U.S. is one of the prime and leading destinations for students around the world who are looking to pursue their further studies from a top notch and widely recognized international intuitions. While on the other hand there are very limited options of scholarship for the international students who wish to benefit themselves by studying in US for free. There are certain universities and colleges which provide scholarships besides the scholarships granted by U.S. government and institutions. Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program is one of those Scholarship programs which provide funds for a year of professional augmentation in United States. This scholarship is given to the experienced professionals from the certain countries designated for the scholarship throughout the world. The fellows for this scholarship program are selected on the basis of their academic background as well as their potential for leadership and their commitment with their job either in public or a private sector.
The Humphrey Fellowship Program is basically a non-degree-granting program. But the participants may complete their academic coursework at the same university which is a host and update their academic as well as professional knowledge in the field. But they are not awarded with an academic degree as a result of participating in the program. There are 18 universities from United States participating in the Fellowship program and the Fellows are supposed to be placed in any one of them but they are not given an option to choose which university they would like to attend. In fact the Fellows are designated in the most appropriate university or a host institution based upon their professional requirements and areas of interest. There are around 160 to 190 scholarships awarded each year. The eligible countries for this scholarship program are from Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa, East Asia and Pacific, Middle East, the Western Hemisphere and South and Central Asia.
The fellowship program provides the Fellows with tuition fee, English education training, living allowance, health insurance, books allowance, one time computer subsidy, air fare and an allowance for the professional development. When it comes to the eligibility the applicants must have an undergraduate degree, minimum five years of professional experience, no or limited prior experience in US, demonstration of leadership qualities, a record of public or private sector job and strong English language skills. There is a wide variety of fields in which students can enroll. Some of the fields include Agricultural and Rural Development, Communications/Journalism, Economic Development/Finance and Banking, Higher Education Administration, Human Resource Management, Substance Abuse Education, Treatment and Prevention, Educational Administration, Planning and Policy, Law and Human Rights, Natural Resources, Environmental Policy, and Climate Change, Public Policy Analysis and Public Administration, HIV/AIDS Policy and Prevention, Urban and Regional Planning, Teaching of English as a Foreign Language, Trafficking in Persons, Policy and Prevention, Public Health Policy and Management, Technology Policy and Management, In order to apply for this scholarship program contact Bi-national Fulbright Commission or Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in the respective country. The commencement and deadline for the scholarship varies from country to country but it usually falls around May to September every year.