The deadline for submitting all the documents was March 1, 2019.

Fellowships for students
to visit Slovenia

The American Slovenian Education Foundation (ASEF) fellowship program provides financial and educational support, allowing fellows to focus on their academic and professional development. Fellows build lasting relationships with Slovenia. The purpose of the fellowship is to strengthen exchange between Slovenia and the rest of the world with the objective of giving talented students word-wide, preferably of Slovenian heritage, the ability to visit Slovenia while also gaining professional/academic experience.

About the fellowship

The ASEF fellowship provides funding (travel, housing, and living expenses) for a 10 week summer visit to a Slovenian university, research institution or a company in the area of applicant’s field of study/expertise. ASEF will work with the applicant to identify a suitable mentor at an appropriate institution. There is no target start date for the visit --- the target date will be decided between the fellow and her/his mentor.


Applications are open to any full-time student, enrolled in an accredited higher education institution. Knowledge of Slovenian language and of Slovenia is recommended but not necessary. A typical applicant is a full-time senior undergraduate, masters, or PhD student from USA, Canada, Argentina or any other country.

Participating institutions in Slovenia

The fellowship provides funding for a 10 week summer exchange to the following institutions:
  • University of Ljubljana
  • University of Maribor
  • University of Primorska
  • University of Nova Gorica
  • Institute Jožef Stefan
  • Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (SAZU)
  • Institute ASEF
  • Central Bank of Slovenia
  • Karst Research Institute
  • Various companies in tech, medical, and biochemistry sectors
  • Music opportunities at various orchestra

Subjects of study/research/work include:

  • Architecture
  • Business
  • Communications and Marketing
  • Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Earth Sciences
  • English
  • Economics and Finance
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Karst studies
  • Linguistics and Slovenistics
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medicine
  • Music
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Social Sciences, including History
  • Theology

How to apply:

Submit your online application form online.
Applications should include:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Transcripts
  • Statement (no longer than 2 pages) that should include:

    • Prior relevant experience: List and describe your project work for courses, participation at research projects, lab work at your department, your independent work, relevant summer internship experience, etc.
    • What do you want to work on over the summer: You can describe a project you’d like to work on over the summer at a university, company or a non-profit organization. Describe the project and argue why you find it interesting and why you are a good fit for it. Using this information ASEF will then find an institution/mentor to host the student over the summer.
  • Two reference letters:
    • The letters should include a clear description of your contribution to the projects you participated in.
    • The letters should be written by the professors/supervisors/advisors of past projects, summer internships, classes, or your diploma/msc thesis.
    All documents (except reference letters) should be submitted by the candidates in the PDF format via the application form below..

    Letters of reference should be submitted by the reference letter writer at the reference submission form below.

    Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until all the fellowships are awarded.

    The deadline for submitting the application is March 1, 2019.
    If you have questions about the program or the application process, please contact ASEF at

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the important dates?
Call for applications opens on December 15 2018
Applications are due March 1 2019
We anticipate making final decisions by March 31 2019
When will the visit take place?
The exact time of the visit is flexible and will be discussed with the hosting institution/company. Roughly, the visit takes place sometime during the summer (June to September).
Do students need visas?
Slovenia is an EU Member State and a member state of the Schengen Area. Visa requirements thus depend on the student's nationality. Generally, when traveling to Slovenia no visa required for a stay of up to 3 months. More information here. However, students need to have Travel Medical Insurance.
What is the fellowship amount?
ASEF will work with the fellows to identify funding sources to help cover all expenses of the fellow: airfare, housing, and living expenses.
What is the review procedure?
In addition to considering the research plan and recommendations presented in each application, the Scientific Advisory Committee must give weight to the many intangibles involved, including interpretation of the Foundation's objectives. The Committee ranks the candidates and the Board of Directors then votes to approve the fellowship awards, in order of priority, up to the availability of funds.
What are student’s obligations to ASEF?
The selected fellows will become part of the ASEF Alumni Club, where they are expected to participate at the ASEF promotional activities, help advertising the ASEF Fellowship and other programs, and act as peer mentors for future fellows, to help educating them about the Slovenian culture and preparing them for the research visit.
Who were past ASEF fellows?
Summer 2018: (Click Here For More Information)
- Alenka Lucesole Sinkec (Argentina)
- Maria Shepard (USA)
- Martin Hernan Di Marco (Argentina)
- Sebastian Peterlin (Denmark/USA)
- Cecilia Urbancic (Argentina)
- Matthew Fitzsimmons (USA)
- Lacey Viano (USA)
- Michaela Gacnik (USA)
About Slovenia
About Slovenia Slovenia has an excellent reputation for study in Europe. The home to multiple cultures, languages and traditions, Slovenia is a small and very safe country with a population of approximately 2 million. The capital Ljubljana is the country's largest city at approximately 300,000 inhabitants with the river Ljubljanica cutting it in the middle. For bikers and runners there are long well-tended paths on both sides of the river. Unlike many world’s cities one can feel secure walking alone at night. The experience in Slovenia will offer students the great opportunity to discover their family roots. Students can take advantage of Slovenia's central location to explore other European countries. Because it is part of the Schengen area travel to Hungary, Austria, Italy and others is simply a matter of crossing the border. No visa needed. Vienna is approximately 150 miles to the north, Budapest 200 miles to the northeast, Venice 230 miles to the southwest, and Zagreb 75 miles south. Slovenia is a mountainous country with a tradition of skiing as well as hosting World Cup skiing competitions. Finally, cost of living and studying in the Slovenia is affordable.
Where can I learn more about the visiting Slovenia and experiences from prior fellows?
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December 19, 2018

2018 Fellow Experiences: Matthew Fitzsimmons

Trumpet Playing with Slovenia Philharmonic. “The culture has been extremely inviting, and I feel at home”
December 19, 2018

2018 Fellow Experiences: Lacey Viano

Food Science at University of Ljubljana Biotechnical Faculty. “My work at the University is helping me achieve my goals.”
December 19, 2018

2018 Fellow Experiences: Michaela Gacnik

Marketing at TRUD Travel Agency. “The streets have a unique and enchanting social scene”. I absolutely love the vibe of Ljubljana. People here know how to […]