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Current U.S. Student

United States citizens who are currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs are eligible to apply.If you are currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at a U.S. college or university, you will apply through that institution, even if you are not currently a resident there. Find the Fulbright Program Adviser on your campus.

U.S. Citizen but not a Student

If you are a U.S. citizen, will hold a bachelor’s degree by the award start date, and do not have a Ph.D. degree, then you are eligible to apply. Non-enrolled applicants should have relatively limited professional experience in the fields (typically 7 years or less) in which they are applying. Candidates with more experience should consider applying for the Fulbright Scholar Program.

The Getting Started page will provide information on eligibility and next steps.


The Fulbright U.S. Student Program welcomes applications in the creative and performing arts. Arts candidates for the U.S. Student Program should have relatively limited professional experience in the fields (typically 7 years or less) in which they are applying. Artists with more experience should consider applying for the Fulbright Scholar Program.

Creative & Performing Arts projects fall under the Study/Research grant category and are available in all countries where Study/Research grants are offered.


U.S. Professor/Administrator

If you are a U.S. citizen and a professor or administrator at a U.S. institution and are interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award, you will need to apply through fulbrightscholars.org.

To support your students in applying for a U.S. Student Program award, please connect with the Fulbright Program Adviser at your institution.

Non U.S. Citizens

If you are a non-U.S. citizen interested in applying for a Fulbright Award to the United States, you will need to apply through the Fulbright Commission or U.S. Embassy in your home country. Find out more information on the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program or Fulbright Foreign Student Program.

Bosnia & Herzegovina

1 Open Study/Research Award

Accepted Degree Levels
  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
  • Doctoral
Grant Period
October Start
Grant Length
9 Months
Award Type
Open Study/Research
Award Profile

This program provides grants to conduct non-degree, full-time research at the graduate level at institutions of higher education in Bosnia and Herzegovina for a maximum of nine months.

Grant Length
9 Months
Grant Period
October Start

Grants will begin on October, 1 2024.

In-Country Orientation

All grantees are required to attend a pre-departure orientation in June or July as a condition of their grant.  The event is organized by IIE, virtual or in-person.

It is recommended that grantees plan to arrive a week prior to the start of the academic year (which starts on October 1, 2024).   The Public Diplomacy Section at the United States Embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina will hold a required in-country orientation for grantees (tentatively scheduled for September 24, 2024). 

Candidate Profile

Applications are accepted from candidates at all degree levels and in all fields.

Grantees are expected to be extremely adaptable and flexible. Living conditions and infrastructure in Bosnia and Herzegovina are improving. However, grantees should recognize that the country is still undergoing significant changes and transitions, and that medical care and other services are not up to U.S. or Western standards.

Candidates should be highly motivated and demonstrate excellence through academic record, leadership potential, and qualifying educational and professional experiences. They are expected to serve as responsible representatives of their home country, to successfully undertake full-time research at the graduate level, and to adjust to life in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Candidates are encouraged to submit a thoughtful, well written, concise, and compelling application that illustrates qualifications, leadership, the project's impact potential (both in Bosnia and Herzegovina and in the United States), and preparedness for study in Bosnia and Herzegovina.  Research proposals should reflect enduring concerns, emphasize basic subjects, demonstrate sound methodology, and avoid politicization of scholarly inquiry.  Proposed projects will be evaluated for goals and feasibility.

Residency in host country NOT permitted in year prior to grant
Dual citizens of this country are eligible
Indicate how many months is considered residency:
12 Months
Degree Level of Applicant
  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
  • Doctoral
Foreign Language Proficiency
Recommended - Novice

Additional Information:  Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian proficiency is recommended, but not required depending on the nature of the project.  However, applicants should demonstrate that they will have language skills commensurate with the project by the beginning of the grant.  If a project can be carried out in English, applicants without these language skills should include plans for language study in their proposals and are encouraged to improve their language skills concurrent with their research after arriving in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Fulbright Proposal Types
Independent Study/Research:
Graduate Degree Enrollment:
Independent Study/Research:
No affiliation letter required at deadline

Candidates are responsible for securing their own affiliations. Preliminary contacts and letters of support from host institutions are preferred but are not required, at the time of application.

U.S. Visiting Student Researcher participants should affiliate with accredited institutions of higher education in Bosnia and Herzegovina and pursue academic research at the graduate level in their fields of study. They may not undertake academic classes or hold on-campus work authorization.  Grantees advance their academic work, establish professional contacts in their academic fields, gain international experience and personal enrichment, and help promote mutual understanding between the United States and Bosnia and Herzegovina.


Affiliation Fees/Tuition
Affiliation Fees/Tuition not covered in grant benefits
Dependent financial support is NOT available

While dependents are allowed to accompany applicants on the grants, the United States Embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina does not provide financial support for dependents accompanying the grantees.

Housing Arrangements

Housing arrangements are not provided.  Host institutions generally designate a point of contact to assist Fulbright Study/Researchers with logistics, including identifying housing arrangements.

Fulbright Program Management Contact
Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website
Visa Requirements

U.S. grantees, as well as all accompanying dependents, regardless of age, must register with the local police within 24 hours of receiving an entry stamp at a border crossing or airport, and must apply for temporary residency status within three to four weeks of arrival in Bosnia and Herzegovina.   (Please note:  Most hotels will automatically complete the initial police registration process, but grantees should verify this with their hotel on arrival.)  The Embassy will provide additional guidance on the residency visa process and the host institution will directly assist grantees with their residency visa applications.


Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact
Elizabeta Delic: delalice@state.gov