About ASEF Junior Fellows Program
The American Slovenian Education Foundation (ASEF) Junior Fellows program is a three-year program. The purpose of the fellowship program is to strengthen research and study exchange between Slovenia and other countries to give talented Slovenian students the ability to realize their potential to the fullest.
In the first year of the program, students do a 10-week research visit at a university or a research institution in the area of their field of study/expertise. Additionally, Junior Fellows engage in activities organized by ASEF, including the tutorial program, research projects and collaborations with other Fellows, leadership, and career development workshops, and attend regular public lectures and other events organized by ASEF. Further, Junior Fellows are expected to contribute to ASEF and serve the Slovenian community under the guidance and mentorship of ASEF.
In the first year…
Junior Fellows will work with Slovenian professors at the 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 Slovenians and Slovenian communities abroad. Junior Fellows will also regularly attend the tutorial program and all events (lectures, workshops, etc.) organized by ASEF.
In the second and third year…
Junior Fellows will attend all events organized by ASEF, serve the Slovenian community, participate in ASEF promotional activities, help advertise ASEF Fellowship programs, and act as peer mentors to incoming fellows by helping them learn about the culture of their host country and institution. Junior Fellows are highly encouraged to engage in activities, including research projects and collaborations with other Junior Fellows, professors, and research groups in the ASEF network, leadership and career development workshops, communication training, and coaching.
Furthermore, Fellows are encouraged to continue their research work with their host professor and form collaborations with other Junior Fellows. Additional funds will be available to Fellows to cover the expenses of such collaborations, such as presenting research at
As part of the 3-year fellowship program, each ASEF Fellow also becomes part of the ASEF Tutorial Program, in which fellows work in small groups led by an individual tutor in the fellow’s field of study.
Applications are open to students at an accredited institution of higher education. Applications are open to Slovenian students as well as other students of Slovenian heritage (for example, living in Italy, Austria, Argentina, USA, Canada, Australia, …).
A typical applicant is a senior undergraduate, masters, or PhD student.
The ASEF Junior Fellows program provides fellows with comprehensive support, allowing them to focus on their research at the world’s top universities. ASEF will work with the Junior Fellow to obtain funding so that all expenses of research visit (airfare, food, lodging, etc.) in the first year will be covered.
The list of professors and research groups that are members of the ASEF network can be accessed here. Each of the professors has open positions to accept one or two students into their research group. We strongly encourage applicants to read about professors and study their research and publications.
Applicants are selected based on exceptional ability, originality, and resourcefulness, and should be of the highest caliber of intellectual achievement. Applicants will perform an interview with previous and current ASEF Fellows, and ASEF Professors will review the research plan, mission statement, and recommendation letters presented in each application. Finally, ASEF Scientific Advisory Committee will also give weight to the many intangibles involved, including interpretation of the Foundation’s objectives. Applicants will perform an interview with previous and current ASEF Fellows, and ASEF Professors will review the research plan, mission statement, and recommendation letters presented in each application. Those selected receive three-year fellowships.
Aplication should include:
Research Statement (no longer than 2 pages)
Mission Statement (1 page)
ASEF Junior Fellows – Research Abroad: How to prepare a successful application?
Frequently Asked Questions
Call for applications opens on September 5, 2023.
The closing date is November 5, 2023.
Applicants can expect the results of their selection/non-selection for participation in the fellowship program by March, 2023.
The research visits must be completed in the first year of the fellowship program.
The exact time of the research visit is flexible and will be discussed with the particular research group and the professor. Generally, most visits tend to take place during the summer (June to September) with some exceptions.
Importantly, visits must end in calendar year 2024.
In case of complications, ASEF will work with Junior Fellows individually to try to make the 10-week research visit possible.
ASEF will work with Junior Fellows to identify funding sources to help cover all expenses of the research visit: airfare, housing, and living expenses. Whenever possible, students will stay with a Slovenian family and then work with the professor at a university.
Junior Fellows are appointed to the ASEF Society of Fellows for three years. During that time they are expected to regularly attend the tutorial, public lectures, and other events organized by ASEF. Further, fellows participate in ASEF promotional activities, help advertise ASEF Fellowship programs, and act as peer mentors to incoming fellows by helping them learn about the culture of their host country. Junior Fellows are highly encouraged to engage in activities, including research projects and collaborations with other Junior Fellows, professors and research groups in the ASEF network, leadership and career development workshops, communication training, and coaching.
Yes, also Slovenian students studying abroad are eligible to apply. Participation in the Erasmus+ exchange program or other programs of study visits or internships abroad does not affect eligibility for the ASEF Junior Fellows program. ASEF will work with Junior Fellows individually to find a solution if they will not be able to attend all the events organized by ASEF because of staying abroad.
Yes, also employed students are eligible to apply.
Students need health insurance. In some cases, your host/professor/university will provide health insurance, or in other cases, you will be responsible for it. Please check with your ASEF professor.
The core values of ASEF are academic excellence, character formation, and dedicated service. ASEF is committed to these core values, which guide us in carrying out our mission and realizing our vision.
Please read this document to learn more about ASEF Society of Fellows, its program and activities, and a statement of ideals for new members of the Society.
The fellowship program operates with the support of kind donations from generous individuals.
We invite you to read more about the possibility of donating at the following link.