Welcoming Leaders from around the World

Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program at UC Davis

Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program at UC Davis

Established in 1978 by President Jimmy Carter to honor the late Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey—who was a long-time advocate of international cooperation and understanding—the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program brings accomplished mid-career professionals from countries with developing and emerging economies to the United States for professional and leadership development.

Eight Humphrey fellows stand in front of the entrance of the International Center on the UC Davis campus. Seated in front of them are four other Humphrey fellows and Karen Beardsley of Global Affairs.
The 2021-22 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows: (back row, l-r) Huiyong Zhang (China), Sheila Nabwire Apopo (Kenya), Ana Domínguez (Panama), Andréia Coutinho Louback (Brazil), Sergey Vassilyev (Kazakhstan), Khatia Basilashvili (Georgia), José Palma (Chile), Ruth Tekle Andemariam (Eritrea), (seated in front, l-r) Sytekon Caspar Tarty (Liberia), Karen Beardsley, UC Davis Global Affairs, Ahmed Osman Elamin Abdalgader (Sudan), Ana Lucia Arteaga (Colombia), and Meysam Vadiati (Iran).

UC Davis has hosted the Humphrey Program from 1986 until 1996, and again since 2001, hosting more than 300 fellows from more than 100 different countries. One of 13 universities selected across the nation to host the program for 2019-20, UC Davis offers professional development and collaborations for fellows in the fields of agricultural and rural development, natural resources management and environmental science. 

Through collaborations with UC Davis faculty, advisors, and professional affiliations, lasting ties between UC Davis, partners, and community members and our Humphrey Fellows are formed. Often UC Davis faculty even continue working on projects as Humphrey Fellows transition to Humphrey Alumni.

Alongside their leadership projects, Humphrey Fellows at UC Davis also participate in a number of community events—from volunteering with solar energy organizations and at community dinners to providing course lectures and engaging with seminars on campus and in the community. It often being their first visit to the U.S., our fellows learn American customs and culture, and at the same time, share their experiences and perspectives with the UC Davis and surrounding communities.