Marien Alvarado (second, from right to left), Guatemalan Humphrey Fellow, Class of 2021-2022. Location: Syracuse University, United States.
The Fulbright Hubert H. Humphrey program is a professional exchange that combines postgraduate courses with professional development activities. This 10-month fellowship is ideal for professionals in the mid-stage of their career who seek to develop a capacity or knowledge set not currently available in Guatemala. The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program, a Fulbright exchange, enhances leadership among international professionals, who collaborate to address local and global challenges and foster change for the collective good.
The call for applications for the Fulbright Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program for 2023 is open from May 1, 2022, until July 1, 2022, on which date it closes at 8:00 p.m. EST.
About the program
The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program, established in 1978, brings leaders from approximately 140 countries from all world regions to the United States. This exchange program brings mid-career professionals with demonstrated leadership potential to the United States for non-degree graduate-level study, leadership development, and substantive professional collaboration with U.S. counterparts.
During their fellowship, Humphrey Fellows participate in non-degree study at approximately 13 host campuses across the United States and complete at least six weeks of a professional affiliation at a U.S.-based governmental, non-governmental, private sector, or international organization. Through their academic and professional experiences, fellows gain knowledge about the United States, deepen their professional expertise and experience in their field, and expand their network to include U.S. and international counterparts.
The main program components are:
Applicants must select one (1) of the following fields. Any field not listed below is not eligible.
Human and Institutional Capacity:
Rights and Freedoms:
Note on the fields of Substance Abuse Education, Prevention, and Treatment: The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) cooperates with the National Institute on Drug Abuse, which provides some co-funding to work with Humphrey fellows in the field of substance abuse. Candidates must have either a research background in the field or demonstrated ability to learn the results and policy implications of current research. The candidates are recruited and ranked together with candidates in other fields and must complete the supplementary field-specific page of the application for this topic area.
Humphrey is a highly competitive program. Priority is given to candidates with little or no previous experience in the United States. Applicants must fulfill all the following requirements to be eligible:
Important note for all potential applicants to U.S. exchange programs:
As of November 8, 2021, all non-U.S. citizens seeking to enter the United States by air must comply with specific requirements related to COVID-19 testing and vaccination status. In order to be eligible for consideration at this time, you must be able to meet these requirements. Please visit the links below, and we note that it is the responsibility of all applicants to keep abreast of changes as the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve.
Please review the information available here: https://gt.usembassy.gov/updated-requeriments-for-air-travelers-to-the-u-s-due-to-covid-19/.
For further details and guidance, we refer you to the U.S. CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/noncitizens-US-air-travel.html
The call for applications is open from May 1, 2022, until July 1, 2022, on which date it closes at 8:00 p.m. EST.
The application process is conducted completely online and in English at this link: https://apply.iie.org/huberthhumphrey
Note: All documents must be submitted in English. It is ideal for candidates to submit a letter from their current employer indicating approval for the time away from work to participate in the program.
These are the steps of the application process:
Frequently asked questions (FAQs) – Fulbright Humphrey
Which expenses are covered by the Fulbright Humphrey scholarship?
This scholarship covers the candidate’s expenses for the visa, travel, lodging, a stipend for meals, university fees, and medical insurance. Dependents are not covered.
If I receive the Fulbright Humphrey scholarship, can my family travel with me to the United States?
Humphrey fellows may bring dependents on J-2 visas to accompany them while in the United States, if approved. All expenses for J-2 dependents must be covered by the fellow. Eligible dependents are husband/wife and children under the age of 18.
Hoy many scholarships are there for Guatemala?
The number varies each year. Previous cohorts have been of one or two persons per year.
Do I need to take the TOEFL test to apply?
No. If you have a recent result, please share it, but it is not necessary to apply.
Can I apply to a master’s degree with Humphrey?
No. This is a scholarship for professional exchange. Fellows will receive a diploma that certifies they are a Humphrey alumnus, but this is not equivalent to a master’s degree.
May I apply for a virtual program?
No. This program only covers a 10-month in-person program. Fellows do not have to apply to universities directly, only to the Humphrey fellowship.
In which university will I study?
The program has a list of university that host students. Fellows will be assigned an institution based on the field of study. We recommend you read the alumni section as a reference.
Must I be vaccinated against COVID-19 to apply?
No, but as of November 8, 2021, all non-U.S. citizens seeking to enter the United States by air are required to comply with specific requirements related to COVID-19 testing and vaccination status. To be eligible for consideration at this time, you must be able to meet these new requirements. Please review the information available at the links below and be sure to stay abreast of any new changes, as the COVID-19 environment continues to evolve, and regulations change:
Fulbright Humphrey Alumni – Guatemala
If you are a Humphrey alumnus/a, you can write to the email address: GTMAlumniDOS@state.gov
Angélica Rocha and Nehemias Calel,
Guatemalan Fulbright Humphrey Scholars 2019,
during a program activity in Washington D.C., October 2019.