About the Program

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program was established by Congress in 1978 in honor of the late Senator and Vice President.


Hubert Humphrey

In the spirit of a world leader concerned with fostering international understanding, the objective of the program is twofold:

  • To permit mid-career professionals from Africa, Asia, Central and South America, Central and Eastern Europe to gain expertise in their fields as they have evolved in the United States;
  • To allow U.S. citizens in the business, government, and academic communities to profit from the knowledge and perspectives of professional counterparts in other countries and to establish lasting ties with them. As part of the Fulbright International Educational Exchange activities, the Humphrey Fellowship Program is funded through the United States Department of State and administered nationally by the Institute of International Education.

At Boston University

Boston University has supported the Program since its inception and has hosted 487 Humphrey Fellows from over 120 countries to date.

Under the personal guidance of faculty mentors and program coordinators, Fellows engage in individualized programs of graduate-level coursework, independent research, special seminars, and colloquia at the University, and in activities related to their professional fields in government agencies, private organizations, and corporations.