Academic Exchange Programs Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program

As authorized by the Fulbright-Hays Act, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) seeks to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries by means of educational and cultural exchange programs, including the exchange of scholars, researchers,
professionals, students, and educators.

ECA programs foster engagement and encourage dialogue with citizens around the world.

Educational and cultural engagement is premised on the knowledge that mutual understanding, the development of future leaders, and the benefits of education programs influence societies and affect official decision-making almost everywhere in the world today.

ECA programs inform, engage, and influence participants across strategic sectors of society - including young people, women, teachers, scholars, journalists, and other professionals - increasing the number of foreign individuals who have first-hand experience with Americans and with the values of freedom, representative government, rule of law, economic choice, and individual dignity, while building international knowledge and capacity among Americans.

The Hubert H.

Humphrey Fellowship Program brings mid-career professionals from countries in states of development and transition to the U.S.

for a year of non-degree, graduate-level study and professional development.

Agency - Department of State

The Department of State strives to create a more secure, democratic and prosperous world for the benefit of the American people and the international community.

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2012: The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program awarded 192 certificates of completion to Fellows from 93 countries for academic year 2012-2013. Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funding is provided to a non-profit organization to support program administration as well as coordinating program logistics.

Funding supports activities such as publicity and recruitment, screening of participant applications, recruitment and selection of U. S. host institutions, communication with host institutions and recipients, payment of stipends, and the provision of enrichment activities.

The Hubert H.

Humphrey Fellowship Program is a Fulbright exchange activity that brings young and mid-career professionals from designated countries to the United States for a year of non-degree graduate-level study, leadership development, and professional collaboration with U. S. counterparts.

Humphrey Fellows are selected based on their potential for leadership and their commitment to public service in either the public or the private sector.

The Humphrey Program fosters a mutual exchange of knowledge and understanding about issues of common concern in the United States and the Fellows home countries.

The Program offers Fellows opportunities for leadership development and professional engagement with Americans and their counterparts from many nations.

Up to eighteen major universities in the United States serve as host campuses for Humphrey Fellows.

These host universities are chosen for their excellence in relevant Humphrey fields of study and for the resources and support they offer Humphrey Fellows.

Please refer to the announcement for further information.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility


Beneficiary Eligibility



Pursuant to the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961, as amended (Fulbright-Hays Act) the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State awards project grants and cooperative agreements to educational and cultural public or private nonprofit foundations or institutions. Applications may be submitted by public and private non-profit organizations meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 USC 501(c)(3). Organizations must have nonprofit status with the IRS at the time of application. Please refer to the for further eligibility criteria. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. Announcements are made on the website for organizations meeting eligibility requirements. Announcements are made as necessary during the fiscal year and are posted to the Department of State"s website:
The application procedures are described in the announcement.

Award Procedures

Final awards cannot be made until funds have been appropriated by Congress, allocated and committed through internal Bureau procedures. Successful applicants will receive a Federal Assistance Award (FAA) from the Bureau s Grants Office. The FAA and the original proposal with subsequent modifications (if applicable) shall be the only binding authorizing document between the recipient and the U.S. Government. The FAA will be signed by an authorized Grants Officer, and mailed to the recipient s responsible officer identified in the application.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


The Fulbright-Hays Act of 1961, as amended, Public Law 87-256, 22 U.S.C 2451.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 90 days.


Not Applicable.


As stated in the announcements.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements.
This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

As stated in the announcements. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Assistance is awarded/released through the Department"s central financial management database.

Post Assistance Requirements


Financial and Program Reporting requirements are described in the announcement.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports are not applicable.

As stated in the announcements.

As stated in the announcements.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. The Recipient must comply with the OMB audit requirements. For all DOS awards, regardless of business type, the Recipients are subject to the audit requirements found in OMB audit requirements. In addition, the Recipients are subject to the audit requirements found in the Single Audit Act of 1984, 31 U.S.C. 7501-7507. Please refer to the Department of State Standard Terms and Conditions for Domestic Financial Assistance Awards ( ) for additional guidance.


The Recipients must maintain financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other records pertinent to an award for a period of three years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report. Please refer to the Department of State Standard Terms and Conditions for Domestic Financial Assistance Awards ( ) for additional guidance.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Cooperative Agreements) FY 12 $14,094,260; FY 13 est $13,389,547; and FY 14 est $13,389,547

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Not Applicable, $14,094,260.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

As stated in the announcements. In addition, organizations should be familiar with OMB Circulars A-110 (Revised) (Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals and Other Nonprofit Organizations), A-122/A-21 (Cost Principles for Nonprofit Organizations; Indirect Costs), and A-133/A-128 (Audits of Institutions of Higher Education and Other Nonprofit Organizations) on cost accounting principles. For a copy of the OMB circulars cited, please contact Government Publications or download from

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

John Sedlins Department of State
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
Office of Global Educational Programs
Humphrey and Institutional Linkages Branch
2200 C Street, NW
SA-5, Rm. 4CC13, Washington, District of Columbia 20037 Email: Phone: (202) 632-6328

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

As stated in announcements.

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