Selection of KAEF Fellows is a three-step process:
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:
Applicants whom have already earned a Master's degree from a U.S. university will not be considered.
|July 12, 2021||Application deadline|
|August 2021||Tier 1 semi-finalist candidates identified|
|September 2021||Official TOEFL exams administered to the tier 1 semi-finalist candidates|
|September 2021||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 2021||Tier 2 semi-finalists identified|
|September/October 2021||GRE or GMAT exams administered to tier 2 semi-finalists|
|January 2022||KAEF finalists identified|
|June 2022||KAEF finalists take part in Pre-Departure Orientation|
|August 2022||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 American University, Colorado State University, University of Miami, 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.
Without exception, KAEF Fellows have performed at a high academic level.
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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