Hubert Humphrey Program 2018 for mid-career professionals
The Embassy of the United States of America in Armenia is pleased to announce the Hubert Humphrey Program 2018 competition, for mid-career professionals with demonstrated leadership potential for a year of non-degree graduate-level study, leadership development, and substantive professional collaboration with U.S. counterparts during the 2018-2019 academic year.
Humphrey Fellows are selected based on their potential for leadership and their commitment to public service in either the public or private sector. The Program awards a certificate from the U.S. Government but it is not designed to deliver an advanced degree. As a non-degree program, the Fellowship offers valuable opportunities for professional development through selected university courses, conferences, networking, and practical work experiences. The program will be funded for one academic year, pending: a successful application for a J-1 visa; receipt of medical clearance; and availability of funds.
YOU’RE ELIGIBLE IF YOU HAVE
- Armenian citizenship and residency
- Completed your BA studies by the start of the grant
- Five years of substantial professional experience
- Interest in the policy aspects of your respective field of specialization
- Demonstrated leadership qualities and a record of public service
- Completed your online application, including two reference letters
- Are proficient in English/successful TOEFL exam – include your most recent TOEFL score, if you have it. If you don’t have it, you can still apply—the Embassy will arrange testing for you if you are selected as one of the final candidates.
ELIGIBLE FIELDS OF STUDY ARE
- Agricultural & Rural Development
- Economic Development/Finance and Banking
- Educational Administration, Planning and Policy
- Higher Education Administration
- HIV/AIDS Policy and Prevention
- Law and Human Rights
- Natural Resources/Environmental Policy/Climate Change
- Public Health Policy and Management
- Public Policy Analysis and Public Administration
- **Substance Abuse Education, Treatment and Prevention**
- Technology Policy and Management
- Trafficking in Persons, Policy and Prevention
- Urban and Regional Planning
** Candidates in this field must have either a research background in the field or demonstrate an ability to learn the results and policy implications of current research. A short additional application page is included in the application package.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- How strict are the deadlines? Deadlines are firm.
- If I was not successful in previous competitions, can I apply again? Yes.
- What are the selection criteria? The following factors are considered: leadership ability, commitment to public service, candidate's objectives and program plan/personal statement, professional and personal qualifications, and need for the program and language proficiency. Preference will be given to candidates with little or no previous experience in the United States. While not considered ineligible, candidates who have already participated in U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs are less likely to be selected.
- Can I complete my Master’s Degree while on the program? No. The Humphrey Fellowship is a non-degree program.
- What are the basic benefits? The Humphrey Fellowship provides international travel, tuition and university fees, accident/sickness insurance, monthly maintenance allowance and funding for books and professional activities. The Humphrey Program does not provide financial support for accompanying dependents.
- Can family members accompany the Fellow? The Humphrey award does not include an additional allowance for dependents. The Fellow may request permission for dependents to join him/her in the U.S., but must show proof of adequate personal funds to cover high living expenses and dependent's health insurance.
- Do I have to arrange university affiliation in the United States? No. There is no provision for Fellows to request placement at any particular university. The universities are selected on a competitive basis. Each university is chosen based on institutional resources and the level of support and guidance it offers to the participants.
- How should I provide my references? References should be provided online together with the application. A request for a reference letter is sent to the recommender through the online system and is received by the program coordinator at the U.S. Embassy. You will receive a notification when the recommendation letter is submitted.
- When should I submit diploma transcripts/translations? Since this is costly, we require it only for the finalists. Please make sure you will be able to submit it when you are selected as a finalist. If you are unable to submit it, you will be considered ineligible.
- When should I take a Language Test? English Language test score (TOEFL) must be submitted with each application. Applicants not possessing a TOEFL score dating from the past two years or less must take the TOEFL test no later than mid-September 2017. The Embassy will arrange testing for you if you are selected as one of the final candidates. Armenia administers an Internet based test (IBT). Applicants with TOEFL scores lower than 71 (or its paper-based 525 and computer-based 195 equivalents) will be technically ineligible.
- Specifics of the Embark web-based application system – When you start an application in Embark, you are asked to check your eligibility with the U.S. Embassy before starting the application. It also requests mailing supplementary forms to the Embassy. Please do not mail any hard copy documents to the Embassy. Instead – upload into Embark any additional document which you would like to be included in your application. Also, there is no need to contact the Embassy prior to starting your application.