Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program

General Information:

The Humphrey Program was launched in 1978 to honor the memory and accomplishments of the late U.S. Senator and Vice President, Hubert H. Humphrey.

The Humphrey Fellowship Program provides mid-career professionals from designated countries – including Angola and Sao Tome and Principe – with an opportunity to enhance their professional capacities through participation in a specialized ten- month non degree program developed specifically for small clusters of Humphrey Fellows at selected U.S. universities.

During their ten month-long stay at a host American university, Humphrey Fellows are invited to take graduate courses relevant to their professional interests. However, 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.

All interested applicants must submit their application in English ( applications are now closed). For general information about the Program, please visit:

Fields of Study:

  • Agricultural development
  • Banking and finance
  • Communications/Journalism
  • Drug abuse prevention
  • Economic development
  • Educational administration and planning
  • Human resource development
  • Law and human rights
  • Natural resources and environmental management
  • Public health policy and management
  • Public policy analysis and public administration
  • Technology policy and management
  • Urban and regional planning

General Fellowship Requirements

  • Candidates must hold at least a first-level university degree (equivalent to a B.A. or B.S.) to enable them to undertake graduate level study in the U.S.
  • Candidates must be proficient in English as measured by the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), with a minimum score of 525 in the PBT version or 195 in the IBT version of the test. If you have already taken the TOEFL test, please include your results in your application.
  • At this initial stage, the candidates should fill out the form online and only attach a photocopy of their diploma and transcript in English and Portuguese, if translated.
  • Humphrey Fellows are expected to be resourceful and display initiative. Their applications should indicate how they and their home institutions and countries could benefit from experiences to be acquired through the Fellowship program.

Specific Eligibility Requirements:

Prospective applicants must:

  • Be residents and citizens of Angola or Sao Tome and Principe .
  • Be a graduate of an accredited university or college and hold a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent.
  • Have five years of substantial professional experience.
  • Show leadership ability and broadly defined commitment to public service.
  • Be proficient in English.
  • Be committed to returning to Angola after completing the program.

Those Ineligible for Consideration Include:

  • Recent university graduates (even if they hold significant positions).
  • University teachers with no management or policy responsibilities, except for teachers of English as a Foreign Language and specialists in drug abuse prevention and treatment.
  • Individuals who have attended a graduate school in the U.S. for one academic year or more during the seven years prior to the date of application.
  • Individuals with recent U.S. educational or work experience (more than six months during the five years prior to the date of application).

Program Calendar

The dates given here are approximate. Please refer to our website periodically for exact dates.

  • Announcement of the Program – April 18
  • Deadline for Application – May 18, 2023 00:00 WAT
  • Pre-selected candidates are interviewed in English by the Selection Committee – Summer 2023
  • Interviewees are notified of the interview results – Fall 2023
  • Registration for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • Announcement of awards of Fellowships- Spring 2024
  • Pre-departure orientation for grantees – Summer 2024
  • Fellowships begin – Fall 2024

Applications are for 2024 are now closed.

Fellowships are granted on a yearly basis and renewal will be contingent upon successful academic performance of each grantee in the previous academic year. The scholarship covers the living costs of the grantee in the U.S. but does not cover the expenses of the grantee’s accompanying family members.

The Humphrey Fellowship provides the following benefits:

  • Assistance to the grantee in the identification of and application for admission to American Universities.
  • Costs of standardized tests required for admission at those universities.
  • Pre-departure Orientation.
  • Assistance in obtaining the J-1 visa (Exchange Program Visa).
  • Economy class round trip airline ticket.
  • Medical Insurance provided by the Government of the United States, which fulfills the minimum requirements established by the J-1 visa and by the Fulbright Program.
  • Living expenses, which vary depending on city of destination.
  • Pre-academic programs in the U.S. The lengths of these programs vary between four days and eight weeks, and are held before the graduate study program begins. These programs are designed to fit the needs of the course in which the grantee is accepted.


In order to make sure that Angola and Sao Tome and Principe continues to receive the benefits of the exchange program, U.S. visa requirements state that visitors under an exchange program return to and remain in their home country FOR A MINIMUM PERIOD OF TWO YEARS AFTER COMPLETION OF THEIR PROGRAM. The Commission will assist grantees in obtaining visas for their spouses and minor children, though the grantees are responsible for their living expenses.

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