The Humphrey Fellowship Program at the Washington College of Law

The Humphrey Program is a Fulbright Exchange activity funded by the Department of State and administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE). The Humphrey Program at American University Washington College of Law is part of a nationwide Humphrey Program, which includes eighteen other universities.

What Is the Humphrey Fellowship Program?

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program brings together accomplished professionals who are at a midpoint in their careers for a year of study in international law and related professional experience. Fellowships are granted competitively to professional candidates from designated countries of Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, and Eurasia who show a commitment to public service in both the public and private sectors. The Humphrey Program provides a basis for establishing long-lasting, productive partnerships and relationships between citizens of the United States and their professional counterparts in other countries, fostering an exchange of knowledge and mutual understanding throughout the world.

Hubert H. Humphrey

A U.S. senator from Minnesota for 27 years and vice president of the United States from 1965-1969, Hubert H. Humphrey was a lifelong advocate of programs fostering human rights and international understanding. These fellowships were established to honor his memory and to continue his ideals.

Humphrey Fellowship Program at WCL

American University (AU) has served as a host institution for
the Humphrey Program since 1980. In 2002,AU repositioned
the Fellowship’s focus from economics to human rights and law, reflecting the importance of international law and legal education as instruments to pursue justice and confront the dramatic changes that are occurring in the world today.

At WCL, the Humphrey Program is hosted by the International Legal Studies Program (ILSP), a graduate program designed to meet the growing demand for lawyers trained in international legal issues. The ILSP provides Humphrey Fellows with opportunities to interact with innovative and internationally renowned faculty, participate in law courses, and attend specialized conferences, workshops, and lecture series organized by various units at the law school, including the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, the War Crimes Research Office, and the International Human Rights Law Clinic. The confluence of policy makers, civil servants, practitioners, and academics from around the world provides a framework within which the Humphrey Fellows can make a contribution while pursuing an individualized nondegree program to obtain practical knowledge for use in their home countries.

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How to Apply

The Washington College of Law at American University does not accept or process applications for the Humphrey Program.

If you are interested in applying for the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program and you meet the specified criteria, you can receive an application at the U.S. Embassy, Public Affairs Section or Fulbright Commission in your country of residence.

For more information, visit the Institute for International Education website.




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