Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program Competition 2023-2024

The application deadline ends on June 30, 2022

The Public Diplomacy Section of the U.S. 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 2023-24 academic year. This is a competitive global competition. If you want to broaden your outlook, become a global leader, and give back to Serbian society when you return, the Humphrey Scholarship is for you.

The Humphrey Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. government and supported in its implementation by the Institute of International Education. More than 6,000 scholars representing 162 countries have participated in the program since its inception in 1978. This has included 20 Serbs over the past decade.

Successful candidates are accomplished mid-career young professionals in leadership positions who have demonstrated a commitment to public service and have the potential for advancement in their fields. Applicants should be interested in strengthening their leadership skills through a mutual exchange of knowledge and perspectives with Americans and with fellows from other countries they meet during this program on issues of mutual concern . The hands-on experience in the United States gained through this program, along with increased familiarity with American society and culture, will provide Humphrey Scholars with the foundation for lasting and productive connections with their American counterparts in years to come.


The Humphrey Fellowship is awarded competitively to applicants from the public and private sectors in Serbia with strong leadership potential and commitment to service who focus on the following areas:

    • Economic development.
    • Analysis of public policies and public administration.
    • Technology policy and management.
    • Law and human rights.
    • Policy and prevention of human trafficking.
    • Agricultural and rural development.
    • Natural resources, environmental policy and climate change.
    • Urban and regional planning
    • Public Health Policy and Management
    • Higher Education Administration


The one-year fellowship provides valuable opportunities for non-degree academic study, leadership development, networking, and substantial professional collaboration with US counterparts through hands-on work experience.

The absence of the necessary requirements for a degree gives each scholar greater flexibility to pursue a self-directed and individualized program. Although Humphrey Scholars are housed at US universities, we would like to emphasize that this is a professional, not academic exchange program. Some universities will host fellows in the same area of ​​interest, so applicants cannot apply for placements at particular academic institutions. Under no circumstances can Humphrey Scholars change from non-degree to degree status at their host university.

Beyond university-level courses, professional enrichment activities include attendance at conferences, training programs, site visits, and “professional membership,” i.e. hands-on work experience at 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 practical professional activities focused on the goals of their Humphrey program.

During the year, fellows pursue their individual program goals and work closely with fellow Humphreys through workshops and seminars. The program also encourages fellows to travel away from their host campus 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 the potential for advancement.

  • We strongly encourage applications from both men and women, as well as people with disabilities and people from other underserved groups.
  • The technical eligibility conditions are:
  • Serbian citizenship and US visa eligibility.
  • An undergraduate university degree.
  • A minimum of five years of full-time professional experience in the relevant field by June 2023.
  • Limited or no experience in the United States.
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities.
  • A record of public service in the community.
  • Fluency* in written and spoken English. Applicants will normally have a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score 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 a requirement 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 available to all selected candidates, the Humphrey program offers long-term English language training (LTE) opportunities to facilitate the participation of those who may lack sufficiently advanced English language skills. English at the time of application. LTE applicants typically have TOEFL scores between 440 and 500 (paper test) or 42 and 61 (internet test). LTE participants will travel to the United States early for intensive language training lasting 20-25 weeks to improve their English skills before moving to their host college campuses at the start of the 2020 academic year. -21.

Please note that the following people are ineligible to apply for the Humphrey program:

  • Recent university graduates (even if they now hold important positions in their organization);
  • University teachers or university researchers without management responsibilities;
  • Individuals who attended a graduate school in the United States for one or more academic years in the seven years prior to August 2023;
  • Individuals with U.S. experience of any kind for more than six months in the five years prior to August 2023;
  • Individuals with dual U.S. citizenship or U.S. permanent resident status cannot apply for the program; they are not eligible for a J visa;
  • Local employees of U.S. missions abroad who work for the U.S. Department of State and their family members and individuals who work for or are otherwise associated with an organization that is responsible for the appointment or the selection of persons to participate in any Office of Education and Culture. Business Exchange Program (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 candidates without recent experience in a third country, in particular in a developed country.


In addition to demonstrating the required experience, skills and a commitment to public service, applicants will also be expected to explain throughout the application process how they could benefit from the unique opportunities available in the Humphrey program. The main questions to answer are: Why exactly do you need this experience at this stage of your career? How exactly are you and how will Serbia benefit from your participation in this program?

Applications are due June 30, 2022. Information on how to apply is below.
Within 30 days, we will contact shortlisted candidates to attend an interview at the U.S. Embassy in Belgrade in the first half of September 2022.

Candidates who pass the interview will be registered for the TOEFL exam. We will then send the application files with the TOEFL results to Washington.

The final selection of nominees will be announced in Washington, DC in February 2023.

Finalists will then need to apply for a visa. The Embassy will assist the candidate in this process and in other administrative formalities, including the medical examination.


The Humphrey Fellowship covers air travel, a stipend, and other expenses, but all expenses are budgeted solely for the fellow himself. The price does not include additional allowances or funds of any kind for dependents, i.e. family members. Applicants who plan to have dependents join them for all or part of the fellowship year in the United States should keep in mind the high cost of living. They must additionally receive pre-approval from the Humphrey Program that they have sufficient personal funds to cover living expenses and dependents’ health insurance and (if applicable) childcare. Dependents absolutely cannot come during the ELT period when the Fellow is engaged in intensive English study in preparation for the Fellowship year.



Interested applicants should apply online at

You will need to collect additional documents:

  • Copy of passport (bio data page);
  • Proof of your employment in Serbia (letter from employer confirming employment and certified translation if the letter is in Serbian);
  • Copy of university degree(s);
  • Certified university transcripts, including course lists and grades received;
  • Curriculum vitae (CV) or to resume;
  • TOEFL scores (if available).

These additional documents must be sent by mail before June 30, 2022 for:

United States Embassy in Belgrade
Public Diplomacy Section
Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program
92 Bulevar kneza rue Aleksandra Karadjordjevica
11000 Belgrade

For more information on the Hubert Humphrey Scholarship:

The Hubert Humphrey Scholarship Program is administered by the Institute of International Education (

For more information on the Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program, you can visit:

If you have any further questions, please contact the Public Diplomacy Section (PDS) of the U.S. Embassy in Belgrade by email at

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