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  1. The Embassy of the United States of America in Serbia is pleased to announce the Fulbright Graduate Study Program competition for the 2019-2020 academic year. The Fulbright Graduate Study Program enables young professionals from Serbia to study for one year or longer at U.S. universities to pursue Master’s level of study in the following fields: Agriculture American History American Literature American Studies Anthropology Archaeology Biological Sciences Chemistry Communications Computer Science Economics Education Engineering Environmental Sciences Geography Geology Information Sciences Journalism Library Science Linguistics Mathematics Philosophy Physics/Astronomy Political Science Psychology Social Work Sociology TEFL/Applied Linguistics Participants are selected through an open, merit-based competition. This prestigious award covers tuition and fees at a U.S. university, a monthly living stipend, health insurance, and international airfare. Eligibility requirements: Applicants must be citizens of the Republic of Serbia. Permanent U.S. residents and persons with dual (Serbian and U.S.) citizenship are ineligible. Applicants must be proficient in oral and written English (selected candidates will take TOEFL and GRE tests). Applicants must be eligible for a J-1 visa, which requires the grantee to return to the Republic of Serbia for a minimum of two years at the end of the grant period. Applicants must have completed undergraduate education at the time of application. Applicants already studying in the U.S. are ineligible for a Fulbright grant. Applicants must receive a satisfactory medical clearance. Persons desiring permanent residence in the United States are not eligible. General Selection Criteria: Strong academic record. Adaptability and personal suitability. Applicants should be representative and responsible citizens who contribute to a full and fair picture of the culture and civilization of Serbia. Preference is given to applicants who have not had a prior opportunity for studying in the United States. All applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, and sex. Selection Procedures: Applications are subject to pre-screening Applicants recommended by reviewers are invited for an interview conducted in person in English by a selection committee comprised of the Embassy representatives, U.S. and Serbian scholars, and Fulbright alumni Nominees are subject to final approval by the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board How to apply: Completed applications must include: Online application at https://iie.embark.com/apply/ffsp; Three (3) Letters of Reference (can be submitted online by instructors, professors or work supervisors, or sent via e-mail to the U.S. Embassy); Academic transcripts/diplomas (certified translation into English or verified copies of original academic transcript and degree certificate – scanned and attached to the application); Valid results from the U.S. standardized tests – TOEFL (required for all candidates) and GRE (required in most fields of study) – if the applicant has taken these tests in the past two years. Please note that we shall organize taking of the required tests for the selected candidates; Copy of passport. Please scan all the above mentioned documents and upload to your online application. Please note that all items should be translated into English. Nominated candidates will have to submit a copy of the original academic transcript bearing all official legalization stamps to the U.S. Embassy Belgrade. The U.S. Embassy will advise the nominated candidates to submit a medical history and examination report if and when necessary. Application Deadline: April 27, 2018 Any application submitted to the United States or elsewhere, separate from the official Fulbright Foreign Student program website noted above, will not be considered. For additional information, please contact BelgradeFulbright@state.gov https://rs.usembassy.gov/fulbright-graduate-study-program-2019-2020-competition/
  2. The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD) is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. It is a fully-funded scholarship for one semester of non-degree academic study at an assigned U.S. college or university. Participants are emerging leaders committed to their home communities. During the Program, Global UGRAD participants challenge themselves to explore U.S. society, culture, and academic learning. They participate in community service and professional development workshops. All academic fields of study are eligible.* The scholarship covers international travel, tuition, room and board, medical insurance, required books, and a small monthly stipend. Selected students pursue academic coursework in their fields of study, and will be required to take one 3-credit U.S. studies course to enhance their understanding of the United States. Participants from all world regions will live in campus housing facilities with American peers, and will be required to participate in twenty hours of community service and cultural enrichment activities. For application information and instructions, please visit www.worldlearning.org/ugrad. Eligibility for the Global UGRAD Program: Applicants must be a citizen of the country in which they apply for the Global UGRAD Program. Applicants must be studying in the country in which they apply for the Global UGRAD Program. Scholarships will be granted to students who currently are enrolled in full-time undergraduate programs only, having completed a minimum of their first semester of study. Participants must have at least one semester or an equivalent term to complete at their home institutions upon completion of the Global UGRAD Program. Applicants should demonstrate leadership potential through academic work, community involvement, and extracurricular activities. Applicants must demonstrate a command of written and spoken English. The TOEFL exam will be required of those selected as finalists or alternates. Preference will be given to those who have had little or NO experience in the U.S. or outside of their home countries. Applicants must be committed to return directly to their home country after the completion of the program. Students with disabilities are encouraged to apply. (http://www.miusa.org/storymap) Individuals in the following circumstances are not eligible for the Global UGRAD Program: U.S. citizens and permanent residents of the United States; Individuals currently studying, residing, or working outside of their home country; Local employees of the U.S. missions abroad who work for the U.S. Department of State and/or the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID); employees are also ineligible for one year following the termination of employment; Immediate family members (i.e. spouses and children) of U.S. Department of State and USAID employees; family members are also ineligible for one year following the termination of employment; Current World Learning employees and their immediate family members. Before you begin/Useful tips: Please read carefully Step-by-step student guide for the Global UGRAD online application Student recommendation guidelines. Prospective participants should request their transcripts as soon as possible, as they will not be able to add additional information after the December 31. Visit Global UGRAD Facebook page for the information about the Global UGRAD students’ and alumni activities Be patient and persistent! It takes longer than two hours to submit a quality proposal. For additional information please write to: BelgradeG-UGRAD@state.gov * Per J-1 visa regulations, for the students of medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pharmacology or other clinical fields of study, the direct patient care, including animal care, is not permitted, and therefore academic coursework and/or program activities at participating U.S. institutions may be limited. THE APPLICATION DEADLINE IS DECEMBER 31, 5:00PM EST https://rs.usembassy.gov/global-undergraduate-exchange-program-201819/
  3. WHITING — When Serbian national baseball coach Nikola Vucevic brought his team to the U.S., he had hopes of American-born players with Serbian roots noticing the Serbs do indeed play baseball. The country will compete Group B of the European Championships in 2018 and play teams like Greece and Israel, who Vucevic said will have a good amount of the aforementioned American-born players, while the Serbian team has a handful eventually wanting to add a few more. With Serbia's trip, opportunities were provided for a few players with Serbian roots to put the Serbian jersey on and represent their country on the team's five-game exhibition tour. Lake Central's Conner Tomasic, Chicago's Ranko Stevanovic and Ontario's Devlin (Jason) Jovetic are a few players that were reached out to. Tomasic, entering his senior season at Lake Central, will serve strictly as a pinch-runner or designated hitter as he's coming off Tommy John surgery from a torn UCL. He is 25 percent Serbian, but his dad, Jerry, has 50 percent Serbian and 50 percent Croatian roots. "It's really cool," Tomasic said. "It's an honor to represent our country in baseball where they're trying to start up the sport. I'd like to teach these guys a little bit, just like the basic fundamentals and the little stuff they may not know." It'll be the first live action for Tomasic since October. He was recently cleared to hit and run in a live game. "It's an honor to wear Serbia across my chest," he said. "It makes it mean a little bit more and it's a lot more special to play my first games back representing the country." Read the rest of the article here: http://www.nwitimes.com/sports/baseball/professional/minor/midwest-collegiate-league/l-c-s-tomasic-others-get-chance-to-represent-country/article_a30933df-e0c5-5d06-bffd-f52a7c148519.html
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