The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program


Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program

The U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa welcomes applications from qualified Congolese to the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program, which brings mid-career professionals to the United States for one year of non-degree study and related professional experience. Humphrey fellows are selected based on their potential for national leadership and commitment to public service.

The program combines graduate level course work at prestigious American universities with professional internships at leading American institutions, with the objective of developing leadership skills to contribute to DRC’s national development. The fellowship covers travel costs, tuition, medical insurance, monthly maintenance and educational materials. The program does not provide financial support for accompanying dependents.

Applicants can find more general information, including a full list of eligible fields of study and answers to other frequently asked questions, at

Selection Criteria

English fluency is a requirement for Humphrey Fellowship Program eligibility and all candidates must take the TOEFL. Candidates must also have a four-year university (bachelor’s) degree; a minimum of five years of full-time, professional experience; limited or no prior experience in the United States; demonstrated leadership qualities; and a record of public service. Candidates must be available for travel at the given time.

Application instructions

Candidates should begin the application process early to ensure all necessary documentation is received before the deadline. This includes all university transcripts, certified copies of degrees, two letters of recommendation, and TOEFL scores or proof of TOEFL registration. At least one letter of recommendation should be from a former professor or academic and one from a current or former employer. Official translations are required for non-English degrees and transcripts. Before completing the application, candidates should research and have a clear idea of programs offered by American universities in his or her desired field of study.

It is strongly recommended that candidates take the TOEFL to ensure results will be available to universities in time for admission decisions. Candidates may register for the TOEFL at

Applicants must list IIE as a recipient of test scores. For TOEFL (and GRE if required), the IIE code is 9616.

Any questions you have concerning the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program should be directed to the U.S. Embassy by email at

***Important note: Employees and their immediate families (i.e., spouses and dependent children) of the U.S. Department of State and of public or private organizations under contract of the U.S. Department of State are ineligible to apply for Fulbright-Hayes grants until one year after termination of such employment or contract.***