Apply For 2016/2017 Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program For Professionals

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Apply For 2016/2017 Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program For Professionals

The U.S. Embassy invites suitably qualified persons to compete for participation in the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program.  This distinguished program brings accomplished mid-level professionals to the United States for a year of combined academic (non-degree) and professional work. Fellows are selected based on potential for leadership and commitment to public service. 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

  • Agricultural and Rural Development
  • Economic Development
  • Finance and Banking
  • Natural Resources, Environmental Policy and Climate Change
  • Urban and Regional Planning

Democratic Institution Building

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  • Communications / Journalism
  • Law and Human Rights
  • Public Policy Analysis and Public Administration
  • Trafficking in Persons Policy and Prevention
  • Technology Policy and Management
  • Human Resource Management


  • Educational Administration, Planning and Policy
  • Higher Education Administration
  • Teaching of English as a Foreign Language

Public Health

  • Public Health Policy and Management
  • HIV/AIDS Policy and Prevention
  • Substance Abuse Education, Treatment and Prevention


  • Candidates must hold at least a first-level university degree (equivalent to a B.A. or B.Sc.)
  • Humphrey Fellows are expected to be resourceful and display initiative. The individual’s application should indicate how s/he and its organization and country could benefit from experiences to be acquired under the program

SPECIFIC ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:  Prospective applicants must have or be:

  • Jamaican citizenship; permanent employment in Jamaica;
  • English proficient and be between the ages of 30-50 years old.  Note carefully that applicant should be no older than 50 years old at the beginning of the program on August 1, 2016.
  • show leadership ability and commitment to public service
  • a minimum of five years substantial full-time professional experience and should be policy rather than research or technically oriented.

NOT ELIGIBLE: Persons ineligible for consideration include:

  • recent graduates (even if they have significant positions)
  • university teachers or researchers with no management or policy responsibilities (except in the fields of drug abuse prevention)
  • individuals with less than five years of full-time professional work experience and with recent academic or professional U.S. experience (more than 6 months within the last 5 years prior to the date of application);
  • individuals who have attended a graduate school in the U.S. for one academic year or more during the seven years prior to August 2015; and individuals with dual U.S. citizenship or U.S. permanent resident status.

NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE (NIDA)-FUNDED HUMPHREY FELLOWSHIPS:  The drug abuse component of the field of public health policy and management emphasizes drug abuse education, treatment, and prevention. Fellowships funded by the NIDA target more specialized candidates. Appropriate candidates for NIDA-funded Humphrey Fellowships include mid-level researchers, research managers and policy makers in universities, drug abuse prevention or treatment programs, health or social services industries or medical facilities. Candidates preferably should have a doctoral degree or equivalent in medicine, health, or behavioral or social science. Professionals employed by social welfare, education, or community-based organizations would be appropriate if they meet the general eligibility criteria. Law enforcement candidates are not eligible unless they have a public health focus on drug abuse epidemiology, education, treatment, or prevention, and meet the requirements to follow a program based in a school of public health.

NIDA question sheet: All candidates applying for fellowships in the field of drug abuse should fill out the NIDA form regardless of degree held, number of publications, or research experience. Candidates in other fields should omit the NIDA page.

The online application is available at

Applications close on Friday, July 17, 2015.  For further details on eligibility and other program requirements, interested persons may contact U.S. Embassy, Kingston via email or visit the official Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program website.

SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS:  Official sealed copies of university transcript(s), sealed reference letters and forms (typewritten) and curriculum vitae should be mailed to:

Counselor for Public Affairs
Public Affairs Section
142 Old Hope Road, Kingston 6
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