UW - University of Ljubljana Scholars Exchange

The UW – University of Ljubljana Exchange Committee invites applications to visit the University of Ljubljana (Slovenia) during the 2025 calendar year!


Since 1979, the UW – University of Ljubljana Exchange has supported many productive collaborations involving faculty from various disciplines, including Arts and Sciences, the Built Environments, Business, Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Law, Medicine, Nursing, and Social Work. Open to faculty, other academic personnel, and senior graduate students (Ph.D. candidates) from any UW campus, college, school, or academic program, participants in this exchange spend 2-4 weeks in Ljubljana, during which time they give lectures, interact with Slovene students, and collaborate with Slovene faculty colleagues in their field of specialization.  Up to 3 members of the UW community participate each year. 

Learn about past UW - Ljubljana exchange participants here.

Requirements & Expectations

Participants are expected to take part in the academic life of the University of Ljubljana during their visit, which includes, but is not limited to, giving lectures and collaborating with Slovene faculty and students.  Knowledge of Slovene language is not required to participate in the exchange. 

Although no direct, immediate exchange reciprocity in the participant’s field of research is expected, long-term reciprocity resulting from productive, collaborative research is encouraged.  At the end of the program, UW participants are required to submit a concise report identifying the academic outcomes of their visit, and outlining the next steps in the collaboration.   

The visit must be completed by December 31, 2025, and take place while the University of Ljubljana is in session (spring or fall semester).


The UW – UL Exchange is supported at the UW by the Roma Boniecka-Anna Cienciala Endowment for Slovene Studies, which allows the exchange committee to cover up to $1,200 of participants’ travel costs.  Lodging and a modest per diem will be provided by the University of Ljubljana.  All other expenses are the responsibility of the participant.

Application Procedure

Interested parties should send their application materials, and any questions, to the Chair of the UW-University of Ljubljana Exchange Committee: 

Michael Biggins 
UW Libraries, Box 352900
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-2900
(206) 543-5588

Your application should include:

    • A CV
    • A cover letter explaining the academic value and proposed outcomes of the visit
    • A copy of the correspondence with counterparts in Ljubljana demonstrating a shared commitment to a well-articulated, collaborative research project with measurable impacts

The deadline for submitting applications is Monday, December 16, 2024 at 5pm.


Participants are evaluated and selected by the UW standing committee for the Exchange, whose members are: 

Resources for Ljubljana and Slovenia

University of Ljubljana

Slovenia – General Information

Lonely Planet guide to Slovenia

Information about Ljubljana