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Call for Applications: Advanced Academia Fellowships for Bulgarian Scholars

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
2019/2020 ADVANCED ACADEMIA FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMME
FOR BULGARIAN SCHOLARS (SOCIAL SCIENCES AND THE HUMANITIES)

With the support of the America for Bulgaria Foundation

The Centre for Advanced Study Sofia (CAS) announces a Call for
Applications for its 2019/2020 Advanced Academia Fellowship Programme
for fundamental research in the field of the humanities and social
sciences.

PROGRAMME DESCRIPTION

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 700 Euro; and
  • 5-month fellowships for established Bulgarian scholars to the amount of 1 000 Euro.

The fellowship includes all taxes and social insurance fees.

The Programme will be organized in two semesters:

  • Semester I: 1 March to 31 July, 2019; and
  • Semester II: 1 October, 2019 to 28 February, 2020.

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.

ELIGIBILITY

  • All candidates should be Bulgarian citizens.
  • Young scholars:
    post-docs, assistants, academic associates or associate professors who
    have defended their PhD dissertation during the last 8 years.
  • Established
    scholars: associate professor/doctor or professor/doctor with no less
    than 8 years of experience after their thesis, minimum of two
    monographs.
  • Previous experience in international projects and publications in renowned academic editions will be considered an advantage.

WORKING LANGUAGE

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.

APPLICATION

Links for Downloading:

For Junior Scholars (up to 8 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.

All application documents should be presented in English and sent by
e-mail to Mr Dimiter Dimov at dimov@cas.bg with a subject entry
"Advanced Academia Fellowships".

Deadline for applications: May 31, 2018

SELECTION CRITERIA

• 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.

SELECTION PROCEDURE

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. Short-listed candidates will be invited for an on-line
interview. The results will be announced in November 2018 by e-mail and
at the website of the Institute: www.cas.bg. Members of the CAS Academic
Council do not disclose their assessment reports on the applications to
candidates.

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.

CONTACT PERSON AND MAILING ADDRESS

Mr Dimiter Dimov, e-mail: dimov@cas.bg
Centre for Advanced Study Sofia; Sofia 1000, 7-B Stefan Karadja Str
tel.: + 359 2 9803704 / fax: + 359 2 9803662