Fellowships for Slovenian students
visiting USA

The American Slovenian Education Foundation (ASEF) fellowship program provides fellows with comprehensive support, allowing them to focus on their research at world’s top universities. Fellowships build lasting relationships between ASEF and academic institutions. The purpose of the fellowship is to strengthen research and study exchange between Slovenia and the U.S. with the objective of giving talented Slovenian students the ability to realize their potential to the fullest.

About the ASEF fellowship

The ASEF fellowship provides a 10 week summer research visit to a university or a research institution in the area of applicant’s field of study/expertise. The applicant will work with Slovenian professors at world’s top universities on a research project and interact with other members of the professor’s research group as well as other students at the university. At the same time the student will also interact with the American Slovenian community.


Applications are open to full-time students in good standing at an accredited institution of higher education. Applications are open to Slovenian as well as American students of Slovenian heritage. A typical applicant is a senior undergraduate, masters, or a PhD student.


ASEF will work with the applicant to obtain funding so that all expenses (airfare, food, lodging, etc.) will be covered.

Participating institutions:

The following professors and research groups are members of the ASEF network. Each of the professors below has open positions to accept one or two students into their research group. We strongly encourage applicants to read about the professors and study their research and publications.

Research areas include (Click Here For Details):

  • Law
  • English literature
  • Political and social sciences
  • Computer Science
  • Biology
  • Marine and Environmental affairs
  • Computational and molecular biology
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Materials Science

How to apply

Submit your online application form online.
Applications should include:
  • Application form
  • Curriculum Vitae with a focus on applicant’s research.
  • Transcripts of your courses.
  • A Research statement (no longer than 2 pages):
    The Research Statement is your chance to personalize your application. When composing the Statement it is important to address the impact that your visit will have on your academic, professional, and personal goals. You should also address the impact that receiving the ASEF fellowship would have on your achievement of these goals. Some key points to keep in mind are:
    • Motivation: Why do you wish to do research abroad and what factors led you to this decision? What do you hope to gain from and what do you anticipate will be the impact of your experience abroad? What initially inspired you to want to do research in this particular area/research group?
    • Previous work/research experience: List and describe your project/research work for courses, participation at research projects, lab work at your department, your independent research, relevant summer internship experience, etc. The goal here is that you describe your experience that makes you the best possible candidate for professor’s research lab and will allow you to have a fruitful and productive summer.
    • General project/area you would like to work on: A general proposal for a project or an idea for your thesis/dissertation that you want to work on during your visit and how it relates to the research of the professor you are applying to. Describe the project or the idea and argue why you find it interesting. Include list of scientific references related to your field of research.
  • Two reference letters.
    • The letters should clearly describe applicant’s contribution to the research projects that they participated in.
    • The letters should be written by the supervisors/advisors/teachers of past past research projects, summer internships, or diploma/MSc thesis.
All documents (except reference letters) should be submitted by the candidate in the PDF format here.
Letters of reference should be submitted by the reference letter writer here.

If you have questions about the program or the application process, please contact ASEF at

Information session about the ASEF fellowship program will be held at 13:30 on December 22nd in dvorana Ivana Hribarja at the University of Ljubljana, Kongresni Trg 12, which will be part of the symposium of Slovenian researchers that are working abroad (

The deadline for submitting all the documents is February 15, 2018.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the important dates?
Call for applications opens on December 10 2017 Applications are due February 15 2018 We anticipate making final decisions by April 1 2018
When will the visit take place?
The exact time of the visit is flexible and will be discussed with the particular research group and the professor. Roughly, the visit takes place sometime during the summer (June to September).
Do students need health insurance?
Students need health insurance. For example, Coris Adriatic Slovenica or Vzajemna.
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. In general, students will stay with a Slovenian family and then work with the professor at a university.
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 fellowships.
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 USA/Canada/UK culture and preparing them for the research visit.
Who were past ASEF fellows?
Summer 2017:
- Gorazd Čibej (Harvard University, Law)
- Teja Golobič (Cleveland State University, Law)
- Kaj Jež (University of Washington Seattle, Marine and Environmental Affairs)
- Žiga Gosar (Princeton University, Mechanical Engineering)
- Jaka Kukavica (Georgetown University, Law)
- Urška Lampret (University of Sheffield, Political Science)
- Marija Lukič (Virginia Commonwealth University, Dentistry)
- Tilen Marc (Stanford University, Computer Science)
- Aleš Omerzel (UC Berkeley, Computer Science)
- Ajda Rojc (UC San Francisco, Biology)
- Luka Starčevič (Princeton University, Mechanical Engineering)
- Robert Vidmar (UC San Francisco, Biology)
- Angelika Vižintin (University of Cincinnati, Evolutionary Biology)
- Patrik Zajec (Stanford University, Computer Science)

Summer 2016:
- Aleksandar Dimitriev (Stanford University, Computer Science)
- Veronika Cencen (Princeton University, Mechanical Engineering)
- Vid Kocijan (Stanford University, Computer Science)
- Neven Polajnar (Harvard University, Political Science)
- Joze Rožanec (UC Berkeley, Computer Science)
- Jan Rozman (Princeton University, Mechanical Engineering)
- Matej Srebre (UC Berkeley, Physics)
- Kaja Travnik (Harvard University, Political Science)
- Matej Vizovišek (UC San Francisco, Biology)

Summer 2015:
- Aljaž Gaber (UC San Francisco, Biology)
- Filip Kozarski (UC Berkeley, Astrophysics)
- Andraž Hribernik (Stanford, Computer Science)
- Peter Us (UC Berkeley, Computer Science)

Summer 2014:
- Matej Cepin (University of Santa Clara, Social studies)
- Niko Colnerič (Stanford, Computer Science)
- Marinka Žitnik (Stanford, Computer Science)

Feel free to reach out to them directly and ask them about their experiences.

Fellowship Application Form

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