Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program

Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program

Academic Year 2021-2022


The United States Embassy in Estonia is pleased to announce the annual competition for the Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program for Academic Year 2021-2022

Application deadline at the U.S. Embassy Tallinn, Estonia is August 24, 2020 via online system

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program is a Fulbright exchange that brings mid-career professionals with demonstrated leadership potential to the United States for one academic year of non-degree graduate-level study, leadership development, and substantive professional collaboration with U.S. counterparts in fields that are crucial to foreign policy goals.  By providing future leaders and policy makers with experience in U.S. higher education, society, culture, and professional organizations, the program provides a basis for lasting, productive ties between Americans and their professional counterparts overseas.  Applicants must have a proven track record of leadership, a public service commitment, and the capacity to take full advantage of a self-defined program of independent study at a leading U.S. university. The program awards a certificate from the U.S. Government; it is not designed to deliver an advanced degree. During their fellowship academic year, Humphrey Fellows are placed by IIE in non-degree study programs 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.

Fields of Study:

Sustainable Development

  1. Agricultural and Rural Development
  2. Economic Development
  3. Natural Resources, Environmental Policy, and Climate Change
  4. Urban and Regional Planning

Democratic Institution Building

  1. Communications and Journalism
  2. Law and Human Rights
  3. International Religious Freedom
  4. Public Policy Analysis and Public Administration
  5. Trafficking in Persons Policy and Prevention
  6. Technology Policy and Management
  7. Human Resource Management


  1. Educational Administration, Planning and Policy
  2. Higher Education Administration
  3. Teaching of English as a Foreign Language who have also management responsibilities

Public Health

  1. Public Health Policy and Management
  2. HIV/AIDS Policy and Prevention
  3. NEW! Contagious and Infectious Diseases
  4. Substance Abuse Education, Prevention, and Treatment

Note: ECA cooperates with the National Institute on Drug Abuse, which provides co-funding, to work with Humphrey Fellows in this field of study. Candidates either must have 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 Humphrey application for this topic area.

Eligibility Requirements:

To be eligible for a Humphrey Fellowship through the U.S. Embassy in Estonia, applicants must have:

Estonian citizenship;

Commitment to public service and the potential for professional advancement;

A university degree (at least B.A. or equivalent);

Five years of full-time professional experience (prior to August 2020) in the relevant field, after completing a university degree;

Demonstrated leadership qualities and a record of public service;

Proficient in both written and oral English (TOEFL iBT score minimum 71; IELTS score in the range 6.0-7.0). All nominees should complete TOEFL testing no later than November 2020;

Limited, preferably no prior experience in the U.S.;

Have both the need to participate in the program and the potential to benefit from it.

Ineligible Candidates:

Recent university graduates (even if they have significant positions);

University teachers or academic researchers with no management responsibilities (except NIDA and EFL);

Individuals who have attended a graduate school in the U.S. for one academic year or more during the seven years prior to August 2021;

Individuals with other longer than six months stay in the U.S. during the five years prior to August 2021;

Individuals with recent third-country study and work experience in developed countries may have a less compelling need to attend the Humphrey Program;

Individuals with dual U.S. citizenship or U.S. permanent resident status;

Employees of U.S. Missions abroad who work for the State Department, and their family members.

Terms and Conditions:

The Humphrey Fellowship provides international travel, tuition and university fees, accident/sickness insurance, monthly maintenance allowance and funding for books and professional activities. Although, after the Fellow has settled in in the U.S., dependents are allowed to join the Fellow on J-2 visas, but the Humphrey Program does not provide financial support for accompanying dependents and health insurance for dependents is required which may cost USD 200 per month per dependent. Dependents may arrive after the nominating Embassy has provided concurrence to IIE and the Fellow has settled in.

Application Procedure:

Interested applicants must submit electronic applications through the on-line system at by August 24, 2020. Interviews with technically eligible applicants will be held at the U.S. Embassy or via Skype in the third week of September 2020. Finalists of the interview batch will be provided vouchers for TOEFL iBT to be taken at Tallinn Tech University. See TalTech Testing Dates in October or November 2020.

After the national selection, the U.S. Embassy will submit nominations to IIE by October 1, 2020, where independent review committees make recommendations to the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Awards for the 2021/2022academic year. Results will be announced in February or March 2021.

On-line Application:
Documents to be uploaded in addition to the on-line application:
• Letters of recommendation (one employer’s, one regular)
• Copies of degree diplomas and transcripts of studies

Note! The English Language Assessment form in the Application package will be filled in by the interview panel at the U.S. Embassy.
Contact phone at the U.S. Embassy is 6688158
E-mail: (Tiiu Vitsut)

Information about NIDA-Funded Humphrey Fellowships:

Candidates in the field of Substance abuse education, treatment and prevention either must have a research background in the field or demonstrated ability to learn the results and policy implications of current research. The candidates should be recruited and ranked together with candidates in other fields, and must complete a supplementary field- specific application page.

The drug abuse component of the field of public health policy and management emphasizes drug abuse education, treatment, and prevention. Fellowships funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (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, 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 and prevention, and meet the requirements to follow a program based in a school of public health.

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