1 Fulbright Bulgaria-Greece Joint Research Award
Accepted Degree Levels
Grant PeriodFall Start
Grant Length9 Months
This joint award is provided by the Bulgarian and Greek Fulbright Commissions and allows students to engage in comparative 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: archaeology, 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 nine months, with a four-month term in Greece and a five-month term in Bulgaria. Applicants may select which country to visit first, depending on the needs of their project. Grants in Bulgaria begin on September 1 while grants in Greece begin on September 15. Grants in either country must be completed by late June.
Grantees are expected in the first country of destination at least a few days before the beginning of the academic year and are required to attend a Fulbright Commission orientation.
If the grant starts in Bulgaria, grantees are encouraged to take part in the orientation seminar for US grantees beginning Sept. 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 or in the spring semester.
Candidates at all degree levels are accepted, but preference is given to Master’s and Ph.D. candidates. Ability to conduct independent, unstructured research with minimal oversight is crucial. Applications will be considered in all fields, with special emphasis on the following disciplines related to Bulgaria and Greece: archaeology, 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.
Accepted Degree Levels
Special Application Instructions
In the Fulbright online application, Award Name please select Bulgarian-Greece Grant from the drop down menu to be considered for this award. Select Bulgaria for Country 1 and Greece for Country 2 (regardless of which country you intend to visit first).
Foreign Language Proficiency
Bulgarian or Greek proficiency is not required. Independent research projects with minimal support from local English speaking hosts may require a good command of Bulgarian and/or Greek languages. Some study of Bulgarian and Greek prior to arrival is encouraged in order to promote deeper engagement with the host community.
The Bulgarian-American Fulbright Commission provides a one-time allowance of US$250 for Bulgarian language training during the grant period. Fulbright Greece provides the same benefit for Greek language lessons up to US$450.
Fulbright Proposal Types
Letter recommended but not required at deadline
Applicants are encouraged to secure affiliation(s) in both countries and to submit letters of invitation/affiliation indicating name/position of host and details on collaborating educational/cultural organization/institution. Projects must be well-formulated and achievable under the guidance of an advisor/mentor at an educational, cultural, or government institution.
The Bulgarian Fulbright Commission can assist in establishing contacts at prospective host institutions and will coordinate final assignments in Bulgaria.
If courses are available in the relevant field at Bulgarian academic institutions, the Bulgarian-American Fulbright Commission may cover tuition fees up to $750 upon approval by the Commission Board. Tuition fee support is not provided by Fulbright Greece.
Grantees are responsible for arranging their own accommodation.
Travel and relocation allowance to cover Commission-approved international travel.
Grant Benefits While in Bulgaria:
- Basic monthly stipend – $1,000 per month
- Monthly housing/maintenance allowance: $200
- Research, book and incidentals allowance – $250
- Bulgarian language training allowance – $250
- Health benefit plan for grantees only
Dependent support is only available for the Greek portion of the grant; the Bulgarian Fulbright Commission does not offer dependent support for this grant.
Fulbright Greece provides a monthly maintenance allowance at US$1,300 increased by US$150 per dependent and for up to two dependents; a one-time settling-in allowance at US$1,200 and a book/research materials allowance up to US$350.