Hubert H. Humphrey scholarship program competition 2022-2023
The application deadline ended on August 15, 2021
The Public Affairs Section of the United States Embassy in Belgrade is pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications from Serbian citizens to participate in the prestigious Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program for the 2022-23 academic year. It is a competitive global competition. If you are looking to broaden your perspectives, become a global leader, and give back to Serbian society upon your return, the Humphrey scholarship is for you.
the Humphrey Program is sponsored by the United States Department of State with funding provided by the United States government and supported in its implementation by the Institute of International Education. Over 6,000 fellows representing 162 countries have participated in the program since its inception in 1978, including 20 Serbs in the past decade.
Successful candidates are young, accomplished mid-career professionals in leadership roles who have demonstrated a commitment to public service and who have the potential to advance in their field. Applicants should be interested in strengthening their leadership skills through a mutual exchange of knowledge and views with Americans and with fellows from other countries they meet during this program on issues of common interest. . The practical experience in the United States gained through this program, as well as a better understanding of American society and culture, will provide Humphrey Fellows with the basis of lasting and productive bonds with their American counterparts in the years to come.
The Humphrey Fellowship is competitively awarded to applicants from the public and private sectors of Serbia with strong leadership potential and commitment to service who focus on the following areas:
- Economic development.
- Finance and banking.
- Analysis of public policies and public administration.
- Technology policy and management.
- Law and human rights.
- Policy and prevention of trafficking in persons.
- Agricultural and rural development.
- Natural resources, environmental policy and climate change.
THE HUMPHREY PROGRAM EXPERIENCE
The one-year scholarship offers valuable opportunities for both without diploma graduate studies, leadership development, networking and substantial professional collaboration with American counterparts through hands-on work experience.
The freedom from the requirements needed to earn a degree gives each scholar greater flexibility to follow a stand-alone and individualized program. Although the Humphrey Fellows are hosted at American universities, we would like to point out that this is a professional, non-academic exchange program. Some universities welcome fellows in the same area of interest, so applicants are not able to apply for placement at particular academic institutions. Under no circumstances can Humphrey Fellows move from non-degree status to degree status at their host university.
Beyond graduate courses, professional enrichment activities include attending conferences, training programs, site visits and ‘professional affiliation’, i.e. hands-on work experience. full-time in a US work environment for at least six weeks. At the start of the academic year, with the assistance of the Humphrey Coordinator and academic advisors from the university, each scholar will develop a detailed plan of hands-on professional activities focused on their Humphrey program goals.
During the year, fellows pursue their individual program goals and work closely with their fellow Humphrey through workshops and seminars. The program also encourages fellows to move away from their home campuses to learn more about American culture and to network with their American peers.
Suitable candidates are young, mid-career professionals in leadership positions in the public and private sectors who have demonstrated a commitment to public service and potential for advancement.
We strongly encourage both men and women to apply, as well as people with disabilities and individuals from other underserved groups.
The technical eligibility conditions are:
- Serbian citizenship and eligibility to obtain a US visa.
- An undergraduate university degree.
- A minimum of five years of full-time professional experience in the relevant field by August 2022.
- Little or no previous experience in the United States.
- Demonstrated leadership qualities.
- A public service report in the community.
- Fluency * in written and spoken English. Applicants will normally have a score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) of 525 (on paper) or 71 (on the Internet). If you have taken a TOEFL exam in the past, the scores are valid for two years. The TOEFL exam is not mandatory at the time of application. Candidates who pass the interview will receive instructions to register for the TOEFL exam.
* To note: In addition to the pre-academic language training traditionally offered to all selected applicants, the Humphrey program offers long-term English language training (LTE) opportunities to facilitate the participation of those who may not have sufficient language skills. advanced in English at the time of application. LTE applicants typically have TOEFL scores between 440-500 (paper test) or 42-61 (internet test). LTE participants will travel to the United States early for intensive 20-25 week language training to improve their English skills before making the transition to their home college campuses at the start of the year. academic 2020-2021.
Please note that the following people are ineligible to apply for the Humphrey program:
Non-eligible applicants include:
- Recent university graduates (even if they hold important positions);
- University professors or university researchers without managerial responsibilities;
- Individuals who attended graduate school in the United States for one or more academic years in the seven years prior to August 2022;
- Individuals with in-country experience of any kind in the United States for more than six months in the five years prior to August 2022; and
- Individuals with dual US citizenship or US permanent resident status may not apply for the program; they are not eligible for a J visa.
- Local employees of United States missions abroad who work for the United States Department of State and their family members, as well as persons who work for or are otherwise associated with an organization responsible for appointing or selecting people to participate in any Office of Education and Culture Business Exchange Programs (ECA) are not eligible for grants during the period of their employment and for one year after termination of employment.
Priority will be given to applicants with no recent experiences in a third country, in particular in a developed country.
APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS
Beyond demonstrating the required experience, skills and commitment to public service, applicants will also be expected to explain throughout the application process how they might benefit from the unique opportunities offered in the Humphrey program. The main questions to be answered are: Why do you need this experience at this point in your career? How are you exactly and how are you Serbia benefit from your participation in this program?
Applications are due August 15, 2021. Below is information on how to apply.
Within ten days, we will contact shortlisted applicants to attend an interview at the U.S. Embassy in Belgrade on August 31, 2021.
Candidates who pass the interview will be registered for the TOEFL exam. We will then forward the application files with the TOEFL results to Washington.
The final selection of candidates will be announced in Washington, DC in February 2022.
The finalists will then need to apply for a visa. The Embassy will assist the candidate with this process and other administrative requirements, including the medical examination.
DEPENDENTS (FAMILY MEMBERS)
The Humphrey scholarship covers air travel, stipend, and other costs, but all expenses are budgeted only for the fellow himself. The price makes do not include additional allowances or funds of any kind for dependents, ie family members. Applicants who expect dependents to join them for all or part of the U.S. scholarship year should keep the high cost of living in mind. They must also receive prior approval from the Humphrey program that they have sufficient personal funds to cover living expenses and health insurance for dependents and (if applicable) child care. Dependents can absolutely do not come during the ELT period when the scholarship holder is engaged in an intensive study of English in preparation for the scholarship year.
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: August 15, 2021
HOW TO REGISTER:
Interested candidates should apply online at https://apply.iie.org/huberthhumphrey
You will need to collect additional documents:
- Copy of passport (biological data page);
- Proof of your employment in Serbia (letter from the employer confirming the employment and certified translation if the letter is in Serbian);
- Copy of university degree (s);
- Certified university transcripts including course listings and grades received;
- Curriculum vitae (CV) or resume;
- TOEFL scores (if available).
These additional documents must be sent by August 15, 2021 at:
U.S. Embassy Belgrade
Public affairs section
Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program
Bulevar kneza Aleksandra Karadjordjevica 92
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