Apply for the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program is a prestigious program for mid-career professionals. There are 55 Jamaican alumni of the program in a range of different fields, who are now contributing enormously to the country’s development. The U.S. Embassy in Jamaica is now seeking applicants. The deadline is midnight on Friday, July 1, 2016. Details below:

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.


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.


Prospective applicants must have or be: Jamaican citizenship; permanent employment in Jamaica; English proficient and 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, 2017; show leadership ability and commitment to public service; a minimum of five years substantial full-time professional experience and should be policy rather than research or technically oriented.


Persons ineligible for consideration include: 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 2016; and
Individuals with dual Jamaican and U.S. citizenship or U.S. permanent resident status.


The drug abuse component of the field of public health policy and management emphasizes drug abuse education, treatment, and prevention. Fellowships funded by the 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.


Only electronic submission of applications will be accepted. The online application is available at

Applications close at midnight on Friday, July 1, 2016. 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:


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

Counselor for Public Affairs

Public Affairs Section

142 Old Hope Road, Kingston 6

Re: Hubert H. Humphrey Program

SELECTION: 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.

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