About the Humphrey Program

The program brings accomplished mid-career professionals from designated countries of Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, and Eurasia to the United States for one year of non-degree graduate study and related practical professional experience.

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program was initiated in 1978 by President Jimmy Carter to honor the late senator and vice president, a long-time advocate of international cooperation and understanding.

Fellowships are granted competitively to professional candidates with a commitment to public service in both the public and private sectors. Applications are made through the U.S. Embassy in the applicant's country where the first-level screenings are conducted. Fellows are nominated by the United States Embassy or Fulbright Commission, based on their potential for leadership. Final selection is made in the U.S. by panels of experts, and awards are made by the J. William Fulbright Scholarship Board.

Since 1979, close to 4,274 professionals representing more than 157 countries have participated in the Humphrey Program. This year, 171 Humphrey Fellows from 98 different countries are spending the academic year at 16 universities across the United States.

UC Davis hosted the Humphrey Program from 1986 until 1996, and again since 2001. The UC Davis Humphrey Fellows will concentrate on agricultural development, environmental science, law and economics.  In addition to the individual coursework, research, and co-curricular activities, a series of seminars on topics of mutual interest to the participants is offered to the Fellows, providing an opportunity to share new perspectives with U.S. colleagues and specialists.

With the assistance of UC Davis faculty advisors, the Fellows undertake individualized programs of academic and professional development and leadership. The Fellows also travel throughout the U.S. to visit public and private agencies related to their professional fields, attend meetings, and network with colleagues.

By providing these future leaders with a shared experience of U.S. society and culture and of current U.S. approaches to the fields in which they work, the Humphrey Program provides a basis for lasting ties between the citizens of the U.S. and their counterparts in other countries. The Humphrey Program fosters the exchange of knowledge and mutual understanding. The U.S. joins developing countries in a significant partnership through this program.