UM Selected to host Humphrey Fellowship Program

January 23, 2018

MISSOULA – The U.S. Department of State once again has selected the University of Montana as one of a handful of U.S. universities to host the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Long-term English Language Program.

Up to 20 Hubert Humphrey Fellows will participate in the five-month language and culture program, hosted by UM’s English Language Institute (ELI). From the end of March through August, Fellows will improve their English language proficiency and understanding of American culture. When they finish, participants will serve as academic Fellows at other U.S. institutions for one year.

The Humphrey Program is a Fulbright exchange activity funded primarily through the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. It brings accomplished mid-career professionals from developing countries to the U.S. for a year of academic and professional training and engagement. The program allows Fellows to interact with and learn from U.S. leaders in their respective fields, which are usually business, public administration and law.

Humphrey Fellows are selected in their home countries based on their potential for leadership and commitment to public service. The program intends to foster a mutual exchange of knowledge and understanding about issues of common global concern. More than 5,500 people have served as Humphrey Fellows since the program began in 1979. Between 150 and 200 Fellowships are awarded annually.

This is the second consecutive Humphrey Program award ELI has received. For the past five years, Humphrey fellows from countries such as Burundi, Vietnam, Haiti, Colombia and Armenia have perfected their English language skills here.

UM and Missoula offer Humphrey fellows unique opportunities to learn about the United States and interact with the community, for example, through public presentations and Q-and-A sessions at the Jeannette Rankin Peace Center in downtown Missoula. The positive experiences Humphrey Fellows have had at UM and in the Missoula community likely helped ELI earn this new award.

Founded in 1993, ELI serves international students seeking to improve their English language and academic skills in order to pursue studies at UM or another institution of higher education, or for professional training purposes. The institute, housed within UM’s Global Engagement Office, provides academic year and summer instruction, as well as tailored short-term English language and American culture training programs. ELI has taught English to students from more than 44 countries, with a majority of students continuing their studies at UM or other American institutions.

ELI pairs Humphrey Fellows with faculty partners and community partners. If you are interested in partnering with a Humphrey Fellow, or for more information, call ELI Chair Jeanie Castillo at 406-243-6235 or email


Contact: Jeanie Castillo, UM English Language Institute chair, 406-243-6235,