ARCS Residential Fellowship for Southeast European Scholars



THE PROGRAM: The American Research Center in Sofia Foundation invites applications for its Residential Fellowship for Southeast European Scholars. This 3-month fellowship is available to PhD candidates and junior postdoctoral scholars whose research specialties are in archaeology, history, art/architectural history, urban studies, cultural anthropology/ethnography, museum studies, or cultural heritage management with a geographic focus on the Balkans (prehistory to present day).

The Fellowship provides 24/7 access to the ARCS Library, access to ARCS resources and expertise, and involves participation in the ARCS Lecture Series. The fellowship includes accommodation in shared rooms in the ARCS hostel. Fellows should secure funding to cover their travel expenses between their home country and Bulgaria. The 3-month fellowship will take place from September 1 to November 30 or from February 1 to  April 30 of the respective academic year.

ELIGIBILITY: Applicants must be citizens of one of the seven countries of SE Europe which are served by ARCS: Bulgaria, Albania, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Romania, or Serbia. Pre-doctoral applicants must be enrolled in a PhD program in SE Europe. Postdoctoral applicants will have completed their degree in the last 10 years and should hold a position or be independent researchers in SE Europe. English proficiency is required.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Please complete the application form, renaming it to include your surname, and send it electronically as a PDF. Make sure to include a CV and a Project Description as Microsoft Word documents or as PDFs. Two letters from scholars in the field, commenting on the value and feasibility of the project, should be submitted directly (by the scholars) as Word documents or PDFs. All application materials must be in English and must be emailed to The application deadline for this competition is June 30.

Please direct any questions about the fellowship program to Prof. Kevin Clinton at

List of Recipients 

  • Boriana Antonova, Spring 2014, Sofia University, Modernization of the communication infrastructure in Ottoman Bulgaria: Persons and Personalities
  • Maria-Alina Asavei, Spring 2014, Central European University, Cultures of Resistance in the Balkans: Folk Art and Visual Politics
  • Dimitrina Popova, Spring 2014, Institute of Art Studies – BAS, Graphic Scheme Maps in Scale 1:50,000 of three Roman Cities and their Hinterland, 2nd c. AD: Serdika, Philipoplis and Augusta Traiana
  • Dr. Petar Todorov, Spring 2014, Institute for National History – Skopje, Governing the late Ottoman City: a Comparative Study of Elites in Skopje and Sofia (end of the 18th century – 1869)
  • Konstantin Golev, Fall 2014, Sofia University, Echoes of the War: Oral History from Bulgarian WWII Veterans
  • Manuela Marin, Fall 2014, West University of Timisoara, Islam in Communist Romania and Bulgaria. A Comparative Perspective
  • Ivalina Masheva, Fall 2014, Sofia University, From Islamic to Western Commercial Law. Changing Legal Environment and Christian Merchants in Ottoman Bulgaria (1840s-1870s)
  • Atanaska Stancheva, Fall 2014, Institute for Ethnology and Folklore Studies, BAS, Ecological Movements in Post-socialist Bulgaria. Cultural Practices and Civil Activity
  • Gergana Georgieva, Sring 2015, University of Veliko Tarnovo, Social and Economic Profile of a Balkan Region in the Middle of the 19th Century
  • Ioana Crețulescu, Spring 2015, Independent Researcher, The Roman Painted Tomb on the Lower Danube. Crossover from Paganism to Christianity in Funerary Symbolism
  • Ivan Hristov, Fall 2015, Institute for Literature – BAS, The Concept of Time and Identity in the Bulgarian Literary Modernism
  • Zlatina Bogdanova, Fall 2015, Inst. Ethnology and Folklore Studies – BAS,  Cultural Heritage Management in Local Strategies of Cultural and Religious Tourism
  • Valentina Nedelcheva, Fall 2015, Sofia University, Migration and Identity Dynamics – The “New-Old” Bulgarians
  • Adriana Panaite, Spring 2016, Institute of Archaeology "Vasile Parvan", Bucuresht, The Villa Landscape in Moesia Inferior
  • Georgi Burnaski, Spring 2016, Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski", Transformational Processes among the Local Elite of the Bulgarian Turks (1980 – 2000): Trends and Comparisons
  • Giannakis Smilanis, Fall 2016, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens (Greece), A 'Shared Tradition': The Case of Bulgaria and FYROM

  • Iskra Dobreva, Fall 2016, Sofia University, Judeo-Spanish Texts in the Cyrillic Script from the BulgarianCentral State Archive

  • Lora Nenkovska, Fall 2016, National Museum of History, Representations of the Diabolical in Post-Byzantine Art during 17th-19th centuries

  • Hristijan Talevski, Fall 2016, The impact of the defensive system development on the early Byzantine settlement distribution and their internal architectural and infrastructuralorganization – A comparative analysis

  • Andrea-Roxana Iancu, Spring 2017, Independent Researcher, The negotiation of the inheritance rules in a multi-normativity context  (North and South of Danube at the end of the 18th and the beginning of 19th century)

  • Yana Yancheva, Spring 2017, Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Studies with Ethnographic Museum, Youth culture in Bulgaria in the second half of the 20th century. Introductory work

  • Ioannis Kaminis, Fall 2017, Sofia University, The Way of Spiritual Development According to Evagrius Ponticus

  • Fabio Bego, Fall 2018, University of Rome, Bulgarian-Albanian relations and representations at the time of the Macedonian revolts of Gorna Džumaja and Ilinden: a perspective from Sofia