BOLD Fellowship Program for Bosnia and Herzegovina Young Leaders


Grant Trainings & Fellowships

Location (s):

  • United States of America
Buffalo and New York City


Network 20/20 promotes global perspectives and engagement in foreign policy by providing private sector professionals an understanding of the geo-economic factors affecting global affairs. 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.


Fellowship Program Overview

  • Program dates: August 31 – October 1, 2022
  • 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 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 exploration may 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 Are Fellows Selected?

  • The review committee will identify potential candidates and follow up for an in-person interview towards the end of February.
  • Final candidates will be informed of their selection towards the end of March.
  • The multi-step 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 your ineligibility.
  • 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.

Opportunity is About:


Candidates should be from:

Description of Ideal Candidate:

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.


Deadline: February 20, 2022

Program Starts: August 31, 2022

Program Ends: October 01, 2022

Cost/funding for participants:

All program-related expenses in the U.S. including airfare are covered (please see below for more details)

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.
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