The breakdown of financial benefits is as follows:
- Monthly stipend – $800 per month
- Round-trip air travel allowance – $2,000
- Relocation and incidentals allowance – $1,000
- Allowance for independent local study of Bulgarian language – $500
- Health benefits plan (for grantees only)
- 24/7 support from Fulbright ASSIST
The basic amount of the Fulbright| America for Bulgaria Foundation grant is not increased for accompanying dependents. Housing is provided to grantees by their respective host schools free of charge. Grantees are responsible for covering utility bills.
The Bulgarian Fulbright Commission also offers training for grantees throughout the year:
Fulbright ETAs undergo an intensive 10-day in-country orientation training in the beginning of September. The training includes Bulgarian language and culture classes; intensive teaching workshops; practical introduction to the Bulgarian educational system; meetings with U.S. Embassy representatives for consular and safety and security briefings, etc.
In December the Fulbright Commission hosts a two-day midterm conference for all U.S. grantees to further support them in their role, monitor their progress, discuss challenges and address current issues.
In June the Fulbright Commission hosts a three-day Wrap-Up Seminar for all U.S. grantees, offering them the opportunity to present their projects and achievements in front of Commission staff, program sponsors and partners, school principals and mentor teachers.