Program Details

Project Proposals

Senior Fellow applicants will propose independently organized projects that will contribute to their professional and leadership goals and fulfill the HAESF mission. Examples of proposals could include: academic research, practical exchange of expertise between the Fellow and his/her American colleague, observing and training with an industry professional in the U.S., etc. Senior Fellows are responsible for submitting a project proposal, independently establishing contacts with a potential host organization in the U.S., and obtaining an official invitation letter signed by the host organization's representative. The letter should specify the start and end dates of the project and resources to be provided by the host organization. HAESF will provide the funding for Fellows to realize their projects up to the maximum allowed.

Project Duration

The HAESF Fellowship allows for a minimum of 3 months and a maximum of 9 months. HAESF allows participants to arrive up to 10 days prior to the start of the program. After completion of the Fellowship, U.S. visa regulations allow participants to remain in the U.S. up to 30 days for purposes of travel (at Fellows' own expense).

General Award Info

Monetary awards vary from Fellow to Fellow depending on the length, location and nature of the individual project. The maximum award a Fellow is eligible to receive is $45,000 USD for 9 months. HAESF considers it to be a generous award, significantly above average when compared to similar Fellowship programs. Please be advised, however, that the award is meant to cover project-related costs and basic living expenses for a comfortable standard of living. Awards does not provide for an extravagant lifestyle, paying for all dependent related expenses, or personal obligations in Hungary.

Awards may cover the following:

  • one round-trip economy based airfare from Hungary to the U.S.
  • room and board
  • local travel
  • travel health insurance
  • visa processing fees
  • personal allowance
  • professional expenses (project-related travel, research costs, conference, etc.)
  • “settling-down” expenses

Awards DO NOT cover:

  • significant amount of dependents' expenses
  • travel health insurance for dependents
  • vacation/ leisurely travel in the U.S.
  • gift or pleasure shopping
  • hardware or equipment purchases (computers, laptops, printers etc.)
  • additional expenses that pertain to lifestyle preferences

When submitting budget proposals, Fellows are asked to thoroughly follow budget guidelines included on the Application Form and provide reasonable estimates. Budget proposals cannot be modified by the applicant after submission.

Please note, that the grant amount awarded by HAESF may be different from the budget proposal submitted by the Fellow. Final awards are determined based on established guidelines and are not negotiable.


The HAESF Budapest office will purchase the Fellow's plane tickets after they secure their J-1 visa. The Fellows's airfare allowance will be based on the best available round-trip economy price. HAESF will pay for one round trip ticket.

Funding for Dependents

While similar Fellowship programs do not provide funding for dependents, HAESF understands the importance of providing the opportunity for Senior Fellows to bring their families. At the same time HAESF seeks to remain true to its primary mission of providing financial grants to accomplished Hungarians to gain valuable professional experience in the U.S. For that reason, the Fund believes that a larger part of the funding granted to the Fellow should go to support HAESF's mission. Therefore, HAESF provides limited financial support for dependents.

The decision to bring dependents is a personal one that should be carefully evaluated by each Fellow based on their financial circumstances and other factors. Fellows who are planning to bring their spouse and/or dependents with them should be prepared to have sufficient personal funds to cover most family-related expenses.

Fellows will be solely responsible for all of their dependents' travel expenses and health insurance. HAESF will provide a modest increase to Fellow's calculated monthly award to help Fellows support their family members – however, the total award cannot exceed $45,000.

A dependent is defined as any legally married spouse and minor unmarried children under the age of 21 years old. Dependents must accompany Senior Fellow for a minimum of 3 months to receive financial support.


Fellows will be responsible for locating and securing adequate housing. Housing should be within a reasonable commuting distance to and from work, accessible to public transportation and in a safe neighborhood. Living in a safe and affordable residential area usually involves a commute of anywhere between 10 minutes to an hour. Longer commutes in large metropolitan areas of the U.S. are to be expected.

Visa Services

HAESF will assist Fellows in securing J-1 visas administratively and monetarily. Ultimately, however, HAESF cannot guarantee the receipt of a U.S. visa. Fellows will be responsible for completing all visa forms in a timely and accurate manner, meeting with U.S. consular officials for an interview, and maintaining and submitting appropriate documentation.

Fellowship Restrictions

Selected Fellows will be asked to abide by all US laws, US government's rules and regulations for the program as well as HAESF's internal policies, such as:

  • HAESF Fellows cannot work or volunteer while in the U.S. unless such an arrangement is approved by CIEE in advance.
  • HAESF Fellows are not allowed to receive any other compensation in addition to their total HAESF Fellowship Award.

Two-Year Home Country Physical Presence Requirement
Upon completion of the HAESF program, all scholarship recipients and participants are required to return to, and to reside in Hungary for a minimum of two years, and are not permitted to stay or attempt to stay in the U.S. or any other foreign country for any reason.

The residency requirement constitutes a moral and legal obligation that is at the foundational aim of HAESF to promote free enterprise, business and social development in Hungary through investment in human capital. Applicants should agree to uphold the Two-Year Home Country Physical Presence Requirement as precondition for applying. If participants do not adhere to the Two-Year Home Country Physical Presence Requirement, without the express written consent of HAESF or its designees, the entire scholarship award becomes a debt owed to HAESF and the participant will refund all scholarship monies as well as any and all collection expenses, including but not limited to legal.

Because the Two-Year Home Country Physical Presence Requirement is at the foundational aim of the Hungarian-American Enterprise Scholarship Fund, HAESF and its designees, are under no obligation to consider deferment of the Two-Year Home Country Physical Presence Requirement and our intention is not to.