Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program (Mid-career Training in the U.S.)

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Application Deadline- August 13, 2018

Malaysian-American Society is pleased to announce the competition for the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship program. The Hubert. H. Humphrey Fellowship Program is a Fulbright Program that brings accomplished young and mid-career professionals with demonstrated leadership potential to the United States for a year of non-degree graduate level study, leadership development, and substantive professional collaboration with U.S. counterparts. 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 based on potential for leadership and commitment to public service. Primary funding for the Humphrey program is provided by the Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs from its Congressional appropriation for exchanges.

The Humphrey program is classified as a non-degree program by the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). Humphrey Fellows cannot transfer from non-degree status to degree status under any circumstances. Humphrey Fellows pursue tailored study program 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 14 campuses have been selected through a competitive process to host Fellows in groups with thematic and subject affinities. Each institution 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.

Fellows’ professional enrichment activities include professional visits, conferences, training programs and a professional affiliation (work attachment). The professional affiliation provides first-hand exposure to an American work environment on a full-time-hand exposure to an American work environment on a full-time basis for a minimum period of 6 weeks. Early in the academic year, each Fellow develops, with assistance from the local campus coordinator and faculty advisors, a detailed plan for practical professional activities carefully geared to the Fellow’s Humphrey program objectives.


Applicant must be Malaysian citizens. Humphrey Program is designed to strengthen the leadership skills of men and women who will make contributions to their communities as well as their professional fields. Humphrey Fellowship nominees should be individuals working in either the public or private sector with demonstrated leadership ability and a commitment to public service and have assurances of reemployment upon their return home. Applicants should be at a level in their careers at which they will receive maximum benefit from a year’s study in the United States, limited or no prior experience in the United States and have strong English skills.

Prospective fellows should have a minimum of five years of professional experience prior to August 2018 and should be interested in policies pertaining to their fields of specialization.

In addition:

  • Candidates should be in good health.
  • 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 must be willing to share their knowledge of Malaysia with social, civic and other groups while in the United States.
  • Candidates should be proficient in both written and spoken English and should have a minimum Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) 71 iBT.
  • Candidates should have both the need to participate in the program and the potential to benefit from it. 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.
  • Candidates should realize that they have a commitment to return home after their Fellowship for at least two years to use the skills and knowledge they have acquired to assist the community and the country.
  • Be physically present in Malaysia at the time of the interview

Technically ineligible candidates:

  • Recent university graduates (even with significant positions)
  • 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)
  • Individual who have attended a graduate school in the United States for one academic or more during the seven years prior to August 2019
  • Individuals with U.S. in-country experience of any kind lasting more than six months during the five years prior to August 2019

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program

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