UM Has Hosted 100 Humphrey Fellows

The Humphrey Fellowship is a competitive Fulbright Exchange Program which provides a year of non-degree graduate-level study in the U.S. Each year over 5,000 mid-career professionals from around the world apply for a Humphrey Fellowship; ultimately only 150 are chosen. Humphrey Fellows are selected based on their potential for leadership and their dedication to public service. These Fellows are from countries undergoing development and/or political transition. They spend one full academic year at one of thirteen major universities. Cornell, American University, MIT, Vanderbilt, and UC Davis, just to name a few, are host universities that this year’s Humphrey Fellows will attend next fall.

The English Language Institute (ELI) at the University of Montana hosts a small number of these Fellows each summer. The Humphrey Fellows who study at the ELI are Fellows who are otherwise strong Humphrey candidates but need improved English to benefit fully from the Humphrey experience. The Fellows study at ELI 18-20 hours per week for four months. The English Language Institute (ELI) at the University of Montana is currently the only host of Long-Term English Training for the Humphrey Fellows in the U.S.

The University of Montana has been hosting the Humphrey Long-Term English Training Program since 2013, and this year brings a special milestone: with the addition of this year’s cohort, the ELI has hosted 100 Humphrey Fellows! The Global Engagement Office is happy to announce that this year’s Humphrey scholars have all arrived to the UM campus, and classes and cultural enrichment activities are in full swing. You may see our Fellows out and about on bicycles provided by Free Cycles, or you might even see them on one of the hiking trails around town.

This year’s cohort includes 15 scholars from 14 different countries: Togo, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Russia, Ukraine, Tunisia, Yemen, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Mexico, Panama, and Chile. Although these scholars all have English language study in common, they represent a wide range of professional backgrounds. Professional fields include Agricultural & Rural Development, Urban & Regional Planning, Law & Human Rights, Contagious & Infectious Diseases, International Religious Freedom, Economic Development, Education Administration, Natural Resources, Environmental & Climate Policy, Human Resources Management, and Higher Education Administration.

Welcome 2021 Humphrey Fellows! To learn more about the Humphrey Fellowship program, visit or UM’s Humphrey Fellows Long-Term English Program.