5.2 Essay Questions Specific Tips

Leadership 1200 characters

Demonstrated leadership skills are important in a Humphrey Fellow. When writing this essay, think well about how you will focus on highlighting some of these abilities and what experiences, evidence you have for the same. Do not try to include all. Focus and articulate how your combination of these leadership attributes make you a deserving candidate and how you have contributed to change by applying these attributes.

  • Patience
  • Empathy
  • Active listening
  • Reliability
  • Dependability
  • Creativity
  • Adaptability
  • Positivity
  • Grit
  • Effective feedback
  • Timely communication
  • Team building
  • Flexibility
  • Problem Solving
  • Risk-taking
  • Ability to teach and mentor

Goals and Program Plan 2000 characters

Explain your Humphrey plan.
Specifically, what will you study or want to learn while in the US? What impact will it allow you to make an impact in Nepal?
What activities and accomplishments are you planning while there and when you return?
What kind of job would you like to have, or what kind of work will you initiate and lead? What programs do you want to create?
How will you share the benefits of your knowledge and skills? What communication tools will you use for it?
How, specifically, will the Humphrey Fellowship help you attain these goals? This is important. But if you don’t have a specific answer, don’t say anything. Don’t state the obvious (such as “The Humphrey program will give me more international exposure.”)Public Service 1200 characters

Every Humphrey Fellow must have a plan for how they will strengthen public service and contribute to it. You could include material on three things:

  1. Knowledge/skills gained from the Humphrey Fellowship,
  2. What Nepal needs
  3. How they tie together and what role specifically you will play in ensuring effective impact.

Explain “Why the US?” Why do you have to leave Nepal and South Asia to get the skills and experiences you are seeking in contributing to Public Service?

Watch out for repetition. Don’t explain things that you’ve explained already. Focus on major forms of public service, including your work experience. (No need to mention activities from when you were young or in school, unless they are VERY important.)

In this question, you could include your definition and understanding of public service. What do you think is important about public service, or what is missing in Nepal.

In your answer, you can list and describe your main work experience related to your main interest. How many years in each job? What did you do? What did you learn? Why is your experience special or unique? Highlight accomplishments – show you have a track record of getting things done. (Be careful not to repeat information in Question 2 about your main interest.)

Challenge Statement 2400 characters

  • Show your passion about your work. Very important
  • Show your understanding of the complexities of your work
  • Make sure you explain the relevant geographic and social context of Nepal. Why was it challenging to work in this context?
  • Tell a memorable story
  • Make sure your story addresses the main focus of the question: your problem-solving skills, leadership abilities, and commitment to public service
  • Give a hint of some operating theory you have in mind, that might help you address the challenge and how you wish to gain more knowledge from the fellowship to tackle that.