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Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program

MSU Celebrates 15 Years Hosting the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program

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Michigan State University is celebrating its 15th anniversary as a host university for the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program. As the current class of Humphrey Fellows finish their classes and professional affiliation placements, they will join a network of 169 MSU Humphrey Fellows from 82 countries around the world who are advancing in their careers and bringing about economic and social development in their communities.

President Jimmy Carter initiated the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program in 1978 to honor the memory of the late senator and vice president who had dedicated his career to the advocacy of human rights and international cooperation. Funded by the U.S. Department of State and implemented by the Institute of International Education, the program brings outstanding mid-career professionals from around the world to the United States for a year of study and professional development. The goal of the program is the creation of mutual understanding in order to develop long-lasting relationships between citizens of the United States and their professional counterparts in other countries.

humphrey with MSU president.jpgMSU is one of two campuses that host Humphrey Fellows working in the area of economic development and finance. With the guidance of their faculty mentors, the fellows select courses based on their own interests within these fields of study. Other universities host fellows in the areas of urban planning and resource management, education, communications and journalism, public administration, agriculture, law and human rights, and public health. Since its inception, 5,063 fellows from 158 countries have participated at 46 host campuses. This year, there are 167 fellows from 95 countries at the 14 current host campuses.

MSU’s Humphrey Fellowship Program has developed several signature projects that help integrate Humphrey Fellows with the university and the local community. The Humphrey Seminar is the cornerstone of the Humphrey Fellowship at MSU. Andrea Allen, the associate director for the Center for Advanced Study of International Development, has lead the seminar since 2008. The seminar has three major components: economic development, American culture and history, and the development of leadership skills. Economic development focuses on content related to the fellows’ professional fields and includes guest speakers from MSU and local, regional, and national professionals in the areas of economic development and finance. In addition to learning about American culture and society, which can include current events, history, and culture, Dr. Allen includes time for the fellows to reflect on their personal experiences in the United States. While the entire fellowship is a laboratory for leadership development, the Humphrey Seminar includes readings, workshops, and individual coaching sessions to further encourage and inform the fellows’ leadership practices.

Doaa Allam with Humphrey host family.jpgAnother key component of the Humphrey Fellowship is the idea of exchange—culturally, educationally, and in service. All Humphrey Fellows at MSU are assigned host families, who often include the fellows in family and community activities. Fellows are not here just to learn and develop their own goals, but also to give back to their host community. Therefore, Humphrey Fellows donate 10-15 hours of volunteer service during their year at MSU. In addition, they often speak about their own research, profession, and country on campus and around the mid-Michigan region.  

The MSU Humphrey Fellowship Program initiated the Associate Campus Partnership Program with Lansing Community College (LCC) in 2012. The goal of the partnership is to expand fellows’ exposure to American students and faculty, increase intercultural interactions with LCC faculty, and demonstrate educational and economic development models that serve minority populations and incorporate workforce development. This year partnership activities included a tour of LCC’s West Campus facilities and presentation highlighting public-private partnerships in workforce development and training area residents for in-demand jobs such as computer programming, construction, public safety, welding, and machining. Fellows also learned about funding structures and the impact of state and federal government policy in program design. 

CASID Director, Dean of College of Social Science, Humphrey mentor, CASID Office Assistant, and Humphrey Fellow at reception.jpgThe final component of the Humphrey Fellowship is the professional affiliation. Professional affiliations are full-time pro-bono consultancies where fellows work alongside their professional counterparts in the U.S. for six weeks. Fellows actively contribute to the host organization, with the intention of advancing both the fellow and the host organization. Professional affiliations allow fellows to establish valuable contacts and gain a more comprehensive understanding of and appreciation for the host organization. Organizations that have hosted fellows include the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, Michigan State University Federal Credit Union, the City of East Lansing, the Lansing Area Economic Partnership, and countless others.

Significant contributions to MSU’s Humphrey Fellowship Program are made by the College of Social Science; the Eli Broad College of Business; the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources; the Department of Economics; the Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics; the Institute of International Agriculture; the Office of International Studies and Programs; and the Center for Advanced Study of International Development (CASID). The MSU program is administered by CASID and led by the center’s director, Dr. Robert Glew, with Beth Mugavero acting as program manager. For more information about the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program at MSU, visit the CASID website at

Photo 1: The 2016-17 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows.
Photo 2: The 2016-17 MSU Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows with MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon, CASID Director Robert Glew, and CASID Associate Director Andrea Allen.
Photo 3: Humphrey Friends Brandon and Anna Scott with 2016-17 Humphrey Fellow Doaa Allam (Egypt).
Photo 4: CASID Director Robert Glew, Dean of the College of Social Science Rachel Croson, Humphrey Faculty Mentor and Professor of Finance Kirt Butler, CASID Secretary Helen Farr, and Humphrey Fellow Marija Polak (Serbia).


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