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Graduate Study Awards in Bulgaria


Up to 4 graduate study awards plus one Bulgarian-Romanian and one Bulgarian-Greek grant. Awards are open to any field except for clinical medicine and dentistry and are for 8 to 10 months. The Bulgaria-Romania and the Bulgaria - Greece Fulbright grant is for 9 months (first 5 months in Bulgaria; the remaining 4 months in Romania/Greece or vice-versa, depending on the project proposal). Holders of bachelor’s degrees and holders/candidates for higher degrees are accepted. Applications will be considered in all fields.

Fulbright Fellows are due in Sofia for orientation program several days before the start of the academic year, which normally begins on October 1.

The standard grant benefits include:

  • monthly stipend - $ 1 000 per month
  • travel and relocation allowance - $ 3 000
  • research, book and incidentals allowance - $ 500
  • Bulgarian language training allowance - $ 500
  • health insurance for grantees only

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

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens at the time of application. Permanent residents are not eligible.
  • Applicants must hold a Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent before the beginning date of the grant. Applicants who have extensive professional study and/or experience in fields in which they wish to pursue a project may be considered. In the creative and performing arts, four years of professional study and/or experience meets the basic eligibility requirement.
  • Applicants must be in good health. Grantees will be required to submit a satisfactory Medical Certificate from a physician.
  • Doctors of Medicine may receive grants for advanced academic study, but not for internships or residencies. Scholars with an M.D. degree who have completed their formal postgraduate training and propose attachment to a hospital or clinic for the purpose of independent or collaborative research should apply to the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program through the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, 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.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Strong preference in the Fulbright U.S. Student Program is for those who have not previously held a Fulbright grant. However, those who may have held an English Teaching Assistantship 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 will be given to applicants whose higher education was undertaken primarily at educational institutions in the United States. Foreign study during the junior year or other periods of undergraduate study that are inte¬gral parts of the curricula of American institutions will not be considered a disadvantage.
  • Duty abroad in the Armed Forces of the United States is not considered disqualifying within the meaning of this section.
  • For most programs, applicants who have had extensive previous foreign experience in the host country are at a competitive disadvantage, but are still eligible to apply.


Applications will be considered in all fields. Holders of bachelor’s degrees and holders/candidates for higher degrees are accepted. For detailed description, guidelines and submission of an application please visit


Proficiency in Bulgarian commensurate with the project needs is desirable.


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 may indicate preferences for affiliation if invitation is not available. Click HERE for potential host university web sites.


Finding housing is the grantees' responsibility.

Visa Requirements

An entry visa is required for Bulgaria for visits exceeding three months. Scholars are well advised to obtain entry visas type D prior to their arrival in Bulgaria. Visas are subject to special approval and grantees should apply at least 30 working days in advance at the nearest Consulate Office (for details please visit Additional information on entry requirements and stay in Bulgaria are available in the Consular Information Sheet for Bulgaria.

Travel to Bulgaria

Grantees will receive a lump sum for their round-trip travel. They are responsible for making travel arrangements in conjunction with the grant. All air travel and all air shipments paid for with United States Government funds must conform to the Fly America Act, which requires that all such travel and shipments be on American Flag Carriers where such service is available.


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

Marla Mazer
Senior Program Officer
U.S. Student Programs – Europe/Eurasia
Institute of International Education (IIE)
809 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017-3580
Tel: (212) 984-5326
Fax: (212) 984-5325

Contact person at the Bulgarian Fulbright Commission in Sofia:

Rada Kaneva
Program Officer, U.S. Grantees
Bulgarian-American Fulbright Commission
17, Aleksandar Stamboliiski Blvd.
Sofia 1000
Tel: (359 2) 980 8212
Fax: (359 2) 988 4517

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