The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program provides ten months of non-degree academic study and related professional experiences in the United States. Humphrey Fellows are selected based on their potential for leadership and their commitment to public service. The Humphrey Program fosters a mutual exchange of knowledge and understanding about issues of common concern in the United States and the Fellows’ home countries. The Program offers Fellows valuable opportunities for leadership development and professional engagement with Americans and their counterparts from many nations. More than 5,500 men and women from 162 countries have been honored as Humphrey Fellows since the program began in 1979. Between 150 and 200 Fellowships are awarded annually. Fourteen major universities in the United States host Humphrey Fellows.