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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  • Fulbright Study/Research Award

    Fulbright Study/Research Award

    The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides open grants for individually designed study/research projects. Up to three awards per academic year are open to students at graduate degree level to conduct research in Bulgaria. Awards are for 8 to 9 months. Grants begin in September, and end in April or May. Alternative timeline can be discussed with the Bulgarian Fulbright Commission if the project requires it. Students may be affiliated with institutions of higher education, government institutions, non-governmental organizations, research institutions or think-tanks, cultural institutions, public organizations, media. If courses are available in the relevant field at Bulgarian academic institutions, the Bulgarian-American Fulbright Commission may cover tuition fees upon approval by the Commission Board.

  • Fulbright Bulgaria-Romania Joint Research Award

    Fulbright Bulgaria-Romania Joint Research Award

    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 10 months – five months in Bulgaria and five months in Romania. Applicants may select which country to visit first, depending on the needs of their project.

  • Fulbright Bulgaria-Greece Joint Research Award

    Fulbright Bulgaria-Greece 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 10 months – the first five months of the grant take place in Bulgaria, followed by five months in Greece, or vice-versa, depending on the project proposal.

  • Fulbright Study/Research Grant in Archaeology/History

    Fulbright Study/Research Grant in Archaeology/History

    For this award, the Bulgarian-American Fulbright Commission is partnering with the Balkan Heritage Foundation (BHF), an NGO whose mission is to support the study, preservation, management and promotion of cultural and historical (both tangible and intangible) heritage of South-eastern Europe as necessary preconditions for sustainable development of the region. Under the special grant, the grantee will arrive in Bulgaria in August/September and take part in one of the Balkan Heritage field schools for two to four weeks, which combine lectures and workshops on Bulgaria’s cultural heritage, as well as study trips with either archaeological excavation or conservation projects. Upon completion of the field school, the student will be paired with an academic supervisor from BHF with whom he or she will continue to work throughout the year, holding regular meetings to monitor the grantee’s progress and to consult on research. If appropriate to the research plan, the student could also take at least one university course to further broaden his or her knowledge and to provide the student with an academic community.  At the end of the academic year, the student shall be expected to produce concrete results: a publishable paper or conference presentation on the research topic.

    For this grant, well-qualified candidates will be considered at all degree levels (Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral), but preference is given to Master’s and Ph.D. candidates. Applicants should have an interest and background in archaeology, anthropology, history, art history, preservation of cultural heritage and other directly related fields. Previous experience in Bulgaria and the region is not considered a disadvantage.

    The grant covers all tuition and fees associated with Balkan Heritage Field School. If during the academic year, courses are available in the relevant field at Bulgarian academic institutions, the Bulgarian-American Fulbright Commission may cover tuition fees upon approval by the Commission Board.

  • 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.
    • Applicants must be in good health.
    • Previous experience in the region is not considered a disadvantage.
  • 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. Previous experience in the region is not considered a disadvantage.

    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.

    For the Grant in Archaeology/History, candidates will be considered at all degree levels (Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral), but preference is given to Master’s and Ph.D. candidates. Applicants should have an interest and background in archaeology, anthropology, history, art history, preservation of cultural heritage and other directly related fields.

    Bulgarian language proficiency should be commensurate with the proposed project. The Bulgarian-American Fulbright Commission provides a one-time allowance of USD 500 (USD 250 for the joint grants) 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

    Applicants are encouraged to arrange affiliation and submit letters of invitation. If an invitation is not available, they may indicate preferences for affiliation in their application. The Fulbright Commission can assist in establishing contacts at prospective host institutions and coordinates final assignments. Affiliation is acceptable with academic and research institutions, NGOs, media, libraries, museums, and cultural institutions, governmental organizations.

    For the Study/Research Grant in Archaeology/History, grantees will be affiliated with the Balkan Heritage Foundation (BHF), an NGO whose mission is to support the study, preservation, management and promotion of cultural and historical (both tangible and intangible) heritage of South-eastern Europe as necessary preconditions for sustainable development of the region.

  • 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
    • research, book and incidentals allowance
    • Bulgarian language training allowance
    • 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:

    Kristina Hestvik

    Regional Portfolio Manager for Europe and Eurasia
    Institute of International Education
    809 United Nations Plaza • New York, NY 1
    Tel: +1 212 9845 455
    KHestvik@iie.org
    www.iie.org


    Contact person at the Bulgarian Fulbright Commission:

    Rada Kaneva

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