How to Apply

The KAEF Program Application Process

2020 Application is Currently Closed
The 2020 KAEF Online Application Deadline is Past
Thank you for your interest in the KAEF Graduate Fellowship Program. The 2020 application for the KAEF Graduate Fellowship Program was available until 11:59 PM (EST) on July 8, 2019. The application will be made available on April 14, 2018.
What Is The Application Process?

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.

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 2019.
  • 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 2020.
  • 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.

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

Date Activity
July 8, 2019 Application deadline
August 2019 Tier 1 semi-finalist candidates identified
September 2019 Official TOEFL exams administered to the tier 1 semi-finalist candidates
September 2019 All tier 1 semi-finalists interviewed by university admission specialist and American Councils staff in Prishtina and official copies of supporting documents are to be submitted
September 2019 Tier 2 semi-finalists identified
September/October 2019 GRE or GMAT exams administered to tier 2 semi-finalists
January 2020 KAEF finalists identified
June 2020 KAEF finalists take part in Pre-Departure Orientation
August 2020 KAEF finalists depart for the U.S.

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 Chicago-Kent College of Law, City University of New York, Baruch College, George Washington University, and Minnesota State University - Mankato. 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 Fellows are required to return to Kosovo after their studies, and apply their skills to the economic development of the country. Failure to return will result in the full repayment of the participant's program costs.

KAEF carefully screens applicants to ensure they have a real, lasting commitment to Kosovo.  As part of the fellowship agreement, KAEF requires its participants to return to Kosovo. Fellows receive a J visa, under the terms of which they are required to return to their country for at least two years. These and other measures ensure that the investment made in a KAEF Fellow is an investment for the good of Kosovo and its people.

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