Humphrey Fellowship Program
The Humphrey Fellowship Program is a one-year non-degree program of combined academic and professional development opportunities. It brings accomplished mid-career professionals from designated countries of Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Middle East to selected universities in the United States for public service, advanced study, professional training, and work-related experiences.
The program was established in 1978 by President Jimmy Carter to honor the late vice president Hubert H. Humphrey. As the fellowship was being founded, Carter received encouragement from a key advocate former Penn State President John Oswald.
Penn State was one of 13 universities originally commissioned in the program. Now 15 universities nationwide participate.
This year, ten Humphrey fellows are visiting Penn State. The Humphrey fellows attend classes, panel discussions, and other functions, often in full groups or subgroups. The make-up of the group varies, depending on the nature of the event. Acting as a group within larger group settings can be an impetus for creating innovative academic approaches.
The Humphrey Fellowship Program stands apart from other fellowships because it is non-degree. They are participating in a professional development program that is built on relationships.
The program at Penn State is based on Humphrey's 1967 philosophy: "Governments don't have ideas, companies don't have ideas, laboratories don't have ideas, and contrary to popular myth, computers don't have ideas. But people do have ideas—not people in the mass but the individual human beings."
The Humphrey Fellowship Program is administered by the Institute of International Education and the primary support for the program comes from the United States Department of State.
Biographies of this year's Humphrey fellows, and the fellows of previous years are available online. Program staff include: Leila Bradaschia, Talat Azhar and Jane Reese.
For more information, visit http://www.humphreyfellowship.org/