Hubert H. Humphrey
Fellowship Program

The Humphrey Fellowship Program offers accomplished young and mid-career professionals with proven leadership potential 10 months of non-degree graduate-level study, leadership development, and substantive professional collaboration with U.S. counterparts. Professionals with at least 5 years of professional experience in the relevant field beyond their Master’s studies can apply. Humphrey Fellows pursue tailored study programs at participating host institutions and Fellows have the flexibility to pursue a self-directed, individualized program.

Fields of Study

Human and Institutional Capacity

Rights and Freedoms

Sustainable Lands

Thriving Communities

Eligibility criteria

Factors affecting selection

Grant Benefits

Living expenses

The living expenses are calculated based on the living costs estimated for the specific location of the host institution

Roundtrip ticket

International economy class airfare via the most direct route from home of the grantee to the authorized destination in the U.S.

Visa sponsorship

J-1 visa sponsorship for grantee and J-2 visa for dependents


Professional development allowance

Settling-in allowance

Book and supply allowance

Other allowances (computer subsidy, in-bound travel allowance, Global Leadership Forum allowance and per diem, return travel allowance)


Accident and Sickness Program for Exchanges covering basic healthcare (supplemental private insurance highly recommended)

Administrative support

The Commission helps grantees to prepare for their stay in the U.S. while the Institute of International Education (IIE) provides on-going support over the course of the grant


English language training prior to the Fellowship, if needed

How to apply

Candidates are required to submit an online application. At this point, there is no need to send any documents to the Commission. Successful candidates are notified and requested to send original copies of the documents submitted online together with official English translations.

Application must include: 2 letters of recommendation (1 must be from the current employer), TOEFL score report, and transcripts of records.

2024/2025 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Application Form


The application period is open from April to August. Candidates should bear in mind that they need to submit their application approximately one year prior to the start date of their grant period. The application deadline for academic year 2024/2025 is August 31, 2023. Incomplete applications and applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

Application flow

April – August

Application cycle is open.

August 31

Deadline for submission of the application. Applications are reviewed by the Commission to check whether they are complete and meet all required formalities and eligibility criteria. The most qualified candidates are invited for interview.


Successful candidates are notified of their nomination by the Commission. The final stage of the selection process is made by the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C.

November - April

Nominee applications are reviewed by the U.S. Department of State. Nominees are notified of their selection status.

April – June

Administrative steps to process visa applications and departure for the U.S. are taken.


Pre-Departure Orientation is hosted by the Commission.

July – August

Visa interviews are conducted for grantees who depart for the U.S. and start their grant in the fall.



Adam Kurilla

Program, year, host institution:

Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program, 2019-2020, Department of Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University

Current position:

Clinical psychologist and psychotherapist, Center for Treatment of Drug Dependencies Bratislava; Doctoral candidate, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts, Comenius University in Bratislava


“I considered it a cliché what I often heard before and at the beginning of the program that it is a life-changing experience. Over time, I realized that it was true. The program allowed me to progress as a professional and as a human as well. I would indulge such an experience to as many people as possible..”

Adam Kurilla

Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program, 2019-2020

Alena Vachnová

Program, year, host institution:

Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program 2017-2018 Boston University, Questrom School of Business Finance and Economic Development

Current position:

Development Manager, Nadácia DEDO/Foundation DEDO


„My Humphrey year influenced everything, what I have been doing since my reentry to Slovakia. Not only that I found an answer to a solution for homelessness, but I also learned innovative approaches and steps to end homelessness. And I have decided to apply it all in Slovakia.“

Alena Vachnová

Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program 2017-2018

Július Rozenfeld

Program, year, host institution:

Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program, 2018-2019, Vanderbilt University, Peabody College, Nashville, TN

Current position:

Assistant professor at the Department of British and American Studies, Faculty of Arts of the UPJŠ in Košice. Deputy chair for pedagogical work, Manager of language testing center


“Studying and conducting research at a prestigious American University and in the leading think tank RAND Corporation allowed me to analyze the interconnections between students theoretical training and the application of their knowledge and skills in real labor market conditions. My goal is to incorporate this knowledge and experiences into our educational programs and prepare graduates to work in the challenging environment of the 21st century.”

Július Rozenfeld

Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program, 2018-2019