Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program

Call for Applications: The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program

The U.S. Embassy Praia in Cabo Verde is pleased to announce that the application period for the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program is now open.  The deadline for applications is July 30, 2020.

The H. Humphrey Fellowship is one of many educational/cultural exchange programs sponsored by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs. It is implemented by the U.S.-based International Institute of Education (IIE).  The program provides 10 months of professional enrichment and non-degree graduate-level study in the United States for accomplished mid-level professionals from designated countries.

Cabo Verdeans who are interested in participating should submit their applications following the instructions below.  The U.S. Embassy Praia will review all applications and will make nominations based on the applicant’s potential for leadership and demonstrated commitment to public service. Humphrey fellows are placed in groups by professional field at selected U.S. universities offering specially designed programs of study and training.

Fellowships are granted competitively to professional candidates with a commitment to public service in either the public or private sector. As the Humphrey Fellowship is not a degree program, participants spend a considerable portion of their time engaged in professional development activities including: consultations and affiliations with U.S. faculty and experts, field trips, workshops, research projects and the development of practical useful strategies that could be applied in the Fellows’ home countries.

Eligible Fields/Sectors:

The Public Affairs Office of the U.S. Embassy offers to qualified candidates Humphrey Fellowship opportunities in the following fields:

Sustainable Development

  • Agricultural and rural development
  • Economic development/Finance and Banking
  • Natural resources, Environmental and Climate Change Policy
  • Urban and Regional Planning

Democratic Institution Building

  • Communications and Journalism
  • Law and Human Rights
  • International Religious Freedom
  • Public Policy Analysis and Public Administration
  • Trafficking in Persons Policy and Prevention
  • Technology Policy and Management
  • Human Resource Management


  • Educational Administration, Planning and Policy
  • Higher Education Administration
  • Teaching of English as a Foreign Language

Public Health

  • Public Health Policy and Management
  • HIV/AIDS Policy and Prevention
  • Substance Abuse Education, Prevention, and Treatment (*Candidates must have either a research background in the field or demonstrated ability to learn the results on policy implications of current research. *Candidates must complete the supplementary field-specific page of the Humphrey Fellowship application for this topic area).
  • Contagious and Infectious Diseases

Application Process:

An application and all necessary documents must be submitted online here.

Paper documents or applications submitted via email will not be accepted.

After the national selection, final nominations are reviewed in the United States by independent review committees. These review committees make recommendations to the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Awards for Fellows going to the Long-Term English program will be announced in February/March 2021. Awards for all other candidates will be announced by the end of March 2021 for Fellowships during the 2021-2022 academic year.

To be eligible for a Humphrey Fellowship, applicants must have:

  • A first-level university degree (licenciatura) to enable them to undertake graduate level study in the U.S. AND at least five years of full-time professional experience
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities and a record of public service
  • Demonstrated English language ability
  • Limited prior experience in the U.S.
  • Cabo Verdean citizenship or Permanent Resident

Candidates who meet the above criteria are encouraged to apply.

Process and Selection Criteria:

Humphrey Fellowships are highly competitive, and applicants must fulfill the eligibility criteria outlined above. After a pre-selection process by the Selection Committee, which is composed of Embassy Officials and former awardees who have completed their studies and are now engaged in various endeavors in Cabo Verde. The names of selected applicants are then sent to the J.William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board in Washington, D.C. for final approval.

After evaluation of the application and associated documents, qualified candidates will be invited to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Those candidates that score high enough in this exam will be interviewed by the Embassy Selection Committee for final recommendation.

Terms and Conditions:

The Humphrey Fellowship provides: international travel, tuition and university fees, accident/sickness coverage, monthly maintenance allowance and funding for books and professional activities. The Humphrey Program does not provide financial support for accompanying dependents.

DEADLINE TO APPLY: July 30, 2023

For more information contact U.S. Embassy Praia, Cabo Verde at or visit