Graduate Students

The Fulbright U.S. Graduate Student Award offers an opportunity for U.S. students, MA/PhD candidates, young professionals and artists to conduct individually designed research, or exercise their talents in Bulgaria.

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  • The Fulbright U.S. Student Program

    The Fulbright U.S. Student Program

    The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects. Up to 5 awards per academic year are open to students at graduate degree level to conduct research in Bulgaria. Awards are for 8 to 10 months. Grants begin in September or in October, depending on whether the project is conducted at an academic institution (the academic term in Bulgaria begins on October 1) or at an NGO, think-tank, library or research institute.

  • Bulgarian-Romanian Fulbright Study/Research Grant

    Bulgarian-Romanian Fulbright Study/Research Grant

    The joint award with the Romanian Fulbright Commission allows students to engage in trans-regional research and/or study. Up to one award per academic year is open to candidates at all degree levels, but preference is given to Master’s and Ph.D. candidates. Applications will be considered in fields related to Bulgaria and Romania, especially: European studies, East European studies, Balkan studies, Black Sea studies, political science, social sciences, classical studies, and the arts. The award is for 9 months – the first five months of the grant take place in Bulgaria, followed by four months in Romania.

  • Bulgaria-Greece Fulbright Joint Research Award

    Bulgaria-Greece Fulbright Joint Research Award

    The joint award with the Greek Fulbright Commission allows students to engage in trans-regional research and/or study. Up to one award per academic year is open to candidates at all degree levels, but preference is given to Master’s and Ph.D. candidates. Applications will be considered in all fields, with special emphasis on the following disciplines related to Bulgaria and Greece: archeology, history and art history (Antique, Byzantine, Ottoman and contemporary), Balkan studies, trans-border/emigration studies, economics, tourism (including eco- and agro-tourism), preservation of cultural heritage, political science, social sciences, classical studies, and the arts. The award is for 9 months – the first five months of the grant take place in Bulgaria, followed by four months in Greece, or vice-versa, depending on the project proposal.

  • Eligibility

    Eligibility

    • Applicants must be U.S. citizens at the time of application. Permanent residents are not eligible.
    • Applicants must have a conferred bachelor’s degree or the equivalent before the start of the grant.
    • In the creative and performing arts, four years of professional training and/or experience meets the basic eligibility requirement.
    • Applicants must be in good health.
    • Grants shall not authorize activity for which a license to practice medicine or nursing is required. The Fulbright Program cannot authorize proposals for medical research that involves clinical training, patient care or patient contact.
  • Candidate Profile

    Candidate Profile

    Well-qualified candidates will be considered at all degree levels (Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral) and in all fields. Preference is usually given to those who have not previously held a Fulbright grant. However, those who may have held an English Teaching Assistant Program may apply for a study/research grant, provided that at least 2 years have elapsed from the end of their ETA period, and they continue to meet all other eligibility requirements. Preference is also given to applicants whose higher education was undertaken primarily at educational institutions in the United States. Foreign study during the period of undergraduate study that is integral part of the curricula of American institutions will not be considered a disadvantage. Applicants who have had extensive previous experience in Bulgaria are at a competitive disadvantage, but are still eligible to apply.

    For the Bulgarian-Romanian Fulbright Grant, candidates at all degree levels are accepted, but preference is given to Master’s and Ph.D. candidates. Applications will be considered in fields related to Bulgaria and Romania, especially: European studies, East European studies, Balkan studies, Black Sea studies, political science, social sciences, classical studies, and the arts.

    For the Bulgarian-Greek Fulbright Grant, candidates at all degree levels are accepted, but preference is given to Master’s and Ph.D. candidates. Applications will be considered in all fields, with special emphasis on the following disciplines related to Bulgaria and Greece: archeology, history and art history (Antique, Byzantine, Ottoman and contemporary), Balkan studies, trans-border/emigration studies, economics, tourism (including eco- and agro-tourism), preservation of cultural heritage, political science, social sciences, classical studies, and the arts.

    Bulgarian language proficiency should be commensurate with the proposed project. The Bulgarian-American Fulbright Commission provides a one-time allowance of USD 500 for Bulgarian language training during the grant period.

  • Application

    Application

    US students interested in applying for a Fulbright grant to Bulgaria should visit www.us.fulbrightonline.org for detailed description, guidelines and the actual application form (application must be submitted online).

  • Assignment and Affiliation

    Assignment and Affiliation

    Projects may include research projects with an academic or non-governmental institution, independent library or field research, classes in an art school, special projects in the social or life sciences, or a combination. Applicants are encouraged to enclose invitation letter from prospective host institution in Bulgaria, and may indicate preferences for affiliation if invitation is not available. Final assignment is coordinated with the Bulgarian Fulbright Commission.

  • Grant Benefits

    Grant Benefits

    The standard grant benefits include:

    • monthly stipend – $ 1 000 per month
    • travel and relocation allowance to cover round-trip international travel and associated expenses – $ 3 000
    • research, book and incidentals allowance – $ 500
    • Bulgarian language training allowance – $ 500
    • health benefit plan for grantees only

    The basic amount of the Fulbright grant is not increased for accompanying dependents.

  • Contacts

    Contacts

    Contact person at the Institute of International Education in New York:

    Marla Mazer

    Senior Program Officer
    U.S. Student Programs – Europe/Eurasia

     


    Contact person at the Bulgarian Fulbright Commission in Sofia:

    Rada Kaneva

    Program Officer, U.S. Grantees
    Bulgarian-American Fulbright Commission