Maxwell Welcomes Fifth Class of Humphrey Fellows
A group of 10 Humphrey Fellows has recently arrived at the Maxwell School for a 10-month program of academic study, professional development and cultural exchange. The six men and four women represent eight countries—China, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Pakistan, Philippines, the Slovak Republic and South Africa—and are mid-career professionals and leaders in their respective countries.
Many of the fellows will focus their studies at Maxwell on public policy and administration, with individual emphases ranging from economic development to gender equality. Most have a background in either government or nongovernmental organization (NGO) work, and plan to further develop skills in leadership and governance during their time at the Maxwell School. With new areas of expertise, each fellow hopes to improve organizations in his or her home country.
In addition to coursework at Maxwell, Fellows develop lasting relationships with American families who serve as cultural ambassadors. Many of these families are Maxwell alumni, allowing them to continue a strong connection to the school in a mutually rewarding and culturally rich experience.
Humphrey Fellows also participate in numerous professional development activities and engage in networking site visits to an array of organizations and agencies in Onondaga County, New York City, Washington, D.C., and other locations across the country. Fellowships conclude with a professional affiliation—a high-level internship in any number of NGOs or government agencies in the United States.
For the 2013-2014 fellowship year, Syracuse University is one of 17 campuses across the United States hosting approximately 185 fellows from 93 countries. The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program was initiated in 1978 and is funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Institute of International Education.