What is the Hubert H. Humphrey Program?
A life-changing year. A chance to learn about state-of-the art professional practices. An exchange between the developing world and the United States. An opportunity to form enduring friendships and collaborations.
Each year about a dozen journalists and other professionals travel from all over the globe to the University of Maryland for ten months of study and professional pursuits. The Philip Merrill College of Journalism is one of 17 American campuses that host Humphrey Fellows each year in a variety of fields.
The fellowship is a Fulbright exchange program, funded by the U.S. State Department and administered by the Institute of International Education.
Director Serap Rada has a Ph.D. in government and international relations from the University of Maryland. Before joining Merrill College, Serap was the University of Maryland’s Director of Global Communities, a living-learning program on campus dedicated to enhancing inter-cultural communication. She also taught in the Department of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland and worked as a private consultant before joining the Humphrey Program. She conducted research as a Fulbright Fellow in Istanbul, Turkey, and as a National Science Foundation Fellow in South Korea.
With guidance from the Humphrey staff, each Fellow undertakes an individualized non-degree program of academic coursework, independent research, professional affiliations, field trips, special seminars, and consultations with experts in the field. Additionally, Fellows attend a Washington, D.C., conference with Humphrey Fellows from across the United States in the fall.
The Humphrey Fellows are a valuable resource for the College Park community, and the College of Journalism is proud to have hosted 205 Fellows from more than 80 countries since the program began in 1993.
More than 78 percent of Humphrey Fellows who were at the University of Maryland are now in leadership positions in their home country, including: the Editor-in-Chief of El Periodico de Guatamala, the Chief News Editor for Kenya Broadcasting, the Director of the North Africa Network of AIDS Services and Organizations, the Director of Jordan Television, the Foreign Editor of the Hindustan Times, and Minister of Information in Yemen.