Current U.S. Student

United States citizens who are currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs are eligible to apply. All applicants enrolled in U.S institutions must apply through their home campuses. Find the Fulbright Program Adviser on your campus.

If you are an undergraduate student, you are eligible to apply in the fall of your senior year.  If you are a graduate student, you are eligible as long as you will not have a PhD degree by the application deadline.

U.S. Citizen but not a Student

If you are a U.S. citizen, hold a bachelor’s degree, and do not have a PhD degree, then you are eligible to apply. Non-enrolled applicant should have relatively limited professional experience in the fields (typically 7 years or less) in which they are applying. Candidates with more experience should consider applying for the Fulbright Scholar Program.
Please review the program summary for the country where you would like to apply.

Artist

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program welcomes applications in the creative and performing arts. Arts candidates for the U.S. Student Program should have relatively limited professional experience in the fields (typically 5 years or less) in which they are applying. Artists with more experience should consider applying for the Fulbright Scholar Program.

Creative & Performing Arts projects fall under the Study/Research grant category and are available in all countries where Study/Research grants are offered. 

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U.S. Professor

If you are a U.S. citizen and a professor at a U.S. institution and are interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award, you will need to apply through CIES.

Non U.S. Citizens

If you are a non-U.S. citizen interested in applying for a Fulbright Award to the United States, you will need to apply through the Fulbright Commission or U.S. Embassy in your home country. Find out more information on the Fulbright Visiting Scholar or Student Program.

Bulgaria

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1 Fulbright Bulgaria-Romania Joint Research Award

Accepted Degree Levels
Bachelor's
Master's
Doctoral
Grant Period
10 Months
PDO
No Pre-Departure Orientation
Award Profile

The joint award with the Romanian Fulbright Commission allows students to engage in trans-regional research and/or study. Up to 1 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 fields related to Bulgaria and Romania, especially: European studies, East European studies, Balkan studies, Black Sea studies, history, political science, social sciences, classical studies, archeology and the arts. The award is for 10 months – with 5 months spent in each country. Applicants may select which country to visit first, depending on the needs of their project.

Grant Period

10 Months

Grants will begin September/October and end in June/July, depending on project needs. Applicants may select which country to visit first, depending on the needs of their project. 

If grant starts in Bulgaria, grantees are encouraged to take part in the orientation seminar for US grantees beginning Sept. 1. 

Pre-Departure Orientation

No Pre-Departure Orientation

Candidate Profile

Well-qualified candidates will be considered at all degree levels (Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral), 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 fields related to Bulgaria and Romania, especially: European studies, East European studies, Balkan studies, Black Sea studies, political science, history, social sciences, classical studies, archeology and the arts. Previous experience in the region is not considered a disadvantage. Knowledge of regional languages is considered an advantage. 

Accepted Degree Levels

Bachelor's

Master's

Doctoral

Foreign Language Proficiency

Not Required

Bulgarian or Romanian proficiency is not required, but some study of Bulgarian and Romanian 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 Proposal Types

Independent Study/Research: Yes

Graduate Degree Enrollment: No

Affiliation

Applicants are encouraged to arrange affiliation and submit letters of invitation. If an invitation is not available, they may indicate preferences for affiliation in their application. The Fulbright Commissions assist in establishing contacts at prospective host institutions and coordinate final assignments. Affiliation is acceptable with academic and research institutions, NGOs, media, libraries, museums, cultural institutions, and governmental organizations.

Affiliation Fees/Tuition

If courses are available in the relevant field at Bulgarian academic institutions, the Bulgarian-American Fulbright Commission may cover tuition fees up to $750 upon approval by the Commission Board.

Ineligibility

  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens at the time of application. Dual citizens (American and Bulgarian or other European citizenship) are accepted.
  • Previous experience in the region is not considered a disadvantage.

Special Application Instructions

In your Fulbright online application, Award Name please select Bulgarian-Rom Grant from the drop-down menu to be considered for this award. Select Bulgaria for Country 1 and Romania for Country 2 (regardless of which country you intend to visit first).

Grant Benefits

The standard grant benefits include:

  • basic monthly stipend – $1,000 per month
  • housing allowance: $200 in Bulgaria; dependent on actual rent in Romania
  • travel and relocation allowance to cover Commission-approved international travel
  • research, book and incidentals allowance – $250
  • Bulgarian language training allowance – $250
  • health benefit plan for grantees only

Dependents

Dependent support is not available.

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website

http://www.fulbright.bg/en/

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

Rada Kaneva