1.6 Study Field

These priority fields align with U.S. foreign policy and Mission goals and advance the development of a network of international leaders with experience in the United States who serve as key interlocutors for posts.

Sustainable Development

  1. Agricultural and Rural Development
  2. Economic Development/Finance and Banking
  3. Natural Resources, Environmental and Climate Policy
  4. Urban and Regional Planning

Democratic Institution Building

  1. Communications and Journalism
  2. Law and Human Rights
  3. International Religious Freedom
  4. Public Policy Analysis and Public Administration
  5. Trafficking in Persons Policy and Prevention
  6. Technology Policy and Management
  7. Human Resource Management


  1. Educational Administration, Planning and Policy
  2. Higher Education Administration
  3. Teaching of English as a Foreign Language

Public Health

  1. Public Health Policy and Management
  2. HIV/AIDS Policy and Prevention
  3. Substance Abuse Education, Prevention, and Treatment (see note below)
  4. Contagious and Infectious Diseases

Note on Substance Abuse Education, Prevention, and Treatment field: ECA cooperates with the National Institute on Drug Abuse which provides some co-funding to work with Humphrey Fellows in the field of substance abuse. Candidates must have either a research background in the field or demonstrated ability to learn the results and policy implications of current research. The candidates should be recruited and ranked together with candidates in other fields and must complete the supplementary field-specific page of the Humphrey application for this topic area. For additional guidance, please visit the Humphrey website https://www.humphreyfellowship.org/program-fields