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Humphrey Fellowship
July 14, 2023

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The Public Diplomacy Section of the U.S. Embassy in Conakry is now accepting applications for the 2024-2025 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program. The Humphrey Fellowship is a Fulbright program that brings accomplished mid-career professionals with demonstrated leadership potential to the United States for a year of study, leadership development, and substantive professional collaboration with U.S. counterparts.  

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program was initiated in 1978 to honor the memory and accomplishments of the late Senator and Vice President, Hubert H. Humphrey.  The program provides a basis for lasting ties between citizens of the United States and their counterparts in other countries, fostering a global exchange of knowledge and mutual understanding. 

The Humphrey Fellowship supports study in sustainable development, democratic institution building, education, and public health. 

To qualify applicants must: 

-Be a Guinean citizen. 

-Hold a university degree (at least a 4-year bachelor’s degree). 

-Have a minimum of five years of full-time professional experience (prior to August 2024) in the relevant field, after completing a university degree. 

-Demonstrate a commitment to public service and potential for professional advancement. 

-Be interested in the policy aspects of their field of specialization. 

-Have both the need to participate in the program and the potential to benefit from it. 

-Be proficient in both written and spoken English. 

Individuals with the following characteristics are ineligible to apply 

-Recent university graduates 

-University teachers or academic researchers with no management responsibilities (except in the fields of Substance Abuse Education, Prevention, and Treatment and Teaching 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 2024. 

-Individuals with U.S. in-country experience of any kind lasting more than six months during the five years prior to August 2024. 

-A candidate with recent third-country experience, especially in developed countries, may have a less compelling need for the Humphrey Program than a candidate who has never had a significant professional opportunity abroad. 

-According to the policies of the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, local employees of U.S. missions abroad who work for the U.S. Department of State and members of their families are ineligible for grants during the period of their employment and for one year following the termination of employment. 

-Individuals with dual U.S. citizenship or U.S. permanent resident status may not apply to the program since they are ineligible for a J visa. 

-All U.S. Government scholarship programs adhere to equal opportunity principles.  Any individual who fulfills the program criteria is welcome to apply regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, race, age, and/or political or religious belief. 

The Public Diplomacy Section will select and nominate three to six Guinean candidates to compete in a worldwide competition for the final selection to the 2024-2025 Humphrey Fellowship. 

Any inquiries about the program will not be answered via phone. Please direct all inquiries to PASConakry@state.gov  

Eligible Fields/Sectors: 

Sustainable Development 

  • Agricultural and rural development 
  • Natural resources, environmental policy, and climate change 
  • Urban and regional planning 

Human and Institutional Capacity 

  • Economic development 
  • Finance and banking 
  • Public policy analysis and public administration 
  • Technology policy and management 
  • Human resource management 

Rights and Freedoms 

  • Communications/journalism 
  • Law and human rights 
  • Trafficking in persons policy and prevention 

Thriving Communities 

  • Contagious and infectious diseases 
  • Public health policy and management 
  • Substance abuse education, treatment, and prevention 
  • Educational administration, planning and policy 
  • Higher education leadership 

Eligibility Criteria  

Candidates must meet the following criteria to be eligible for the Humphrey Fellowship. 

  • Individuals must have a first university degree (equivalent of a bachelor’s or undergraduate degree)  
  •  Individuals must have at least five years of full-time professional experience beyond attainment of a first university/undergraduate degree, and prior to August 2024. 
  • University teachers must have management or policy responsibilities, except for teachers of English as a foreign language, and specialists in substance abuse prevention and treatment. 
  • Individuals with dual U.S. citizenship or U.S. permanent resident status may not apply to the program as they are ineligible for a J visa. 
  • Individuals must hold a passport (or to be eligible to hold a passport) of the country nominating them. Previous experience in the United States is not necessarily a disqualifying factor provided the number of years spent in the United States has not been substantial (more than three years), and the candidate has been back in their home country and employed at a level of professional responsibility for at least four years. 
  • Have not attended a graduate school in the United States for one academic year or more during the seven years prior to August 2024. 
  • Have not had more than six months of U.S. experience during the five years prior to August 2024. 
  • Have not participated in recent State Department exchange program. 

Apply before August 11, 2023, athttps://apply.iie.org/huberthhumphrey