• Fulbright Scholarship for BHF


In April 2017 the Bulgarian-American Fulbright Commission and the Balkan Heritage Foundation announced a new study/research scholarship in the fields of archaeology, anthropology, history, preservation of cultural heritage and museum studies. It provides an opportunity for students to conduct research in areas related to one or more of the following topics:

  • Inter-relations between Ancient Greek and Thracian civilizations
  • Roman civilization in the Balkans
  • Early Byzantine/Early Christian Balkans
  • Architecture and arts of late medieval and post medieval Balkans
  • Heritage and Museum Studies: National and International Perspectives and Practices
  • Underwater Archaeology

Upon arrival in Bulgaria, the grantee  receives ongoing academic guidance from the Balkan Heritage Foundation and their academic partners. He or she also attends a field school at the beginning or end of their grant period. The student may also take a university course to expand their knowledge and network with other academics. Grantees are expected to produce a tangible outcome – paper, conference presentation, etc. – from their research by the end of the grant period.

Former Fulbright grantees include Dr. Matthew Schueller who in 2009 participated in a Balkan Heritage Field School at the Roman site Heraclea Lyncestis near Bitola in the Republic of North Macedonia. He was later invited to return as a field instructor and supervisor for the following field seasons (2011 to 2015) in excavation and conservation projects in Bulgaria and R. of N. of Macedonia. His archaeological experience on the Balkans is reflected in his choice of topic for his PhD dissertation “Public Entertainment Venues as Network Actors in Roman Macedonia and Thrace”.

“Through the support of the Balkan Heritage team and the Fulbright commissions in Bulgaria and Greece, I was able to finish the research for my dissertation project and to begin writing my analysis. As my host institution, Balkan Heritage provided me invaluable support as I tracked down publications and made connections with Bulgarian and Greek archaeologists that were vital to the success of my research. Even more valuable to me was how Balkan Heritage’s partnership with Fulbright led me to more deeply appreciate the cultural heritage of Bulgaria and Greece as well as the vibrancy of modern life in these countries.” Dr. Matthew Shueller.

Graduate student Abby Durick came to Bulgaria on a Fulbright grant with the intention of studying funerary archaeology from the early Iron Age. In 2019 she participated in a Balkan Heritage Field School – Emporion Pistiros in Southern Bulgaria, but her research was interrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

To learn more about the current Fulbright competition cycle, please, visit their page.

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