Competition Cycle: From February 2nd to May 31st, 2020

For the Academic year of 2021-22

1. SUMMARY:  The Humphrey Fellowship is a one-year program that combines non-degree graduate level academic work with professional development opportunities. This Commission may also accept applications for the Long-Term English option, described in Section 2 below.

The Program information, application requirements and details described below and on this page are specific to Jordan and may slightly vary from other countries.

2. HIGHLIGHTS: In addition to this Fellowship Award, the pre-academic language training traditionally available, the Humphrey program is again offering a Long-Term English (LTE) language training opportunity to facilitate the participation of candidates from non-elite populations, rural areas, minority groups and others who may be excellent candidates but are lacking the necessary language skills.  LTE participants will be brought to the U.S. for an intensive 16-week pre-academic program to improve their language skills.  LTE candidates should meet all Humphrey program requirements, including leadership ability and commitment to public service, but may have lower language proficiency than would normally be required. Candidates for LTE typically have scores in the 440-500 TOEFL range.


3. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program is a Fulbright program that brings accomplished mid-level professionals to the United States for a year of academic and professional work.  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.  Fellows are nominated by the Binational Fulbright Commission in Jordan based on demonstrated potential for leadership and commitment to public service.  Final approval of candidates recommended by this Commission and the independent panels in Washington, provided by the FSB.



      a. Academic:  The Humphrey program is not designed to lead to a degree and is classified as a non-degree program. Humphrey Fellows technically cannot transfer from the Humphrey Program to degree status in any program. Applicants will not be able to become degree candidates after they arrive in the U.S Rather, Humphrey Fellows pursue tailored study programs at participating host institutions, where the freedom from the requirements of a degree program gives each Fellow the flexibility to pursue an individualized program.  There is no provision for Fellows to request placement at any particular university.  Approximately 15 campuses have been selected through a competitive process to host fellows in groups with significant thematic and subject affinities. Each university is chosen based on institutional resources and the level of support and guidance it offers to the participants.  Each campus has a designated faculty coordinator for academic and administrative support. Faculty advisors also assist Fellows in pursuing balanced academic and professional programs.

      b. Professional:  A Fellow's professional-development plan may include professional visits, conferences, and a professional affiliation (work attachment) which must be at least six weeks in duration.  Early in the academic year, each Fellow develops, with assistance from the local campus coordinator and faculty advisors, a plan for professional activities carefully geared to the Fellow's need for relevant, practical professional experiences.


5. FELLOWSHIP FIELDS:  The eligible fields are:
      ● Agricultural and Rural Development                    
      ● Communications/Journalism 
      ● Economic Development                                         
      ● Educational Administration, Planning and policy 
      ● Finance and Banking                                            
      ● Higher Education Administration 
      ● HIV/AIDS Policy and Prevention                           
      ● Human Resource Management 
      ● Law and Human Rights                                         
      ● Natural resources, Environmental Policy and Climate Change 
      ● Public Health Policy and Management                
      ● Public Policy Analysis and Public Administration 
      ● Teaching of English as a Foreign Language       
      ● Substance Abuse Education, Treatment and Prevention 
      ● Technology Policy and Management                   
      ● Trafficking in Persons Policy and Prevention 
      ● Urban and Regional Planning



      a. Appropriate candidates are mid-career professionals in leadership positions who have a commitment to public service and the potential for professional advancement.  Prospective Fellows should have a minimum of five years of professional experience, after completing a university degree, prior to May 2020 and should be interested in the policy aspects of their fields of specialization.  Candidates must have completed a university degree program requiring at least four years of full-time study in order to qualify for admission to U.S. programs of graduate study. Candidates should be proficient in both written and spoken English and should normally have a minimum Test of English as a Foreign Language (iBT/TOEFL) score of 75 in the Internet Based Test.  (Candidates with lower scores may be nominated for the Long-Term English training.)  In general, candidates should have both the need to participate in the program and the potential to benefit from it. Accordingly, they should demonstrate the required experience, skills, and commitment while also indicating how they can benefit from this program in ways that they have not experienced previously and are not likely to experience without the Humphrey Program.


      b. A candidate may be removed from consideration if he/she does not meet all of the technical eligibility requirements. Ineligible candidates include recent university graduates (even if they have significant positions), university teachers or academic researchers with no management responsibilities (except in the fields of substance abuse prevention and treatment and the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language), individuals who have attended a graduate school in the United States for one academic year or more during the seven years prior to May 2020; and individuals with other recent U.S. experience (more than six months during the five years prior to May 2020).  Individuals with dual U.S. citizenship or U.S. permanent resident status may not apply to the program, since they are ineligible for a J visa.

      c.  ● Diversity - The Binational Fulbright Commission in Jordan strives to ensure that its efforts reflect the diversity of both, Jordanian and American societies.  The Commission seeks and encourages the involvement of people from traditionally underrepresented audiences in all its scholarships, grants, programs and other higher educational exchange activities and its workforce and workplace.  Opportunities are open to people regardless of their race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, geographic location, socio-economic status, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity. The Commission is committed to fairness, equity and inclusion. 

7. APPLICATION FORMS:  click on each link below to access the document

    ● Click here to download the:  2020-21 Humphrey Eligibility Guidelines 

      ● Click here to download the:  2021-22 HHH Fields of Study Descriptions 

      ● Click here to download the:  2021-22 HHH Information and Application Instructions 

      ● Click here to download the:  2021-22 HHH Program Application Form 

       ● Click here to download the: 2021-22  HHH Recommendation Letter from - Employer

      ● Click here to download the: 2021-22  HHH Recommendation Letter - Non-employer
      a. Application Questions:  Responses should be drafted and completed by the applicant. Responses should provide detailed information about the candidate's plans for professional development and how they relate to the candidate's goals and Jordan’s needs.  Independent review panelists rely heavily on the proposed program plan in evaluating the candidate's communication skills, his/her understanding of the Humphrey program, and the candidate's need for it. Whether an HHH applicant works in the public sector or the private sector, the panelists also look for clear articulation of a commitment to public service.


      b. Visual Presentation: Typed or computer generated applications are required.


      c. Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Page: All candidates applying for fellowships in the field of substance abuse prevention and treatment should complete the special form for candidates in this field regardless of degree held, number of publications or research experience.  Candidates in other fields should omit this page of the application.


      d. English Language Testing: U.S. universities require current English language test scores for candidates from Jordan.  Applicants with iBT/TOEFL scores lower than 75 on the Internet-Based Test (iBT) are not technically eligible for the regular Humphrey competition but may be eligible for the Long-Term English program.  All potential applicants should take their language test immediately so that you may include your scores with your completed application by the 31 May 2020 deadline.

      e. IELTS: This Commission has reported problems with the registration and administration of TOEFL tests in Jordan.  Recently, increasing numbers of universities have started to accept the International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic), generally requiring scores in the 6.0-6.5 range.  If a prospective applicant has experienced excessive difficulty in signing up for the TOEFL exam, please submit your current IELTS score Report with you completed HHH application. 

      f. Reference Letters: You are required to submit three letters of reference, one of them must be from an immediate supervisor in your current position. Please download HHH recommendation letters form, above.



8. DEPENDENTS:  The Humphrey Fellowship stipend is not sufficient to support anyone in addition to the grantee. Awards do not include an additional allowance for dependents. Candidates are advised of the high cost of living in the United States if you are considering whether to have dependents join you in the U.S. Dependents may not accompany fellows to English language training.  Fellows who wish to have family members join them during all or part of their fellowship year must receive prior approval following a technical review of evidence that they have adequate personal funds to cover living expenses and dependents' health insurance.  Health insurance for dependents is required and may cost 200 dollars per month per dependent. Failure to provide adequate dependent health insurance coverage is grounds for terminating the grant award due to non-compliance with J visa requirements. 


9. MEDICAL EXAMS:  Medical exams are not required as part of the application process. It is not necessary to complete medical evaluation forms until a candidate’s HHH Award has been finalized and has been notified by this Commission.

      Note: Contact the Fulbright Commission to request a sample of the application. When you download the application,
     do not change the format of the forms, the pagination, the fonts or the type size.

10.  We wish to inform qualified and interested candidates that the Humphrey Fellowship Program has launched a new website at: 

11.  They have also launched a new Facebook page, visit HERE.

12.  In addition, to the above details on this Fellowship Program, potential applicants can also receive supplemental and comprehensive information and gain a deeper understanding of the program from both the website and the Facebook page.



FAQs (HHH Fellowship)

Q: When is the final Hubert H. Humphrey award selections announced?

A:The applications will be reviewed and determined by the Commission’s Selection Review Committee (SRC) approximately five months from the final date of receiving applications (May 31st).


Q: What is the Hubert H. Humphrey (HHH) Fellowship?

A: The Hubert H. Humphrey (HHH) Fellowship is a mid-career professional non-degree program for qualified candidates in leadership positions that have a commitment to public service.


Q: What is the release letter that the applicant should secure if nominated for this fellowship?

A: A release letter is an official letter from the applicants’ work stating that he/she will be able to secure a release from his/her duties for the Humphrey fellowship once the nominations are announced.


Q: How many years of experience should the applicant have in order to apply?

A: A minimum of five (5) years of professional experience and should be interested in the policy aspects of their fields of specialization.


Q: How long is the Humphrey fellowship?

A: The Humphrey Fellowship is a nine-month, non-degree program that combines academic work with professional experience.  


Q: Should the applicant sit for the TOEFL (iBT) or IELTS test?

A: Yes, all candidates should have a minimum Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 75 on the Internet Based Test (iBT) or a 6.0 – 7.0 on the IELTS. 


Q: What is the institutional code that the applicant should indicate for the TOEFL (iBT)?

A: You must indicate that you want your official score reports to be sent to Institute of International Education (Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program) Code Number 9616 and to the Binational Fulbright Commission, Code Number 8293. You must be sure to indicate these two codes (9616 and 8293) on the registration forms or on the answer sheets provided at the time you take the examination.



Q: What are the chances of an applicant who meets all the requirements?

A: The chances of the applicant will greatly depend on the competition with other applicants.


Q: Can an applicant with dual nationalities (Jordanian and American) citizenship eligible to apply?

A: No, it is only for Jordanian citizens residing in Jordan.


Q: How can I contact the Fulbright Commission by E-mail?

A: Please address all your queries to the following E-mail address:

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