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Application for Spring 2019 Tech Innovation and Entrepreneurship Professional Fellows Program (April 25th -to June 1st 2019) opens October 1st – Deadline is November 30th, 2018

An exchange program for Macedonia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia, and the U.S.


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, Macedonia 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 an effective urban tech innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem operates.  The Professional Fellows Program participants are  competitively-selected tech leaders 25–40 years old, fluent in English.

Since 2015, WorldChicago has hosted more than 40 fellows in Chicago for four-week fellowships. Companies and organizations that host Professional Fellows Program participants delegates are then eligible to participate in a fully-funded U.S. State Department-sponsored reciprocal exchange to Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, or Slovenia.

All Professional Fellows Program participants stay with Chicago-area homestay hosts during the program.

WorldChicago is currently seeking Chicago startups, tech companies, incubators, co-working spaces, and innovation hubs to serve as fellowship hosts for our PFP Tech Fellows.To learn more about this unique opportunity, contact Angela Mughal for more information:

and via website.

PROGRAM DATES: April 25 , 2019 – June 1, 2019


For more information please visit our website at:

Program Timeline

  • November 30, 2018: Application deadline for Spring 2019 program
  • Mid-January, 2019: Finalists and alternates selected and notified
  • April 25 – June 1, 2019: Spring 2019 program dates