Knafelj Foundation, Vienna
The foundation is named after Luka Knafelj (1621–1671), a priest born in Ribnica in the Dolenjska region who left his money and property to a scholarship foundation aimed at Carniolan students studying in Vienna, the city where he also worked and died. By the time of the disintegration of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1918, over 1,200 students had received the funding, including the prominent poet France Prešeren.
In the beginning the foundation was run by a consortium at the University of Vienna. A management committee comprising members from the University of Ljubljana and the Mohorjeva družba publishing house in Klagenfurt with Anton Levstek as trustee have run the institution since 1995.
The aid and support
Every year an open call is published for postgraduates students of all disciplines matriculated at the University of Vienna. The grant covers the monthly rent for student rooms at the Knafelj House, a 19th-century building in Vienna's first district, which hosts also the Slovenian Scientific Institute Vienna.
- Slovenian Scientific Institute Vienna
- Slovenian Culture and Information Centre, Vienna
- Austrian Science and Research Liaison Office (ASRLO), Ljubljana
- University of Ljubljana
- Mohor's Society