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2017 - 2018 Fulbright Program

Overview

The Fulbright Program is the 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.

The Fulbright Program awards approximately 8,000 grants annually. Roughly 1,600 U.S. students, 4,000 foreign students, 1,200 U.S. scholars, and 900 visiting scholars receive awards, in addition to several hundred teachers and professionals.

Approximately 360,000 "Fulbrighters" have participated in the Program since its inception in 1946.

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.

Available Grants

Categories:

1.         Fulbright Scholar Program: Post-Doctoral research (up to four one semester grants)

2.         Fulbright Student Program: Pre-Doctoral research (up to five nine-month visiting research grants):

Minimum academic requirements: Enrollment in a PhD Program in Slovenia or in the EU. Candidates are required to complete their PhD upon completion of their Fulbright grant.

Priority will be given to candidates in the following areas: law and public administration, economics, business, pure and applied sciences, social sciences, and humanities.

The exact number of grants awarded in each category depends on the amount of final funding available.

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. Persons who are citizens of both Slovenia and the United States are also ineligible.

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.  

Fulbright grantees enter the United States on an Exchange Visitor (J-1) Visa under a 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. 

Fulbright Scholar Program (Post-Doctoral Research)

2017-2018 Application for the Fulbright Scholar Program (post-doctoral research) in the United States (Non-Degree)

Eligibility Requirements

Slovenian citizenship and evidence of employment in the Republic of Slovenia

Proficiency in English

Doctoral degree 

Additional documents which must be mailed by registered mail by August  1, 2016 include:

Copy of the online application

Photo copy of doctoral degree

Letter from employer confirming employment in Slovenia (in English or Slovenian)

Letter or e-mail of invitation from a U.S. university 

 

Please mail to:

U.S. Embassy 

Public Affairs Section

(Attn. Ivanka Ponikvar)

Prešernova 31 

1000 Ljubljana

 

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. Scholars with the most compelling, theoretically sound, well-written, feasible proposals are generally recommended for awards. Sometimes those 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. Scholars who have studied previously in the United States should avoid seeking affiliation at their U.S. alma mater because candidates are encouraged to expand their contacts within the U.S. academic community.

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 in your home country.

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 student 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 Public Affairs Offices of U.S. embassies, students are notified of the arrangements made for their affiliation and recommended starting dates.

Fulbright Student Program (Pre-Doctoral Research)

2017-2018 Application for the Fulbright Student Program Study (Pre-Doctoral Research) in the United States (Non-Degree) Application

Eligibility Requirements

Completed master's degree or enrollment in a doctoral program in Slovenia

Proficiency in English

Slovenian citizenship

Additional documents which must be mailed by registered mail by August 1, 2016 include:

Photo copy of master's degree, or letter confirming enrollment in a doctoral program

Photo copy of an online application


Please mail to:

U.S. Embassy 

Public Affairs Section

(Attn. Ivanka Ponikvar)

Prešernova 31 

1000 Ljubljana


Standardized Tests

All pre-doctoral finalists will be required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and will receive instructions on how to apply. Candidates must have a minimum score of 90 IBT (Internet Based Test).

Letters of Reference

Three references must be sent electronically directly 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. U.S. universities consider letters of reference extremely important. All letters of reference should be written by teachers under whom you have studied or pursued research or by someone who has supervised you in work related to your proposed field of study. Letters of reference should not be written by persons related to you either by blood or marriage, or by personal friends. At least one academic and one professional or work-related letter must be included among the three letters you provide.

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 student 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 Public Affairs Offices of U.S. embassies, students are notified of the arrangements made for their affiliation and recommended starting dates.

For additional information please contact the U.S. Embassy (LjubljanaExchanges(at)state.gov ) or the Slovene Human Resources Development and Scholarship Fund (Fulbright(at)sklad-kadri.si ).