The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program brings accomplished young and midcareer professionals from developing nations and emerging democracies to the U.S. for a year of professional ­development and related academic study.

Humphrey Fellows are selected based on their potential for leadership and their commitment to public service in either the public or the private sector.

The program fosters a mutual exchange of knowledge and understanding about issues of common concern in the United States and Fellows’ home countries. It is also intended to:

  • Promote mutual understanding and international goodwill among peoples
  • Develop leaders who understand American values, models, and ideas, which will have a multiplier effect on their societies
  • Expand and improve the range of international exchange and training programs
  • Increase U.S. citizens' knowledge and understanding of international issues, cultures, and societies

Through the Language and Culture Institute, Virginia Tech provided the long-term English training program component of the Fellows' experience, which included further nondegree academic study at participating universities and related professional experiences.

The program is a Fulbright exchange activity funded by the U.S. Congress through the Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.