The platform includes the following fellowship programmes:
1) Independent Fellowship programme for Bulgarian Junior Scholars and Bulgarian Academic Diaspora (since 2019) is financed by the Bulgarian Ministry of Education and Science and provides support for young Bulgarian scientists and researchers from the Bulgarian diaspora. It envisages: a) 5 nine-month scholarships per year for young Bulgarian scholars (including one month in a foreign institution); b) 2 three-month scholarships per year for representatives of the Bulgarian academic diaspora working in foreign academic institutions.
2) Pforzheimer Fellowship Programme (2019–2022), supported by a donation of the American philanthropist and bibliophile Carl H. Pforzheimer III, provides for three 5-month scholarships per year to outstanding Bulgarian researchers and university professors.
3) Independent Fellowships for International Scholars (2011-2024) are granted to outstanding non-Bulgarian scholars (senior and junior) to pursue their individual research projects in residence in Sofia. The programme is supported by the Porticus Foundation.
4) Gerda-Henkel Fellowships (2016-2022) are aimed at scholars in the fields of the historical humanities and social sciences from the countries of the former Soviet Union and Turkey. The programme is funded by the Gerda Henkel Foundation.
5) Humanities in the Digital Age Fellowships (2020-2024) are guided by the belief that there is a considerable added value for humanities scholars across the academe, whatever their field, to be encouraged to rethink their topics in terms of their broader contemporary relevance (be it political, ethical, religious or academic), yet necessarily of significance for the world we are living in. The program addresses international scholars and is funded by the Porticus Foundation.
6) Landis and Gyr Artistic Fellowships (2017-2021): this programme is aimed at stimulating and promoting the creative work of artists from various fields – writers, musicians, painters, sculptors, actors, film directors, architects, etc. by integrating them in a community of human and social scholars and spurring interaction between theoretical research and the arts. The fellowship programme has been comported of the Landis & Gyr Foundation (Switzerland).
Calls for applications under the above programmes are announced each year in November on the CAS web-page.
Selection is carried out by the CAS Academic Advisory Council – a jury comprising internationally renowned scholars from different academic fields.
The envisaged project is aiming at enrichment of the art historical approaches to the Bulgarian mediaeval culture of writing in its aspects of calligraphy and decoration of letters. Being in itself an enormous task, the study will be limited, on the one hand, on manuscripts from the Collections of SS Cyril and Methodius National Library and the Library of the Zograph Monastery, and on the other, on the period 13th-14th century, marked by significant changes in the literary life. As stated further, no matter of the numerous publications, still lacking is not only a work to systematise the data, dispersed in books and articles, but a one to reach deeper into the concepts of the ornamental repertoire utilised by Bulgarian scribes and/or decorators within the paradigm of Byzantine culture. The main objective of the intended research is to study in parallel script and decorated letters in a period of intensive literary activity in the Second Bulgarian State when “high” and “low” levels in manuscript commission and execution could be relatively well differentiated. Scripts and letters will not be regarded as merely palaeographical and art historical objects, subdued to various kinds of classifications, but as a key intermediary in the visual transmission of texts.
The right of a foreigner to apply for an asylum protection is set in the 98 article, paragraph 10 of the Bulgarian Constitution of 1991, but it was regulated already in article 83 of the Communist constitution in 1947. Since 2002, The Law on Asylum and Refugees entered into force in Bulgaria, which defines the asylum status as a very particular case of international protection, although the EU regulations and official statistics defines the Asylum applicant as “a person having submitted an application for international protection or having been included in such application as a family member”. For the period 2002-2017 there are about 329 asylum request submmited to the President‘s office of which only one was granted in 2013 but it was taken away in 2015. Therefore, despite the increase of the international migration towards Bulgaria, there is no an increase of the persons with Asylum statute. Based on mixed research methods, the study is going to look for the possible reasons and factors, which may impact the decision: legal reasons, bureaucratic reasons, prejudices towards certain migrant populations, lack of expert knowledge, state security reasons, etc.
During her time as CAS Fellow she will be working on a new project entitled From Holocaust Survivors to Soldiers: the Haganah Recruitment in Eastern Europe (1946-1949). The project traces the history of conscripts from Eastern Europe who were recruited to fight for Israel in 1948. More specifically, it investigates how Holocaust survivors were turned into soldiers: what motivations guided them and how their wartime trajectories affected their decision to enlist. The project also analyses the input from the various local, national and international actors, including the Yishuv, socialist states, relief agencies and others. From Holocaust Survivors to Soldiers will offer a new perspective on the people emerging from the Holocaust, while analysing the intertwining of military mobilization, community reconstruction and transnational networks revival.