Gerda Henkel Fellowship Programme in Bulgaria, 2017-2018

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The Centre for Advanced Study Sofia (CAS Sofia) is inviting applications for Gerda Henkel Fellowship Programme for fundamental research in the fields of the humanities and the social sciences.

The Centre for Advanced Study Sofia (CAS Sofia) provides modern educational and research environments that will enable students and researchers to face current challenges and to focus on knowledge as a principle driving force for development.

CAS Sofia is an independent Institute with the 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.

Applicants from outside the home country will often need to meet specific English language/other language requirements in order to be able to study there.

Course Level: This is a five-month in-residence fellowship program.

Study Subject: Fellowship is awarded for fundamental research in the fields of the humanities and the social sciences.

Scholarship Award: Fellows are entitled to:

  • A monthly stipend of 750 euros (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 resources/databases;
  • Travel from the home country to Sofia and back, visa and insurance costs (up to 850 Euro);
  • Research field trip abroad during the fellowship period – up to1500 Euros (a one-time allowance);
  • Research expenses (100 euros per month).

Scholarship can be taken in Bulgaria

Eligibility: Candidates must:

  • Be citizens of one of the following countries: Afghanistan, Belarus, China (permanent residence in Tibet or Xinjiang Autonomous Regions), Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Mongolia, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.
  • Have completed a Ph.D. in the fields of the humanities and social sciences;
  • International research experience (participation in projects and refereed conferences) and publications in peer-reviewed academic editions are strong advantages;
  • Preference will be given to candidates below the age of 45.

Nationality: Applicants must be citizens of one of the following countries: Afghanistan, Belarus, China (permanent residence in Tibet or Xinjiang Autonomous Regions), Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Mongolia, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.

College Admission Requirement

Entrance Requirements: Applicants must have completed a Ph.D. in the fields of the humanities and social sciences.

English language Requirements: Applicants from outside the home country will often need to meet specific English language/other language requirements in order to be able to study there.

Research Scholarships

How to Apply: Please carefully consider these documents when preparing your application. They can be downloaded also from www.cas.bg.
Two letters of recommendation from scholars familiar with the applicant’s academic work should be emailed to CAS 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 dimov-at-cas.bg with a subject entry “Advanced Academia Fellowships”.

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Application Deadline:  Fellowship application deadline is October 1, 2016.

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