Application period opens: March 31, 2021
Application deadline: October 12, 2021 (at 5:00 p.m. EST)
1 Bulgaria-Greece Fulbright Joint Research Award
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 9 months, with a 4-month term in Greece and a 5-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.
No Pre-Departure Orientation
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
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 and up to US$450.
Fulbright Proposal Types
Independent Study/Research: Yes
Graduate Degree Enrollment: No
Letter recommended 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 adviser/mentor at an educational, cultural, or government institution.
Dual citizens of either country are eligible
Residency in host country permitted in year prior to grant
Special Application Instructions
In the Fulbright application, for Award Name, please select Bulgarian-Greek 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 plan to visit first).
Dependent support is available.
Benefits vary according to Grant Category. The list below is a summary of benefits for the U.S. Fulbright Student Program (Joint Country Awards).
US Fulbright Student Program (Joint Country Awards)
- Monthly maintenance allowance of 1300 USD (increased by 10% per month for up to two dependents)
- A one-time settling allowance at 1200 USD
- Round-trip air fare from place of residence in the U.S. to Greece and back up to 1000 USD (for grantee only)
- Baggage allowance of up to 200 USD (for grantee only)
- Modern Greek language lesson allowance of up to 450 USD (for grantee only)
- Books/Research Materials allowance of up to 350 USD (for grantee only)
- Partial membership fee at the American School of Classical Studies (ASCSA) for grantees affiliated with this institution
- Accident and Sickness Program for Exchanges (ASPE). Provided by the U.S. Department of State
Terms and Conditions
Specific terms and conditions apply to all U.S. Fulbright Student programs as outlined by the Fulbright Scholarship Board. A full description of those terms and conditions can be found here
The U.S. Fulbright Student program is administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE) based on an agreement with the U.S. Department of State.
All applicants interested in applying under this Fulbright category must thoroughly review the U.S. Fulbright Student program website and apply there https://us.fulbrightonline.org/