2020 Hubert H. Humphrey Program Application

U.S. Embassy welcomes applicants for the 2020-2021 Hubert H. Humphrey Program

 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 (but 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 these fields (https://www.humphreyfellowship.org/program-fields).

For more information on the program please visit the Frequently Asked Questions (https://www.humphreyfellowship.org/frequently-asked-questions) page of the Humphrey Fellowship Program website.


  • 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 his/her organization and the country could benefit from experiences to be acquired under the program


  • Jamaican citizenship and permanent employment in Jamaica;
  • Be between the ages of 30-50 years old.

(Note carefully that applicants should be no older than 50 years old at the beginning of the program on August 1, 2020)

  • Show leadership ability and commitment to public service
  • A minimum of five years of substantial full-time professional experience and must be policy rather than research or technically oriented.
  • Candidates should be proficient in both written and spoken English and must sit the TOEFL exam


  • 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 2020
  • Individuals with dual Jamaican and U.S. citizenship or U.S. permanent resident status
  • Applicants with distinguished records but who do not have a compelling need for the Humphrey experience


Only electronic submission of applications will be accepted.  The online application is available at https://apply.iie.org/huberthhumphrey

Applications close at midnight on Friday, May 31, 2019.  For further details on eligibility and other program requirements, interested persons may contact U.S. Embassy, Kingston via email (kingstonexchanges@state.gov) or visit the official Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program website (http://www.humphreyfellowship.org/).


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

Re: Hubert H. Humphrey Program
Public Affairs Section
142 Old Hope Road
Kingston 6


Please note that selection for this program is competitive. The review panel is looking for candidates who meet all program requirements, including demonstrated leadership ability/ potential, a commitment to public service, and a well-developed program plan. Following a technical review, short-listed candidates will be advised and invited for an interview.