Young researcher programme

Financing postgraduate study and research training for young researchers is an important scientific policy instrument at the Agency. The programme has been going on with great success since 1985, and has made an excellent contribution to increasing the amount of research going on in Slovenia, and reducing the age profile of research groups. The programme's success has led to the Agency dedicating a significant amount of its budget to financing training. To date more than 5,000 young researchers have participated in the programme. 

Features of the young researcher programme:

  • young researchers participate in research work during their postgraduate studies on basic research or applied research projects;
  • they have regular, fixed-term employment contracts;
  • the Agency finances their salaries, social contributions, as well as material and non-material costs for research and postgraduate study.

Funds for the training of young researchers are allocated for a fixed-term, up to a maximum of 3 years and six months for a PhD programme. 

The average annual cost of financing one young researcher is approx. 30.000
The postgraduate student who wishes to become a young researcher has to apply for employment with a mentor at a slovenian research organisation who has been successful at the Call for mentors for young researchers. The list of such mentors is annually published on the ARRS web page. The postgraduate student 
•has to show an average grade for all examinations and coursework at graduate level (excluding the degree examination) of at least 8,00 (out of 10), and 
•must fulfil the conditions for enrolment in postgraduate studies for a PhD to be eligible. The young researcher programme is equally accessible to both genders.

Information about an open Tender for Young researchers Candidates for the Year 2014

Date of publication: Monday, 02.06.2014 
The deadline: Monday, 23.06.2014
Contact: R-R@uni-lj.si

Publication of the call: the entire call will be posted on the website University of Ljubljana, presumably at the Employment Service of Slovenia (http://english.ess.gov.si/)
Candidates who will apply are encouraged to follow the tender notice on our website, especially within the prescribed period of the call.

Candidates who will apply must separately apply for the Tender for the enrolment in the doctoral study programmes in the academic year 2014/2015 published on the University of Ljubljana website http://www.uni-lj.si/study/study_programmes/postgraduate_studies_3rd_cycle/

Without the application for the tender for enrolment in doctoral study programmes it is not possible to enrol in the doctoral study programme at a later stage. 
Young Researchers Candidates who fail to enrol in a doctoral study programme in the academic year 2014/2015, the University of Ljubljana shall not be able to conclude a Young Researchers Training Agreement with the Slovenian Research Agency; therefore, these Candidates will lose the post of Young Researcher.