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Samo Alajbegović Fellowship - Funding for Summer Internships in Countries Bordering the Adriatic Sea



The Samo Alajbegović summer fellowship supports University of Michigan undergraduates in the LSA Honors Program pursuing research and internship opportunities in one of the following fields: marine biology, biology, ecology, anthropology, archaeology, and the humanities. The summer fellowship honors the legacy of Samo, a native of Slovenia, who spent his life studying his beloved Adriatic Sea. The summer fellowship allows students to immerse themselves in the physical and cultural beauty of the region, thus broadening their understanding of both the natural world and the human experience. The Alajbegović family chose to establish this fellowship at the University of Michigan to create a connection between their two homes, Ann Arbor and Slovenia.


Fellowship applicants must be students in good standing with the LSA Honors Program. LSA students not currently in the Honors Program but who may wish to pursue an Honors Major or HELA project are encouraged to reach out to to discuss eligibility. Graduating seniors are eligible to apply if your expected graduation date is August (not May).

Eligible Countries:  Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Please visit the Global Michigan website to determine if travel is permitted to these countries. Read the information in the Requirements for international travel funding dropdown box below.

Eligible Fields:  Marine biology, biology, ecology, anthropology, archaeology, and the humanities

Dates & Deadline:  Applications open at noon on January 3rd, 2022 and are accepted until February 28th, 2022 at midnight. Application reviews start on February 7th and continue on a rolling basis as long as funds last.

Summer 2022 Proposals

For the summer 2022 application cycle proposals will be accepted for internships and research opportunities in the region. Student travel, if allowed, is subject to university policies (see Global Michigan website).

Access application here during the application window.

After you access the online application form, please be prepared to submit:

  • A brief (300 words or less) description of your internship or research opportunity including whether it is virtual or in-person.
  • Other sources of funding to which you have applied (if applicable), noting the amount and whether these have already been confirmed. 
  • Information about your engagement with the LSA Honors Program (300 words or less).
  • A statement about why you are excited about this opportunity. How will it impact your future academic and career plans? How do you intend to engage with the natural and/or cultural beauty of the Adriatic region? (300 words or less).

Students are encouraged to apply as soon as they have secured an internship or research opportunity. For advising on proposals in progress, please contact Henry Dyson at to set up an advising appointment.

Applications are editable until the application closes. Keep the email confirmation of form submittal to access the application. 

Requirements for international travel funding

Any student who receives funding from a U-M unit for their travel abroad must follow the directives of the U-M International Travel Policy and the specified guidelines regarding U-M Travel Warning and Restriction locations. Please visit Global Michigan to check the current travel designation for the destination country. Approval MUST be received from The International Oversight Committee (ITOC) prior to departure to a destination on the U-M Travel Warning or medium risk list. Travel to a restricted or high risk destination is prohibited for undergraduate students. Steps for completing requirements are outlined in the Flowchart for Travel and Safety Plans.

If an Honors grant is awarded to a student for eligible international travel, the Honors Program will not disburse funding until the following conditions have been met by the student. They must:

  1. Register their travel in the U-M Travel Registry
  2. Purchase mandatory International (GeoBlue) Travel Health Insurance
  3. Complete the "Trip Emergency Contact & How to Find Me" Questionnaire in MCompass
  4. Have a Safety Plan approved before departure if traveling to a U-M Travel Warning destination. The Safety Plan must be submitted at least 3 weeks prior to departure. The U-M safety plan process is designed to help U-M students traveling internationally to develop strategies to mitigate health, safety, and security risks while in higher risk locations. Safety plans prepare travelers for their destination by making them aware of potential risks they may face and create strategies to handle such risks. 
  5. Complete any additional requirements pertaining to the destination country

The LSA Travel office will notify us that the requirements have been completed.

For travel registration and useful online travel resources, please visit the LSA International Travel website.

Existing summer opportunities for 2022 & resources for finding one

Visit the Center for Global and Intercultural Study (CGIS) website to check out these exciting summer programs which qualify for the Samo Alajbegović Fellowship:

Food Security & Nutrition in Montespertoli, Italy

Italian 230 in Siena

Multidisciplinary Studies in Italy

For more research and internship resources visit:  


International Center

LSA Opportunity Hub

Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia

Blue World Institute - The Blue World Institute of Marine Research and Conservation (BWI) works to protect the marine environment in the Adriatic Sea. BWI offers internships to students from many different disciplines related to marine science and conservation.

Marine Biology Station Piran - As a part of the National Institute of Biology, the Marine Biology Station Piran is the only institution for marine research and monitoring of sea water quality in Slovenia. 

International Internship Program at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice - The internship program is designed for students and recent graduates in art, art history or related disciplines, who are interested in gaining first-hand experience of how a museum is run and familiarity with an important collection of modern art.

The Gabii Project - The Gabii Project is an international archaeological initiative under the direction of Nicola Terrenato of the University of Michigan. It was launched in 2007 with the objective of studying and excavating the ancient Latin city of Gabii, a city-state that was both a neighbor of, and a rival to, Rome in the first millennium BC. 

Archaeological Field Program in Zadar, Croatia - This 30-day course offered by the University of Maine is based in the 3000-year-old Croatian city of Zadar along the Adriatic coast and centered on the nearby archaeological site of Nadin. Students of the course will gain practical experience in archaeology and an understanding of its application to contemporary issues of urbanization, landscape change, and climate. 

Post-Conflict Research Center - PCRC provides internship opportunities to local, regional and international youth in an effort to educate them about Bosnia’s conflict history and post-conflict present.


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