Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program Competition Announcement


The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce the 2020-21 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program competition.  The deadline for submitting completed online applications is Friday, June 7, 2019. Application forms are ONLY available at:

Purpose and Thematic Focus:  The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program is a flagship of the Fulbright program funded by the U.S. Department of States. The Program sends accomplished young and mid-career professionals with demonstrated leadership potential to the United States for a year of non-degree graduate-level study, leadership development, and substantive professional collaboration with U.S. counterparts. By providing future leaders and policy makers with experience in U.S. society, culture, and professional fields, the program provides a basis for lasting, productive ties between Americans and professional counterparts back home.

Successful Humphrey Fellows are mid-career professionals in the public or private sector with demonstrated potential for national leadership and commitment to public service.  Since 1978, over 5,000 fellows have been selected from more than 156 countries, including 60 from Botswana.

Broad Fields of Study include: Sustainable Development; Democratic Institution Building; Education; and Public Health. For more information on the fields and the program, please refer to: or the Embassy’s website at:

Eligibility Requirements: 

  • An undergraduate (first university or Bachelor’s) degree; Strictly a minimum of five years of full-time, professional experience; Limited or no prior experience in the United States; Demonstrated leadership qualities; A record of public service in the community; English language proficiency; a demonstrated role in the policy aspect of the field of specialization; and a written indication from the employer to approve leave of absence allowing selectees to participate in the program.

Fellowship Provisions:  •Payment of tuition and fees at the assigned host university; Pre-academic English language training, if required; A maintenance (living) allowance, including a one-time settling-in allowance; Accident and sickness coverage; A book allowance; A one-time computer subsidy; Air travel (international round-air economy travel to and from the U.S. for the Program and domestic travel to required program events); A Professional Development allowance for professional  activities, such as field trips, professional visits and conferences.

Application Requirements:  1. Complete and submit electronically the on-line application. 2. Submit the following to the U.S. Embassy:  Online completed application form, certified copies of higher education diploma and degree certificates; all post-secondary official transcripts; and three professional references.  Online application forms are available at:

Application Deadline and Submission:  All application supporting materials should be submitted online by Friday, June 7, 2019.

Questions and further information:  Please e-mail queries to   Note: The Public Affairs Section will notify ONLY successful applicants. Applications NOT submitted online will not/not be considered. No printed materials shall be accepted at the Embassy facilities.