Fulbright Foreign Student Program

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The Embassy of the United States of America to Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) is pleased to announce the Fulbright Foreign Student Program Visiting Student Researcher category competition for the 2018-2019 academic year. This program provides grants to conduct non-degree, full-time research at the graduate level at U.S. institutions of higher education for a minimum of four months (generally, a U.S. academic semester) to a maximum of nine months (generally, a U.S. academic year). The program is sponsored by the United States Department of State, and it is administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE).

Apply online for the 2018-2019 Fulbright Foreign Student Program by Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 23:59 local time.

Visiting Student Researcher participants are affiliated with accredited U.S. institutions of higher education and they 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, personal enrichment, and help promote mutual understanding between the United States and BiH.

Most academic fields of study are eligible. Grants do not authorize activities for which a license to practice medicine or nursing is required or involve clinical training, patient care, or patient contact. U.S. institutions may classify an area of study differently from other countries. A field of study may also be considered a subfield within a larger field of study. IIE’s Field of Study Guidelines section provides accurate, streamlined information to help candidates better understand the qualifications requested in their particular subject area. Although these guidelines are mainly intended for degree-seeking students, Visiting Student Researcher candidates may find them helpful, especially the “Special Tips for Visiting Student Researchers” section.

Participants are placed at the most appropriate U.S. institutions based on their research goals and the Fulbright program’s overall objectives and requirements. IIE’s Placement Services staff associates are field of study experts who work closely with accredited U.S. colleges and universities in all 50 states and the District of Columbia to provide the best possible academic experience for the grantee.

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 the United States.

Candidates are encouraged to submit a thoughtful, well written, concise, and compelling application that illustrates qualifications, leadership, impact potential, and preparedness for study in the United States. 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.

Grants are open, merit-based, awarded competitively, and are subject to availability of funds. Award benefits generally include: round-trip international airfare, stipends intended to cover housing expenses and living expenses, a one-time settling-in allowance, health insurance that meets J visa Exchange Visitor Program regulations, book allowance, and a return baggage allowance. As part of the affiliation, grantees generally have access to: work space, university ID cards, borrowing privileges at university libraries, access to appropriate laboratories, account for computer facilities, and off-campus housing. The program does not assist with housing arrangements. 

Candidates are responsible for obtaining any necessary leave of absence or making other arrangements to enable them to accept the grant. Grants may not be postponed to a subsequent academic year. Fulbright grantees must comply with program provisions to avoid grant revocation, termination, or suspension.

If accompanied by dependents, grantees are responsible for all associated costs in bringing dependents to the United States. This includes airfare and other travel expenses, living expenses, school costs, medical insurance that meets J visa Exchange Visitor Program regulations, and any uncovered medical bills. A dependent is defined as a spouse, qualified same-sex domestic partner, or an unmarried child under 21 years of age.


Candidates will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, status as a parent, protected genetic information, or sexual orientation. We encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply, including those who intend to pursue a non-academic career. In general, preference will be given to candidates who have not had extensive recent experience in the United States and who have not previously received a Fulbright student grant.

Excluding minor traffic violations, a candidate who, at the time of the application, or at any subsequent time prior to or after becoming a grantee as defined by program provisions, has been convicted of a crime, or has been arrested or charged with a crime and the matter has not been resolved, must inform the Embassy’s Academic Exchange Coordinator and/or program coordinators in writing of such fact.

The program is open to anyone who is/has:

  • Citizen or national of BiH, or permanent resident qualified to hold a valid passport
  • Enrolled in good standing in an accredited Ph.D. program in the proposed field of study at the time of application. The typical profile of a Visiting Student Researcher is one in the final stages of Ph.D. study who aims to advance his/her research in the United States for his/her Ph.D. dissertation. The proposed research objectives must also be directly related to the candidate’s work and interests and have an impact on their home community and beyond or
  • Enrolled in good standing in an accredited Master’s degree program in the proposed field of study at the time of application. The proposed research objectives must be directly related to the candidate’s studies, work and interests, help with future studies, and have an impact on their home community and beyond or
  • Completed a Master’s degree in the proposed field of study at the time of application. The proposed research objectives must be directly related to the candidate’s work and interests, help with future studies, and have an impact on their home community and beyond
  • Not scheduled to complete the Ph.D. program at his/her home institution before the start of or during the Fulbright program
  • English language proficiency commensurate with the proposed activities to be carried out in the United States. Finalists must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Registration instructions and test fee vouchers will be provided
  • Cleared by a physician to participate in the program (finalists only)
  • Eligible to receive and maintain the exchange visitor J-1 non-immigrant visa required for the program
  • Committed to returning to BiH for a minimum of two years. As J-1 visa holders, grantees are subject to the two-year home-country foreign residency requirement. Accompanying dependents on J-2 visas are also subject to this requirement.


Not Eligible:

  • Candidates with dual U.S. citizenship or U.S. permanent resident status
  • Candidates who have attended undergraduate or graduate school in the United States for one academic year or more during the seven years prior to date of application
  • Candidates who have resided in the United States for five or more consecutive years (for nine months or more during a calendar year) in the six-year period preceding the date of application
  • Candidates who are in the United States
  • Religious workers, lay or ordained, are not eligible for consideration if their projects involve engaging in pastoral, missionary, or other professional religious activities
  • Candidates on active military duty must list their military title and provide information on any restrictions which might affect performance or responsibilities under the grant. Candidates not on active duty, or who have a military title without compensation, must specify in their application if they intend or are required to affiliate with the military upon return to the home country
  • Employees of U.S. missions abroad who work for the U.S. Department of State or the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and their immediate family members (spouses and dependent children) are ineligible for grants during and for a period ending one year following the termination of such employment, association, or service. This provision includes all employees, paid or unpaid (including part-time or temporary employees, consultants, externs, fellows, and contract employees). This provision does not apply to interns and does not disqualify self-supporting children who live apart from their parents. The one-year period of ineligibility is calculated from the date of termination of employment, service, or association until the program application deadline.


Application Process:

Interested applicants must apply to the U.S. Embassy to BiH using the official Embark Foreign Fulbright Program online application form. Candidates who need to complete a paper application are encouraged to contact us for further guidance. Instructions for completing questions and items are provided in the online application. In addition, candidates must follow BiH-specific instructions available for download in Embark at “Step1. Instructions” or on this page under More Info (PDF 308kB). After national selection, the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board in the United States selects candidates nominated for awards. 

The online application package must include the followings:

  • Detailed research objectives statement
  • Detailed personal statement
  • Detailed curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of reference
  • Copies of all post-secondary academic transcripts and degrees or diplomas awarded. Finalists must provide official transcripts and certified copies of degrees or diplomas accompanied by original English translation
  • Letter of support from employer, if applicable
  • Report on Proficiency in English form
  • Foreign Student Academic Records form
  • Academic Records Information form
  • Signature form
  • Copy of biographical page of valid BiH passport.


For more program information, please visit the IIE’s Fulbright Foreign Student Program’s website.

Contact with questions the U.S. Embassy to BiH Academic Exchange Coordinator via email: bhexc@state.gov or phone: 033-704-066. When emailing, use the subject line: “2018-2019 Fulbright Foreign Student Program.”