AY 2022-2023 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program

The deadline for AY 2022-2023 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program is over.

Eligibility Requirements

Candidates must be policy-makers, managers, or administrators in leadership positions with a commitment to public service from the public or private sectors including non-governmental organizations. Fellowships are competitive and will be awarded on the basis of excellence in professional and personal qualifications as well as leadership potential.

All applicants must
  • Possess Nepali citizenship.
  • Be employed at a mid-career, policy level with progressively more responsible working experience in the government, NGO or private sector.
  • Have at least 5 years of progressively more responsible professional experience in Nepal as of the application submission deadline. Volunteer jobs, internships, and work done as a requirement for an academic degree shall not be counted towards the required duration of work experience.
  • The professional experience should be in the relevant field, after the completion of a university degree i.e. a 4-year bachelor’s degree, or if the bachelor’s degree is of 2-year/3-year duration, then a master’s degree is also required. Candidates who have two or more 2-year/3-year bachelor’s degrees in different fields but who do not have a master’s degree are ineligible to apply.
  • Be proficient in speaking, reading and writing English (See the Supplemental English Program.)
  • Be eligible for a non-immigrant J-1 U.S. visa (see Visa Sponsorship below)
  • Have a demonstrable commitment to public service and potential for national leadership.
  • Have a wish to develop problem-solving capacities, enhance capabilities to assume greater career responsibilities, and return to a significant public service role upon completion of the Humphrey Program.
The Humphrey competition is not open to:
  • Recent university graduates (even if they have significant positions),
  • University teachers with no management or policy responsibilities (except in the fields of Substance Abuse Education, Prevention, and Treatment and Teaching of English as a Foreign Language),
  • Individuals who have attended a graduate school in the United States for one academic year or more during the seven years prior to July 2022,
  • Individuals with U.S. in-country experience of any kind lasting more than six months during the five years prior to July 2022,
  • Individuals with, or in the process of obtaining, dual U.S. citizenship or U.S. permanent resident status, and
  • Employees of USEF-Nepal and local employees of the U.S. Mission in Nepal who work for the U.S. Department of State, and their spouses and dependent children (they are ineligible for grants during the period of their employment and for one year following the termination of employment).
Visa sponsorship

All grantees must receive an exchange visitor (J-1) visa which requires that the individuals return to Nepal upon completion of their fellowship. They are not eligible for an immigrant visa, for permanent residence, or for a non-immigrant visa as a temporary worker (“H” visa) or trainee, or as an intra-company transferee (“L” visa) to re-enter the United States until they have accumulated two years’ residence in Nepal after returning from the United States on an exchange visitor visa. This does not preclude the individual from going to the United States on other visas during the two-year period.