Three Opportunities: From the U.S. Embassy, Kingston

I am putting in a “plug” this morning for my fabulous former employers, the U.S. Embassy in Kingston, Jamaica. Did you know that the Embassy offers opportunities in grant funding, overseas exchanges, and more? Don’t forget also the Paul Robeson Information Resource Center, which has the definitive collection of Americana on the island, as well as rich electronic databases, reference materials, DVDs etc. Email them at: and become a member today!

If you are Jamaican, you might like to tap into a couple of current programs, detailed below. You can find all this information, and more on the Embassy website at You can also “like” the U.S. Embassy Jamaica Facebook page and follow it on Twitter @USEmbassyJA.

I hope you will find this useful information. Please share with anyone you think may be interested!

U.S. Embassy, Kingston invites proposals for the 2014 U.S. Ambassador’s – President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Small Grants Program.

PEPFAR represents the largest effort by any nation to combat a single disease, and it forms part of the global PEPFAR initiative, launched in 2003 by U.S. President George W. Bush.

Jamaica is one of 65 bilateral partners receiving PEPFAR funding, which is managed by several agencies represented at the US Embassy. These include the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Department of Defense’s Military Liaison Office (MLO) and the State Department’s Public Affairs Office, which administers the Small Grants Program.

Since 2003, the Public Affairs Office has funded the efforts of over 30 Jamaican entities, including Children First, Eve for Life, Flanker Resource Center, The Portland AIDS Committee, the Caribbean Community of Retired Persons (CCRP) and J-FLAG. These organizations have pursued and executed programs which have effectively increased awareness among susceptible populations and reduced stigma and discrimination against persons affected by HIV/AIDS.

The 2014 U.S. Ambassador’s PEPFAR Small Grants Program will fund effective community-based activities, combatting HIV/AIDS through increased awareness, and the reduction of stigma against persons living with or affected by the disease. Also, this year’s call will seek proposals on increased gender equity in HIV/AIDS activities and services, including maternal and reproductive health, and the prevention of and response to gender-based violence. In conjunction with these themes, projects should target vulnerable populations including, at-risk youth, men who have sex with men (MSMs), and male and female sex workers. Creative, original and innovative ideas are encouraged. Applicants with support from local governmental and private sector organizations will also be considered.

View links for details:

Guidelines for the 2014 U.S. Ambassador’s PEPFAR Small Grants Program:

Application Form:

The submission deadline for proposals is May 16, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. 

The 2015/2016 Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program

The U.S. Embassy welcomes 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 (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 the fields of:

Sustainable Development:
a. Agricultural and Rural Development
b. Economic Development/Finance and Banking
c. Natural Resources, Environmental Policy, and Climate Change
d. Urban and Regional Planning

Democratic Institution Building:
a. Communications/Journalism
b. Law and Human Rights
c. Public Policy Analysis and Public Administration
d. Trafficking in Persons Policy and Prevention
e. Technology Policy and Management
f. Human Resource Management

a. Educational Administration, Planning and Policy
b. Higher Education Administration
c. Teaching of English as a Foreign Language

Public Health:
a. Public Health Policy and Management
b. HIV/AIDS Policy and Prevention
c. Substance Abuse Education, Prevention, and Treatment

Appropriate candidates are mid-career professionals in leadership positions who have the required experience/ skills, commitment to public service, and potential for advancement in their professions. Prospective-fellows should have a minimum of five years professional experience and should be policy rather than research or technically oriented.

By providing future leaders and policy makers with experience in U. S. society, culture, and professional fields, the program provides a basis for lasting, productive ties between Americans and their professional counterparts overseas. Applications close on July 11, 2014. For further information on the Humphrey Fellowship program please see

Interested persons may also visit or email for further details on eligibility and other program requirements.

NOT ELIGIBLE: Recent graduates (even if they have significant positions); university teachers or researchers with no management responsibilities (except in the fields of drug abuse prevention); individuals with less than five years of work experience; individuals with recent academic or professional U.S. experience (more than 6 months within the last 5 years); individuals who have attended a graduate school in the U.S. for one academic year or more during the seven years prior to August 2015; and individuals with dual U.S. citizenship or U.S. permanent resident status.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS: Jamaican citizenship; permanent employment in Jamaica; a university degree; English proficiency and prospective Fellows should be no older than 45 years old at the beginning of the program on August 1, 2014.

NIDA-FUNDED HUMPHREY FELLOWSHIPS (DRUG ABUSE): The drug abuse component of the field of public health policy and management emphasizes drug abuse education, treatment, and prevention. Fellowships funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) target more specialized candidates. Appropriate candidates for NIDA-funded Humphrey Fellowships include mid-level researchers, research managers and policy makers in universities, drug abuse prevention or treatment programs, health or social services industries or medical facilities. Candidates preferably should have a doctoral degree or equivalent in medicine, health, or behavioral or social science. Professionals employed by social welfare, education, or community-based organizations would be appropriate if they meet the general eligibility criteria. Law enforcement candidates are not eligible unless they have a public health focus on drug abuse epidemiology, education, treatment, or prevention, and meet the requirements to follow a program based in a school of public health.

NIDA question sheet: All candidates applying for fellowships in the field of drug abuse should fill out the NIDA form regardless of degree held, number of publications, or research experience. Candidates in other fields should omit the NIDA page.

NATURE OF THE PROGRAM: It is essential that candidates have a clear understanding of the professional development component of the program. If a candidate’s intent is to pursue an advanced academic degree, or to attend a specific university, he/she cannot be nominated for the program.

APPLICATIONS: The deadline for receipt of applications is JULY 11, 2014.

Access the on-line application at


SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS: Official sealed copies of university transcript(s), sealed reference letters and forms (typewritten) and curriculum vitae.

Supporting documents should be mailed to the following addresses:

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

SELECTION: Selection for the Humphrey program is competitive. Review panels give special consideration to the 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, shortlisted candidates will be advised and invited for an interview.

Local selections will be made, followed by final selections in the United States by independent review committees and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Awards will be announced by Spring 2015.


Academic placement in a non-degree program: The Humphrey program is not designed to lead to a degree. Rather, fellows pursue tailored study programs at participating host institutions. There is no provision for fellows to request a particular university for placement. A university is chosen based on the richness of its institutional resource base and level of support and guidance it offers to the participants. Each campus has a designated faculty coordinator for academic and administrative support. Faculty advisers also assist fellows in balancing academic and professional experience.
Professional development: this is one of the strongest features of the program. Each fellow’s professional plan may include professional visits, conferences, and a professional affiliation (work placement) of at least six weeks. Early in the academic year, each fellow develops, with assistance from the Institute of International Education (IIE), the campus – coordinator, and faculty advisers, a plan for professional activities carefully geared to the fellow’s need for relevant, practical professional experiences.


The Humphrey Fellowship provides tuition and university fees, a monthly maintenance allowance, a book and supplies allowance, a computer subsidy, round-trip international travel to the host institution, and domestic travel to Washington, D.C. for a special seminar. Supplementary funds are available for professional activities such as field trips or attendance at conferences. Humphrey Fellowships are not renewable. Humphrey Fellows should plan to bring with them some personal funds to cover incidental expenses not covered in the grant. Humphrey Fellowships do not include funds for dependents (family members). Humphrey Fellows are responsible for providing travel, insurance, and financial support for any dependents accompanying them to the United States. Therefore, dependents should not arrive in the United States until the Fellows are settled in their academic year programs and have secured housing (at least 30 days after the Fellow’s arrival).

By providing future leaders and policy makers with experience in U. S. society, culture, and professional fields, the program provides a basis for lasting, productive ties between Americans and their professional counterparts overseas. Applications close on July 11, 2014. For more information on the Humphrey Fellowship program see Please email for further details on eligibility other program requirements.

The 2015/2016 Fulbright Graduate Student Program

The Fulbright Graduate Student Program grants are awarded to qualified graduates, with a first- or upper second- class honors Bachelor’s degree, who wish to continue their studies for either a Master’s degree or a Ph.D. degree. Candidates in the humanities, natural sciences, mathematics/engineering, or social sciences who wish to continue their studies in the United States for either a Master’s or a Ph.D. degree in these fields are eligible to apply. This is a very competitive program, and consideration will only be given to Jamaican-citizen graduates of tertiary institutions. Persons with “green cards” (alien registration cards), already pursuing studies at a U.S. university, or are resident in the United States are NOT eligible to apply for these awards. Recipients should plan to return to Jamaica on completion of their studies in the U.S. and must spend at least two years in Jamaica before they would be eligible for consideration to emigrate to the U.S.

Applicants are required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), dependent on the field of study. Applicants must submit their GRE or GMAT scores along with their applications to be considered for interview. This requirement must be met even if the prospective university does not need these scores for matriculation. Please use the online Fulbright Student application available on this website. The applicant should create an account and electronically submit the application by the stated deadline. Applicants need to submit along with this application three letters of recommendation, electronically or hardcopy. Please note that electronic letter submission is convenient, and this process allows only program administrators to view such letters. The recommendation letter should be confidential and if submitted as a hardcopy, contact the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy, Kingston for instructions, questions or concerns.

Completed applications should be submitted no later than Friday, May 30, 2014. Interviews for short-listed candidates will take place in the Embassy’s Public Affairs Section in June 2014.

Application website:
GRE website:
GMAT website:

For instructions:



8 thoughts on “Three Opportunities: From the U.S. Embassy, Kingston

  1. Thanks for the information you’ve provided. I heard about a grant program for writers though which I noticed was not mentioned here. It’s the Iowa International Writing Program. It seems like a great opportunity as well though the deadline is May 16th.


    1. Yes, the details are at this website: Two or three up and coming Jamaican writers have participated in the past, I know. If you are interested in the Program you should contact the Public Affairs Section at the U.S. Embassy. I don’t see it on the website but I am aware of that program, too…


      1. Thanks a lot. I contacted them but apparently you need to either have a book published or have your work featured in “significant publications” for at least two years. Since I’ve only been published in The Gleaner and Observer I figured it’s best to wait until next year. Gonna work on getting published in a few literary journals, etc.

        Do you know which Jamaicans participated before? Did they publish books prior to participating in the Iowa program?


      2. Sorry to reply rather belatedly, Tricia. Yes, I do know that the Jamaican poet Millicent Graham (who is Jamaica-based, and you can find her on Facebook) and also I think Kei Miller both participated. Maybe one or two others in the past. Kei is based in UK. By the way, Millicent has something called The Drawing Room Project (workshops and other events for writers) if you are interested. She is planning a retreat over the weekend of May 24/25 in St. Mary.


      3. Oh, cool. I know both of them. Not personally but I’m aware of their work. I can see why they’ve said the program is very competitive. Thanks for the info. Won’t be able to go to the retreat but maybe another time.


    1. No, Dennis. The Hubert Humphrey Program is for “mid-career professionals.” Sadly, there are no programs I know of for which retired people would qualify!


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