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Scholarships and Exchanges
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January 24, 2024

The U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Embassy in Croatia administer a variety of exchange programs to the United States at the high school, academic (pre-doctoral and post-doctoral), and professional levels. Learn more about U.S. exchange programs available here. Croatian citizens interested in scholarships and exchanges can apply in the following categories:

High School Exchange Scholarship

Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellowship

The Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellowship is an intensive short-term exchange program, created to foster relationships among young Europeans and Americans.  The five-week program enables Croatian students ages 16-18, to explore U.S. foreign policy priorities such as youth engagement, support for democracy and civil society, and economic prosperity. Competition for the Fellowship usually opens in January and is posted on the Embassy’s website and social media channels.

For more information, please email zagrebbenfranklin@state.gov.

Please click here to find out more on the current or past competitions:

Academic Exchanges and Scholarships

Academic exchanges and scholarships administered by the U.S. Embassy in Zagreb are a part of the U.S. Government flagship Fulbright Fellowship Program. The Fulbright Program is administered in Croatia in partnership with the Croatian Ministry of Science and Education and the Agency for Mobility and EU Programs.

The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by former Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Today it is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Government with more than 380,000 alumni from more than 160 countries. Learn more about Fulbright here.

Croatian citizens interested in the Fulbright Program can apply in the following categories:

Fulbright Foreign Student Program

The Fulbright Foreign Student Program (pre-doctoral student program) enables graduate foreign graduate students, young professionals, and artists to research and study in the United States for one year or longer at U.S. universities or other appropriate institutions.

For more information, please email fulbrightcroatia@state.gov.

Please click here to find out more on the current or past competitions:

  • 2025-2026 Fulbright Foreign Student Program – The U.S. Embassy in Zagreb is pleased to announce the Fulbright Foreign Student Program, a non-degree research program for current doctoral students, for the 2025-2026 academic year.
  • 2024-2025 Fulbright Foreign Student Program – The U.S. Embassy in Zagreb is pleased to announce the Fulbright Foreign Student Program, a non-degree research program for current doctoral students, for the 2024-2025 academic year.
  • 2024-2025 Fulbright Foreign Student Program in the United States (Master’s Degree in Law) – The Embassy of the United States of America in Croatia is pleased to announce a special Fulbright Graduate Study Program competition for the 2024-25 academic year. This Fulbright Foreign Student Program brings citizens of other countries to the United States to study for master’s degrees at U.S. universities. The program has brought some of the world’s finest minds to U.S. campuses and offers program participants insight into U.S. society and values. Many foreign Fulbright grantees are early-career professionals who will return to take leadership positions in their home countries, often working in the public sector including in government or at universities. Please read all instructions and information carefully before applying. 

Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program

The Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program (post-doctoral scholar program) provides grants to approximately 850 foreign scholars from over 100 countries to conduct post-doctoral research at U.S. institutions for an academic semester up to a full academic year.

For more information please email fulbrightcroatia@state.gov.

Please click here to find out more on the current or past competitions:

  • 2024-2025 Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program – The U.S. Embassy in Zagreb is pleased to announce the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program competition for the 2024-2025 academic year.  The Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program is a non-degree post-doctoral award program for junior and senior researchers, university lecturers, and experts from academic and research institutions in Croatia.
  • 2023-2024 Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program (Post-Doctoral)  The U.S. Embassy in Zagreb is pleased to announce the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program competition for the 2023-2024 academic year.  The Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program is a non-degree post-doctoral award program for junior and senior researchers, university lecturers, and experts from academic and research institutions in Croatia. 

Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (Fulbright TEA)

The Fulbright TEA is a six-week non-degree, non-credit academic program at a U.S. university for Croatian secondary school teachers in fields of mathematics, science, social studies, English, or for teachers who work with children with disabilities. This program will provide Croatian teachers with unique opportunities to develop expertise in their subject areas, enhance their teaching skills, and increase their knowledge of the United States

For more information, please email fulbrightcroatia@state.gov.

Please click here to find out more on the current or past competitions:

Fulbright Specialist Program

The Fulbright Specialist Program has been initiated to provide short-term Fulbright grants abroad lasting between 2 and 6 weeks. Central to this program is the original Fulbright purpose of advancing mutual understanding, establishing long-term cooperation, and creating opportunities for institutional linkages.

For more information, please email fulbrightcroatia@state.gov.

Please find here the latest competition or find out more on the past competitions:

Fulbright Schuman Scholarship

Fulbright Schuman grants are awarded to students, scholars, and professionals with citizenship in any of the 27 EU member states for a period of up to one academic year (9 months). Awards are open to all academic fields, but the research must be relevant to US-EU relations, EU affairs/policy, or EU institutions and must show relevancy to at least two EU member states. Candidates must arrange their own placement at an accredited university or a non-profit research institution in the USA.

For more information, please visit www.fulbrightschuman.eu

Please click here to find out more on the current or past competitions:

Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program

Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program brings accomplished mid‑level professionals to the United States for a 10-month combined academic (NON-DEGREE) and professional workFellowships are granted competitively to both public and private sector candidates with strong leadership potential and a commitment to public service. For more information see: https://www.humphreyfellowship.org/

For more information, please email fulbrightcroatia@state.gov.

Please find here the latest competition or find out more on the past competitions:

Professional Exchange Programs

World Chicago Professional Development

The U.S. Department of State’s Professional Fellows Program connects emerging leaders with government offices, public policy-oriented NGOs, private companies, and university departments for short-term, intensive fellowships designed to broaden their professional expertise.

The Young Transatlantic Innovation Leaders Initiative (YTILI)

YTILI is the U.S. Department of State’s flagship program for emerging entrepreneurs from Europe. The YTILI Fellowship Program engages young European entrepreneurs in a series of professional development and leadership activities designed to strengthen the transatlantic relationship and encourage European businesses, governments and civil society to develop innovation ecosystems.  Applications for YTILI are typically accepted from January-February .

Click here for more information on YTILI.