International Fellows

Group photo of the 2019-2020 International Fellows

During the 2019-2020 academic year, the International Fellows and Scholars Programs office at the Humphrey School is hosting 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 have the opportunity for professional development and colleagueship through the Hennepin County Mentorship Program.

Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship

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.

Government of India MPA Fellowship

The Indian government initiated this program in 2007 to offer leadership development opportunities to top officers in public service positions. During their fellowship year, fellows complete the Master of Public Affairs degree and take part in professional internships. Thirty-five fellows from a wide variety of government agencies completed the program through 2016.

Government of Korea MPA Fellowship

Initiated in 2011 by the Government of Korea Ministry of Public Administration and Security, this fellowship offered mid-career civil servants from the Republic of Korea with 10 years of professional experience the opportunity to complete the requirements for a Master of Public Affairs degree. It also allowed fellows to practice and improve their English language skills and required them to participate in an internship practicum in the U.S.

BECAS MOB Mexico Fellowship

The BECAS MOB Mexico Fellowship allowed opportunities for outstanding young Mexicans to pursue master’s degrees in top foreign universities. It promoted higher education and helped foster a highly competitive and innovative group of Mexican citizens with global perspectives and commitment to the development of their country. This fellowship was administered by the BECAS MOB Foundation.

U.K. Fulbright for Public Affairs Fellowship

Through the 2012-13 academic year, the United States–United Kingdom Fulbright Commission offered this one-semester fellowship to an outstanding mid-career U.K. civil servant for study and research at the Humphrey School. The purpose of the fellowship was to foster collaborations, exchange ideas, and cultivate long-term partnership between the United Kingdom and the United States.

McKnight Fellowship: Salzburg Global Seminar

The Salzburg Global Seminar convenes imaginative thinkers from different cultures and institutions, organizes problem-focused initiatives, supports leadership development and engages opinion-makers through active communication networks, all in partnership with leading institutions from around the world and across different sectors of society. Sessions average about five days.

The Seminar welcomes applications to its annual programs which bring together approximately 60 distinguished international participants including emerging leaders, known as "Fellows" from government, business, academia, and nongovernmental organizations. The sessions are cross-sectoral and cross-cultural in approach, with the objective of broadening and deepening perspectives to promote informed action and far-sighted decision making among key professionals worldwide. Particular emphasis is placed on generating cutting-edge ideas and on developing proposals for action.

The International Fellows and Scholar office is accepting applications for a limited number of full or partial scholarships to attend sessions that are available based on certain eligibility criteria. Please visit for additional information about the sessions.

Eligibility Criteria:
Current Minnesota residents
Mid-career professionals from government, business, academia, and nongovernmental organizations

To be considered for the scholarship, all applicants must send:

  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Biographical sketch of 150 words or less
  • A brief write-up (500 words maximum) on how the specific conference(s) you are applying to attend fits into the framework of your expertise and areas of interest. Please include how you intend to use your experience to benefit your community, the type of scholarship that you are seeking (full or partial) and why a scholarship is necessary.

Deadline: You must turn in all applications materials at least two months prior to the start of a session.

To Apply: Please send completed applications to or Humphrey School of Public Affairs’ International Fellows and Scholar Programs, 301-19th Ave. S, Minneapolis, MN 55455.

International Fellows and Scholars Program

Humphrey School of Public Affairs
301 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455