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Call for Applications: Advanced Academia Fellowship Programme for Bulgarian Scholars




With the support of the America for Bulgaria Foundation

The Centre for Advanced Study Sofia (CAS) announces a Call for
Applications for its 2016/2017 Advanced Academia Fellowship Programme
for fundamental research in the field of the humanities and social


The Advanced Academia Fellowship Program will support high quality
independent research projects of young and established scholars in the
area of social sciences and humanities. There will be no disciplinary,
methodological or thematic restrictions applied to the project
proposals. Selection will be based solely on the potential of the
candidate and the quality of the project.

The Fellows will have access to electronic and library resources and
will be fully integrated in the regular research seminars and
discussions taking place within the existing CAS programmes.

CAS will provide:

  • 5-month fellowships for young Bulgarian researchers to the amount of Euro 700; and
  • 5-month fellowships for established Bulgarian scholars to the amount of Euro 1000.

The fellowship includes all taxes and social insurance fees

The Program will be organized in two semesters:

  1.  Semester I: 1 March to 31 July, 2016; and
  2. Semester II: 1 October, 2016 to 28 February, 2017.

Candidates should indicate their preference for one of the two
semesters. The final distribution of approved fellows between the two
semesters will be negotiated in view of the thematic coherence of the
teams. It is highly desirable that the selected candidates are able to
take temporary leaves from the institutions of their permanent
affiliation for the period of their fellowship at CAS Sofia and dedicate
their time entirely to the proposed research.


  • All candidates should be Bulgarian citizens.
  • Young
    scholars: post-docs, assistants, academic associates or associate
    professors with up to 12 years of experience after their thesis.
  • Established scholars: associate professor/doctor or professor/doctor
    with over 12 years of experience after their thesis, minimum of two
  • Previous experience in international projects and publications in renowned academic editions will be considered an advantage.


As an international academic institution CAS conducts most of its work
in English. The excellent command of English is a significant
prerequisite for the successful integration of the fellow in already
existing research teams and planned events. Therefore the level of
language proficiency will be taken into consideration during the
selection process.


Links for Downloading:

Please, carefully consider these three documents when preparing your application. They can be downloaded also from .

For Junior Scholars (up to 12 years after PhD defense) only: two
reference forms by scholars familiar with the applicant's academic work
should be faxed/mailed/emailed to CAS directly by the referees.

Extensions to this period may be allowed in case of eligible career
breaks which must be properly documented (maternity leave, long-term
illness leave, national service).

All application documents should be presented in English and sent by e-mail to [email protected] with a subject entry "Advanced Academia Fellowships".

Deadline for applications: October 1, 2015


  • High quality of the candidate's academic portfolio and publications, as well as participation in international research;
  • Innovative fundamental research proposal with significant contribution;
  • Interdisciplinary and/or comparative approaches are an advantage.


The selection will be carried out by the international Academic Advisory
Council of CAS based on evaluation of the potential of the candidate
relative to his/her career stage and the quality of the proposed
project. In some cases candidates may be invited to an interview. The
results will be announced by the end of January 2016 by e-mail and at
the website of the institute: Members of the CAS Academic
Council do not disclose their assessment reports on the applications to

The Academic Council reserves the right, in cases of candidatures with
equal quality, to grant the advantage to candidates that have not been
CAS Fellows within the preceding 3 years/have not repeatedly held CAS
fellowships in the past.


Mr Nikolay Kutsev, e-mail: [email protected]

Centre for Advanced Study Sofia; Sofia 1000, 7-B Stefan Karadja Str

tel.: + 359 2 9803704 / fax: + 359 2 9803662