Journalists participating in the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program are offered a ten-month stay at a leading journalism college in the United States to study journalism and undertake professional affiliations at top U.S. news organizations.

The program includes financial support for studies, travel, workshops and seminars, a monthly stipend, funds for books and a computer subsidy. Most Humphrey journalists are assigned to the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, one of the top journalism programs in the United States, whereas Fellows from other professional fields can go to one of 15 host campuses throughout the United States.

Fellows take classes in journalism, public affairs, government, or other fields of their choice from the rich offerings at the University of Maryland. In addition, Fellows participate in field trips, workshops, lectures and many other offerings available in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area – only a 30-minute subway ride away. Fellows often use some of their professional stipend for travel within the United States.

Applicants should have a minimum of five years of substantial professional experience, limited or no experience in the United States, demonstrated leadership qualities and commitment to their communities. Most applicants have English skills and undergraduate degrees.

The Humphrey Fellowship is a non-degree program which requires professional work as well as academic study. Fellows are accepted to the University of Maryland as “Advanced Special Students” under a separate process from degree-seeking students and are not required to submit standardized test scores or proof of financial means.


To apply: Prospective applicants should contact the American Embassy or Fulbright Commission in their home country for complete application details. A listing of eligible countries and the contact details of the relevant American Embassy or Fulbright Commission offices can be found on the Institute of International Education website.

The University of Maryland – or any other participating university – does not have applications. Prospective Fellows are nominated by the U.S. Embassy or binational commission in their home country, which sets priorities for the recruitment of candidates in different professional fields. It is important, therefore, for interested applicants to contact the Embassy or commission in his/her country with any questions and to obtain an application.

Citizens, dual citizens and permanent residents of the United States are not eligible to apply.

Deadline: Varies by country, but usually June to September for the following year.