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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

2 English Teaching Assistant Award

Accepted Degree Levels
  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
  • Doctoral
Grant Period
October Start
Grant Length
9 Months
Award Type
English Teaching Assistant
Award Profile

The U.S. Embassy plans to approve a minimum of two English Teaching Assistant (ETA) grants to students for the 2024-2025 academic year.  Fulbright ETAs serve as cultural ambassadors and native speakers in the classroom.  Fulbright ETA responsibilities may include planning and conducting conversational classroom activities, giving presentations on different topics related to the United States (culture, society, and history), leading language labs and language table discussions, acting as a resource person both at the host institution and in the community, coordinating extra-curricular activities, and conducting English conversation clubs at host institution and respective American Corners.

Grant Length
9 Months
Grant Period
October Start

Grants will begin October 1, 2024.

Grant Length - 9 months.

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, but preference is given to graduate students who are interested in international education and educational advising.  Preference will also be given to applicants in the fields of education and English, as well as the humanities and social sciences, with a particular focus in American studies.  Previous teaching experience is recommended.  Applicants must be fluent English speakers.

Candidates 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 the United States, to successfully undertake the Fulbright ETA fellowship, 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, project's potential impact (both in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the United States), and preparedness for an English Teaching Assistantship in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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
Not Required

Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian language proficiency is not required, but helpful.  Some study of Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian prior to arrival is encouraged in order to promote deeper engagement with the host community.  Students may be provided with funding (as part of their grant) to cover language instruction during their grant period.

Placement Type
  • Secondary School
  • University/Post-Secondary Institution

Fulbright ETAs are advised to be flexible regarding the geographic location of their potential placement.  All Fulbright ETA placements are secured by the U.S. Embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina.  Placements are usually at the Faculty of Islamic Studies at the University of Sarajevo and the Faculty of Philology at the University of Banja Luka.  All communication and feedback about Fulbright ETA placements in Bosnia and Herzegovina should be directed to the United States Embassy.

Placement Locations
  • Capital City
  • Regional City
Supplementary Project

Fulbright English Teaching Assistant responsibilities should be no more than 20 hours per week.  In the remaining time, Fulbright ETAs are expected to engage in other activities.  The types of activities vary, and Fulbright ETAs are encouraged to discuss options and limitations with the United States Embassy.  Activities may include pursuing a course of study, conducting research into topics or issues relevant to the region, engaging in specific volunteer activities, or a combination of these.  In all cases, the primary activity of the Fulbright ETAs is to provide native language assistance to the local host institution. Through the Fulbright ETA Program, foreign teachers and students develop English communication skills needed to participate in the global economy and to improve their access to diverse perspectives on a broad variety of issues.

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 ETAs with logistics, including identifying housing arrangements.

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

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 Delalic: delalice@state.gov