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Kosovo's Future Leaders

The KAEF educational fund supports educational programs that provide Kosovo's future leaders with the tools they need to promote the country's future prosperity.


KAEF fellowships are open to all eligible applicants, and are awarded through a merit-based competition. Fellows study in master's level programs for one or two years, obtain a degree, and participate in professional internships.

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To be eligible, applicants must be citizens of Kosovo, proficient in written and spoken English, and committed to returning to Kosovo after completion of the program.

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The Academic Program

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, 40 universities have hosted KAEF Fellows, including Colorado State University, Syracuse University, University of Denver, and Monterey Institute of International Studies. Aside from providing KAEF Fellows a top-notch education, our university partners also provide tuition cost-sharing.

Without exception, KAEF Fellows have performed at a high academic level.   In addition, KAEF Fellows receive an opportunity for valuable practical experience, including:

  • Summer internships – KAEF Fellows are required to intern with a business or organization working in their field of expertise during the summer months. 
  • Practical training – KAEF Fellows are given the option of staying in the U.S. for an extended period of time after completing their degree in order to participate in a practical training internship. 

KAEF Fellows have served with, among other organizations, Dell Computers, the World Bank, Voice of America, the International Finance Corporation, the Duke Center for International Development, and the Xerox Corporation.

KAEF provides funds for all aspects of applicants and Fellows' participation in the program. Applying to the program is free. KAEF Fellows receive:

  • 100 percent tuition and fees support
  • Textbook allowance
  • Round-trip travel
  • Monthly stipend
  • Medical insurance
  • Professional development funds
  • Alumni support
With KAEF, you don't have to be wealthy to take advantage of the very best the American educational system has to offer.

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 2015.
  • 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 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 in the United States in the summer of 2016.
  • Able to receive and maintain a U.S. J-1 exchange visitor visa.

With KAEF, you don't have to be wealthy or to attend a private university to take advantage of the very best the American educational system has to offer.

Selection of KAEF Fellows is a three-step process:

  • First, all applications are reviewed by U.S. admissions experts.
  • Second, highly ranked candidates are interviewed and tested in Kosovo.
  • Finally, the applications, test scores, and interview results of highly ranked candidates are reviewed by U.S. admissions experts and fellowship awardees are selected. Results are announced in early summer.

The KAEF program does not discriminate on the basis of ethnic origin, age, race, color, gender, religion, or disability. Competition for the KAEF program is merit-based and open to anyone.

Alumni Highlights

There are currently 69 alumni of the KAEF program that have successfully completed all aspects of the program and returned to Kosovo.

Kujtim Gazideda

During my life I have been known as a person who dares to try... I feel that furthering my studies by pursuing an MBA in the United States is the right choice and next natural step for me to take. For me, my plan clearly is: to seize the opportunity to take a chance and to embrace the challenge wholeheartedly.

Kujtim Gazideda


Edona Paqarada

Returning to Kosovo and being part of the team entrusted with the mission of promoting sustained economic growth requires a vast understanding of business matters and all the factors involved in the process - social, political, international. I strongly believe the programs offered by the top-notch universities of the KAEF Program will provide me with the theoretical framework and practical skills necessary to bring a significant contribution to the advancement of Kosovo's business environment.

Edona Paqarada


Gëzim Gjikolli

Investment in human capital is at a critical stage. Qualitative and quantitative education is lacking. We should be vigilant in building a system that can assure the return of scholarship students to Kosovo, so they can contribute to the society.

Gëzim Gjikolli



Today, KAEF is supported largely through the charitable support of individual Kosovars, Americans, and American universities.