Social Relevance of the Humanities Fellowship Programme

Deadline Date: March 31, 2024

Donor Name: Centre for Advanced Study Sofia (CAS Sofia)

Grant Size: Less than $1000

The “Social Relevance of the Humanities” (RevHum) fellowship programme, proposed jointly by the Centre for Advanced Study Sofia and the New Europe College Bucharest and developed with the financial support of the Porticus Foundation, aims to underscore the cognitive functions of the humanities and their potential as critical disciplines by opening them up to issues relevant in/for the contemporary digital world – issues that are “practical”, but also epistemological, ethical, philosophical, etc.

The programme is intended to accommodate a broadest range of themes pertaining to humanities and social science disciplines provided that they link up to contemporary debates about or major challenges to the human condition stemming from the technological advances and ‘digital modernity’.

The programme is guided by the belief that there is a considerable added value for humanities scholars across the academe, whatever their field, to be encouraged to rethink their topics in terms of their broader contemporary relevance (be it political, ethical, religious or academic), yet necessarily of significance for the world.

Fellowship Format

  • CAS Sofia provides in-residence RevHum fellowships of five- to nine-month duration to post-doctoral non-Bulgarian researchers. Junior as well as Senior scholars are invited to apply.
  • The selected Fellows are entitled to:
    • A monthly stipend of 850 Euro (liable to 10% income tax) to cover living expenses related to the stay in Sofia.
    • Accommodation in Sofia, comprising living quarters and working space. The Fellows will also have free access to the CAS library and electronic resources/databases. Travel, insurance and visa allowance (up to 850 Euro);
    • Research travel abroad (up to 1500 Euro);
    • Research expenses (up to 100 Euro per fellowship month).
  • Duration and Conditions
    • Candidates may apply for a period of five or nine months:
      • 1 October 2024 – 28 February 2025 (Winter semester)
      • 1 March 2025 – 31 July 2025 (Summer semester)
      • 1 October 2024 – 31 July 2025 (Full academic year, nine months)
    • N.B. The duration of the fellowship period should be well justified by a detailed research plan and proposal description.
    • The selected Fellows shall take part in the regular Fellow seminars and the other scientific events organized by the Centre (workshops, conferences, lectures, etc.) and present their project in lectures or seminars. The results of their work shall be summarized in a paper (in English).

Eligibility Criteria

  • Candidates must:
    • Be non-Bulgarian citizens;
    • Have completed a PhD in the fields of the humanities and the social sciences;
    • Have international research experience (participation in projects and refereed conferences) and publications in peer-reviewed academic editions are strong advantages.

Selection Criteria

  • High quality of the candidate’s academic portfolio and publications, participation in international research;
  • Innovative fundamental research proposal with significant contribution;
  • Interdisciplinary and/or comparative approaches are an advantage.

Working Language

  • As an international academic institution CAS conducts most of its work in English, which is also the language of the fellow seminars. Therefore, a good command of English is required.

For more information, visit CAS Sofia.

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