe, and Eurasia with an opportunity to enhance their professional capabilities through participation in specialized 10-month programs developed specifically for small clusters of Humphrey Fellows at selected U.S. universities.


Primary funding for the Humphrey Program is provided by the U.S. government through the United States Department of State. The Institute of International Education (IIE) administers the program on behalf of the State Department. The types of university programs arranged for Humphrey fellows depart from a traditional discipline-oriented focus and have a problem-solving and experience-sharing emphasis.


The programs are not degree-related and not 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.


To accomplish these objectives, programs are designed to include various combinations of course work, independent projects, internships, consultations with U.S. faculty or experts, field trips, and seminars. Under the guidance of a designated faculty advisor or “coordinator,” fellows plan programs that best suit their individual career development needs.


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.


Fellowships are granted competitively in the following fields

  • agricultural development/agricultural economics
  • communications/journalism
  • economic development/finance and banking
  • educational administration, planning and policy
  • HIV/AIDS policy and prevention
  • human resource management
  • law and human rights
  • natural resources and environmental management
  • public health policy and management
  • public policy analysis and public administration
  • substance abuse education, treatment and prevention
  • teaching of English as a foreign language
  • technology policy and management
  • trafficking in persons, policy and prevention
  • urban and regional planning


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.



Duration of grant

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 June for intensive language study before beginning their regular university program. Candidates must be able to participate in the full period of the English and/or university programs.



Nondegree status

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.


Required Documents

  • Official or certified transcript of records from all colleges/universities attended
  • Certified copy of diploma
  • Two letters of reference (forms are included with the application kit)
  • Completed application form


Printed copy of completed applications must be received at the PAEF office on or before the deadline. Grantees are expected to begin their fellowships in the U.S. in August the following year.


Financial provisions

The Humphrey Fellowship provides tuition and university fees, a monthly maintenance allowance, a book and supplies allowance, round-trip international travel to the host institution (and to the fellow’s English-language training program, when applicable) and domestic travel to Washington, D.C. for a special seminar.


Supplementary funds are available for professional activities such as field trips or attendance at conferences. 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). Humphrey fellows are responsible for providing travel, insurance, and financial support for any dependents accompanying them to the United States.


Please note that English and orientation centers cannot accommodate dependents. Therefore, dependents should not arrive in the United States until the fellows are settled in their academic year programs and have secured housing (at least 30 days after the fellow’s arrival).



Placement in university programs

Candidates who are selected for fellowships are placed in clusters by field of interest at U.S. universities specially designated to host a group of Humphrey Fellows. IIE, therefore, is not able to make placements at specific universities requested by candidates, nor 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.



See a sample of the Humphrey Program Application Form here,




See a sample of the Humphrey Program Letter of Reference here




Application instructions

Each page of the enclosed application carries its own instructions and should be read carefully before proceeding. All forms must be completed in English and typewritten or computer-generated. Please answer every question as completely as possible (except for the Substance Abuse form, page 6 of the application, which should only be completed by candidates in the field of substance abuse.) The application form may be downloaded from the PAEF website, and completed by computer.


Please take special notice of #14, “Give a 50-word summary of your proposed program plan.” This section is very important as members of the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Selection Committee read this summary and determine whether to nominate you. Please be sure to provide a succinct but substantive summary statement.


The completed application must be received at the Philippine-American Educational Foundation (PAEF) office, 10th Floor BPI-Philam Life Makati Building (formerly Ayala Life-FGU Center) 6811 Ayala Avenue, Makati City 1226 on or before the deadline.


You must attach complete and certified academic documents covering your entire period of study at universities or other postsecondary institutions, including advanced degrees. Documents must be accompanied by complete English translations.


To be considered official, each academic document must bear the seal of the issuing institution as well as the signature of its officials. Copies of original documents will be accepted only if they are separately certified as being authentic duplicates of originals. Certification of copies may be made by the issuing institution. All documents submitted become property of PAEF and will not be returned.


Your academic documents must consist of:

  1. A certified record (transcript) from each university or other postsecondary institution, listing the subjects you studied and the grades (marks) you received during each year of your enrollment. Include all postsecondary institutions you attended, even those from which you did not receive a degree of diploma.


  1. Certified, official evidence of each postsecondary or university degree, diploma, or certificate awarded to you.


You are required to submit two letters of reference, one of which must be from your immediate supervisor in your current position. The letters of reference should be computerized or typewritten in English.


You are required to submit an NBI clearance acquired in the past 6 months.


You should promptly inform PAEF of any change in your professional status or future plans after this application has been submitted.





Contact information

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program

Philippines-American Educational Foundation

10/F BPI-Philam Life Makati Building

(formerly Ayala Life – FGU Center)

6811 Ayala Avenue, Makati City 1226, Philippines

Telephone: 02 812 0919





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