The Decree on the co-funding of doctoral studies (Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia, No. 22/17 and 105/20) and act amending the Higher Education Act regulate the co-funding of officially recognised doctoral study programmes.

Pursuant to the Decree for the co-funding of doctoral studies and the requirements and criteria for selection of candidates, adopted at the UL Senate, tuition fee co-funding in academic year 2023/2024 will be granted to students meeting the following requirements:

-  they are enrolled in the 1st year of doctoral studies and have an average grade of completed education of at least 8.00 out of 10.00 (taking into account the grades of all accredited study obligations at the study programmes completed so far)


- they are enrolled in the 2nd, 3rd or 4th year of doctoral studies and have regularly advanced to 2nd, 3rd or 4th year of doctoral studies, whereby regular advancement is also deemed to be extended status for eligible reasons pursuant to the act governing higher education and the University of Ljubljana Statute, pursuant to the Article 49 of the Act Determining the Intervention Measures to Contain the COVID-19 Epidemic and Mitigate its Consequences for Citizens and the Economy, and also pursuant to the Article 41 of the Act Determining Intervention Measures for Recovery from the Floods and Landslides of August 2023;

- they have not yet obtained the level of education matching the level of education obtained under third-cycle doctoral study programmes;

- their studies under study programmes to obtain a PhD, although never completed, are not or have not been co-funded from public funds. Accordng to this provision, students that have already been co-funded and regularly enrol in a higher year in a different doctoral study programme, are also NOT eligible for co-funding.

Knowledge of Slovenian language is not a requirement for co-funding and neither is Slovenian citizenship.

Cross enrolment is not co-funded and, furthermore, students enrolled in an additional year (dodatno leto) are not entitled to co-funding.


Doctoral student will most likely sign a statement at their enrolment, with which they confirm their intent to be co-funded and state that they meet the requirements listed above. Students can turn to the individual UL member (faculty/academy) at which they will be enrolled for more information regarding the process of checking the requirements.

Students are informed of the co-funding amount after enrolment in a doctoral study programme by their faculties, most likely in December. The co-funding amount for an individual student depends on the number of enrolled students meeting the requirements for co-funding.

In the case of funding provided by the Ministry for the new academic year and the fulfillment of the requirements listed above, students will be entitled to further co-funding.