Fulbright Scholarship: Special Graduate Study Program for 2020-2021 Academic Year (Master’s level)

The Embassy of the United States of America in Bosnia and Herzegovna is pleased to announce a special Fulbright Graduate Study Program competition for the 2020-21 academic year.  This special program will enable young students and professionals from BiH to study for one year or longer at U.S. universities to pursue Master’s level study of academic disciplines related to countering disinformation and malign influence, including fields important to improving media literacy and critical thinking. Such academic fields for Fulbright may include, but are not limited to:  media studies, communications and journalism, documentary filmmaking, information technology, law, public policy, political science, ethics, and psychology.  Participants are selected through an open, merit-based competition.  This prestigious award covers tuition and fees at a U.S. university, a monthly living stipend, health insurance, and international airfare.

Online application

  • Applicants must be citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Permanent U.S. residents and persons with dual (Croatian and U.S.) citizenship are ineligible.
  • Applicants must be proficient in oral and written English (selected candidates will take TOEFL and GRE tests).
  • Applicants must be eligible for a J-1 visa, which requires the grantee to return to Bosnia and Herzegovina for a minimum of two years at the end of the grant period.
  • Applicants must have completed undergraduate education at the time of application.
  • Applicants already studying in the U.S. are ineligible for a Fulbright grant.
  • Applicants must receive a satisfactory medical clearance.
  • Persons desiring permanent residence in the United States are not eligible.

General Selection Criteria:

  • Strong academic record.
  • Adaptability and personal suitability.
  • Applicants should be representative and responsible citizens who contribute to a full and fair picture of the culture and civilization of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
  • Preference is given to applicants who have not had a prior opportunity to study in the United States.
  • All applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, and sex.

Selection Procedures:

  • Applications are subject to pre-screening.
  • Applicants recommended by reviewers will be invited for an in-person interview conducted in English by a selection committee comprised of Embassy representatives, U.S. and BiH scholars, and Fulbright alumni. Interviews for selected candidates are scheduled for September 27, 2019.
  • Nominees are subject to final approval by the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

How to apply:

Completed applications must include:

  • Online application
  • Three (3) Letters of Reference (can be submitted online by instructors, professors or work supervisors, or sent via e-mail to the U.S. Embassy by Sept 20);
  • Academic transcripts/diplomas (certified translation into English or verified copies of original academic transcript and degree certificate – scanned and uploaded to the application);
  • Valid results from the U.S. standardized tests – TOEFL (required for all candidates) and GRE (required in most fields of study) – if the applicant has taken these tests in the past two years. Please note that we will organize taking of the required tests for the selected candidates;
  • Copy of passport.


Please scan all the above mentioned documents and upload to your online application.  Please note that all items should be translated into English.

Nominated candidates will have to submit a copy of the original academic transcript bearing all official legalization stamps to the U.S. Embassy Sarajevo.  The U.S. Embassy will advise the nominated candidates to submit a medical history and examination report if and when necessary.

Application Deadline: September 20, 2019

Any application submitted to the United States or elsewhere, separate from the official Fulbright Foreign Student program website noted above, will not be considered.


For additional information please contact:

Public Affairs Office/Fulbright Program
e-mail: bhexc@state.gov