3 Open Study/Research Award
Accepted Degree Levels
Grant PeriodFall Start
Grant Length6-10 Months
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides up to three awards per academic year for U.S. citizens holding at least a Bachelor's degree to conduct individually designed research, engage in civic projects or develop their talents in Bulgaria. Students may be affiliated with institutions of higher education, government institutions, non-governmental organizations, research institutions or think-tanks, cultural institutions, public organizations, media, etc.
Grantees are strongly encouraged to arrive in country by September 1, 2024, to take part in the orientation for US grantees.
Grantees are encouraged to take part in the orientation seminar for US grantees beginning September 1, which includes language instruction, as well as cultural and social events. The Commission will organize one-day orientations for grantees arriving later in the fall.
Well-qualified candidates holding a Bachelor's degree will be considered. MA/PhD candidates, young professionals and artists are encouraged to apply. Applicants already holding a Ph.D. should apply for the US Scholar program. Ability to conduct independent, unstructured research with minimal oversight is crucial. Candidates do not need to currently be enrolled in a graduate program to be eligible.
Preference is usually given to those who have not previously held a Fulbright grant. However, those who may have held an English Teaching Assistant (ETA) award may apply for a study/research grant, provided that at least two years have elapsed from the end of their ETA period, and they continue to meet all other eligibility requirements. Previous experience in Bulgaria is not considered a disadvantage. Knowledge of Bulgarian or another Slavic language is not required, but is considered an advantage.
Accepted Degree Levels
Foreign Language Proficiency
Bulgarian language proficiency should be commensurate with the proposed project. The Bulgarian-American Fulbright Commission offers an online summer language and culture course, as well as language training at the September U.S. grantee orientation. The Commission also provides a one-time allowance of US$500 for Bulgarian language training during the grant period.
Fulbright Proposal Types
Letter recommended but not required at deadline
Applicants are encouraged to arrange affiliations and submit letters of invitation in their application. If unsure about prospective host institutions, candidates may consult the Bulgarian Fulbright Commission about affiliation. Final placements are approved by the Commission, which can also assist in establishing contacts at appropriate institutions. Affiliation is acceptable with academic and research institutions, NGOs, media, libraries, museums, cultural institutions, and governmental organizations.
If courses are available in the relevant field at Bulgarian academic institutions, the Bulgarian-American Fulbright Commission may cover tuition fees up to $1,500 upon approval by the Commission Board.
Grantees are responsible for arranging their own accommodation.
The standard grant benefits include:
- Monthly stipend – $1,200 per month
- Travel and relocation allowance to cover round-trip international travel – $3,000
- Research, book and incidentals allowance – $500
- Bulgarian language training allowance – $500
- Health benefit plan for grantees only