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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

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.


2 Open Study/Research Award

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

Applicants may come from any recognized academic field and be at any academic level; however, they must have completed at least a bachelor's degree at the start of the grant. Applicants should have an excellent academic record and strong reference letters. Since Fulbright grantees are representing their country in all aspects, applicants should have strong intercultural and leadership skills. Proposed projects should be innovative, feasible in Kosovo, fit in the candidate's previous academic training and future objectives, and be based on the candidate's overall academic background and profile.

Grant Length
9 Months
Grant Period
Fall Start

Grants will begin in October and end in June.

Pre-Departure and 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.

Grantees will also be required to attend an In-Country Arrival Orientation upon their arrival, which will take place during the last week of September. 

Candidate Profile

Well-qualified candidates at all degree levels will be considered. Candidates must be mature, self-motivated individuals who are capable of working independently without supervision.

What is life like for Fulbrighters in the host country?

Kosovo is the youngest European country, in the heart of the Balkans. With 70 percent of the population under 35, it is young and vibrant. Pristina, the capital city, officially has around 200,000 inhabitants, but that number swells during the business day to nearly 500,000. It is very easy to navigate, with a strong cafe culture, many great restaurants, and a large international community. Every other major town is within 90 minutes of Pristina, including Prizren (the cultural capital of Kosovo), Peja and Gjakova (hubs for outdoor enthusiasts). More information on Kosovo and tourism can be found here and here. 

A culturally Muslim country, but very liberal in practice, Kosovo is widely considered to be one of the most pro-American countries in the world, with a U.S. favorability rating of more than 95 percent of the population. The ongoing dispute over Kosovo's independence from Serbia creates a unique dynamic, especially with the Kosovo-Serb minority population.  

Since Kosovo declared its independence in February 2008, its higher education system has slowly been making progress towards a more Western-oriented approach, based on the Bologna System. U.S. Fulbright Scholars have significantly helped to expand the knowledge of students and professors who might otherwise not have the opportunity to study or travel abroad. 

Higher education in Kosovo consists of nine state universities: the University of Pristina "Hasan Prishtina” is Kosovo's largest university; the University of Prizren "Ukshin Hoti”; the University of Gjakova “Fehmi Agani”; the University of Gjilan "Kadri Zeka"; the University of Mitrovica "Isa Boletini"; the University of Peja "Haxhi Zeka"; and the University of Applied Sciences (UASF) in Ferizaj, the Faculty of Islamic Studies, and the Kosovo Academy for Public Safety. There are approximately 12 private institutions of higher education. The academic calendar consists of two semesters (October-January and February-May).  Exams are generally offered at the end of each semester. 

The Fulbright Program in Kosovo is eleven years old, but is undergoing a significant expansion thanks to a joint investment of funds by the Government of Kosovo and the United States. Significant opportunities remain to make a difference in the state of education in the country. Knowledge of the Albanian language is beneficial, but is not a requirement.

Families are welcome and opportunities for K-12 education are available. You may reach out to us, and we will provide you with a list of K-12 schools taught in English.  

Medical facilities in Kosovo consist of the government-sponsored University Clinical Center and private medical clinics. Medical facilities outside Pristina have limited capabilities. For more information, please see this link.

Public transportation is available. Taxis are generally an inexpensive, safe, and a reliable means of transportation.  

U.S. citizens need a valid passport to enter Kosovo and may be asked to provide documentation stating the purpose of their visit. No visa is required for trips of up to 90 days. For work, study, or visits longer than 90 days, you must apply for a temporary residence permit at Pristina’s Directorate for Migration and Foreigners. To apply for a temporary residence permit, you will need to provide proof of health insurance and an official police background check report issued in the United States prior to travel. See our Criminal Records checks page on our website. The U.S. Embassy cannot assist you in obtaining background checks, certificates of conduct, or fingerprints. For all public information related to entry, exit, and visa requirements available to U.S. citizens visiting or residing in Kosovo, see this link.

Residency in host country permitted in year prior to grant
Dual citizens of this country are eligible
Degree Level of Applicant
  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
Foreign Language Proficiency
Not Required

Additional Information: No Albanian language skills are required, but are considered helpful. Some study of Albanian prior to arrival is encouraged in order to promote deeper engagement with the host community.

Fulbright Proposal Types
Independent Study/Research:
Graduate Degree Enrollment:
Independent Study/Research:
Letter recommended but not required at deadline

Applicants are encouraged to arrange their own affiliation and submit letters of invitation/affiliation with their application. If an invitation is not available, they may indicate preferences for affiliation. When an applicant does not indicate a host institution preference, the Public Diplomacy Section of the U.S. Embassy and United States - Kosovo Educational Exchange Board will seek the most appropriate placement.

Affiliation Fees/Tuition
Affiliation Fees/Tuition not covered in grant benefits

Host institutions do not require affiliation fees/tuition. 

Award Benefits
  • A stipend broadly based on the cost of living in the host country. These funds may be used by the grantee to support housing, meals, and incidental costs during the grant period.
  • International travel benefits
  • Accident & sickness health benefits
  • 24/7 mental health support line for urgent and non-urgent situations
  • 12 months of non-competitive eligibility (NCE) hiring status within the federal government
Stipend Amount

This is an estimated amount and is subject to change. The financial terms of the grant will be confirmed in the grant document issued after selection.

1700 monthly stipend amount in
$ [US Dollar]
One-Time Allowances

This is an estimated amount and is subject to change. The financial terms of the grant will be confirmed in the grant document issued after selection.

4570 in
$ [US Dollar]
  • Excess baggage fees
  • Language training allowance
  • Research/Materials allowance
  • Settling in allowance
  • Local transportation allowance
Additional Grant Benefits
  • Diplomatic pouch
Estimated Cost of Living

Consider using cost of living comparison websites to gain a better understanding of the potential costs in your host country.

The actual cost of living in Kosovo may vary depending on various factors such as location, lifestyle, and personal preferences.The cost of living in Kosovo is generally considered to be quite affordable. According to Expatistan, a family of four would need an estimated monthly budget of €1,995 while a single person would need €784. Please check the Expatistan webpage to find out more about the cost of living in Kosovo.

Dependent financial support is available
Housing Arrangements

Applicants will make their own housing arrangements. The host institution will not provide housing but host institution may assist grantees in locating nearby and appropriate housing. Contact information of local real estate agencies will be provided to grantees prior to their arrival in Kosovo. 

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

Any U.S. citizen visiting Kosovo for more than 90 days must apply for a temporary residence permit. All the grantees will be guided through this process and will recieve all the neccesary information prior to arrival in Kosovo. 

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact
Remzije Potoku:
Grese Koca:
Additional Online Resources
Tourism and Environment in Kosovo:
United States - Kosovo Educational Exchange Board: