The BOLD Academic Fellowship
on Entrepreneurship, Youth Employment, and Economic Development
Fellowship Program Overview
- Program dates: August 31 – October 1, 2020
- Program duration: Four weeks in the U.S. (expect pre-trip and post-trip preparation and virtual meetings)
- Program locations: Buffalo and New York City, both in New York State
- Cohort size: Ten fellows (objective will be to have a gender-balanced cohort)
- Program type: Full time commitment and weekend activities (during the time in the U.S.)
- Expenses: All program-related expenses in the U.S. including airfare are covered (please see below for more details)
The BOLD Fellowship is an intensive academic and practical program that aims to provide a group of young students and recent graduates from Bosnia and Herzegovina with in-depth training on entrepreneurship and leadership through a combination of classroom and experiential learning in New York State.
The Program will provide Fellows with an overview of entrepreneurial approaches by reviewing the development, history, challenges, and successes of entrepreneurial enterprises, including social enterprises, business leadership and women’s economic empowerment, in the U.S., globally, and in BiH. Areas of interest will include, but are not limited to, trade, investment, financial literacy, banking, micro-finance, organizational development and management, innovation, emerging markets and risk analysis, strategic business planning, corporate social responsibility, and minorities in entrepreneurship.
Instruction will be done through a combination of classroom learning, site visits, workshops, and field trips designed to:
- Build awareness of the components of an entrepreneurial eco-system resulting in a map of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Generate self-reflection and understanding of leadership styles and risk-taking
- Provide insight and tools so that each Fellow will develop their own ideas in the form of a business plan, pitch, and an implementation action plan.
How Can I Apply?
Easy. Click the below button. Prospective candidates have to complete the application in order to be considered. Please note that the application cannot be saved while in progress and we advise that applicants work on the two essay questions separately prior to submission (Questions outlined below).
You Are Eligible if You:
- are a current university student or recent graduate between the ages of 18-25.
- are a citizen of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
- reside in Bosnia and Herzegovina full-time.
What Type of Candidates Are We Looking for?
The Fellowship is for you if you*
- Have a business model, product, or idea that you believe could be the foundation for a sustainable enterprise or have a positive impact in your community.
- Have an interest in entrepreneurship, innovation, and leadership.
- Believe in positive change by setting an example as leaders and role models in your community.
- Want to be part of BOLD’s network and cooperate with counterparts across Bosnia and Herzegovina.
- Are enrolled or completed a degree in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) or Business/Finance.
*You do not need to self-identify with all points
What Costs Does the Fellowship Cover?
- International round-trip airfare from BiH to the U.S.
- On-the ground transportation in the United States as required to participate in program activities
- U.S. Visa
- International health insurance valid during the duration of the program in the U.S.
- Lodging and meals
- Activities, workshops, and event participation
- Any food, activities, and purchases outside of what is mentioned above will be the responsibility of the Fellow.
Personal Statement Questions
Please note that each question is limited to 250 words.
- Tell us about yourself and how your personal experiences have influenced your educational and personal ambitions.
- Do you have an idea for a business model or project (profit or non-profit) that you want to implement in your community to improve the economy. How do you expect this experience will affect your community? How will it affect you personally and benefit your career goals? If you do not have a specific idea, please think of a challenge in your community that you feel passionate about. What skills would you need to develop in order to address and potentially resolve this challenge?
When is the Application Deadline?
Complete the application by January 31, 2020.
How Are Fellows Selected?
- The review committee will identify potential candidates and follow up for an in-person interview mid-February.
- Final candidates will be informed of their selection mid-March.
- The application process will ensure Fellows are selected based on a comprehensive and balanced assessment.
What Will Be Required if I Am Selected?
- Fellows are required to be able to attend the entire section of the U.S. program; inability to commit to the full length of the program will result in program.
- Fellows are required to be able to participate in pre-trip and post-trip online meetings, activities, and short survey/questionnaire; inability to commit to the full length of the program will result in program ineligibility.
For any questions please send an email to Filip Sasic at firstname.lastname@example.org
This Program was funded in part by a grant from the United States Department of State. The opinions, findings and conclusions stated herein are those of the author[s] and do not necessarily reflect those of the United States Department of State.