The Ron Brown Fellowship Program

Supporting Central and Eastern European students and young professionals for study in U.S. graduate programs and professional development through open, merit-based competition. Participants come from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, and Slovenia.

The Ron Brown Fellowship program confers graduate degrees and practical training for qualified applicants in certain fields. The program was established in 1994 as the Central and Eastern European Graduate Fellowship Program and was renamed in 1996 in honor of the U.S. Secretary of Commerce Ronald H. Brown, who died in Croatia while promoting U.S. business interests in the Balkans. The program reflects the late Secretary’s commitment to building democracy in the region and strengthening the global economy.

The Ron Brown Fellowship program seeks candidates with leadership skills, English proficiency, high academic qualifications, relevant professional experience, and a commitment to return to their home country upon completion of the program. Since 1994, the program has selected more than 200 individuals from Central and Eastern Europe who have participated in the program’s unique blend of rigorous academic work at leading U.S. universities and three-months of professional development experience.

The Ron Brown Fellowship program is funded under the auspices of the Support for Eastern European Democracy Act (SEED) though the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State. The Institute of International Education (IIE) administers it in the U.S. American Embassies and Fulbright Commissions recruit and select candidates.

Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY) Kosovo, Montenegro,
Serbia, FYR Macedonia, Romania, Slovenia

Fields of Study:
Business Administration
Educational Administration
Journalism / Communications
Environmental Policy / Management
Public Administration / Public Policy

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