The U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Announces the Opening of Competition for the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program (Academic Year 2007–2008).

Each year, the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Education and Cultural
Affairs offers mid-career professionals the opportunity to pursue
graduate-level academic course work with professional development activities
through the Humphrey Program. While the Program does not offer a degree, it does provide broad, professional enrichment through a combination of activities tailored to each Fellow's interest. Humphrey Fellowships are limited to one academic year, preceded, if appropriate by a period of English-language training.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate the potential for leadership and a commitment to service, either in the public or private sector. Because
Humphrey Fellows design their own programs and establish their own professional affiliations, they must be self-motivated and able to easily
adapt to a new environment. It is important that candidates have
considerable initiative if they are to benefit from the program. Prospective
fellows should have a minimum of five years of professional experience prior
to August 2007 and should be interested in policies pertaining to their
fields of specialization.

The Humphrey Program is a Fulbright Exchange Activity and its funding is provided by the United States Congress through the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State. In Russia, the public
affairs section of the U.S. Embassy administers the program. Russian
candidates compete with candidates from about one hundred other countries
for selection. The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarships Board,
appointed by the President to oversee and supervise the educational
exchanges of the Fulbright Program, has overall responsibility for the final
selection of Humphrey Fellows.

Fields for 2007–2008:

  • Agricultural Development/Agricultural Economics;
  • Communications/Journalism;
  • Drug Abuse Education, Treatment and Prevention;
  • Economic Development;
  • Educational Planning and Administration;
  • Finance and Banking;
  • HIV/AIDS Policy and Prevention;
  • Human Resource Management;
  • Law and Human Rights;
  • Natural Resources and Environmental Management;
  • Public Health Policy and Management;
  • Public Policy Analysis and Public Administration
  • Teaching of English as a Foreign Language (teacher training or curriculum development);
  • Technology Policy and Management;
  • Trafficking in Persons, Prevention and Policy; and
  • Urban and Regional Planning.

Eligibility requirements for this competitive program:

  • Russian citizenship;
  • a first university degree (Bachelor's degree) as a minimum;
  • at least FIVE YEARS of progressive professional experience;
  • good potential for leadership in one's field;
  • a commitment to public service in a wide variety of fields;
  • good English language proficiency (TOEFL scores no lower than 525/paper-based and 195/computer-based). All applicants should take their language test (TOEFL or institutional TOEFL) by September 9, 2006.

Who is ineligible to apply?

  • Recent graduates (even if they have significant positions);
  • faculty members with no management responsibilities;
  • individuals with recent U.S. experience (more than 6 months within the last 5 years);
  • individuals with dual U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status.

DO NOT apply if you want to pursue an advanced academic degree in the U.S.
(this is a NON–DEGREE program) or if you want to attend a specific U.S.
university. Universities are selected competitively to host Fellows in groups by profession.

The CLOSING DATE for submission of applications is September 9, 2006.
Applications must include academic transcripts and English language
translations of all non-English documents.

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