Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program 2020-2021

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The U.S. Embassy in Beirut invites mid-career, professional Lebanese citizens or long-term Palestinian residents in Lebanon who have a proven track record of leadership, commitment to public service, and capacity to take full advantage of a self-defined program of independent study to apply for the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program for the 2020-2021 academic year.

This program brings accomplished mid-level professionals to the United States for a one-year, non-degree program that combines academic and professional opportunities in a variety of fields.  It is highly competitive and targeted toward the most qualified public and private sector applicants.  Candidates should be 30 to 50 years old with at least five years of professional experience and a minimum Bachelor’s degree.  Strong English language skills are required.

Program Components:
a. Academic: the Humphrey program is classified by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as a non-degree program in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS).  Humphrey Fellows may not under any circumstance transfer from this non-degree status program to a degree status one.  Humphrey Fellows pursue tailored study programs at participating host institutions, and the program is intended to provide freedom from the requirements of a degree program and flexibility to pursue self-directed, individualized programs.  Fellows may not request placement at a specific university as some 13 universities throughout the United States compete to host Fellows based upon thematic and subject areas.  Universities are chosen based on institutional resources and levels of support and guidance offered participants.  Each university has a designated faculty coordinator for academic and administrative support, and faculty advisor to assist Fellows in developing balanced academic and professional programs.

b. Professional: professional enrichment activities include professional visits, conferences, training programs, and a professional affiliation to gain first-hand exposure to a full-time American work environment for a minimum of six weeks. Early in the academic year, each Fellow develops, with assistance from the local campus coordinator and faculty advisors, a detailed plan of practical professional activities geared to the Fellow’s Humphrey program objectives.

Interested candidates should submit the following documents to apply to the program:

  • Updated Curriculum Vitae
  • Essay: Your essay should specify the specific Humphrey field (see 16 areas of study listed here) to which you are applying, explain your motivation for participating in the program, and how you would apply benefits gained from the program in your home country. (500 words max)

Applications can be submitted by e-mail to or by mail, or delivered in-person to the U.S. Embassy in Awkar (PO Box 70-840, Antelias). Address the envelope to the attention of the Public Diplomacy Section.

Applications must reach the U.S. Embassy by Friday August 16, 2019.

Qualified candidates nominated by the U.S. Embassy for the program will be requested to complete an online application at a later stage.

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The U.S. Government covers the majority of participants’ expenses, including program fees, roundtrip airfare, accommodation, and health insurance.  Competition is merit-based and people from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.  Applicants will be considered without regard to race, religion, sex, age, and/or physical impairment.