The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program, in partnership with the U.S. State Department and the Institute of International Education, brings highly acclaimed, mid-career professionals from emerging democracies to the United States for an intensive, 10-month academic study and professional experience. The immersion program also provides real-life American culture, such as experiencing Thanksgiving for the first time.
With a tremendously rigorous and a highly competitive selection process, the candidates are selected based on their leadership potential and commitment to publish service. They must have an undergraduate degree, at least five years of substantive professional experience, demonstrated leadership abilities, a record of public service, little or no prior U.S. experience and strong English skills.
I (Scott, that is) had the chance to enjoy dinner and visit with the 2010-’11 Humphrey Fellows at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, the second school in the world to host the journalism fellowship. As a PRSA Fellow and a member of the Public Relations Global Network, I felt honored to be among such an elite group of communicators.
Like many of us, the group expressed a thirst for expertise and understanding of social media and the vast applications that are available. There were also questions and comments about how the media interacts with PR professionals, the decreasing roles of journalists and the challenges facing media outlets. All interesting and insightful.
The current class of Humphrey Fellows includes several TV reporters, Javed Afridi, Pakistan; Aleksandra Dukovska, Macedonia; Daria Marjanovic, Croatia; Mukesh Ropeta, Pakistan; radio reporter Chinkhand Dorj, Mongolia; broadcast executive Chevaan Daniel, Sri Lanka; journalists Malik Siraj Akbar, Pakistan; and Xiao Yang, China; and communications pros Mohammed Alauddin, Bangladesh; and Sevgi Serpil Atalay, Turkey.
It’s fun being around smart, driven professionals.