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Professional Fellowship Program

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Tech Innovation and Entrepreneurship Professional Fellows Program (PFP) brings emerging leaders from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, North Macedonia, Montenegro and Slovenia to Chicago for short-term fellowships with leading tech-related companies in a variety of fields, government agencies and NGOs that promote innovation and entrepreneurship, and university and non-university technology incubators.

The overall goal of the program is for the participants in the Professional Fellows Program to gain insight into best practices in tech innovation, entrepreneurship, and education, and how effective urban tech innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem operates. Participants complete individually-tailored fellowships in appropriate businesses, government offices, non-profit organizations, or business associations. Detailed information about the program can be found here.

As World Chicago's local partner for Bosnia and Herzegovina, we at doIT are available for further information and any questions you may have regarding upcoming program dates and application deadlines.

The applications are now closed for the Fall 2020 ProFellows program.

Continuing into Fall 2020, 18 new fellows from Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia, Macedonia, and Montenegro will spend four-week immersive fellowship experience in Chicago sponsored by U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Besides gaining insight into best practices in tech innovation, entrepreneurship and education, and observing how an effective urban innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem operates, you will also contribute to host organisations in a variety of ways, ranging from small projects, meetings with colleagues in the field, job shadowing, and independent research. We encourage you to bring your expertise and diverse perspective to US organisations.

In case of unforeseen developments with the COVID-19 situation that could potentially hinder the implementation of PFP in Fall 2020, WorldChicago will act in line with recommendations of the US Department of State. Therefore, the Call (or the Fellowship) could be suspended and/or postponed until circumstances change to adequate.If such a situation occurs, new information will be added to this Call.

Who can apply?

Young leaders, ages 25-40, currently employed and with at least two years of professional experience in a related field at the time of application

Have a track record of making an impact in their community, organisation and company


Be proficient in spoken and written English at the time of application


Important dates

Application period: March 1, 2020 - April 30, 2020


Program dates: October 16, 2020 - November 19, 2020


Learn more about

our alumni network


Catalyze is the alumni network of 150+ entrepreneurs, emerging leaders from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, North Macedonia and Slovenia,

who have taken part in the Tech Innovation and Entrepreneurship Professional Fellows Program.

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