Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Bulgaria

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1 Fulbright Study/Research Award in Archeology/History

Accepted Degree Levels
Bachelor's
Master's
Doctoral
Grant Period
10 Months
PDO
No Pre-Departure Orientation
Award Profile

The intent of this special grant is to support research in areas related to both Balkan archaeology and museum and heritage studies. It is a result of the Bulgarian-American Fulbright Commission’s partnership with the Balkan Heritage Foundation (BHF), an NGO whose mission is to support the study, preservation and promotion of cultural and historical (both tangible and intangible) heritage of South-eastern Europe.

The award in 2019 is suitable for individuals whose ongoing research or research interest is related to one of the following topics:

  • Roman civilization in the Balkans (2nd c. BCE - 4th c. CE)

  • Early Byzantine/Early Christian Balkans (4th - 7th c. CE)

  • Inter-relations between Ancient Greek and Thracian civilizations (5th – 2nd c. BCE)

  • Heritage and museum studies - national and international perspectives and practices

The grantees can spend up to 10 months in Bulgaria working on individual research. They will be supervised and supported by an English speaking academic supervisor and will have the opportunity to take part in an archaeological field school.

The grantee will arrive in Bulgaria in August/September in order to attend the archaeological field school by BHF related to their research area (see list below). The BHF field schools combine lectures on Bulgaria’s history and cultural heritage, archaeological excavations, conservation workshops and study trips to important historic and archaeological sites and museums. Upon completion of the field school, the student will continue with their individual research. The program will back-up the student with access to museums, libraries and specialists in the research field. If appropriate to the research plan, the student could take one university course (at a Bulgarian university) 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 a publishable paper or conference presentation on the research topic. Knowledge in Bulgarian is not required.

Grant Period

10 Months

Applications will be considered for grant periods of 6 to 10 months. Grant begins in August/September in accordance with the BHF field school of choice.

Pre-Departure Orientation

No Pre-Departure Orientation

Candidate Profile

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 archeology, anthropology, history, art history, preservation of cultural heritage, museum studies and other directly related fields. Previous experience in Bulgaria and the region is not considered a disadvantage.

Accepted Degree Levels

Bachelor's

Master's

Doctoral

Foreign Language Proficiency

Not Required

Fulbright Proposal Types

Independent Study/Research: Yes

Graduate Degree Enrollment: No

Affiliation

Grantees will be affiliated with the Balkan Heritage Foundation (BHF). List of applicable field schools being conducted on annual basis:

August, 2019  Ancient Greeks in the Land of Dionysos - Excavation of Emporion Pistiros, Thrace - https://www.bhfieldschool.org/program/roman-excavations-bona-mansio. Topic: Ancient Greek & Thracian & field archaeology; Computational photography & museum database.

August, 2019 Byzantine Cold Case File: Excavations of an Early Christian Мonastery near Varna on the Black Sea - .https://www.bhfieldschool.org/program/early-byzantine-monastery-excavations-black-sea  Topic: Late Antique & Early Christian & field archaeology; Early Byzantine architecture and monasticism.

August - September, 2019   Bona Mansio - Roman Road Station on Via Diagonalis - https://www.bhfieldschool.org/program/roman-excavations-bona-mansio Topic: Roman and field archaeology; late Roman and Medieval pottery & numismatics.

Affiliation Fees/Tuition

The grant covers all tuition and fees associated with Balkan Heritage Field School, provides a monthly stipend for the research period, and travel/relocation allowance. 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.

Country Overview

A mountainous country of seven million people, Bulgaria boasts a rich archeological and artistic heritage, with many well-preserved artefacts and sites from various periods in its history (Thracian, Greek, Roman, Medieval Bulgarian kingdoms, Byzantine, Ottoman, Soviet, post-Soviet). The country is traditionally Orthodox Christian, but has a sizeable Muslim minority. Bulgaria is also known for its vibrant folklore, especially its unique folk singing and dancing traditions. A traditionally agricultural country, Bulgaria produces a number of unique wine sorts (gamza, mavrud).  

Since 1989, Bulgaria has been a parliamentary democracy, joining the EU in 2007. Although it remains the poorest country in the EU and struggles with challenges such as emigration, demographic crises, corruption and rule-of-law, Bulgaria has nevertheless generally been politically and economically stable.

The academic year for most Bulgarian universities begins around October 1 and consists of fall and spring semesters, ending in June. The academic year covers up to 30 weeks. Classes usually meet once a week for 75 minutes or for two 45-minute periods with a 15-minute break in between. Education is highly valued in Bulgaria and a relatively large share of the population has completed secondary or higher education.

Dependents

Dependent support is not available

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website

http://www.fulbright.bg/en/

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

Rada Kaneva

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Current U.S. Student

United States citizens who are currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs are eligible to apply.  All applicants enrolled in U.S institutions must apply through their home campuses.  Find the Fulbright Program Adviser on your campus.

If you are an undergraduate student you would be eligible to apply in your senior year.  If you are a graduate student you are eligible to apply to most countries as long as you will not have a PhD degree on the application deadline.

Non-U.S. Student

If you are a non-U.S. citizen looking to applying for a Fulbright grant to study in the United States you will apply to the Fulbright Program for Foreign Students in your home country.

U.S. Citizen but not a Student

If you are a U.S. citizen, hold a bachelor’s degree, and do not have a PhD degree then you could be eligible for certain awards within the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.  Please review the program summary for the country where you would like to apply.

Artist

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program welcomes applications in the creative and performing arts.  Arts candidates for the U.S. Student Program should have relatively limited professional experience in the fields (typically 5 years or less) in which they are applying.  Artists with more experience should consider applying for Fulbright Scholar Program.

Creative & Performing Arts projects fall under the Study/Research grant category and are available in all countries where Study/Research grants are offered. 

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U.S. Professor

If you are a U.S. citizen and a professor at a U.S. institution and are interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award you will need to apply through CIES.

Non U.S. Professor

If you are a non-U.S. citizen and a professor interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award to the United States you would need to apply through the Fulbright Commission or U.S. Embassy in your home country.  Find out more information on the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program.