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, preferably of Slovenian background, 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 applicants to identify suitable mentors at participating institutions. 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 full-time students, enrolled in an accredited higher education institution. Their 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.

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

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
  • 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 absolute deadline for submitting the application is May 1, 2018.
    If you have questions about the program or the application process, please contact ASEF at

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the important dates?
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until all the fellowships are awarded. The absolute deadline for submitting the application is May 1, 2018.
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?
When you are travelling to Slovenia with a U.S. Passport, a Tourist Visa is not required and 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.
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.

Fellowship Application Form

Reference Letter Upload Form