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Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program

Fellowships to Israel Mid-Career Professionals
to Study at United States Universities

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United States-Israel Educational Foundation

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Fellowships to Israel accomplished individuals who are at a career midpoint to carry out a year of study and professional experiences in the United States. Fellows will be selected based on a commitment to public services (in either the private or public sector), and a demonstrated potential for national leadership. While applicants who have had previous U.S. experience may receive awards, preference will be given to applicants without such experience.

The program provides a basis for establishing long-lasting productive partnerships and relationships between citizens of the United States and their professional counterparts in other countries, fostering an exchange of knowledge and mutual understanding throughout the world.

Fellowships are granted competitively to professional candidates specifically in fields of:
-Agricultural and Rural Development
-Communications and Journalism
-Economic Development
-Educational Administration, Planning and Policy
-Higher Education Administration
-HIV/AIDS Policy and Prevention
-Human Resource Management
-Law and Human Rights
-Natural Resources & Environmental Policy/Climate Change
-Public Health Policy and Management
-Public Policy Analysis and Public Administration
-Substance Abuse Education, Treatment and Prevention
-Teaching of English as a Foreign Language
-Technology Policy and Management
-Trafficking in Persons Policy and Prevention
-Urban and Regional Planning

During their Fellowship year, Humphrey Fellows participate in programs that combine graduate-level academic course work with professional development activities. The program is not designed to offer a degree, but rather to provide broad professional enrichment through a combination of activities tailored to each Fellow’s interests. Upon completion of the program, participants receive special certificates from the U.S. government and the host university.

Humphrey Fellows are placed in theme-based groups of approximately 10 persons at carefully selected U.S. universities. In recent years, host campuses have included: American University, Arizona State University, Boston University, Cornell University, Emory University, Johns Hopkins University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Michigan State University, Pennsylvania State University,Syracuse University, Tulane University, University of California, Davis, University of Maryland, University of Minnesota, Humphrey Institute, University of Minnesota, Law School, University of Washington, Vanderbilt University and Virginia Commonwealth University.

Each campus has a Humphrey Coordinator and advisors who provide academic and administrative support, helping each Fellow design and implement an individualized program of academic course work and professional development activities with local, state, national and international organizations in the United States.

Throughout the year, Fellows participate in workshops and conferences that provide interaction with leaders from U.S. federal, state and local governments, multinational organizations and the private sector. These workshops also provide a forum for discussion of issues of professional interest to the Fellows.

Grant Benefits:
-International/domestic travel
-Tuition, university placement and fees for university course work
-Accident/sickness insurance
-Monthly maintenance allowance
-Funding for books, computer purchase and professional activities
-Special program seminars
-Settling-in allowance
-Pre-academic English language placement and payment of tuition and fees, if appropriate
-Pre-departure orientation

Evaluation Criteria:

-Outstanding achievements in public service activities and proven leadership capabilities in such activities constitute the main evaluation criterion.

-Preference will be given to candidates who work to improve the situation of under-served sectors and communities.

-The candidates’ interest in policy aspects of their fields of specialization and their management or policy making responsibilities are important evaluation criteria.

-English language proficiency is an important evaluation criterion.

-Possession of skills required to promote mutual understanding between the United States and Israel is an important evaluation criterion.

Conditions of Award:

-Grantees must travel on a J-1 Exchange Visitor visa sponsored by the Fulbright program.

-It is a condition of the visa that upon expiration of their exchange visitor status, grantees must return to Israel and reside in the country for two years before being eligible to immigrate to the US, to return to that country as permanent residents or to enter the US with a work permit. The purpose of the two-year home residency requirement is to ensure that exchange visitors return home and fulfill the exchange objectives of the Fulbright program.

-Holders of J-1 student visas who have departed from the United States after a stay of six or more months must remain abroad for at least twelve months before being allowed to re-enter the United States with a J-1 professor/research scholar visa. There is no such limitation to re-entry to the United States as the holder of a J visa in another category (short-term scholar, specialist, international visitor), or as the holder of a student or tourist visa.

-Dependents of grantees will enter the US as holders of J-2 visas. Many conditions applying to the grantees as holders of J-1 visas, such as the two-year home residency requirement, also apply to the holders of J-2 visas.

-Program fellows who enter the US as J-1 visa holders must receive a special waiver in order to change their visa status to J-2 while in the United States. The Department of State does not support such change of status requests.

-Most host campuses require fellows to wait at least 30 days before dependents can join them. Only under special circumstances will host campuses consider allowing fellows to bring dependents with them upon arrival to the host institution.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181186

Term of Contract:

Humphrey Fellowships are limited to one academic year, preceded, if appropriate, by a period of English language training.

Grantees must begin their programs in the United States no later than the fall semester, 2019. Awards cannot be deferred to the following academic year.

Fellowships will end in June 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility Criteria:

-Candidates must be Israeli citizens. Dual American-Israeli citizens or permanent residents of the United States are not eligible to apply.

-The candidate must hold at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education.

-Candidates must have accumulated at least five years of substantial professional experience in Israel after completing a university degree and prior to August 2019.

-Candidates must be in good health. Those selected as Humphrey Fellows are required to submit a Medical History and Examination Report before the award of their grants can be finalized.

-Prior conviction or current indictment for a felony may result in disqualification.

The following persons are not eligible:

-Faculty members or academic researchers with no management responsibilities.

-Persons who attended graduate school in the US for more than one year in the past seven years prior to August 2019.

-Individuals with other recent US experience (more than six months in the past five years prior to August 2019).

-Persons in primarily technical, academic or research positions, except in the field of drug abuse prevention.

The Humphrey Program does not provide financial support for accompanying dependents.

Fulbright grants are not awarded for attending conferences, seminars, and paper presentations.

Pre-Application Information:

Further information on the program can be found on the Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program website and in the Program’s accounts on FaceBook, YouTube, and LinkedIn:

Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program Website:




Interviews with two Israeli alumni, Dr. Inbal Salz and Dr. Nimrod Goren, are also available online:

View the Interview with Dr. Inbal Salz:

View the Interview with Dr. Nimrod Goren:

Click here to read Ms. Suzan Ben Ezra’s Humphrey blog:

Those interested in participating in the program must submit their applications to the United States-Israel Educational Foundation, which is responsible for selection of the Israeli candidates for acceptance to the program. The highest ranked candidates for the 2019/2020 program cycle will be invited for an interview in Israel. All interviews are held on the same day. In order to be considered for selection as one of the Israeli candidates, applicants must be available to be interviewed in person on the date fixed by USIEF.

All candidates, including those who have studied in English-speaking countries, must submit a TOEFL score by the deadline. No application will be considered without a valid official TOEFL score report. When registering for the TOEFL, be sure to note that your score should be sent to USIEF, code 5373. Visit the ETS website for further information:

-Earliest date for submission of applications: April 1, 2018
-Final deadline for submission of applications: June 15, 2018
-Selection Committee reviews applications: June-July 2018
-Interviews: July/August 2018
-Deadline for receipt of applications by IIE: October 1, 2018
-IIE Candidate Review Committee Meetings: January-February 2019
-Awards made by J. William Fulbright Scholarship Board and Notification of fellowship selection: March - April 2019
-Confirmation of English training/university placements: April - May 2019
-Fellows begin pre-academic English language training as required: May 2019
-Fellows report to university campuses for Humphrey Program orientation and begin academic courses: August -September 2019
-Washington Seminar: November 2019
-End of 2019/2020 Fellowship: June 2020

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Questions about the application procedure should be directed to:

Sandy Matta
(03-517-2131 ex. 204)

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program
Department of Scholar and Professional Programs
The Institute of International Education
1400 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005

+1 202.898.0600

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