Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program

Application Form [PDF, 103 KB]

A- This is a program for mid-career professionals in leadership positions. Successful applicants spend one academic year (from August or early September to June) in the United States in a non-degree program that involves a combination of academic study and professional development. Funding is provided by the Government of the United States of America through the U.S. Department of State. The funding covers the cost of tuition and university fees, a monthly maintenance allowance, a book and supplies allowance, round-trip transportation from Benin to the host university in the U.S., and internal program related transportation in the US. The application cycle runs from November 1 to April 30 every year.

This year (2019) the deadline has been extended to May 30.

A – Mid-career professionals from the public or private sector, eligible to apply are those who work in the following fields:

  1. Agricultural/Rural Development
  2. Climate Change
  3. Communications/Journalism
  4. Economic Development
  5. Education/Educational Planning
  6. Environmental Policy
  7. Finance and Banking
  8. HIV/AIDS Policy and Prevention
  9. Human Resources Management/Personnel
  10. Law, Civil Society, Human Rights, and Democratic Development
  11. Natural Resources Management
  12. Public Policy Analysis and Public Administration
  13. Public Health Policy and Management
  14. Substance Abuse Education, Prevention and Treatment
  15. Technology Policy and Management
  16. Teaching of English as a Foreign Language
  17. Trafficking in Persons Policy and Prevention
  18. Urban and Regional Planning

A – Only applicants who meet the following minimum requirements can apply:

  • Citizens or permanent residents of Benin;
  • Holders of a university degree awarded after at least four years of full-time study that is sufficient to qualify the person to be admitted to a graduate study program at a university in the U.S.;
  • Workers with at least five years of professional work experience prior to the commencement of their Fellowship and who desire to pursue study and professional development in the same field in which they have the five years of experience; and
  • People who are proficient in both written and spoken English with a minimum TOEFL score of 61 internet based test (IBT).

A – Anyone meeting the minimum requirements may apply. However, people who have the following characteristics are the most competitive applicants and therefore the ones most likely to be selected:

  • People with limited U.S. experience;
  • People who have already demonstrated leadership qualities;
  • People who have already shown a commitment to public service;
  • People who have the potential to advance in their professional fields; and
  • People involved in establishing and implementing policy (as distinguished from people who only conduct research or who only perform technical functions).

Applications from women and people working at non-governmental organizations are encouraged.

In addition, researchers, treatment providers, prevention specialists, and public or private program planners in Substance abuse prevention and treatment are encouraged to apply. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) in the U.S. funds a limited number of Fellowships each year for such persons.

A – The following are examples of persons who are not eligible for this program:

  • Candidates who do not have sufficient TOEFL score.
  • University teachers with no management responsibilities;
  • People who have attended a graduate school in the U.S. for one academic year or more during the five years prior to application deadline;
  • People who have spent more than six months in the U.S. during the five years prior to application deadline.
  • Persons who are dual citizens of the U.S. and another country, or who have U.S. permanent resident status (e.g.: Green Card holders).

A – You must complete a package of application materials.

You should download the application form at Humphrey Preliminary Application Form, complete it, and electronically submit to by April 30, 2018.

Please note that application deadline is April 30, 2018.

What documents do I submit?

A – To apply, please send electronically to the documents listed below in a single PDF file. The subject line should be “Year +your name + Humphrey application” like: 2019-Fred Dossou-Fulbright Application. Please remember that the application deadline is April 30 every year.

  • COMPLETED HUMPHREY FORM (typed, not handwritten) – You can download a copy of the form here.
  • YOUR TOEFL TEST SCORE – You can register for the TOEFL at the following link:

When you register, ask that your results are also sent directly to Institute of International Education (IIE) [mention the code 2326] and to Institute of International Education-Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program [mention Code Number 9616]. On the day of the test, candidates must indicate IIE (IIE code is 2326) and to IIE-Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program (their code is 9616) as recipients of the test results. Be sure to complete your test TOEFL IBT by mid-April.

  • TRANSCRIPTS of your university grades – Please provide certified copies of the originals as well as certified transcripts in English.
  • DIPLOMA – Please provide certified copies of the original diplomas or certificates as well as certified transcripts in English.
  • TWO LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION– These should be written by people who know you well, such as teachers or employers. They should not come from friends or relatives. Your recommenders should send the letters directly to the U.S. embassy in Cotonou via the post office or in person.  They should email a copy of these letters to

Write to should you have any questions.

NB: RESUME or CV – must be in English.

US embassy Cotonou:
Boulevard de la Marina,
01 BP 2012, Cotonou, Benin.