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Call for Applications: Advanced Academia Fellowships for International Scholars

With the support of a donor within the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft and the Fritz-Thyssen Foundation

The Centre for Advanced Study Sofia (CAS Sofia) announces a Call for
Applications for its 2019/2020 In-Residence Advanced Academia
Fellowships for fundamental research in the fields of the humanities and
the social sciences. 


CAS Sofia is an independent Institute with international and
multidisciplinary profile. Located in Sofia, Bulgaria, it promotes
high-level scholarship in the social sciences and the humanities. In
addition to supporting focus-group research, CAS Sofia invites
outstanding scholars to pursue their individual research projects during
in-residence periods of up to five months. The invited Fellows
participate in the intellectual life and the scholarly community of the
Centre (Bulgarian and foreign fellows) while working on projects of
their own choice. Fellows receive adequate material and intellectual
support and can profit from the Centre's wide international networks,
international seminar- and guest-lecturer programme. CAS Sofia assists
Fellows in all practical matters concerning travel, residence and
research in Sofia.


CAS Sofia provides in-residence fellowships of two- to five- month
duration to post-doctoral non-Bulgarian researchers. Junior as well as
Senior scholars are invited to apply. 

  • The selected Fellows are entitled to: 
  • A monthly stipend of 700 euro* (liable to 10% income tax) to cover living expenses related to the stay in Sofia. 
  • Accommodation
    in Sofia, comprising living quarters and working space. The Fellows
    will also have free access to the CAS library and electronic
  • Travel allowance (up to 400 euro);
  • Research expenses (up to 500 Euro).


Candidates may apply for two periods: 

  • 1 March 2019 – 31 July 2019 (Summer semester)
  • 1 October 2019 – 28 February 2020 (Winter semester)

N.B. The final invitation for fellowship depends on the ranking of the
application and the preferred period. Availability for both periods is
an advantage for the applicant. Please, indicate in the application form
whether you prefer one or either period.

The selected Fellows shall take part in the regular Fellow seminars and
the other scientific events organized by the Centre (workshops,
conferences, lectures, etc.) and present their project in lectures or
seminars. The results of their work shall be summarized in a paper (in
English), to be published in the electronic CAS Working Paper Series. 


Candidates must:

  • Be non-Bulgarian citizens; 
  • Have completed a PhD in the fields of the humanities and the social sciences; 
  • International
    research experience (participation in projects and refereed
    conferences) and publications in peer-reviewed academic editions are
    strong advantages. 


As an international academic institution CAS conducts most of its work
in English, which is also the language of the fellow seminars.
Therefore, a good command of English is required.


Links for downloading: 

Please carefully consider the former two documents when preparing your
application. For Junior scholars (up to 8 years after PhD defense**) only: two
letters of recommendation by scholars familiar with the applicant’s
academic work should be emailed to CAS by the referees. 

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

Deadline for applications: May 31, 2018


High quality of the candidate's academic portfolio and publications, 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 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: Members of the CAS Academic
Council do not disclose to candidates their assessment reports.

The Academic Council reserves the right, in cases of candidatures with
equal assessment, to give preferentiality to candidates who have not
been CAS Fellows during the preceding 5 years or have already been
granted two CAS fellowships. 


Mr. Dimiter Dimov, e-mail: [email protected] 
Centre for Advanced Study Sofia; Sofia 1000, 7-B, Stefan Karadja Str, 
tel.: + 359 2 9803704 / fax: + 359 2 9803662 


* The amount is consistent with the prices in Bulgaria and is sufficient to cover the living costs of the fellows.

**  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, etc.).