The Master’s Degree Fellowship Program is intended for Albanian professionals who are applying to pursue a Master’s Degree from a U.S. higher education institution in one of the following fields:
Strong preference will be granted for candidates applying in those major fields of study. MIP Fellows are required to return to Albania after their studies and apply their skills to the development of their country. MIP carefully screens applicants to ensure they have a real, lasting commitment to Albania. As part of the fellowship agreement, MIP requires its participants to return to Albania. Failure to return will result in the full repayment of the participant's program costs. Fellows receive a J visa, under the terms of which they are required to return to their country for at least two years. These and other measures ensure that the investment made in a MIP Fellow is an investment for the good of Albania and its people. The Fellowship is generally awarded for one or two academic years at a university in the United States to pursue a master’s degree.
AADF fully funds the Fellows' participation in the program. The fellowship covers the following costs :
MIP fellowship awardees are selected by the final selection committee and the results are announced early in the new year.
The MIP program does not discriminate on the basis of ethnic origin, age, race, color, gender, religion, or disability. Competition for the MIP program is merit-based and open to anyone.
The MIP Program does not discriminate on the basis of ethnic origin, age, race, color, gender, religion or disability. Persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Competition for the MIP Program is merit-based and open to anyone who meets the following requirements:
Applicants whom have already earned a Master's degree from a U.S. university will not be considered.
The MIP Graduate Fellowship Program application is available for completion at mip.americancouncilsnetwork.org
All applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST - USA) in order to be considered for review.
All completed applications are reviewed by a panel of U.S. admissions experts and tier 1 semi-finalist candidates are identified and notified.
Official TOEFL exams administered in Tirana to the candidates identified as tier 1 semi-finalists.
All tier 1 semi-finalists interviewed by university admission specialists and American Councils staff in Tirana and official copies of supporting documents are to be submitted at the interview.
Application, TOEFL results, and interview notes are reviewed and highly ranked candidates will be designated tier 2 semi-finalists and will remain in the selection process as potential finalists. Tier 2 candidates will be required to take either the GRE or GMAT exam depending on their field of study.
GRE or GMAT exams are administered to all tier 2 semi-finalists. All candidates identified as Tier 2 semifinalists will be registered for either a GRE or GMAT exam by staff of American Councils and the candidates will be notified of their test dates.
After a review by U.S. admissions experts, all Tier 2 semifinalists will be notified of their status and those identified as finalists will begin working with American Councils staff to identify and finalize their U.S. universities.
All MIP finalists will be required to take part in Pre-Departure Orientation Conference in Tirana. The conference sessions will be lead initially by staff of American Councils.
All MIP finalists will travel to the U.S. to begin their time on the program.