The 2021-2022 Fulbright competition cycle for the U.S. Student Program “Study/Research Award for Archaeology/History”, hosted by Balkan Heritage Foundation in Bulgaria is open. The grant provides an opportunity for students to conduct research in areas related to both Balkan archaeology, and museum and heritage studies. The special grant is a result of the Bulgarian-American Fulbright Commission’s partnership with the Balkan Heritage Foundation (BHF).

Upon arrival in Bulgaria in August/September 2021, the grantee will receive ongoing academic guidance from BHF and our academic partners, as well as attend 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 will be expected to produce a tangible outcome – paper, conference presentation, etc. – from their research by the end of the grant period.

The award is suitable for individuals whose ongoing research or research interest is related to one of the following topics:

  • Inter-relations between Ancient Greek and Thracian civilizations (5th – 2nd c. BCE)
  • Roman civilization in the Balkans (2nd c. BCE – 4th c. CE)
  • Early Byzantine/Early Christian Balkans (4th – 7th c. CE)
  • Architecture and arts of late medieval and post-medieval Balkans (12th -17th c. CE)
  • Heritage and Museum Studies: National and International Perspectives and Practices
  • Underwater Archaeology

Candidates are strongly encouraged to attend either of two information sessions organized by the Balkan Heritage Foundation on Skype in late June and early September 2020, to discuss which field schools and research areas would be most appropriate to this grant.

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