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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 become an important force for Kosovo.

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To be eligible, applicants must be citizens of Kosovo, proficient in written and spoken English, and committed to developing 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, 44 universities have hosted KAEF Fellows, including St. John's University, Indiana University - SPEA, University of North Carolina, and University of Minnesota. 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.

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 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.

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.

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 2020.
  • 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 2021.
  • Able to receive and maintain a U.S. J-1 exchange visitor visa. (U.S. Based path only)

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.

Applicants whom have already earned a Master's degree from a U.S. university will not be considered.

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.

What Expenses Does the Program Cover?
Online Program U.S.-Based Program
On-program Support
Tuition and academic fees
A modest stipend for your room and board
A modest stipend for completion of academic terms
Book allowance
Medical Insurance
Round-trip international travel
Visa Fees
Alumni Support
Alumni Grant Eligibility
Alumni Perks and Benefits

Alumni Highlights

There are currently 97 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


Lulëzon Jagxhiu

My goal is to attain such a level of knowledge and competence that [I could] manage large scale information systems and projects, on the one hand, and contribute to the overall business management of companies, on the other . . . I have chosen the US for my MBA studies because I believe that the US has the best management schools, with practically-oriented courses that prepare students for real-life management challenges.

Lulëzon Jagxhiu


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.