The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program

The Embassy of the United States of America in Moldova is pleased to announce the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program competition for the 2022-2023 academic year.

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program brings accomplished young and mid-career professionals with demonstrated leadership potential to the United States for an academic year of non-degree graduate-level study, leadership development, and substantive professional collaboration with U.S. counterparts.  By providing future leaders with experience in U.S. society, culture, and professional fields, the program provides a basis for lasting, productive ties between Americans and their Moldovan professional counterparts. While program participants receive a certificate from the U.S. Government, the program is not designed to deliver an advanced degree.

Candidates:

  • must have citizenship and live permanently in the Republic of Moldova (permanent residents of the Transnistrian region may be considered regardless of citizenship)
  • be eligible for a U.S. J-1 visa. Program participants must return to and reside in Moldova for two years after completion of their program
  • should have a minimum of five years full-time professional experience in the relevant field
  • should be interested in the policy aspects of their field of specialization.
  • must have completed a university degree program
  • should have specific objectives for a research/study project
  • should be proficient in both written and spoken English.  Selected finalists will be required to take the TOEFL, which the Embassy will pay for.

Ineligible candidates include:

  • recent university graduates (even if they currently hold significant positions);
  • university professors or academic researchers with no management responsibilities (except in the fields of Substance Abuse Education, Prevention, and Treatment and Teaching of English as a Foreign Language);
  • individuals who have attended a graduate school in the United States for one academic year or more during the seven years prior to the program;
  • individuals with U.S. in-country experience of any kind lasting more than six months during the five years prior to the program.
  • individuals with dual U.S. citizenship or U.S. permanent resident status may not apply to the program

Usually the program is announced in April with on-line application due by June 1.

For more information on the program, please visit: https://www.humphreyfellowship.org/how-apply-humphrey-fellowship-program

If you have questions, please write to: education-moldova@state.gov


Frequently Asked Questions

 

What is Plagiarism? 

Plagiarism is using someone else’s words, ideas, or research as your own without crediting the source.
How to Avoid Plagiarism?
  • Cite – Citations should be included whenever referencing another individual’s work, whether paraphrasing or quoting.
  • Citations usually include the author(s) and the date of the publication or similar information.
  • Quote citations usually include the author(s) and the page number, or paragraph number in the case of web content.
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  • Paraphrase – Read the source text you would like to reference in your essay and put it into your own words, making sure not to copy the work verbatim. If you use text as written in the original, you must use quotation marks. Citations for paraphrased work must be included.
  • Quoting – If quoting a source, use the quote exactly as it appears in the original work. It is important to note that most higher education institutions discourage “block quotes” or quotes of 40 words or more. Quoting should be done whenever using someone else’s text as written and must be cited to avoid plagiarism allegations.

Is the Humphrey Program a degree-granting program?

The Humphrey Program is a non-degree program. Participants may complete academic coursework at their host university to update their academic and professional knowledge in their field, but they do not receive an academic degree as a result of their participation in the Program.

I worked part-time in a professional position while I was in graduate school. Does that qualify me for the Humphrey Fellowship Program?

Candidates for the Humphrey Program should have at least five years of full-time experience in their professional field and should be at a point in their careers to fully benefit from this mid-career program. Candidates with only part-time work experience may not be considered eligible.

What does it mean to be eligible for J1 visa? 

To qualify for a J visa, an applicant must show that they meet the qualifications for the exchange program, have no visa ineligibilities, and overcome the presumption of being an intending immigrant by sufficiently demonstrating strong ties to their home country that will compel them to leave the United States at the end of their temporary stay.

I’m a Moldovan citizen and for the last year (or more) I’ve been living abroad.  But my permanent residence is in Moldova.  Am I eligible for the program?

One of the qualifications requirements is to have citizenship of the Republic of Moldova and permanent residence in the country.   Permanent residence in program terms means that candidate is living and working in Moldova, including at the moment of application and during the whole process of selection.

What is the application deadline?

The application deadline varies from year to year.  Usually the program is announced in early April and the deadline is in early June.  The deadline of October 1, mentioned on the program website, is for the Embassy to submit the nominations of selected candidates to Washington DC for final review and candidates’ approval.

At the start of the application there is a question on contacting the U.S. Embassy.  Whom we should contact?  

The on-line application is part of a worldwide system. Unlike in other countries, in Moldova you can start completing the application without contacting the Embassy.

How is selection for the program made?

The selection of semi-finalist is done in several steps by a selection committee of representatives of the U.S. Embassy.  These steps include application review, evaluation of research plan and objectives, and in-person interviews with candidates.  TOEFL scores are taken into consideration at the following step. The final decision of selecting finalists is made by the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

Should I submit my official transcripts?

A transcript is a certified record of a student throughout a course of study, including all courses (or subjects) completed, grades earned, and degrees conferred. It is issued by the educational institution. In Moldova it is called diploma supplement or academic certificate. You should upload scanned copies of the original transcripts into your on-line application.

Should I take TOEFL test before applying?

All semi-finalists selected for the last step of the competition are required to take TOEFL test.  The program offers vouchers that cover the cost of TOEFL test.  Test should be taken in the fall of application year.

If I’m selected, what are the time demands of the Program?

The Humphrey Program is quite rigorous and life as a Humphrey Fellow does not resemble that of a graduate student with regular hours and a predictable schedule. There are many activities required of Humphrey Fellows as part of the Program. Fellows go on field trips, attend a weekly Humphrey Seminar, as well as other conferences and networking meetings, and may spend long hours each day in classes and involved in campus and community activities, in addition to spending time with other members of the group on campus. Fellows also travel away from their host campus as part of the Program, spending two weeks in Washington, DC for national program events. Fellows may also attend workshops and conferences in other parts of the country at various times throughout the year.

May I bring my family with me?

Fellows may choose to apply to have their family join them shortly after they have arrived in the U.S. Careful consideration should be given to bringing one’s family, however, as the Humphrey Program is very demanding, and Fellows spend considerable time away from their host campus. The Humphrey Program also does not provide an additional maintenance allowance for dependents. Fellows must show proof of financial support, adequate insurance coverage for their dependents that meets U.S. State Department requirements, and childcare plans before they may be approved to apply for J-2 visa(s) for their dependents.

May I choose the university I will go to?

Fellows are not able to choose which university they will attend. Rather, they are assigned in diverse groups of 7-15 to the most appropriate host institution based on their area of interest and professional field.

What does the Fellowship stipend cover?

The Fellowship provides funds for:

  • Payment of tuition and fees at the assigned host university
  • Pre-academic English language training, if required
  • A maintenance (living) allowance
  • Accident and sickness coverage
  • Air travel (international travel to and from the U.S. for the Program and domestic travel to required program events)
  • A Professional Development allowance for professional activities, such as field trips, professional visits and conferences

What is the timeline of the Program?

The program is announced in April and closes for applications in early June.  The Embassy must submit its nominations of semi-finalists to Washington, DC by October 1.  Approved candidates are notified in April the following year and start their program in the U.S. in September of the same year.  Depending on the amount of English language training required, some participants may start their program in April. (Fellows with inadequate TOEFL scores may be required to attend intensive English language training before the start of their Fellowship.) The Program ends the following June.

If I’m not selected this year, may I reapply?

Participants generally may reapply for the Program.  Please note that we recommend looking for ways to strengthen your application package and potentially your English language ability if you plan to apply again.

Am I eligible if I’m an alumna/us of other exchange programs?

Participation in other exchange programs does not disqualify for the Humphrey Fellowship Program, but preference is given to qualified candidates with little or no previous U.S. experience.

Where can I access the Humphrey Fellowship application?

Please note, that you can submit application only in time period when the program is open for applications in Moldova.  It is announced annually around April 1 with the deadline at the beginning of June.