Professional Fellowship

How does it work?

Young professionals, age 25-35, will get the opportunity to work alongside experts in the same field and receive intensive leadership training to help develop project ideas for improving the economy and communities across BiH. If you want your professional goals to improve your community or have a project idea click on the links below to apply!

25-35 Years old

5-6 Weeks

Chicago, Illinois

BOLD Professional Fellowship on

Civic Engagement

The Community Solutions Program is a four-month practicum and leadership development experience in the United States in which BOLD members, age 25 or older, receive professional experience and mentorship, individualized leadership coaching, numerous networking opportunities with U.S. and international experts, and full funding for travel, housing, and food. This is a program for young leaders passionate about improving your local community and looking for an opportunities to expand your professional network and improve your technical and leadership skills. More Details.

  •  Travel Dates: August – December 2021

 The application deadline has passed for this opportunity.

 Watch this space for the next opportunity


BOLD Professional Fellowship on

Economic Development

The Young Transatlantic Innovation Leaders Initiative (YTILI)
The YTILI (pronounced why-tea-lee) Fellowship Program will engage 60 young European entrepreneurs from 45 countries in a series of professional and leadership activities that are designed to strengthen the transatlantic relationship, develop sustainable partnerships between U.S. and European entrepreneurs, and enhance European innovation ecosystems.  The Fellowship includes an online and in-person Mini MBA entrepreneurship curriculum, a four-week placement with a business or organization in one of nine U.S. cities, opening and closing conferences in Chicago and Washington, D.C., and a Regional Innovation Summit in Ljubljana, Slovenia. 
Applications will be live here January 4, 2021 

Application Deadline will be in March 2021


  • Pre-U.S. Experience Virtual Mini MBA:  November 2021 – March 2022
  • Travel to the U.S.A.:  March 2022 – April 2022
  • Post-U.S. Experience Virtual Mini MBA:  June 2022 – September 2022
  • Regional Innovation Summit:  September 2022
Visit the YTILI website for more information and to apply for this opportunity after January 4, 2021

Frequently Asked Questions


Who can apply?

    • Any BOLD member who is age 25-35.  The most qualified applicants will be those who are seeking for ways in which they can best utilize their professional skills and experience to make a difference in the civic engagement or the economic development of their community. 

How will I know when the next opportunity to apply for a Professional Fellowship will be?


How much experience do I have to have to be selected for a BOLD Professional Fellowship?

    • There is no standard requirement, but the BOLD program wants to support young professional leaders who seek to use their skills and experience to improve communities in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The most qualified applicants will have an effective and innovative vision for how to use use their profession to lead BiH communities forward.

Do I have to be a member of BOLD to apply for a Professional Fellowship?

    • Yes!  It’s easy.  Just sign up on this website. 

Do I need a visa to travel to the United States?

  • Yes, the U.S. Embassy will assist with the visa application process, but there is no guarantee that you will be granted a visa. If, according to U.S. immigration law, you are ineligible for a visa, you will not be able to attend the program.

What if I am over 35 years old?

  • Applicants must be between 25-35 on the date the application is due to participate.  If you are older than 35 consider leading the next generation of leaders by being a BOLD Mentor!

Are you between 18-35 years old and live in Bosnia & Herzegovina?

BOLD is a project of the U.S. Embassy in BiH to provide hands-on training and experience for emerging young leaders age 18-35 across BiH.

Join BOLD today to network with other young leaders making a difference.