Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship (HHH)

The Humphrey Fellowship is a one-year program that combines non-degree graduate-level academic work with professional development opportunities.

This opportunity is now open for applications between February and June of 2021

Application cycle:

February 1, 2021

June 30, 2021

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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.

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.

Application and Nomination Timeline


  • 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 June 2021 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.

Who is ineligible to apply for this award?

  • 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 June 2021; and individuals with other recent U.S. experience (more than six months during the five years prior to June 2021).
  • 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.

Required Tests

Required Documents

Required Characteristics

Required Fields

Sustainable Development

- Agricultural and Rural Development

Suitable candidates include individuals from the public sector, non-governmental organizations, and business focused on agricultural and food system development and/or rural development.

- Economic Development

Suitable candidates include policy makers and administrative managers focusing on contemporary development issues including population growth, agriculture and industrial development, poverty and income distribution, labor markets, and foreign trade.

- Finance and Banking

Suitable candidates include individuals who are involved in the management of financial institutions, the regulation of depository institutions and securities, transnational lending and trade financing, or public-private partnerships.

- Natural Resources, Environmental Policy, and Climate Change

Natural resource and environmental managers are appropriate candidates for this field. Policy makers working on the protection of natural resources, water quality, pollution control, land use, conservation, and environmental impact assessment are also suitable.

- Urban and Regional Planning

Appropriate candidates for this field include architects, engineers, planners, urban designers, urban economists and sociologists, and historic preservation specialists.

Democratic Institution Building

- Communications/Journalism

Appropriate candidates include those using media in all its current forms to facilitate global development for their country. Journalists in this field could work for private media outlets or state-run public broadcasters with a focus on independent reporting and transparency.

- International Religious Freedom

Individuals who are contributing to local, national, or international efforts to promote religious freedom are appropriate candidates.

- Law and Human Rights

Attorneys, judges, and human rights activists are the most suitable candidates in this field.

- Public Policy Analysis and Public Administration

This field may be interpreted very broadly. Policy issues that pastFellows addressed have included: regional economic and work force development planning; public management and leadership; financial management in public and non-profit organizations; poverty and inequality; gender; public finance and revenue administration; domestic and foreign development policies; political transition to market-based democracy; planning and the global knowledge economy; and private sector development.

- Trafficking in Persons Policy and Prevention

Candidates include foreign government officials, NGO activists, and media specialists who are focused on anti-trafficking issues. Humphrey Fellows can focus in areas of public administration, NGO administration, law and human rights, social work, communications and journalism, and public health as applied to anti-trafficking program management and policy-making.

- Technology Policy and Management

Network administrators, engineers, and urban planners involved in formulating technology policy and planning and managing technological change and systems are suitable candidates in this field.

- Human Resource Management

The most suitable candidates in this field are those individuals dealing with institutional change and setting personnel policies and procedures. These might be human resource managers or individuals from various fields who have been charged with re-organizing a department or ministry, for example.


- Educational Administration, Planning and Policy

Individuals who are contributing to national or regional education planning, policy development and implementation make good candidates. University professors with an exclusively academic focus are not suitable; however, university professors in administrative or policy-making positions are eligible.

- Higher Education Administration

This field of study is intended for individuals who devote a significant portion of their professional life to policy formation, strategic decision-making, planning and management in higher education.Individuals holding administrative or policy-making positions at institutions of higher education, non-profit organizations or government ministries are eligible.

- Teaching of English as a Foreign Language

Appropriate candidates include teacher trainers and master teachers in the field of Teaching English as a Foreign Language if they are interested in teacher training, curriculum development, and methodology.

Public Health

- Contagious and Infectious Diseases

Physicians, health educators, and practitioners with management and policy-making responsibilities working to prevent, detect, and respond to infectious and contagious disease threats and improve global health security are appropriate candidates for this field.

- Public Health Policy and Management

Physicians, clinicians with management responsibilities, health educators, and other practitioners with policy-making responsibilities in this field are suitable candidates. Past Fellows' interests have included:management of public health care organizations, health care delivery through community-based organizations, reproductive, adolescent and child health, and epidemiology in public health practice.

- HIV/AIDS Policy and Prevention

Physicians, health educators, communication specialists, and policy analysts who are interested in HIV/AIDS policy, treatment and prevention are appropriate candidates for this field. Candidates with a primary focus on clinical treatment are not appropriate.

- Substance Abuse Education, Treatment and Prevention

Candidates in this field may be focused on problems of alcohol, drug and tobacco use as well as broader areas of public health that relate to substance abuse, such as HIV/AIDS, mental health, medicine, psychology, social work and counseling.

For more details on each of those fields, please visit this LINK.

Program Components


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 13 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.


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.

English language proficiency

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 30 June 2021 deadline.

IELTS: This Commission accepts the International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic), generally requiring scores in the 6.0-7.0 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.

Important notes about the exams:

  • Upon registering for the TOEFL (iBT), you will have an account on the ETS system (Educational Testing Service).
  • In order to have original copies of your score reports (TOEFL) sent to Fulbright, you need to add a DI code (Institutional Code):
    (8293) for Fulbright Jordan.
  • For the TOEFL exam, the codes should be entered 48 hours prior the exam on your ETS account.
  • If you choose the IELTS exam instead of TOEFL: make sure you request an extra copy of your score reports to be delivered by mail, courier or hand-delivered from the British Council to the Fulbright Commission’s P.O. Box (find it under our CONTACT page), this service comes with a small fee paid to the British Council.


Required Essays and Letters

Unlike other applications, the HHH fellowship application is paper based, below you can find the needed documents to fill an application and submit to Fulbright

  • Click here to download the: 2022-23 - HHH Information and Application Instructions
  • Click here to download the: 2022-23 HHH Program Application Form

Recommendation letters

Reference letters:

You are required to submit three letters of reference, one of them must be from immediate supervisor in your current position. Please download HHH recommendation letters form, below.

  • Click here to download the: 2022-23 HHH Recommendation Letter from (Employer)
  • Click here to download the: 2022-23 HHH Recommendation Letter Form (Non-Employer)

What do we cover

  • 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
  • Air travel (international travel to and from the U.S. for the Program and domestic travel to required program events)
  • A Professional Development allowance for professional activities, such as field trips,professional visits and conferences.

How to apply

Unlike other applications, the HHH fellowship application is paper based, below you can find the needed documents to fill an application and submit to Fulbright, our address can be found on the CONTACT page.

  • Click here to download the:  2022-23 Humphrey Eligibility Guidelines
  • Click here to download the:  2022-23 HHH Fields of Study Descriptions
  • Click here to download the: 2022-23 - HHH Information and Application Instructions
  • Click here to download the: 2022-23 HHH Program Application Form
  • Click here to download the: 2022-23 HHH Recommendation Letter from (Employer)
  • Click here to download the: 2022-23 HHH Recommendation Letter Form (Non-Employer)

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.

Visual presentation:

Typed or computer generated applications are required.

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.

English language testing:

See section on the required English proficiency testing in the section above.

Reference letters:

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

J-1 Visa

Fulbright Students enter the United States on an Exchange Visitor (J-1) visa, under a Department of State exchange program, and are subject to the two-year home-country residency requirement, at the end of their graduate study in the U.S.

Additional Guidance

Important Note: Prospective Fulbright participants should be aware that public health conditions, availability of consular services and travel, as well as U.S. institutional operating status and policies may affect their ability to travel to the U.S. and participate in academic programs.

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

They have also launched a new Facebook page.

We are here to help:

  • Please visit periodically our Fulbright Facebook Page and Instagram page, for announcement of scheduled Information Sessions hosted by the Fulbright Commission.
  • Please Email any questions you may have during the application process at:
  • Or, you may contact the Jordanian Programs team for more information to: Mr. Naser on telephone extension #14 or Ms. Rana on extension #15, Sundays through Thursday, between 8:00 am and 3:00 pm.


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.


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 (June 30th).

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 the Binational Fulbright Commission, Code Number 8293. You must be sure to indicate this code 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 this following E-mail address:


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