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.