International Fellows and Scholars

International Fellows and Scholars Program
Humphrey School of Public Affairs

301 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455
United States

The International Fellows and Scholars Program brings mid-career professionals and visiting scholars committed to public service from around the world to the Humphrey School for professional enrichment, leadership development, research, and cultural exchange. In addition, through the generosity of the McKnight Foundation, the IFS offers fellowships for Minnesotans to attend the Salzburg Global Seminar.

During the 2019-2020 academic year, the International Fellows and Scholars Programs office at the Humphrey School hosted 13 international fellows and six scholars from 15 countries. In addition to the leadership development training, access to academic coursework and research faculty and facilities, and cultural immersion, fellows had the opportunity for professional development and colleagueship through the Hennepin County Mentorship Program.

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program was initiated in 1978 to honor the late Senator and Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey and his lifelong commitment to international cooperation and public service. The program brings accomplished mid-career professionals from designated developing nations and emerging democracies to the United States for a year of academic study, related professional experience, and cultural exchange. The people-to-people approach to international understanding provides a basis for lasting ties between U.S. citizens and their professional counterparts in other countries, and strengthens the global exchange of knowledge and experience essential to a sustainable world.

Fellowships are granted competitively to professional candidates with a commitment to public service. The program is sponsored by the United States Department of State and is administered nationally by the Institute of International Education (IIE), which assigns fellows to a host university based upon each fellow’s interests and needs.

Each year, about a dozen Humphrey Fellows come to the University of Minnesota’s Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, which serves as their base for their fellowship year. The goals of the Humphrey Fellowship Program at the University of Minnesota are:

  • to enable each fellow to develop a program that fosters personal and professional growth and that prepares the fellow for leadership roles in his or her country;
  • to provide opportunities for a rich exchange of information among Fellows, and also between Fellows and host families, community members, professional colleagues and students/faculty at the University;
  • to help fellows understand as broadly and deeply as possible the U.S. cultural, political, and economic systems; and
  • to help fellows develop a fuller sense of the global context in which they and their countries operate.

The IFS office and the Humphrey School do not administer the application process for this fellowship. For detailed information about the fellowship and its application process, please visit the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program's website.

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2020-21 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows

  • Dounia Benslimane, Morocco, Law and Human Rights
  • Danish Ali Bhutto, Pakistan, Law and Human Rights
  • Kayanna Monicia Burke, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, Public Policy Analysis and Public Administration
  • Amedeea-Viorica Enache, Romania, Economic Development
  • Maria Fernanda Hernandez, Venezuela, Public Policy Analysis and Public Administration
  • Nadiia Iusupova, Kyrgyzstan, Economic Development
  • Mushtaq Malla, India, Law and Human Rights
  • Maria Sol Purita, Argentina, Public Policy Analysis and Public Administration
  • Jeza Mae Sarah Sanchez, Philippines, Public Policy Analysis and Public Administration
  • Boban Stojanoski, North Macedonia, Public Policy Analysis and Public Administration

Read full bios for 2020-21 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows

International Fellows Alumni

Over nearly 40 years, the International Fellows and Scholars Program at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs has had the pleasure of hosting more than 500 professionals and scholars from more than 100 countries.

The international fellows who have come to the Humphrey School for professional and academic development have enriched and expanded our community and have provided a people-to-people approach to understanding international affairs and the importance of a global community. Many of the fellows who have been a part of our community have returned to their home countries to become international ambassadors, world-renowned human rights advocates, national dignitaries, and high-ranking officials in some of the world’s most important international organizations.

View Alumni Bios

The Humphrey School welcomes scholars from around the world for short-term research appointments. Each year the School hosts a limited number of visiting scholars whose research interests are matched with Humphrey School faculty. A match of research interests between visiting scholars and Humphrey faculty contributes to the richness of the experience for visiting scholars and provides valuable contributions to our community. Visiting scholars do not hold academic appointments.

Interested in joining the Humphrey School as an International Fellow? Here's what you need to know:

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Visiting scholar benefits

  • May visit the Humphrey School for up to one year
  • Will have a courtesy designation that does not signify a formal association (e.g., visiting scholars may not claim a University affiliation for the purpose of applying for grants/contracts, and should not represent themselves in their publications and correspondence as having a University affiliation)
  • Have access to reading and borrowing privileges in the University of Minnesota libraries
  • Have access to computer labs and may purchase copying privileges
  • Use the services of the ISSS or International Scholar and Student Services Office (this may incur some additional administrative fees)
  • Are assigned a shared cubicle work space
  • Use the University recreational facilities upon payment of a fee

Note: Budget and staffing limitations prevent access to the following services: long distance telephone calls and secretarial or graduate student assistance. Personal assistance in locating housing or placing children in area schools may be provided by the scholar’s host faculty member or other Humphrey staff, depending on staff availability at the time of arrival. Tuition rules apply to all courses, including those audited. Find information on courses.

Eligibility guidelines

  • Visiting Scholars must be fully funded with resources outside the University of Minnesota and must assume financial responsibility for visa administrative fees of the University ISSS and responsibility for arranging their own financial support and benefits (including health insurance for visitor and any accompanying family members) for the duration of the stay. U.S. government regulations mandate that J-1 Exchange Visitors have adequate financial resources to meet all expenses related to their J-1 program (monthly minimum is $1,300 for 2016-17).
  • Scholars must fulfill the English Proficiency Requirement for J-1 Exchange Visitors.  
  • All visiting scholars and their dependents are required to enroll in the Student Health Benefit Plan unless they are covered by another U.S.-based, employer sponsored health plan. In academic year 2016-2017 the monthly cost for a single scholar is about $200 per month, $184 per month for a spouse or $583 per month for a family.
  • Scholars must be hosted by a Humphrey School faculty member who provides guidance on the research project.
  • Scholars must have obtained a leave from the home institution.
  • Prospective scholars must apply by April 1 for the following fall semester arrival and August 1 for the following spring semester arrival to ensure enough time for DS-2019 and visa processing.
  • Visiting scholars must limit stay to a maximum of one year or within the limits of their visa.
  • They or their sponsor will cover the overhead costs of hosting ($6,500 for a 12-month period as of 2016-2017 academic year)

Before arrival

For questions about visas and appropriate procedures, contact ISSS (email: [email protected]). Humphrey School faculty and staff cannot provide this type of information. The website has valuable information about completing appropriate forms, frequently asked questions, and administrative costs. Visiting scholars from abroad may want to make contact with organizations of their country in the Minnesota area. The International Institute in Minnesota provides an online Minnesota Ethnic Resources Directory (select "Minnesota Ethnic Resources Directory,” then "Search the Data base,” then scroll to "Ethnicity" and select the applicable ethnicity from the list).

Arrival and reporting

The Humphrey School host faculty member or a designee may meet the arriving visiting scholar at the airport or other local point of arrival, but please confirm this in advance. The international visiting scholar must report to the ISSS immediately upon arrival for processing of documents. The ISSS is located in 190 Humphrey School building on the West Bank campus of the University of Minnesota.


After visiting the ISSS office, international visiting scholars should go immediately to the housing office to begin their housing search, if they have not already secured housing before arrival. There is no on-campus housing for visiting scholars; off-campus housing is best secured several weeks in advance of the beginning of classes each semester. The Housing Office provides lists of available apartments. At times, the International Fellowship Programs office at the Humphrey School may have below-market-rate apartments available. Contact Ms. Nkayo Drepaul to inquire.

Humphrey School paperwork

Paperwork needs to be completed at the Humphrey School Human Resources office in order to gain access to the University computer system and to obtain a University Identification Card (necessary for library use, access to computer system, etc.). Visiting scholars should contact Michele Chilinski in 307D Humphrey School ([email protected] or 612-626-6554) to complete the paperwork.  Scholars should prepare as much of this paperwork as possible before arriving in Minnesota.

The processing of ISSS documents prior to the international visitor's arrival involves administrative fees charged to the Humphrey School. Visiting international scholars may be expected to refund the HHH for those fees upon arrival. The ISSS fee is $295 and the SEVIS fee (paid directly to US Department of Homeland Security) is $180.  The US Department of State will also require $140 visa application fee (please note fees can change).

Short visit (Visiting less than a month)

If the scholar will be staying less than a month, there is not adequate time to obtain a University Identification Card. Instead, obtain a letter from the School that will provide access to the libraries, computer labs, etc. To obtain access to e-mail, the visiting scholar must complete a "Departmentally Sponsored E-Mail Account," for which the scholar reimburses the School. Contact the front desk on the first floor of the Humphrey School hours between 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday during the regular semester.

Mailbox, fax, telephone, computer, and professional cards

Individual mail boxes are assigned to visiting scholars in the Humphrey School. The mailboxes are located near the front desk on the first floor or near the photocopy room on the second floor. Fax is available at the first floor copy machine. Instructions for sending a fax are posted above the machine.

The Humphrey School does not provide telephones or computers for visiting scholars. Copying and printing downloaded information may be done in the libraries using a copy card that can be purchased at the libraries. Limited copies may be made on the HHH machines.

Visiting scholars may obtain access to University public computer labs.

Visiting scholars are responsible for purchasing the materials and supplies needed while at the University. Supplies can be purchased in the University bookstore located in the basement of Coffman Memorial Union on the UMN East Bank.

If professional cards are desired, visiting scholars may purchase them through the University Printing Services or commercial duplication businesses in the area. Any affiliation with the University should indicate "Visiting Scholar."

Lounge areas

Scholars are invited to share tea and coffee and use the refrigerator, microwave, and toaster in the first and second floor copy rooms and second and third floor kitchens. There is also an international visitors’ lounge in HHH 125 (behind the coat room, off the Mondale Commons) where you will find computers and a printer/copier, refrigerator, tea and coffee supplies, microwave. You are welcome to use this lounge at any time. Please contact the front desk for the door code.

Bicycle loan

The Twin Cities are well suited for bicycling and there are many dedicated paths and routes around the region. A bicycle with lock, light, and helmet is available for scholars in HHH 125. Please write your name on the board so others will know who has borrowed the bike. During the season April through October, you may be able to borrow a Nice Ride bike key from the HHH front desk. 


Please do not leave valuable objects in view and always lock valuables in file drawers or cabinets, even if stepping away for only a few minutes. The UMN has an experienced set of cell phone/backpack/laptop thieves who blend in well with the university community and “make a living” picking up unattended items from UMN offices, restrooms, study areas, and classrooms. Please do not allow another person to enter with you through a locked door unless you know the person and his/her association with the Humphrey School. Please keep your home and apartment doors locked.

Intellectual property

Visiting scholars will be expected to sign an intellectual property agreement that recognizes the University of Minnesota's right to ownership of research work completed in collaboration with University faculty.