KAEF Graduate Fellowship Program

Deadline: 19 September 2022
Open to: citizens of Kosovo, who are proficient in written and spoken English, and committed to developing Kosovo after completion of the program
Benefits: tuition and academic fees, stipend, alumni support, and other benefits


The Kosovo American Education Fund (KAEF) is dedicated to the long-term economic development of Kosovo through the education of its people. KAEF provides up to 8 graduate fellowships per year to promising Kosovars for top-level training at select U.S. universities.

To date, 44 universities have hosted KAEF Fellows, including Minnesota State University – Mankato, Georgetown University, University of Missouri, Columbia, and Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. Aside from providing KAEF Fellows a top-notch education, our university partners also provide tuition cost-sharing.

The KAEF Program now offers the choice of 2 distinct program paths:

  • Traditional U.S. Based Program: participants come to the U.S. for the duration of their 1 or 2 academic year programs, take part in an internship following the first year, and are eligible for post-academic training opportunities.
  • Online Program: participants enroll in online degree programs from a U.S. university or college. Each participant maintains full-time academic program status and completes a degree within the expected duration (based on the U.S. university). Academic program lengths vary from 1-3 years.


The KAEF Program does not discriminate on the basis of ethnic origin, age, race, color, gender, religion or disability. Persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Competition for the KAEF Program is merit-based and open to anyone who meets the following requirements:

  • In possession of a passport from Kosovo by October 2022.
  • An habitual resident in Kosovo and residing in Kosovo at the time of application and during the selection process.
  • Able to convincingly demonstrate existing and durable ties to Kosovo, and a firm commitment to return to/remain in Kosovo for at least two years after the completion of the program.
  • The recipient of an undergraduate degree by the time of study in the U.S. (degree must be in law in order to apply to the KAEF Program in the field of law).
  • Proficient in spoken and written English at the time of application.
  • Able to demonstrate professional aptitude and leadership potential in the selected field of specialization.
  • Able to begin the program of study at a university in the United States in the summer of 2023.
  • Able to receive and maintain a U.S. J-1 exchange visitor visa. (U.S. Based path only)


Online program covers:

  • Tuition and academic fees;
  • A modest stipend for completion of academic terms;
  • Book allowance;
  • Alumni Grant Eligibility;
  • Alumni Perks and Benefits.

U.S.-Based Program covers:

  • Tuition and academic fees;
  • A modest stipend for your room and board;
  • Book allowance;
  • Medical Insurance;
  • Round-trip international travel;
  • Visa Fees;
  • Alumni Grant Eligibility;
  • Alumni Perks and Benefits.


Click here to apply. For more details, please visit the official website.