Established in 1978 in memory of the late Senator and Vice President who pioneered landmark initiatives in support of human rights and international cooperation such as the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty of 1963, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and Peace Corps, the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program invites experienced professionals from designated countries undergoing development or political transition to spend a year in the U.S. preparing to address several of the most compelling development issues of our time. It is a Fulbright activity, primarily funded by Congress and administered by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the Department of State with assistance from the Institute of International Education. Humphrey Fellows are selected based on their potential for leadership and their commitment to public service in either the public or the private sector.
Cohorts of Fellows specializing in related fields are hosted by universities chosen for their excellence in the Program’s designated fields of study and for the resources and support they offer Humphrey Fellows. Over an academic year, Fellows engage in group and individualized activities that support professional and leadership development, collaboration with U.S. counterparts, and the mutual exchange of knowledge and understanding about the cultures and issues of common concern in the U.S. and their home countries. The Humphrey alumni network today comprises over 5,600 Fellows worldwide.
Boston University is the only university to have continually hosted Humphrey Fellows since the Program’s inception. In June 2017, our global network of BU-Humphrey Program alumni will surpass 500 Fellows in more than 120 countries.
The Questrom School of Business serves as the Program’s administrative home at BU. In 2016–2017, we are honored to host ten Fellows from ten countries who specialize in banking and finance, education, and public policy and administration.