Whether you are a student, professional, or lifelong learner, American Councils offers opportunities to develop Bulgarian language skills, gain experience in a Bulgarian work environment, and conduct fully-funded independent research in the country.
Balkan Language Initiative (BLI)
Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
Terms: Summer, Fall, Spring, Academic Year
Combining highly-individualized academic programming with structured overseas immersion, BLI enables participants to make rapid gains in Bulgarian language proficiency and cultural knowledge while living and studying in Sofia. Through homestays, conversation partners, in-class instruction, and a wide range of extracurricular activities, participants enjoy an unprecedented opportunity to immerse themselves in daily local life. Spring 2020 applications are due October 15.
Title VIII Research Scholar Program
Location: Bulgaria and 21 other countries throughout Eastern Europe, Russia, and Eurasia
Term: 3-9 consecutive months between June 2020 and August 2021
Designed to expand the accessibility of overseas research while increasing U.S. knowledge and expertise on the region, the Research Scholar Program supports fellows seeking to complete overseas, policy-relevant research. Fellowships include round-trip international travel; housing and living stipends; visa support; overseas health, accident, and evacuation insurance; archive access; and logistical support. Following the completion of the research term, fellows will return to the U.S. and share their findings through presentations, articles, and lectures in order to strengthen and broaden current scholarship on the region. For those interested in studying Bulgarian language alongside their research the Title VIII Combined Research and Language Training fellowship is available. Applications for the fellowship period beginning in June 2020 are due October 1, 2019.
Overseas Professional and Intercultural Training Program (OPIT)
Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
OPIT gives students the substantive overseas professional experience and intercultural skills demanded by today's global market. English-language internships are available in a wide range of fields, including business, humanities, social sciences, innovation, and STEM. Bulgarian language instruction is available at all levels for an additional fee. Summer 2020 applications are due February 15, 2020.
Bulgarian Studies (ISSN 2638-9754) is an annual online peer-edited journal that includes content related to the study of Bulgaria and its culture.
For the 2019 issue we especially welcome contributions that consider the past three decades after the demise of socialism in Bulgaria and the scholarly engagements with them. We invite scholarly articles that focus on any aspect of the post-socialist experiences in Bulgaria from the perspectives of the humanities, arts, and social sciences.
Concurrently, we accept manuscripts on any other aspects related to Bulgarian history, culture, and literature. Book reviews and review articles of newer publications related to Bulgaria are also welcome.
Articles that engage with comparative analysis of Bulgaria and other countries from the region and the world are particularly encouraged.
- Written by Cammeron Girvin
The editorship of Bulgarian Studies is pleased to announce that our second volume has just been published online. The journal, an open-access publication of the Bulgarian Studies Association, is an electronic, peer-edited resource that aims to highlight research into Bulgaria and its culture from scholars around the world. The current issue can be accessed directly at:
and can be downloaded as a PDF of the entire issue or as individual articles. Our first issue can be found there as well.
A call for papers for our next volume will be issued in the coming months.
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