2019-2020 FULBRIGHT PROGRAM COMPETITION IS NOW OPEN

Application deadline extended: July 27, 2018 

The Embassy of the United States of Slovenia is pleased to announce the Fulbright Program competition for the 2019-2020 academic year for Slovenian Visiting (Post-Doctoral) candidates and Slovenian (Pre-Doctoral) Visiting research student candidates in the United States.

The Fulbright Program is the U.S. Government’s flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. It operates in more than 160 countries worldwide and has provided more than 380,000 participants with the opportunity to study, teach or conduct research, and exchange ideas.

Approximately 8,000 competitive, merit-based grants are awarded annually in most academic disciplines and fields of study.

The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FSB), composed of 12 educational and public leaders appointed by the President of the United States, formulates policies for the administration of the Fulbright Program, establishes criteria for the selection of candidates and selects candidates nominated for awards.

The Embassy of the United States of Slovenia is pleased to announce the Fulbright Program competition for the 2019-2020 academic year.

The following two grant categories in all academic disciplines are available for Slovenian candidates:

1. Fulbright Visiting Scholar (Post-Doctoral) Program:

Up to four one semester grants (depending on availability of funding) are available in the Visiting Scholar category. The Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program is a non-degree post-doctoral award program for junior and senior researchers, university lecturers and experts from academic and research institutions in Slovenia. This program brings scholars to the United States for advanced research and/or university lecturing. All applicants must currently be affiliated with one of the Slovenian academic or research institutions. In addition, all qualified applicants are expected to have the capacity and commitment to take full advantage of a program of research or lecturing at a U.S. university, and be willing to share their experience and knowledge upon their return to Slovenia. The Fulbright experience should be of value not only to the scholar, but also to the scholar’s home institution/university – its students and faculty – as well as to the U.S. host institution. Fulbright scholars serve as cultural ambassadors and should be prepared to speak about their country, culture, and research to academic and community groups in the United States.

  • Applicants must be citizens of the Republic of Slovenia.
  • Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in their academic field of study.
  • Applicants must be proficient in oral and written English.
  • Applicants must be eligible for a J-1 visa, which requires the grantee to return to the Republic of Slovenia for a minimum of two years at the end of the grant period.
  • Applicants must receive a satisfactory medical clearance.
  • Researchers in medicine, dental medicine, veterinary medicine, nursing and other fields whose research proposals include clinical contact with patients are not eligible for Fulbright grants. Candidates with medical degrees are not allowed to pursue medical residencies or internships in the United States as Fulbright Fellows.

Dependents: The Fulbright Visiting (Post-Doctoral) program does provide small allowance for accompanying dependents.

How to apply:
Completed applications must include:

Online application at https://iie.embark.com/apply/visitingscholars which includes the following:

  • Detailed statement of proposed activity for research/lecturing in the United States
  • Letter from employer confirming employment in Slovenia (in English or Slovenian)
  • Detailed Curriculum Vitae (Resume)
  • Three (3) Letters of Reference
  • Bibliography (research proposal) and/or Course Syllabi (lecturing proposal)
  • Letter or e-mail of invitation from U.S. Institution
  • Copy of passport

Please scan all the above mentioned documents and upload to your online application.

Any application submitted to the United States or elsewhere, separate from the official U.S. Embassy Embark System noted above, will not be considered.

2. Fulbright Student Program for Pre-Doctoral Visiting research:

Up to four 9-month grants (depending on availability of funding) are available in the Student Visiting Research category for candidates currently enrolled in a PhD Program in Slovenia or in one of the EU countries. The Fulbright Student Visiting research program is a non-degree pre-doctoral award for students who intend to incorporate part of their research conducted in the United States in their PhD thesis.  Fulbright Student candidates are required to complete their PhD upon completion of their Fulbright grant in the United States.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Slovenian citizenship
  • Official enrollment in a PhD Program in Slovenia or in the EU
  • Proficiency in English
  • Applicants must be eligible for a J-1 visa, which requires the grantee to return to the Republic of Slovenia for a minimum of two years at the end of the grant period.

You will have to submit your application online at: https://iie.embark.com/apply/ffsp

Application instructions for 2018-2019 Fulbright Student (Pre-Doctoral) Visiting research applicants

Please read the instructions carefully. Only complete applications will be considered for review.

  • Standardized test results (TOEFL, GRE …) are not required at the time of application submission. After the interview the Slovenian – American Fulbright panel will pre-select candidates. U.S. Embassy will notify candidates when to register for IBT TOEFL or other tests required.
  • Upload your diploma(s), transcripts, test scores. 

Note: The Fulbright does not require official transcripts or English translations of academic diplomas and transcripts at this stage of the application. Copies of transcripts and academic diplomas are acceptable. After the interview only pre-selected candidates will need to hand in  official transcripts and English translations of these documents.

  • Three confidential letters of reference in English by professors who have taught you or supervised your academic work must be completed by registering the referees in the online system. The referees will then upload the letters directly.

Letters of reference that were not uploaded to the online system will not be accepted.

  • If you have considerable work experience, one letter of reference can also come from a current or previous employer.
  • Architecture and art students are required to submit work samples/portfolios with their application. Four copies should be sent directly to the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy if they cannot be uploaded to the online application.
  • Writing samples should not be handed in at this time. If a candidate is successful, they will be added to the application at a later date.
  • We do not require you to fill out the “Personal financial information form” at this point. Successful candidates will have an opportunity to fill out that information at a later date. If you decide to fill out this form in the first step of the application process, the information given will not be considered in Panel’s review/interview process.
  • It is recommended that you compose your “Study Objectives and Personal Statement” (pages 3 and 4) using a word processor,  and “cut and paste” it into the application.
  • The following information and application tips apply to both grant categories:

Preparing the Curriculum Vitae

It is important to include:

  1. Education (universities attended, degrees held)
  2. Positions held
  3. Courses taught and other services provided to students and the home institution
  4. Publications
  5. Other professional activities, such as workshops, seminars and consultations
  6. Membership and activities in professional associations
  7. Professional honors, awards and fellowships
  8. Community service

Preparing the Project Statement

The project statement is the most important aspect of preparing the Fulbright application. It is important to write compelling, theoretically sound, well-written, feasible proposals. Sometimes applicants with outstanding professional achievements assume that a brief, general project statement will be sufficient. But, in order to ensure a more complete application, your proposed project, as well as the strategy for completing it, should be thoroughly explained.

Factors to Address in the Project Statement

  • Clearly define your objectives and the methodology you will employ. Indicate whether you will use interviews, library or archival research, or laboratory experiments to accomplish your project.
  • Place your project in academic or professional context by referring to leading works by others on the topic if that information is available.
  • Explain the significance of the project for the field and your own professional development.
  • Explain why residence in the United States is necessary for accomplishment of the project. Comment, if applicable, on the adequacy or inadequacy of research facilities and library resources in your own country and on the need to use specific collections in the United States.
  • Describe arrangements you have made, for affiliation or collaboration. Secure a letter of invitation from a U.S. host institution testifying to the merits and feasibility of the proposal. Discuss how your project can be completed within the time period you have available.
  • Indicate how you will disseminate the results of your research both in the United States and upon return to Slovenia.

Letters of Reference

Three references must be submitted electronically in the online application.  Please ensure that the references are submitted promptly and in English. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that references are submitted by the deadline. References should be from persons qualified to evaluate your professional work and proposal. Letters of reference should not be written by persons related to you either by blood or marriage, or by personal friends. At least one of the references should be from a specialist outside your university.

Arrangements for Affiliation with a Host Institution

One of the most important requirements of the Fulbright Program is a formal affiliation at a U.S. university or research institution. In many cases, applicants are in touch with colleagues at U.S. institutions and have made preliminary plans for their own placements. However, if you are unable to make these preliminary contacts, you are encouraged to identify two or three institutions that have appropriate facilities for the kind of research you wish to undertake and faculty specialized in your research interests. When determining which institutions to include on your preferred list, do not limit yourself to only the most well-known U.S. universities. Many U.S. universities may not have an international reputation, but they often have appropriate facilities to conduct research. If program officers find that the preferred institutions listed by the scholars and students are not suitable for the work proposed or no strong professional reasons are given for wanting a particular institution, the program officer will request placement at another institution. Through the Public Affairs Office of U.S. Embassy, students and scholars are notified of the arrangements made for their affiliation and recommended starting dates.

Ineligible Persons: Persons holding permanent residence in the United States; persons who are citizens of both Slovenia and the United States; persons currently studying in the United States.

Preference is given to candidates without recent experience in the United States. Recipients of Fulbright Scholarships within the past 5 years will not be considered.

Fulbright grantees enter the United States on an Exchange Visitor (J-1) Visa under the Department of State Program, which requires them to return to their home country for a minimum of two years at the end of the grant period.

Eligible candidates will be interviewed in early or mid-September, and the final selection and placement will be made in late Spring of 2019 after funding for the Fulbright Program by the U.S. Congress is approved.

Note on funding: All Scholar (Post-Doctorate) grants and at least one Student (Visiting Research) grant are funded by the U.S. Department of State. Depending upon availability of funding, Embassy’s local government Fulbright partner organization, Javni štipendijski, razvojni, invalidski in preživninski sklad Republike Slovenije completely funds about three additional Fulbright Student Visiting research grants. Javni sklad also covers round-trip, economy class airline tickets for selected Fulbright Fellowship recipients.

Application Deadline via online Embark System is July 27, 2018

For additional information, please contact the U.S. Embassy Program Specialist Ivanka Ponikvar via email: ponikvari@state.gov.