2015 Hubert Humphrey Scholarship Now Open for Pakistan

Posted by on June 6, 2014 in Fulbright Pakistan, Scholarships for Pakistani Students | 80 comments

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The 2015 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program for Pakistani applicants is now open for applications. Middle career professionals with demonstrated leadership potential can apply for a ten month long graduate level non-degree program that not only includes coursework but also an internship in a professional organization. The aim of the program is to provide U.S based experience to Pakistan’s future leaders and policy makers. Applicants from Pakistan can study in one of the 18 universities where faculty advisers assist students from Pakistan to pursue both academic and professional programs. Upon the end of the program Pakistani students must return to Pakistan to continue employment at their previous institution or organisation.

The program will commence in 2015 fall i.e. August/September and the candidates will be finally selected and intimated by October 2014. The deadline to apply is 9th of July 2014.

Applications must be submitted online along with all the supporting documentation which includes the following:

  • 4 letters of references (including one from current employer) from the official email IDs of your referees
  • Scanned copies of all the academic transcripts and degrees
  • Scanned copy of a proof of re-employment upon your return to Pakistan or an email from the official email ID of your employer

Note that only online applications will be accepted for 2015 and you should not send applications by post; mailed applications will not be accepted for review.

Eligibility Criteria for Hubert Humphrey Scholarship Pakistan

Applicants for the Hubert Humphrey Scholarship in Pakistan must fulfill the following criteria before they apply:

• Successful applicants from Pakistan most be committed to serving Pakistan in a leadership position upon their return to Pakistan. Commitment to serving Pakistan is judged on two criteria mainly – proof of re-employment upon return to Pakistan and the essays you write while filling your application forms.
• Applicants must be Pakistani citizens and should not hold dual nationality of U.S./Pakistan
• Have a minimum of five years of work experience
• Applicants must have at least 16 years of education
• Applicants from Pakistan must possess a high level of fluency in spoken and written English. Please note that TOEFL is not required at the application stage
• Should not have attended a graduate school in the U.S. in the last 7 years
• Should not have a long term work experience with the U.S. in the last 5 years
• Should not be university teacher or researcher with no management experience
• Should not have a spouse, fiancé, parent or child over the age of 18 who is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
• Should not be an employee of the Fulbright organization or the U.S. Department of State

Eligible Fields of Study for Hubert Humphrey Scholarship Pakistan

The Hubert Humphrey USA Scholarship for Pakistani Students admits applicants only in the following fields of study.

• Agricultural and Rural Development;
• Communications/Journalism;
• Substance Abuse Education, Treatment and Prevention;
• Economic Development/Finance and Banking;
• Educational Administration, Planning and Policy;
• HIV/AIDS Policy and Prevention;
• Higher Education Administration;
• Human Resource Management;
• Law and Human Rights;
• Natural Resources, Environmental Policy, and Climate Change;
• Public Health Policy and Management;
• Public Policy Analysis and Public Administration;
• Teaching of English as a Foreign Language;
• Technology Policy and Management;
• Trafficking in Persons, Policy and Prevention;
• Urban and Regional Planning.

Scholarship Worth

This Scholarship for Pakistani Students provides for:

• Payment of tuition and fees at the assigned host university;
• Pre-academic English language training, if required;
• A maintenance (living) allowance, including a one-time settling-in allowance;
• Accident and sickness coverage;
• A book allowance;
• A one-time computer subsidy;
• 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.

After you have submitted the online application, the USEFP office will notify you of the receipt of your application by email. Once you are notified of the application receiving your application will then be considered and in case you qualify the initial phase you will be asked to sit in an interview with a panel of 3-5 people – both Pakistani’s and U.S. citizens. These interviews normally take place in September and the final selection is made by October 2015. Successful applicants are notified by phone and other are notified of their rejection by mail.

An important advise for all Applicants: There are 5-6 small essay type questions (each with a word limit) in the online application forms. Answering these questions well is very important and I personally think that it is the BIGGEST factor that accounts for the success of failure of an applicant. My advice is that you spent as much time as you can and make a lot of drafts and revisions before you submit your application. Good Luck!


  1. Thanks Talha for sharing. good scholarship but
    • Have a minimum of five years of work experience
    is it must ? :(. What about two years of experience.

    • Unfortunately it is 🙁

    • i have done my M. Phil in Pakistan,,
      plz tell me the creteria for PhD

      • For PhD you need a minimum of 18 years of education, a couple of research publications in international journals and a good GRE score of above 310. Moreover you should have a solid research background and have interest in an area which has potential of improving Pakistan, its economy, society etc. You will have to write a great personal statement and study objective to back your ideas and thoughts.

        • this is much great and may separate seat be allocate, specially focus rural and northen areas include Gilgit Blatistan domicile.

  2. Do I need to be technical while answering the essay questions or should I make the answers as simple as possible. I want to know who reviews the applications. Would it be an expert in my field?

  3. Dear Sir/Madam, I hope you are fine. I am working as a head teacher in one of most prominent organisation at Lahore, Pakistan. I am really impressed how US aid programs are working in Pakistan, special in remote areas of our country. I travelleved all parts of Pakistan and worked in even very far flung areas of Pakistan. There are many cahnges & improvement in overall standards of education in pakistan. Many people are working for this nobel cause because education is the only source to develop awarness, peace & harmony in pakistan. I am interested to apply under this forum for my professional develpoment & global learning.

    • Hi Naurin, I would highly encourage you to apply 🙂 USAID offers funding to those who have a strong desire to improve PK

  4. hey talha i wana knw if full bright scholorship is available for dentists..as i am a fresh graduate of dentistry n i wanted to do masters in public health..or mphill..can i apply or can yu plz hlp me out regarding this scholorship program..?? it would be a great great favor..:)

    • Hi Saba, Thanks for the message – yes Fulbright is available for dentistry 🙂

    • hi . Im a student . I study in 1st year and i want to know that i am eligible for this or not?

      • Hi Zoha, Please read the article in detail to see if you are eligible – i have put down all the details there.

  5. Is it accepting application now?

    • Hello, Nope they are closed now – you will have to apply next year now 🙂

  6. when interviews for hubert humphry programs 2015 shall be conducted…as fullbright interviews are over now…did USEFP send rejection mails …or interview calls to prospective ones..

    • Hi Haroon, Humphrey program is still undergoing applications reviews so you will have to wait a little more 🙂

      • Is school teacher of English language eligible for the scholarship?

        • Hi Sana, Nope – english teachers are not eligible.

          • Hey there, I am not sure if you are still active on here but worth a try. So do you think school teachers can apply under “English as foreign language” program or “Education administration and policy planing”? I know someone with double bachelors, in Islamiat and in Education, but teaches English and Urdu at a government school in rural Pakistan. Do you think she will have any luck? If yes, which program will she fit in?

          • Yes definitely such applicants should apply. Apply in Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) program of USEFP

  7. hi.
    sir i wanted to know whether FA passed candidates can apply or not?
    i passed FA in nigeria recently but could not get my certificates equalised due to certain reasons as i did not offer urdu and pak studies in my studies ,
    so plz tell me the possible avenues regarding the scholarship mentioned above as i dont wanna waste 3 more years to pass FSC or Alevel in pal
    Passionatley awaiting ur reply!
    may God bless
    profound regards

    • Hi Ahmed, No you cannot apply with FA – you must have a Bachelors degree to apply.

  8. Salam.
    Dear, i want to apply , but my english is week. .
    Plz reply.

  9. hi , i want to apply in medical field in undergraduate ………is there any scholorship in year 2015
    plz reply

    • Hi Priya, There is none for the US this year.

  10. hi is there any scholarship program for post graduate studies in clinical medicicne???

    • Hi Faryal – none that i know of.

  11. i being a teacher or subject specialist i wanted to obtain further proficiency and professional development in the relevant field .as i have done my master in English literature and mater in education , now i wanted to apply for M.phel from any foreign university scholarship . mostly being from far flung area of Baluchistan i could not up date my self with latest information regarding the scholarships so kindly guide me in this regard

    • Hi Jamal, you can check the USAID scholarship programs for teachers.

  12. Hi
    Is there any age limit for availing the Herbert and Humphrey award

  13. Assalam-0-Alaikum Talha, hope you are fine. Thanks for such information . I am fortunately 100% complied to the eligibility criteria under the field of study “Finance and Banking” but unfortunately last date of online application form submission is over. Please suggest me in this regard, I am willing to apply for any next available program anywhere in the world within the field of Finance and Banking as I am associated with Pakistani banking industry since more than 10 years.


    • WAS Salman, Unfortunately now you will have to wait for the next applications which would open end of this year now.

  14. I am student of grade 10 and I am going to give my annuals on may . So I am searching for a scholarship for studying abroad . Would you like to help me ?

    • Hi Enara, We don’t deal with undergrad scholarships – only graduate level.

  15. I am undergraduate, n I’ve applied in this fellowship program and evej they have replied me through e.mail,, so plz tell me what to do next? Regards

    • Ask them what is the next step.

  16. I’ve done my bachelors in commerce from Karachi University (a 2 year bachelors) and have also completed by Chartered Accountancy from ICAP and Chartered Management Accountancy from CIMA. (HEC offers a Master’s equivalence with respect to the Chartered Accountancy) but I’m not sure if I complete 16 years of education.

    I’m currently working in education development sector as a finance professional with over 7 years of experience. I’m thinking about expanding my horizon and being more than a finance guy and therefore thinking to apply for Fulbright program (Public education / higher education).

    Can you tell me if I would be a good candidate to apply and I haven’t started preparing for the GRE yet? Would I have to give a general test or specific subject. And also by when should I give the GRE?

  17. Hi’SiR AOS: I’am studying in metric, can i get a chance of Ssholar ship 🙂 ?

  18. I am a Bank Officer having been working in a government-owned bank for last 23 years. I belong to a backward area of Northern Sind. I am 49. Please let me know if I am eligible?

    • Hi Javed – yes you are eligible 🙂

  19. iam disable doing environmental sciences last semester which kind of test need for this scholarship .one thing is more i have ielts 4.5 band map i can appy on it

    • All the information is given in the link above. Please read it again.

  20. HELLO


  21. hi i’m studing in icom part 1.after part2 i want to do CA from icap.Am i eligible for scholarship

  22. I was a student of BCS (hons) …and I now I am free I want to know about the MS …… but my financial status is equal to null …….I want full free scholarship please guide me……I will be very thankful. ……

  23. hi TALHA OMER
    i have completed 2 years of bachelor education . so Kindly let me know ,is there any scholarship available right now for next level education,


    • Nope – none available for your kind of a student.

  24. hi,i m masaud and want to get this scholarship.i have 16 year of education and have master master degree in library and information science and want to get Ph.D,just tell me can i apply for this ,

    • You cannot apply unless you are in the middle management of a company!

  25. Hi sir,
    How to fill the English of Humphrey fellowship program application.

    • Hello Imran, By reading the instructions on the form and entering the data 🙂

  26. Dear Sir…I have Master’s Degree from Pakistan in Public Administration, Currently employed with National Bank of Pakistan at Head Office Karachi. I have 21 years babking experience and i intend to study finance and banking under this program. my age is 45…am i eligibal to apply?

  27. i am a mbbs doctor . doing m.phil public health from the university of punjab . this program will complete in august 2016 . am i eligible to apply for fullbright in feb 2016 ??
    do reply plz

  28. Hi Talha…
    I have applied for the fellowship program….when can I expect a response ? Will I be informed even if I don’t make it?

    • Hello Zahida, The responses have already been communicated to the applicants – yes they do inform you mostly in case of a rejection.

  29. hey omer. i m a statistician. now a days i complete my BS statistics four years degree. now i want to take admission in MS or PhD .so what is the creteria that i apply for the scholarship ?

  30. In which month of 2016 this scholarship will announce? l complete my masters MPA in 2016 december.

  31. Dear

    I have more than 7 years of experience in the field of IT, particularly Databases and holds a master degree in computer science. Am i eligible to apply under this scheme

  32. i have done my M.A degree from pakistan now want to my Mphil from sudi on scholorship

  33. dear sir..whether this programe has been announced for the year 2017..when we can apply/

  34. Is there anyone who can help me making Hubert Humphrey proposal and filling form. i wrote draft of every question but i need someone who can make it more professional.
    My course is Technology policy and management. talha can you help me out ???

    • Hello Mahwish, Yes sure – can you call us at 0331-4513196.

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