APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2022 ASEF JUNIOR FELLOWSHIPS ARE NOW OPEN UNTIL NOVEMBER 22, 2021.

About ASEF Junior Fellows Program

The ASEF Junior Fellows Program to Slovenia is a one-year program, which enables young people to do a 10-week work/research visit at a university, company, or a research institute in the area of their field of study/expertise. The purpose of the fellowship program is to give talented young people of Slovenian heritage an opportunity to grow professionally, while also getting to experience Slovenia, its language and culture.

Additionally, during the visit, Junior Fellows engage in activities organized by ASEF Society of Fellows, including research projects and collaborations with other Fellows, participation at the events organized by ASEF, 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 give back to the Slovenian community under the guidance and mentorship of ASEF.

During the Junior Fellows Program

Junior Fellows will work with Slovenian mentors at the Slovenian’s top companies and universities on a research project and interact with other members of the mentor’s research group as well as other students at the university or company. At the same time, the student will also interact with the Slovenian community and participate in the events organized by ASEF.

ASEF Junior Fellows build lasting relationships between ASEF and academic institutions in Slovenia. During the one-year time, Junior Fellows become full members of ASEF Society of Fellows >

Candidate
ASEF Junior Fellow
10-week visit to Slovenia
Work with ASEF Mentor
1 year
ASEF Activities
1 year
ASEF Alumni
After the Junior Fellows Program

Junior Fellows are encouraged to continue their research work with their host professor or mentor and form collaborations with other Junior Fellows. Additionally, Junior Fellows to Slovenia are encouraged to spread the word about ASEF in their local Slovenian communities, universities and build long-lasting relationships with Slovenian companies.

“The ASEF Fellowship Program is a great and extremely positive experience that offers the possibility of getting to know a new culture, broadening professional horizons, meeting people, rediscovering personal skills, improving both English and Slovenian languages ​​and touring a dream country.”
Natasha Urbancic, ASEF Junior Fellow 2020
“I had the opportunity to complete research in a field I’ve wanted to explore for a long time, network with other like-minded individuals, visit my relatives, travel around the country, and befriend young Slovenians in Ljubljana. I’m very grateful to have had such an amazing experience, and hope that these skills, lessons, and connections that I’ve established in Slovenia will continue to influence my future.”
Ana Vombergar, ASEF Junior Fellow 2020
Eligibility

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

Costs

ASEF will work with the Junior Fellow to obtain funding so that all expenses of research visit (airfare, food, lodging, etc.) will be covered. 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 (except that the exchange has to be fully finished in the year 2022). The exact target date will be decided between the fellow and their mentor.

Participating Institutions

The list of current mentors and professors can be accessed via this link. Each year we add professors and mentors from the applicant’s field of expertise. This basically means that we will find a suitable mentor for any applicant who will be chosen.

Selection Criteria

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 potential ASEF Professors and Mentors.ASEF Professors and Mentors 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. The Committee ranks the candidates and the Board of Directors then provides final approval.

How to Apply
Aplication should include:
Application form (filled during the online submission of application)
Curriculum Vitae with a focus on your research
Transcripts of your courses
Research Statement
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 ASEF Junior Fellowship to Slovenia would have on your achievement of these goals. Some key points to keep in mind are:
Motivation: Why do you wish to do research in Slovenia 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 in Slovenia? 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 in 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 the professor’s research lab and will allow you to have fruitful and productive research visit.
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. Describe the project or the idea and argue why you find it interesting. Include a list of scientific references related to your field of research.
Mission Statement
Mission Statement (1 page)
The mission statement should give a brief summary of your current and proposed contributions to ASEF Society of Fellows. Those contributions should be aligned with ASEF core values, which are academic excellence, character formation, and dedication service (see FAQ for details). We encourage you to mention any past or current engagements in activities that contribute to the growth of society and foster progress in business, politics, and non-profits (e.g., volunteering in non-profit organizations, participating in outreach activities, leading academic/engineering clubs). Examples of proposed contributions to the Society are:
Helping next-year’s Junior Fellows to Slovenia through a buddy program, where you educate them about the experience you had with the exchange in Slovenia and help them navigate through 10 weeks in Slovenia.
Organizing a public presentation of your experience in a Slovenian community near/in your hometown.
Organizing public presentation about ASEF Fellowships for year 2023.
Two reference letters
Two reference letters
The letters should clearly describe the applicant’s contribution to the research projects that they participated in.
The letters should be written by the supervisors/advisors/teachers of past research projects, summer internships, or diploma/MSc thesis.
Letters of reference should be submitted by the reference letter writer at the reference submission.
If you have questions about the program or the application process, please contact ASEF at info@asef.net

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the important dates?

Call for applications opens in fall 2021. The first closing date is November 22, 2021. Applications received by November 22, 2021, will be reviewed immediately after the closing date. Beyond that date, applications will be considered on a rolling basis until December 22, 2022. Final decisions will be made by February 22, 2022.

When will the research visit take place?

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 the calendar year 2022.

What if I will not be able to go abroad for the 10-week research visit on the agreed date due to COVID-19 travel restrictions?

In case of complications, ASEF will work with the Junior Fellow individually to try to make the 10-week research visit possible.

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 is required for a stay of up to 3 months. More information can be here. However, students need to have Travel Medical Insurance.

How will the expenses of the research visit be covered?

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 or mentor at a university or company. In other cases, ASEF will help you find accommodation.

What is the review procedure?

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 potential ASEF Professors and Mentors. ASEF Professors and Mentors 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. The Committee ranks the candidates and the Board of Directors then provides final approval.

What are the Fellow’s responsibilities and obligations to ASEF?

Junior Fellows to Slovenia are appointed to the ASEF Society of Fellows for one year. During that time they are expected to regularly attend all of the social events, public lectures and other events organized by ASEF. Further, fellows participate in ASEF promotional activities, help advertise ASEF Fellowship and other programs, and act as peer mentors to incoming fellows by helping them learn about the procedures of the fellowship, Slovenian people, places to visit in Slovenia, people to meet,… 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. Junior Fellows to Slovenia are encouraged to spread the word about ASEF in their local Slovenian communities, universities and build long-lasting relationships with Slovenian companies. Junior Fellows also promote ASEF on their social networks. Junior Fellows in Slovenia will present their research to a broadly diverse community.

Are full-time employed students (e.g. PhD students) eligible to apply?

Yes, also employed students are eligible to apply.

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 with 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 is 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, the cost of living and studying in Slovenia is affordable.
To learn more about Slovenia, visit the following page.

Where can I learn more about visiting Slovenia and experiences from past ASEF Fellows?

Please follow this link to learn more.

What are the core values of ASEF?

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.

  • Academic Excellence: We seek an uncompromising standard of excellence in teaching, learning, creativity, and scholarship within and across disciplines.
  • Character Formation: We seek to form the whole person: men and women distinguished by intellectual rigor, moral character, community building and the ability to make ethical decisions.
  • Dedicated Service: We seek to prepare global citizens who advocate for the benefit of humanity and contribute to the intellectual, economic, religious and cultural vitality of society by serving those with the least access to power and privilege in order to promote the flourishing of all.
What is ASEF Society of Fellows?

Please read this document to learn about ASEF Society of Fellows, its program and activities, and a statement of ideals for new members of the Society.

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