Humphrey Fellowship

2019-2020 Humphrey Program

The Embassy of the United States of America is now accepting applications for the 2019-2020 Hubert H. Humphrey Program. The Hubert H. Humphrey Program sends accomplished mid-career professionals with demonstrated leadership potential to the United States for a year of graduate-level, non-degree academic coursework and professional development activities.  By providing future leaders and policy makers with experience in U.S. society, culture, and professional fields, the program provides a basis for lasting, productive ties between Americans and their professional counterparts overseas.  Fellows are nominated based on potential for leadership and commitment to public service.

Program Fields

  • Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Communications/Journalism
  • Substance Abuse Education, Prevention, and Treatment
  • Economic Development/Finance and Banking
  • Educational Administration, Planning, and Policy
  • Higher Education Administration
  • HIV/AIDS Policy and Prevention
  • Human Resource Management
  • Law and Human Rights
  • Natural Resources Management/Environmental Policy/Climate Change
  • Public Policy Analysis and Public Administration
  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language (Teacher Training or Curriculum Development)
  • Technology Policy and Management
  • Trafficking in Persons Policy and Prevention
  • Urban and Regional Planning

Duration of Grant

The Humphrey Fellowship is a ten month program. The Humphrey Fellowship is not renewable.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must be citizens of the Republic of Albania.
  • Applicants must have a university degree at least four years full-time study (or three + one, three + two in the Bologna system).
  • Applicants must be employed in Albania
  • Applicants must have a minimum of five years full-time professional experience in the relevant field of study.
  • Applicants must be proficient in oral and written English (580 or more on the TOEFL; the TOEFL is test not required at the application stage.)
  • Applicants must demonstrate leadership qualities and commitment to public services
  • Applicants must be eligible for a J-1 visa
  • Applicants must receive a satisfactory medical clearance.

NOTE: U.S. citizens, legal permanent residents, immediate family members of U.S. Embassy employees, recipients of Fulbright grants within the last five years individuals already registered for study programs in the United States or with previous U.S. study experience, employed in the United States, married to American citizens, or who have applied to immigrate or have sought asylum in another country are not eligible to apply.

Financial Provisions

The Humphrey Fellowship provides tuition and university fees, a monthly maintenance allowance, a book and supplies allowance, a computer subsidy, round-trip international travel to the host institution (and to the Fellow’s English-language training program when applicable) and domestic travel to Washington, D.C. for a special seminar.  Supplementary funds are available for professional activities such as field trips or attendance at conferences. Humphrey Fellowships are not renewable.

Application Procedure

Application forms for the Humphrey Fellowship must be filled out electronically online, here. Completed applications must be received in the Embark system no later than June 20, 2018.

A complete application includes:
  • Application form
  • Two letters of reference
  • Detailed Curriculum vitae
  • Translated copy of diplomas and transcripts (university, Master’s and Doctoral degree); notarized copies are not necessary
  • Letter from employer confirming employment
  • Copy of bio page of passport
  • Copies of certificates from previous trainings (valid to field of study)

For further information, contact: Public Affairs Office, U.S. Embassy Tirana 04224-7285, or e-mail to CultureandEducationTirana@state.gov 

Please note: applications received in the Embark system after June 20, 2018, emailed as a google document, or via We transfer will not be accepted or considered.