Competitions And Grants

Sofia University Center for Excellence in the Humanities “Alma Mater” occassionally offers grants for:

­ doctoral and post-doctoral research projects

­ monographic research projects

­ Internships for Bulgarian and foreign scholars 

Doctoral research projects

Expected results: Applicants should present concrete academic achievements as a follow up to their PhD dissertations 

Duration: up to 3 months

Grants: up to 5000 BGN

Post-doctoral projects

Expected results: post-doctoral research (up to 214 000 signs) along with an academic course with a term duration to be included in the academic program of one of the faculties of Sofia University  

Duration: up to 12 months

Grants: up to 9600 BGN. 

Monographic Research Projects

Expected results: completed and published monographic text (up to 540 000 signs) along with participation in the various events and initiatives held by the Sofia University Center for Excellence in the Humanities “Alma Mater”. 

Duration: up to 12 months

Grants: up to 8500 BGN 

Internships for well-known foreign scientists in Bulgaria

Expected results: research and academic activity conducted at Sofia Univesrity

Duration: up to 1 month

Grants: up to 5000 EURO 

Internships for young Bulgarian scholars abroad

Expected results: research and/or academic activity conducted in foreign educational or academic institutions

Duration: up to 3 months

Grants: up to 10 000 BGN

Following the competition procedures carried out by the Sofia University Center for Excellence in the Humanities “Alma Mater” within the last five years the following 81 grants have been offered: 

  • 16 grants for monographic research
  • 11 grants for post-doctoral research
  • 21 grants for post-graduate research
  • 6 grants for short-lasting visits of young Bulgarian academics abroad
  • 9 grants for short-lasting visits of famous foreign academics in Bulgaria
  • 15 grants for participation in the Fulbright International Summer Institute
  • 3 grants for research conducted within the framework of “Future for the Past” Project 

Published monographies:

  1. „People in Defense: United within the Variety (Хората в отбраната. Единни в многообразието“), Yantsislav Yanakiev, Sofia, 2013, Sofia University Press
  2. „Bulgarian Documentary Heritage: Memory Archives and Institutions ” (Българско документално наследство. Архиви и институции на паметта“), Anna Kochankova, Анна Кочанкова, Sofia, 2013, Sofia University Press
  3. „Social Integrity of Petit Entrepreneurship” (Социална вграденост на дребното предприемачество“), Tania Chavdarova, Sofia, 2013, Sofia University Press
  4. „Landscape Ecology and Landscape Planning” (Ладшафтна екология и ландшафтно планиране“) Biliana Borissova, Sofia, Prof. Marin Drinov Academic Publishers
  5. Examples of Christian Monumental Art in Western Bulgaria („Паметници на християнското монументално изкуство в Западна България 16 в. – първата половина на 17 в.”) Sofia, 2013, Faber“
  6. Army, social order and internal security during the period 1913-1915 and 1918-1923 („Армия, обществен ред и вътрешна сигурност между войните и след тях, 1913-1915 и 1918-1923 г.)“, Vesselin Yanchev, Sofia, 2014,  Sofia University Press
  7. Out-of-town sacred places in Thrace under Roman Domination,1st -4th c. AD) („Извънградските светилища в римската провинция Тракия  I-IV век“), Ivan Valchev, Sofia, 2015, Sofia University Press “
  8. Hermes’ Transformations: Between Ethics and Hermeneutics („Преображенията на Хермес. Преводът между етиката и херменевтиката“, Irena Krusteva, Sofia, 2015, East-West Publishers
  9. Primo de Riviera’s Dictatorship: a Step Backwards on the Way to Democracy („Диктатурата на генерал Примо де Ривера – крачка назад по пътя към демокрацията“) , Tatiana Dimitrova, Sofia, 2015, Faber
  10. Between Rome and Constantinople: Anti-Catholic Literature in Bulgaria and the Slavi World, XI-XVIIIc.(„Между Рим и Константинопол. Из антикатолическата литература в България и славянския православен свят- XI-XVIII век)“, Angel Nikolov, Sofia, 2015, Bulgarian Cultural Heritage Foundation

Post-doctoral projects

  1. „Archaeo-metalurgy in Ancient Thrace”
  2. „Cultivation and adaptation to Byzantine cultural models”
  3. „History and Medieval History”
  4. „Ancient ceramics of Thracian Lands”
  5. „China-EU Bi-Lateral Relations and Confrontation, 2001-2011
  6. „Aims and means in human activity interpretation “
  7. “ History of the vertical loom”
  8. „Heart in a carton box or “The Balkan Vanguard in a Few Lines”
  9. Bulgarian-Czechoslovak Relations and the Role of the Association for Mutual Cooperation between the two countries, 1918-1951”
  10. Geopolitical Confrontation between the British and the Russian Empire in Central Asia in late 19th and early 20th c.
  11. "Doctor Krustio Krustev’s literary texts” 

Doctoral Projects:

  1. „Monitoring of exogeneous processes in the criozone of Pirin Mountain
  2.  „Dionysios monuments and cult in Thrace
  3. Petr Stolipin and his role for the creation and development of the Russian national union
  4. „Ecosystems and landscapes in the Danubian plain between the rivers of Timok and Iskar”
  5. „ Relations between the Genoa Republic and the Bulgarians, 13th – 15th century”
  6. “Setting up a digital archive of the road communications’ infrastructure in the Bulgarian lands during the years between the Crimean War (1856) and the Liberation from the Ottoman Empire (1878)”
  7. “Research on the classical Thracian arte facts from 5th -4th c. BC found in the Bulgarian lands”
  8. “Contact zone and cultural interaction between Gradeshnitsa and Vinca”
  9. “A study on the usage of metals on behalf of the ancient Thracians: the Ghets and the archaemetalurgy”
  10. “The role of France and the Jesuits’ educational activity in the Ottoman Empire, 1835-1914”
  11. “Knowledge on and attitudes towards socio-cultural animation among the Bulgarian teenagers vis-à-vis the European practices”
  12. "Setting up a digital archive of the road communications’ infrastructure in the Bulgarian lands during the years between the Crimean War (1856)  and the Liberation from the Ottoman Empire 1878)
  13. „Research on the classical Thracian arte-facts from 5th -4th c. BC found in the Bulgarian lands”
  14. "Contact zone and cultural interaction between Gradeshnitsa and Vincha"
  15. "A study on the usage of metals on behalf of the ancient Thracians: the Ghets and the archaemetalurgy "
  16. „The role of France and the Jesuits’ educational activity in the Ottoman Empire, 1835-1914
  17.  Comparative analysis of the systems for risk prevention with children in Bulgaria and Russia: the role of the voluntary organizations
  18. The climate changes in the biggest cities in Bulgaria
  19. Count M. T. Loris-Melikov: Governmental Constitutionalism Shadowed by Reforms
  20. „Promotion of the images of the saints in the Orthodox world
  21. Security policies of the Bulgarian National Bank in regard to the different payment cards
  22. Interdisciplinary research of the mural paintings of the ancient Thracians tombs in the Bulgarian lands: technological analysis and possibilities for conservation
  23. The Western Border Lands: policies and identities
  24. The Arabs in Sicily -9th -11th c.: conquest, institutions, cultural interactions
  25.  Communities and environment in the Rhodope Mountains in the 16th and the 17th c.:
  26.  Ancient places in the valley of Upper-Thrace
  27. Housing policies and practices in the early communist years in Moscow 

Visits of young academics abroad

  1. Tatiana Ivanova – Venetian Culture and monumental architecture  of the Bulgarian Renaissance: typology of influences
  2. Anton Popov – Intra-ethnic relations in Kosovo
  3. Ivan Petrov Hindo-European heteroclisis
  4. Mila Begova – Israeli Foreign Policy during 90’s of the 20th c.
  5. Nora Simeonova - „The role of theater and cinema for the formation of European cultural models in Belgrade
  6. Hristo Popov – Participation in a course in statistic climatology 

Visits of foreign academics to Bulgaria

  1. Carol Silverman (USA) - “Bulgarian folk music: representation, nationalism and the capitalist market”;
  2. Dimitrios Stamatopoulos (Greece) - “Nationalism and Secularization in Southeastern Europe, 18th – 20th c.”
  3. Flore Pop (Romania) - “The current management of water recourses at EU level”;
  4. Olena Kharchyshyna (Ukraine) - “Corporate Social Responsibility”;
  5. Agron Alibali (USA) - “Maritime delimitation issues in the Black Sea (Bulgaria – Turkey Agreement and Bulgaria – Romania negotiations) and their relevance with maritime delimitation issues in the Adriatic and Ionian Sea”;
  6. Melih Madanoglu (Turkey) - „The effect of Institutional Enviroment on Opportunity Recognition and Exploitation”;
  7. Dimitrios Christopoulos (Greece) - “Crisis narratives: transition discourse in South v. South – Eastern Europe”;
  8. Sonia Hirt (USA) - “Space and Sense of Belonging in Socialist and post-socialist Districts”;
  9. Valentina Marinescu (Romania) - “A Comparative analysis between media and internet uses in Romania and Bulgaria during the European elections (2014)”.

Academic studies conducted within the framework of “Future for the Pars Project“:

  1. Raina Kamberova – „Stereotypes about Ukrainians in Bulgaria and in Ukraine about Bulgarians
  2. Radostina Shivacheva – „Distance and Proximity: the role of cultural diplomacy in the relations among UK, EU and Russia”
  3.  Svetlana Stankova  – „Image of the enemy in Bulgarian media” 

More information on all competitions and grant schemes offered by Sofia University Center for Excellence in the Humanities “Alma Mater” is available at: http://www.uni­sofia.bg/index.php/bul/nauka/stipendii_i_konkursi