Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program applications are now open

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 in leadership positions to the United States for a year of combined academic (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.

For more information on the program please visit the 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.) requiring at least four years of full-time study to qualify for participation in U.S. graduate study programs
  • Humphrey Fellows are expected to be resourceful and display initiative. The individual’s application should indicate how s/he and its organization and 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 (NB: applicants should not be older than 50 years old at the start of the program on August 1, 2019)
  • Prospective Fellows should have a minimum of five years full-time professional experience (prior to August 2019) in the relevant field, after completing a university degree, and should be interested in the policy aspects of their field of specialization
  • 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 2019
  • Individuals with dual 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


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

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

Applications close at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, June 29, 2018.  For further details on eligibility and other program requirements, interested persons may contact U.S. Embassy, Kingston via email: or visit the official Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program website.


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.