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The Humphrey Fellowship is a specialised, non-degree exchange program for accomplished mid-career professionals.
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The U.S. Mission in Nigeria is pleased to announce the annual competition for the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Programme, 2024/2025 academic year. The Humphrey Fellowship is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Programme overview

The Humphrey Fellowship is a specialised, non-degree exchange program for accomplished mid-career professionals. The fellowship takes them from designated countries, including Nigeria to the United States for one-year long graduate level study that focuses on leadership development and professional collaboration with U.S. counterparts at select U.S. universities.

The programme is designed to provide broad professional enrichment through a combination of activities tailored to each fellow’s interests. While in the United States, fellows will share best practices, build expertise in their fields, participate in workshops and conferences that provide interaction with leaders from U.S. federal, state, and local governments, multinational organisations, and the private sector. 

Fellows will also participate in professional affiliations (placements) that provide firsthand exposure to a U.S. work environment on a full-time basis for a minimum period of six weeks. 

The objective of the Humphrey fellowship is to provide fellows with an overall experience that broadens their perspectives, enhances their capability to assume greater career responsibilities, and provides opportunities to establish useful professional contacts. Following a highly competitive selection process, candidates are selected based on their demonstrated leadership ability, a commitment to public service, and as strong desire to effect change in their workplace and community.

Eligibility criteria

To participate in the Humphrey Fellowship, candidates must have:

  • an undergraduate (first university or Bachelor’s) degree;
  • a minimum of eight year of full-time professional experience;
  • limited or no prior experience in the United States;
  • demonstrated leadership qualities;
  • a record of public service in the community;
  • demonstrated English language ability by scoring not less than 100 on the Internet-based TOEFL (iBT) test. Participants should use 9616 as the institution code to ensure that their scores are sent to our office.


  • Payment of tuition and fees at the assigned host university;
  • pre-academic English language training (if required);
  • a maintenance (living) allowance, including a one-time settling-in allowance; 
  • accident and sickness coverage; 
  • a book allowance; 
  • a one-time computer subsidy; 
  • international travel to and from the U.S. for the program and domestic travel to required program events in the U.S.; 
  • a professional development allowance for professional activities, such as field trips, professional visits and conferences.

Required documents

A complete application includes an online application with:

  • a clearly written program plan, objectives, and motivations for applying
  • detailed essays
  • uploaded academic records with certificates and curriculum vitae.
  • Two professional letters of reference submitted electronically and attached to the online application by referees who know the applicants very well.
  • Biodata page of valid international passport.
  • Note: Hard copies of official academic transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended and other supplementary documents should be forwarded to our offices by regular mail.

Applicants in southern Nigeria should address their envelopes to: The Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program Officer, Public Affairs Section, U.S. Consulate General, 2 Walter Carrington Crescent, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Applicants in northern Nigeria should address their envelopes to: The Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program Officer, Public Affairs Section, U.S. Embassy, Plot 1075 Diplomatic Drive, Central District Area, Abuja.

To learn more about the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship, please visit the official website.


Application procedure and deadline

Applications can be completed through the online portal. Application deadline is June 16, 2023.

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