3. Eligibility Requirements

Except in the field of journalism, 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.
  • Have a demonstrable commitment to public service and potential for national leadership.
  • Be employed at a mid-career, policy level with progressively more responsible working experience in the government, NGO or private sector.
  • Have at least 4 years of progressively more responsible professional experience in Nepal as of the application submission deadline of 4:00 pm, July 15, 2020, with the assumption that the applicant will have the required 5 years of experience by August 2021. The professional experience should be in the relevant field, after the completion of a university degree (that is, a 4-year bachelor’s degree, or if the bachelor’s degree is of 2-year/3-year duration, then a master’s degree). Volunteer jobs, internships, and work done as a requirement for an academic degree shall not be counted towards the required duration of work experience.
  • Have the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree. (That is, graduation, with at least six years of study beyond the SLC. If the bachelor’s degree was of fewer than four years 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 Supplemental English Program for language skills support.
  • 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 August 2021,
  • Individuals with U.S. in-country experience of any kind lasting more than six months during the five years prior to August 2021,
  • 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.

Special information for candidates in the field of substance abuse education, treatment and prevention
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), one of 27 research institutes and centers of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, along with the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), will fund several Humphrey Fellows in the field of drug abuse prevention and treatment. These grants will provide mid-career professionals with exposure to scientific methodologies and research advances and will help to establish research links that will lead to on-going international collaborations between Humphrey Fellows and NIDA in the field of drug abuse prevention and treatment.

Candidates for Humphrey Fellowships in the field of substance abuse education, treatment and prevention must meet all the regular selection criteria, including demonstrated potential for leadership and commitment to public service. Although candidates who hold a doctoral degree in medicine, health, biomedical, behavioral or social science will be preferred, candidates holding a master’s degree and who have substantial professional experience and/or background in research will also be considered. Policymakers without a research background will be considered if they demonstrate an interest in learning how to understand and apply research about drug abuse.

Appropriate candidates for these fellowships include mid-level researchers, research managers and policy makers in universities, drug abuse prevention or treatment programs, non-governmental organizations, government ministries, healthcare professions, or other drug abuse related occupations.

Law enforcement candidates are not eligible unless they are qualified to participate in a program based in a school of public health and propose programs focused on drug abuse research, education, treatment and prevention, or demand reduction, as opposed to interdiction policies.