The 2020 KAEF Graduate Fellowship Program is open

The 2020 application for the KAEF Graduate Fellowship Program is open and will be available until 11:59 PM (EST) on July 8, 2019. Apply now:

The Kosovo American Education Fund (KAEF) is dedicated to the long-term economic development of Kosovo through the education of its people. KAEF provides graduate fellowships to promising Kosovars for top-level training at select U.S. universities.

To date, 43 universities have hosted 103 KAEF Fellows, including Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, Temple University, University of Delaware, and St. John’s University. Aside from providing KAEF Fellows a top-notch education, our university partners also provide tuition cost-sharing.

Without exception, KAEF Fellows have performed at a high academic level.   In addition, KAEF Fellows receive an opportunity for valuable practical experience, including

Summer internships – KAEF Fellows are required to intern with a business or organization working in their field of expertise during the summer months.

Practical training – KAEF Fellows are given the option of staying in the U.S. for an extended period of time after completing their degree in order to participate in a practical training internship.

KAEF Fellows have served with, among other organizations, Dell Computers, the World Bank, Voice of America, the International Finance Corporation, the Duke Center for International Development, and the Xerox Corporation.

What Is The Application Process?

Selection of KAEF Fellows is a three-step process:

First, all applications are reviewed by U.S. admissions experts

Second, highly ranked candidates are interviewed and tested in Kosovo

Finally, the applications, test scores, and interview results of highly ranked candidates are reviewed by U.S. admissions experts and fellowship awardees are selected. Results are announced in early summer.

The KAEF program does not discriminate on the basis of ethnic origin, age, race, color, gender, religion, or disability. Competition for the KAEF program is merit-based and open to anyone.

Introduction to Kosovo American Education Fund through KAEFA Academy

Prishtina, Kosova,

On February 26th, Kosovo American Education Fund Alumni hosted the first session of KAEFA Academy on the topic of “Introduction to KAEF.” The academy took place at the National Library with more than 70 students showing interest and joining the academy.

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Blendrit Elezaj (KAEFA ’17) opened the academy and made a short presentation on its mission to inform the youth, particularly the students of ‘University of Prishtina,’ as well as how the academy will further develop. Gjeni Shporta, the Country Representative of American Councils in Prishtina, talked about the nature of KAEF and explained how the academy will prepare the students for applying not only for this program but for other scholarships as well.

Darsei Canhasi (KAEFA ’16) was the second keynote speaker on this session. After briefly introducing himself and his work, Darsei elaborated on the importance of work experience while choosing a master’s degree. He also noted the significance of well written personal statements and his personal case on how he prepared for the standardized exams. Darsei compared pursuing a master’s degree in the US with the ones in Europe and advised that completing a two-year degree gives you the opportunity to gain more knowledge and as it is with KAEF, the opportunity to work for a period of 12 months after graduation can bring social and networking benefits to anyone’s career. He also highlighted KAEF’s reputation as one of the best and most established scholarships in Kosovo, with a great alumni association.

Eremal Bajrami (KAEFA ’16) and Plarentina Desku (KAEFA ’18) spoke about the flexibility of the US education system and its many advantages.

The event wrapped up with a Q&A session from the students.

Many thanks to our attendees and please make sure to join us on our next academy session which will take place on March, 2019.