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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Research Statement (no longer than 2 pages)
Mission Statement (1 page)
Two reference letters
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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.
In case of complications, ASEF will work with the Junior Fellow individually to try to make the 10-week research visit possible.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yes, also employed students are eligible to apply.
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.
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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.
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.