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The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program

Applications are currently being accepted for the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program for the 2025/2026 academic year. The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program enhances leadership among international professionals who collaborate to address local and global challenges and foster change for our collective good. Through academic study and professional development with U.S. counterparts, this growing global network shares best practices and builds expertise in fields of critical importance to advance societal and institutional capacity, promote human rights and freedoms, ensure sustainable environments, and develop thriving communities.


  • Ghanaian citizen or permanent resident and currently residing in Ghana (Please note: Ghanaian nationals with dual citizenship from the U.S. are not eligible for the program).

  • A university (bachelors) degree.

  • A minimum of five years full-time professional experience (prior to August 2024) in the relevant field and should be interested in the policy aspects of their field of specialization.

  • Demonstrated leadership qualities and a record of public service.

  • High prospect of receiving study leave from applicant’s employer.

  • Demonstrated commitment to public service in either the public or private sector.

  • Applicants must be in good health. Successful candidates will be asked to submit a Medical History and Examination Report.

  • Applicants should have sufficient proficiency in English to carry out their research projects and collaborate effectively with their peers in a U.S. institution.

Ineligibility Factors:

  • Recent undergraduate university graduates (even if they have significant positions)

  • University teachers or academic researchers with no management responsibilities

  • Individuals who have attended a graduate school in the United States for one academic year or more during the seven years prior to August 2024

  • Individuals with U.S. in-country experience of any kind lasting more than six months during the five years prior to August 2025;

  • Individuals with dual U.S. citizenship or U.S. permanent resident status may not apply to the program as they are ineligible for a J visa.


The following are areas of study aligned with U.S. foreign policy and Mission Ghana’s goals. While the U.S. Embassy will consider all applications, applications in the following fields are strongly encouraged:

Human and Institutional Capacity:

  • Economic Development

  • Finance & Banking

  • Public Policy Analysis and Public Administration

  • Technology Policy and Management

Rights and Freedoms:

  • Communications and Journalism

  • Law and Human Rights

Sustainable Lands:

  • Agricultural and Rural Development

  • Natural Resources, Environmental Policy, and Climate Change

  • Urban and Regional Planning

Thriving Communities:

  • Public Health Policy and Management

  • Substance Abuse Education, Treatment and Prevention (see 4b)

  • Educational Administration, Planning, and Policy


The Humphrey Fellowship provides international travel, tuition and university fees, accident/sickness coverage, monthly maintenance allowance and funding for books and professional activities.  The Humphrey Program does not provide financial support for accompanying dependents.

The Humphrey Fellowship is not designed for applicants wishing to complete a degree or pursue research within traditional academic disciplines. Applications for the 2025/2026 year are being accepted until May 10, 2024. For more information on this opportunity, click here.


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