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Humphrey Fellowship Program
Deadline: August 20, 2023

Applications are now closed!

The deadline for online application was August 20, 2023.


The Public Diplomacy Section of the U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce the recruitment of candidates for the academic year 2024-2025 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program. This fellowship program brings accomplished mid-level professionals to the United States for a year of academic and professional work. Fellowships awarded under the Humphrey Fellowship Program are subject to the availability of funding.

The 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 Lao people and their professional counterparts in the United States. The fellowships are granted competitively to both public and private sector candidates with a commitment to public service in the fields of:

Human and Institutional Capacity:

  • Economic Development
  • Finance & Banking
  • Public Policy Analysis and Public Administration
  • Technology Policy and Management
  • Human Resource Management

Rights and Freedoms:

  • Communications and Journalism
  • Law and Human Rights

Sustainable Lands:

  • Agricultural and Rural Development
  • Natural Resources, Environmental Policy, and Climate Change
  • Urban and Regional Planning

Thriving Communities:

  • Public Health Policy and Management
  • Substance Abuse Education, Treatment and Prevention
  • Educational Administration, Planning, and Policy

Eligibility for Humphrey Fellowship Programs:

  1. Applicant must be a Lao citizen.
  2. Applicant must be age 30 – 45 years old.
  3. Demonstrate commitment to public service and the potential for professional advancement.
  4. Applicant must have at least five years full-time professional experiences in the relevant field.
  5. Applicant must hold a bachelor’s degree with at least four years of full-time study and a superior academic record.
  6. Applicant must have an interest in the policy aspects of their field of specialization.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.

Ineligible candidates include:

  • Recent university graduates (even if they have significant positions);
  • University teachers 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 August 2023;
  • Individuals with U.S. in-country experience of any kind lasting more than six months during the five years prior to August 2023; and
  • Individuals with dual U.S. citizenship or U.S. permanent resident status may not apply to the program; they are ineligible for a J visa.
  • 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.


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.

Email: vimoldx@state.gov

Tel: +856-21-487055