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The Hubert H. Humphrey Competition for the 2016-2017 Academic Year is Now Open! The application deadline is September 1, 2015.

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program brings accomplished mid-level professionals to the United States for up to one year of combined academic (NON-DEGREE) and professional work. Fellows are selected based on potential for leadership and commitment to public service.  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.

FELLOWSHIP FIELDS: Fellowships are granted competitively to both public and private sector candidates with strong leadership potential and a commitment to public service in the fields of:

Sustainable Development

a. Agricultural and Rural Development
b. Economic Development/Finance and Banking
c. Natural Resources, Environmental Policy, and Climate Change
d. Urban and Regional Planning

Democratic Institution Building
a. Communications/Journalism
b. Law and Human Rights
c. Public Policy Analysis and Public Administration
d. Trafficking in Persons Policy and Prevention
e. Technology Policy and Management
f. Human Resource Management

a. Educational Administration, Planning and Policy
b. Higher Education Administration
c. Teaching of English as a Foreign Language

Public Health
a. Public Health Policy and Management
b. HIV/AIDS Policy and Prevention
c. Substance Abuse Education, Prevention, and Treatment

Appropriate candidates are mid-career professionals in leadership positions who have the required experience/skills, commitment to public service, and potential for advancement in their professions.  Prospective fellows should have a minimum of five years full-time professional experience and should be interested in the policy aspects of their specialization. Candidates must have completed a university degree program requiring at least four years of full-time study to qualify for participation in U.S. graduate study programs.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS: Kosovo citizenship, five years of full-time professional experience, university degree, English proficiency.

NOT ELIGIBLE: Recent graduates (even if they have significant positions), individuals with less than five years of work experience,university teachers or academic researchers with no management responsibilities (except in the fields of Substance Abuse Education, Prevention, and Treatment and Teaching of English as a Foreign Language); individuals with less than five years of work experience, individuals who have attended a graduate school in the United States for one academic year or more during the seven years prior to August 2016; and individuals with U.S. in-country experience of any kind lasting more than six months during the five years prior to August 2016,individuals with dual U.S. citizenship or U.S. permanent resident status.

NATURE OF THE PROGRAM: It is essential that candidates have a clear understanding of the professional development component of the program.  If a candidate’s intent is to pursue an advanced academic degree, or to attend a specific university, s/he will not be nominated for the fellowship.

APPLICATIONS: Applications can be accessed at:

General information about the Humphrey Fellowship Program can be found at:

The deadline for receipt of applications via EMBARK is September 1, 2015.

1. Each page of the linked application carries its own instructions and should be read carefully before proceeding.  Following the instructions given for each item, please answer every question as completely as possible.

2. ADDITIONAL REQUIRED DOCUMENTS: proof of citizenship; evidence of employment history in Kosovo (letter from employer confirming employment); notarized copies of all university diplomas; translation of all university diplomas if they are not in English; curriculum vitae.  Please scan all the additional documents and attach to your online application.


A. Academic placement in a non-degree program: The Humphrey Fellowship is not designed to lead to a degree. Rather, fellows pursue tailored study programs at participating host institutions.  There is no provision for Fellows to request a particular university for placement.  Approximately 15 campuses have been selected through a competitive process to host Fellows in groups with thematic and subject affinities. A university is chosen based on the richness of its institutional resource base and level of support and guidance it offers to the participants.  Each campus has a designated faculty coordinator for academic and administrative support.  Faculty advisers also assist fellows in balancing academic and professional experience.

B. Professional development: This is one of the strongest features of the program.  Each Fellow's professional plan may include professional visits, conferences, and a professional affiliation (work placement) of at least six weeks.  Early in the academic year, each fellow develops, with assistance from the Institute of International Education (IIE), the campus-coordinator, and faculty advisers, a plan for professional activities carefully geared to the fellow's need for relevant, practical professional experiences.

C. English language testing (TOEFL TEST): All finalists will be required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).  Please do not register for the test before you are notified of your status.  If you have taken the test in the past two years please attach the score report.  Minimum required score is 71 IBT (Internet Based Test).


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, DC for a special seminar.  Supplementary funds are available for professional activities such as field trips or attendance at conferences.  Humphrey Fellowships are not renewable.

Humphrey Fellowships do not include funds for dependents (family members).  Humphrey Fellows are responsible for providing travel, insurance, and financial support for any dependents accompanying them to the United States.  Please note that English and orientation centers cannot accommodate dependents.  Therefore, dependents should not arrive in the United States until the Fellows are settled in their academic year programs and have secured housing (at least 30 days after the Fellow's arrival).

As noted above, applications must be submitted through the EMBARK system, but all interested candidates should notify U.S. Embassy Pristina of their intent to apply by emailing the address listed below.  On the EMBARK entry page, applicants should select “Other Not Listed” for Kosovo, and then continue to the customized Humphrey Fellowship application, where Kosovo is listed in the drop-down menu.

For additional information, please contact:

Remzije Potoku

Cultural Affairs Assistant – Education 
Public Affairs Office

Phone: 381 38 5959 3749


  • 2015-2016 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program

Applications & Deadline

  • The application season is open until  September 1, 2015.

    Applications for the Humphrey Fellowship Program must be submitted through EMBARK

    General information about the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program can be found here.