Fulbright Foreign Student Program for Pre-Doctoral Visiting research
Deadline for applications: June 30, 2023
Up to five 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.
· Slovenian citizenship
· 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. Applicants must receive a satisfactory medical clearance and be fully vaccinated with a CDC- accepted vaccination.
You will have to submit your application online at: https://apply.iie.org/apply/?sr=b29b205d-36bc-44e5-8e02-1d3e90c567a4
Application instructions for 2024- 2025 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 if 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.
· 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” 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
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. However, 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. Persons related to you either by blood or marriage, or by personal friends should not write letters of reference. 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 by end of September, and the final selection and placement will be made in late Spring of 2023 after funding for the Fulbright Program by the U.S. Congress is approved.
Note on funding: All Scholar (Post-Doctorate) grants and up to two Student (Visiting Research) grants are funded by the U.S. Department of State. In addition, Embassy’s local government Fulbright partner organization, Javni štipendijski, razvojni, invalidski in preživninski sklad Republike Slovenije completely funds up to four additional Student Visiting research grants, depending on U.S. affiliation costs and funding availability. Javni sklad also covers round-trip, economy class airline tickets for selected Fulbright Fellowship recipients.
For additional information, please contact the U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Staff at: LjubljanaExchanges@state.gov.