Financial assistance for students from Kosovo to pursue a master's or doctoral degree at James Madison University
The Madison Vision Graduate Assistantship for the Advancement of Kosovo

This scholarship program provides financial support to citizens of Kosovo to pursue master’s and doctoral degrees at James Madison University (JMU) in Harrisonburg, Virginia, USA.  Students may pursue any area of study offered at JMU.  Students receiving this assistantship must plan to return to Kosovo after completing the graduate program to use his or her new knowledge and skills to benefit Kosovo

Students selected for this program will receive

  • Full-time student tuition.
  • A stipend to cover living expenses.
  • Renewable annually.

Who will be selected

Awardees will be selected from among students who have been admitted programs, based on information in their graduate school application, and a supplemental application.

In addition to this special program, all students will be considered for scholarships and assistantships available to all admitted students.

How to apply

Apply for admission to any JMU Graduate Program.  (For a list of available programs see  Application deadlines vary by program; for individual program requirements and deadlines see
Complete and submit a supplemental application before the deadline.


This program is made possible by the generous donations of individuals to the Madison Vision Fund, and through the cooperative relationships between the Kosovar Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and James Madison University.

Tuition.  Typical courses earn 3 credits each; full-time students usually enroll in 3-4 courses/semester.  Tuition is limited to 18 credit hours of tuition per academic year for master’s programs and up to 24 credit hours of tuition for doctoral programs. (Current value $22,158-29,544/year).

Stipend.  Students will receive a work assignment (20 hrs/week) to earn their stipend.  The stipend is currently: $7,910 for master’s students and $15,538 for doctoral students. Graduate Assistantships cover Fall and Spring semesters only.  Students may apply for summer tuition support, but this is not guaranteed as part of this program even if summer coursework is required by the student’s program.  Information about Graduate Assistantships and Doctoral Assistantship is available at .

Renewability.  Contingent upon satisfactory progress, this assistantship is renewable annually, for up to 2-4 years, depending on the length of the student’s program of study.

Other Expenses.  Most students find that Graduate Assistantship stipends are sufficient to cover housing and food costs, but many find that it is insufficient to cover all expenses.  International students may need to use some personal funds to cover such costs as transportation to the US, visa processing fees, mandatory health insurance, books, and tuition expenses when additional credits are taken during the Fall, Spring or Summer, beyond the number of credits that are covered by the assistantship.


For further information, please visit the official webpage of JMU and facebook page