Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program
The Humphrey Fellowship Program, sponsored by the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is a US government international exchange program supported by the people of the United States.
- Handbook for Fellows [PDF] - This handbook includes information for incoming Fellows, including arrival information, orientation schedule, and more.
Virginia Commonwealth University was selected by the Institute of International Education (IIE) and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), US Department of State, as a new site for the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program in 2006. The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program, a Fulbright exchange activity, brings accomplished professionals from selected developing countries of Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, Europe and Eurasia to the United States at a mid-point in their careers for a year of study and related practical professional experiences. Fellows are nominated by US Embassies or Fulbright Commissions based on their potential for leadership. By providing these future leaders with a shared experience of U.S. society and culture and of current US approaches to the fields in which they work, the Program provides a basis for lasting ties between citizens of the United States and their professional counterparts in other countries. Thus, the Humphrey Fellowship Program fosters an exchange of knowledge and mutual understanding, through which the United States joins in a significant partnership with participating countries.
Fellowships are granted competitively to professional candidates with a commitment to public service in both the public and the private sectors in a wide range of fields, including agricultural development, communications/journalism, economic development, education, law and human rights, and natural resources and environmental management. VCU joins 16 other universities from around the country in serving as a Humphrey Campus.
The VCU Humphrey Fellowship Program, located in the Department of Psychology, focuses on a broad range of health problems with an emphasis on understanding the behavioral, psychological, social and cultural factors that affect people’s health, and the use of behavior change interventions to promote positive health outcomes. Specific health problems addressed may include alcohol, drug and tobacco use, HIV/AIDS, mental health, developmental disabilities, obesity, violence, and eating disorders, among others. The program emphasizes the use of culturally appropriate, science-based prevention, treatment and policy interventions.
For the 2016-2017 year, VCU welcomes 12 Fellows from Bolivia, Burundi, Ecuador, Ghana, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Uruguay, Pakistan and Vietnam.
About the Program
The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program was initiated in 1978 to honor the memory and accomplishments of the late senator and vice president. The program brings accomplished professionals from designated countries of Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East and Eurasia to the U.S. at a midpoint in their careers for a year of study and related professional experiences. Fellows are selected based on their potential for national leadership and a demonstrated commitment to public service in either the public or private sector. The Humphrey Fellowship Program provides a basis for establishing long-lasting productive partnerships and relationships between U.S. citizens and their professional counterparts in other countries, fostering an exchange of knowledge and mutual understanding throughout the world.
This, then, is the test we must set for ourselves; not to march alone but to march in such a way that others will wish to join us. ~ Hubert H. Humphrey
For more on the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program, visit the Institute of International Education's Humphrey Fellowship Program web site.
In this video, Program Coordinator, Dr. J. Randy Koch describes the program.
This is a program of the US Department of State, administered by the Institute for International Education.