The Fulbright Specialist Program

The Embassy of the United States of America in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) is pleased to announce the Fulbright Specialist program competition for 2020.

The Fulbright Specialist Program (FSP), part of the larger Fulbright Program, was established in 2001 by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). The program is a field-driven initiative in which foreign host institutions conceptualize and design projects of interest within an eligible discipline that represent a priority for their respective organizations. These projects are then paired with a highly qualified U.S. academic or professional, who shares their expertise and assists with strengthening linkages between U.S. and foreign host institutions. Participating foreign host institutions benefit by:

  • Gaining global perspectives from experienced U.S. academics and professionals;
  • Executing projects that require a rapid response or flexible timeline through short-term, year-round exchanges; and
  • Building sustained relationships with individuals and institutions in the U.S.

Apply online to become a host for the 2020 Fulbright Specialist Program through March 1st, 2020 at 23:59 local time. Approved applications will be submitted to Washington for final approval. Projects can start after September 1, 2020 and must end no later than September 30, 2021. The length of a Fulbright Specialist project must be a minimum of 14 days and a maximum of 42 days, including travel days and weekends. Please see below for details about eligibility, financial arrangements, and application.

Eligibility, Fields, and Activities:

Eligible Host Institutions: Institutions eligible to request Fulbright Specialists include, but are not limited to: reputable academic institutions (universities, colleges, research institutions, vocational/technical educational institutions); government institutions (ministries); cultural institutions (museums, libraries, conservatories, theaters); non-governmental organizations (NGOs, think tanks), and public health-related institutions (public health organizations, teaching hospitals). Institutions must be in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Academic Fields: Eligible fields include, but are not limited to: Agriculture, American (U.S.) Studies, Anthropology, Archaeology, Biology Education, Business Administration, Chemistry Education, Communications and Journalism, Economics, Education, Engineering Education, Environmental Science, Computer Science and Information Technology, Law, Library Science, Mathematics, Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies, Physics Education, Political Science, Public Administration, Public/Global Health, Social Work, Sociology, and Urban Planning.

Ineligible Institutions, Fields, and Activities: U.S. or U.S.-based institutions and profit-making companies and organizations such as businesses and corporations are ineligible to host Fulbright Specialists.  Projects with activities focused on English language such as designing curriculum, conducting needs assessments, teacher training, or high-level educational consultations, are not eligible for the FSP.  Specialists may not carry out personal research projects—they must carry out projects proposed by host institutions. Clinical medical research or projects involving patient contact are ineligible under Fulbright policy.

Sample Fulbright Specialist Activities:

Fulbright Specialist projects should be designed to provide U.S. faculty and professionals with opportunities to collaborate with their professional counterparts at the host institution in BiH on curriculum and faculty development, institutional planning, and a variety of other activities.

Activities a host institution may request a specialist to do include (but are not limited to):

  • Presenting lectures at graduate and undergraduate levels
  • Participating in or lead seminars or workshops at overseas academic institutions
  • Conducting needs assessments, surveys, institutional or programmatic research
  • Taking part in specialized academic programs and conferences
  • Consulting with administrators and instructors of post-secondary institutions on faculty development
  • Developing and/or assess academic curricula or educational materials
  • Conducting teacher-training programs at the tertiary level


Preference will be given to requests from institutions in Bosnia and Herzegovina which are not hosting traditional Fulbright grantees for a semester of teaching/research in the same academic year.

Financial Arrangements:

The U.S. Government will cover international travel and daily honorarium. Host institutions must provide cost share for in-country meals, lodging, and local transportation expenses (to and from lodging to the location of the project as well as additional local transportation to conduct personal errands and attend or participate in local cultural activities).  These funds must be provided in-kind or upon arrival, not on a reimbursable basis.  All costs, including costs covered by host institutions and in-kind contributions, must be quantified and reported in the program management system prior to approval of the project.  Specialists are prohibited from self-funding programmatic costs.

If you have questions about financial arrangements as a host institution contact the exchange coordinator at

How to Apply:

Host institution applications will be accepted until March 1st, 2020 at 11:59pm local time.  Approved applications will be submitted to Washington for final approval. Programs can start after September 1, 2020 and must end no later than September 30, 2021. If an institution wishes to propose a project beginning sooner than September 1, 2020, they should contact the exchange coordinator at before beginning an application.

The host institution must submit the application via the online project portal.  If the host institution does not have the technical capabilities for submission into the online system, it may contact the exchange coordinator at to request a paper application.

For additional information please contact the academic exchange coordinator at