This one-year, fully-funded scholarship program is offered to midcareer professionals working at the policy-level who have a record of leadership, a commitment to public service, and the initiative to take full advantage of a self-defined program of independent study at a leading American university.
The Humphrey Fellowship brings accomplished professionals from developing countries to the United States for a one year mid-career program of non-degree study and related professional activities.
The program seeks to foster an exchange of knowledge and mutual understanding between Americans and professional counterparts from South Africa.
Successful applicants will be placed at participating universities for the August 2022—June 2023 academic year.
During their stay at an American host 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,
• research projects, and
• the development of practical useful strategies that could be applied in the Fellows’ home countries.
Fellows are selected through a competitive process based on leadership and commitment to public service in the public or private sector.
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1. Minimum of a four-year undergraduate degree (4-year BA or BA + Honors);
2. Minimum of five years of full-time professional experience prior to August 2022 (beyond the attainment of a first university / undergraduate degree);
3. Demonstrated leadership ability – Candidates should have achieved positions of significant responsibility at the national, regional or local level and show clear promise to assume greater future leadership roles;
4. Record of public service in the community – Candidates’ careers must reflect a present and future commitment to public service, broadly defined in the public, NGO, or private sector;
5. University lecturers – Candidates need to demonstrate management or policy responsibilities and experience (Exceptions apply to teachers of English as a foreign language and specialists in substance abuse preventions and treatment).
The Humphrey Fellowship offers opportunities in the following program fields:
• Human and Institutional Capacity;
• Rights and Freedoms;
• Sustainable Lands;
• Thriving Communities.
The Fellowship provides for:
a) Payment of tuition and fees at the assigned host university;
b) Pre-academic English language training, if required;
c) A living allowance, including a one-time settling-in allowance;
d) Accident and sickness coverage;
e) A book allowance and one-time computer subsidy;
f) Air travel (international travel to and from the U.S. for the Program and domestic travel to required program events);
g) Professional Development allowance for professional activities, such as field trips, professional visits and conferences.
Applications close on July 15, 2021.
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