Humphrey Fellowship Program

Announcing the 2021 – 2022 Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program

The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce the 2021-2022 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program. This fellowship program brings accomplished mid-level professionals to the United States for one year of academic and professional work.

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program is a Fulbright program that brings accomplished young and mid-career professionals with demonstrated leadership potential to the United States for a year of non-degree graduate-level study, leadership development, and substantive professional collaboration with U.S. counterparts. By providing future leaders and policy makers with experience in U.S. society, culture, and professional fields, the program provides a basis for lasting, productive ties between Americans and their professional counterparts overseas.

Ideal candidates have a proven track record of leadership, a public service commitment, and the capacity to take full advantage of a self-defined program of independent study at a leading U.S. University Professionals from both the public and the private sectors are eligible to apply. Women, minority groups, and candidates from outside the capital city of Vientiane are encouraged to apply.

This year’s programs are in the following fields:

Sustainable Development

a. Agricultural and Rural Development

b. Economic Development/Finance and Banking

c. Natural Resources, Environmental Policy, and Climate Change

d. Urban and Regional Planning

Democratic Institution Building

a. Communications/Journalism

b. Law and Human Rights

c. International Religious freedom

d. Public Policy Analysis and Public Administration

e. Trafficking in Persons Policy and Prevention

f. Technology Policy and Management

g. Human Resource Management


a. Educational Administration, Planning and Policy

b. Higher Education Administration

c. Teaching of English as a Foreign Language

Public Health

a. Public Health Policy and Management

b. HIV/AIDS Policy and Prevention

c. Substance Abuse Education, Prevention, and Treatment (see note below)

d. Contagious and infectious diseases

Note on substance Abuse Education, Prevention, and Treatment field: ECA cooperates with the National Institute on Drug Abuse, which provides some co-funding, to work with Humphrey Fellows in the fields of substance abuse. Candidates must have either a research background in the field or demonstrated ability to learn the results and policy implications of current research.

Candidates should be recruited and ranked together with candidates in other fields, and must complete the supplementary field-specific page of the Humphrey application for this topic area.

Eligibility for Humphrey Fellowship Programs:

  • Applicant must be a Lao citizen.
  • Applicant must be age 40 or under.
  • Demonstrate commitment to public service and the potential for professional advancement.
  • Applicant must have at least five years full-time professional experiences in the relevant field.
  • Applicant must hold a bachelor’s degree with at least four years of full-time study and a superior academic record.
  • Applicant must have an interest in the policy aspects of their field of specialization.
  • Applicant must be proficient in English. Proficiency in the English language is measured by a minimum TOEFL iBT score of 71 or 6.0 IELTS. Those who do not have the English score will be invited to take the English Screening test at the American Center @Thatdam. (TBD)
  • Applicant must demonstrate the required experience, skills, and commitment while also indicating how they can benefit from this program in ways that they have not experienced prior.

Individuals in the following circumstances are not eligible for the Fulbright Program:

  • U.S. citizens and permanent residents of the United States;
  • Individuals currently studying, residing, or working outside of Laos;
  • Local employees who work for U.S. Embassy, and/or the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). These U.S. government employees are also ineligible to apply for one year following the termination of employment;
  • Immediate family members (i.e. spouses and dependent children) of U.S. Embassy and USAID employees. These family members are also ineligible to apply for one year following the termination of employment.

Application Procedure

Each applicant must submit an application online by July 17, 2020.

Online Application:

The deadline for online application is July 17, 2020

Applicants will need to create a new account and follow the instructions outlined on this website before completing the application forms and other supporting documents.

For further questions beyond this announcement:

Fulbright and Humphrey Office

Public Diplomacy Section, U.S. Embassy, Vientiane Laos.

Thadeua Road, Km.9, Ban Somvang Tai.


Tel: +856-21-487055