2021-22 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program

The U.S. Embassy in Croatia is pleased to announce the competition for the 2021-2022 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program. This annual program for accomplished young and mid-career professionals with demonstrated leadership potential offers one year in the United States for non-degree graduate-level study, leadership development, and substantive professional collaboration with U.S. counterparts. By providing future leaders and policymakers with experience in American society, culture, and professional fields, the program provides a basis for lasting, productive ties between Americans and their professional counterparts overseas.

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program’s primary sponsor is the U.S.  Department of State. The Program is administered under a cooperative agreement with the Institute of International Education (IIE). These two agencies work in partnership with a network of universities  competitively selected to host Humphrey Fellows.

In Croatia, the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program  is a joint program of the U.S. Department of State and the Government of Croatia and is administered by the U.S. Embassy in cooperation with the Ministry of Science and Education, and the Agency for Mobility and EU Programs.

The application for the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship is found here:  https://apply.iie.org/huberthhumphrey

The submission deadline for the online application is midnight (local Croatian time) on June 29, 2020.


Academic: The Humphrey program is a non-degree program. Humphrey Fellows cannot transfer from non-degree status to degree status under any circumstances. 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 a self-directed, 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 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. In addition, faculty advisors also assist Fellows in pursuing balanced academic and professional programs.

Leadership and Professional Development: Professional enrichment activities include professional visits, enhancement skills workshops, conferences, training programs, and professional affiliation (also known as placement). The professional affiliation provides firsthand exposure to a U.S. work environment on a full-time basis for a minimum period of six weeks. Early in the academic year, each Fellow develops, with assistance from the local campus coordinator and faculty advisors, a detailed plan of practical professional activities geared to the Fellow’s Humphrey program objectives.


Sustainable Development

  1. Agricultural and Rural Development
  2. Economic Development/Finance and Banking
  3. Natural Resources, Environmental Policy, and Climate Change
  4. Urban and Regional Planning

Democratic Institution Building

  1. Communications and Journalism
  2. Law and Human Rights
  3. International Religious Freedom
  4. Public Policy Analysis and Public Administration
  5. Trafficking in Persons Policy and Prevention
  6. Technology Policy and Management
  7. Human Resource Management


  1. Educational Administration, Planning and Policy
  2. Higher Education Administration
  3. Teaching of English as a Foreign Language

Public Health

  1. Public Health Policy and Management
  2. HIV/AIDS Policy and Prevention
  3. Substance Abuse Education, Prevention, and Treatment (NOTE: The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S.  Department  of  State cooperates with the National Institute on Drug Abuse, which provides co-funding, to work with Humphrey Fellows in the field of substance abuse. Candidates must have either a research background in the field or demonstrated ability to learn the results and policy implications of current research. The candidates must complete the supplementary field-specific page of the Humphrey application for this topic area.)
  4. Contagious and Infectious Diseases

CANDIDATE PROFILE:  Appropriate candidates are young and mid-career professionals in leadership positions who have demonstrated a commitment to public service and the potential for professional advancement. Prospective Fellows should have a minimum of five years full-time professional experience (prior to August 2021) in the relevant field, after completing a university degree, and should be interested in the policy aspects of their field of specialization. Candidates must have completed a university degree program requiring at least four years of full-time study to qualify for participation in U.S. graduate study programs.  Candidates should be proficient in both written and spoken English. Candidates 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. Applicants should indicate how their participation would benefit their institution and community.


Ineligible candidates include recent university graduates; university teachers or academic researchers with no management responsibilities (except in the fields of Substance Abuse Education, Prevention, and Treatment and 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 August 2021; individuals with U.S. in-country experience of any kind lasting more than six months during the five years prior to August 2021; individuals with dual U.S. citizenship or U.S. permanent residence status; and individuals who have previously participated in U.S. Government sponsored programs: Humphrey, Fulbright and JFDP.


  • Croatian citizenship
  • Evidence of employment in the Republic of Croatia (full time or by contract)
  • Five years of full-time professional experience in the relevant field
  • University degree (4-year undergraduate degree is required)
  • Proficiency in English

The on-line application is open from May 11 through June 29, 2020. Please find the application here: https://apply.iie.org/huberthhumphrey

All applications, including references, undergo technical and academic reviews. Candidates who satisfy all requirements will be interviewed by Croatian-American interviewing teams. Interviews will be scheduled for late summer 2020. Personal interviews are preferred but virtual interviews will be allowed if the epidemiological situation due to COVID-19 does not allow for in-person interviews. Based on interview results, the list of finalists will be submitted for final approval to the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board in the United States. Selected grantees will be notified of final approval in March 2021. Generally, programs will start in mid-August 2021.

Finalists for Humphrey awards will be required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) by September 2020. The U.S. Embassy in Croatia will arrange registration and cover the fees for the TOEFL test for all semi-finalists.

Application Forms:
Applicants can access the application here:  https://apply.iie.org/huberthhumphrey

Two recommendations, transcripts, and copies of diplomas with English-language translations should be uploaded electronically; paper documents will not be accepted.

Additional documents that must be uploaded with the application no later than midnight on June 29, 2020  :

  • Passport scan or a copy of “domovnica”
  • Original letter from employer confirming employment (may be through a contract) in Croatia (in English or Croatian)

Substance Abuse Applicants:
Candidates applying in the Substance Abuse field of study should complete field-specific questions not required of other fields.

Humphrey Fellows may bring dependents on J-2 visas to accompany them while in the United States if they meet all criteria described in this paragraph. All expenses for J-2 dependents must be covered by the Fellow. The Humphrey Fellowship stipend is not sufficient to support anyone in addition to the Fellow. Awards do not include an additional allowance for dependents. Dependents may not accompany Fellows to English- language training under any circumstances. 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 and  childcare. Health insurance for dependents is required and may cost USD 200 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.

Medical Forms:
Medical exams are not required as part of the initial application process. It is not necessary to complete medical evaluation forms until a candidate  is advanced to principal status.

Additional information about the Humphrey Fellowship, host universities, and program alumni is available at  www.humphreyfellowship.org.

If you are unable to upload the application or for any additional information please contact:

Public Affairs Office/Fulbright Program
e-mail: fulbrightcroatia@state.gov
Phone: 385-91-661-2344