The Humphrey Fellowship Program is a Fulbright activity, primarily funded by Congress and administered by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State with assistance from the Institute of International Education.

Established in 1978 in memory of the public servant who pioneered landmark initiatives in support of human rights and international cooperation, the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program sponsors experienced professionals from designated countries undergoing development and/or political transition to spend a year in the U.S. preparing to address some of the most compelling development issues of our time.

Cohorts of 10–15 Humphrey Fellows are annually hosted by universities chosen for their excellence in the Fellows’ fields and for the resources and support they offer. Over the course of an academic year, Fellows engage in professional and leadership development, collaboration with U.S. counterparts, and exchange of knowledge and understanding about issues of common concern in the U.S. and their home countries. The Humphrey alumni network comprises over 5,600 Fellows worldwide.


Boston University has been honored to be one of two universities to have continually hosted Humphrey Fellows since the Program’s inception in 1978. Our own alumni network exceeds 500 members in over 125 countries. The Questrom School of Business serves as the Program’s administrative home at Boston University.

The Humphrey Fellowship Program has in no small part contributed to BU’s development into one of the world’s most globally connected private universities. Today, more than 7,000 international students live and study at BU. Furthermore, BU is involved in over 400 activities in more than ninety countries and Antarctica. This combination of diversity and experience, contained within a close-knit residential community in the heart of one of America’s greatest cities, provides Humphrey Fellows an environment into which they can quickly integrate themselves and make early progress toward achieving their ambitious goals.

Under the guidance of program coordinators and faculty advisors, Fellows pursue individualized programs of graduate-level coursework, independent research, special seminars and colloquia, and six-week, professional internships related to their respective fields of specialization in government agencies, academic institutions, private organizations, and corporations.