Part-Time Editor and Research Staff, Bulgaria (

posted for Chris Deliso (

Following a lengthy reprogramming period which will soon be finished, the new version of the website I have directed since 2003 – – will be resuming publishing activities.

While much of the team is now in place, we are still interviewing candidates for certain countries, including Bulgaria. It is possible for me to personally interview select candidates in Bulgaria, probably at the end of April or beginning of May.

Here is some information about the duties involved and the qualifications required. All positions are paying, contract-based positions under the general umbrella of the website, which is US-based.

1.) Country Editor position (1): this high-visibility position is ideal for young candidates who wish to play a role in editing and writing short analytical pieces and conducting interviews with Bulgarian figures of note. The four topics generally covered by the website are: politics & diplomacy; security & defense; economy & business; culture & tourism. There will be a country-specific page on the website which will require basic routine maintenance by the editor. However, with only two unique articles expected per month, the work should not take a great deal of time and therefore can be balanced with the individual’s existing work or study obligations.
2.) Researcher position (multiple): this critical ‘background’ position involves various types of field research, interviews, data analysis and new media work. Writing opportunities are possible.
3.) Marketing/sales/promotion position (multiple): these are future planned positions for which there is not immediate need, however those with such interests are welcome to apply as well.

Benefits of the jobs: Besides collecting a regular fee for work done, the successful candidate will have ‘intangible’ yet significant rewards, such as engaging with influential persons, getting the opportunity to have your work seen on one of the foremost independent news sites covering the Balkans, undertaking a certain amount of travel, and of course, learning a professional trade.

Requirements: While candidates do not necessarily need to have a journalistic background, it is necessary to be able to think creatively and analytically, as well as to conduct interviews, and to have excellent spoken and written English (as well as Bulgarian). Knowledge of other languages is also a plus. Candidates must be objective, outgoing with a positive attitude, and capable of interacting professionally with a wide variety of people who may have strongly different ways of seeing the world. Candidates should be eager for a challenge, enjoy working hard, and capable of following deadlines. Computer skills are also necessary.

Those interested can feel free to contact me – with a CV and cover letter – at:

best wishes,
Chris Deliso, Director

Summer Program on Bulgarian Language, Culture, and History; Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria, Deadline: June 25

July 25 – August 14, 2010
American University in Bulgaria

The American University in Bulgaria invites high school and college students 15-20 years of age to a non-credit Summer Program on Bulgarian Language, Culture, and History (BLCH) in the town of Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria.

The program includes Bulgarian language instruction at three levels, Bulgarian literature and history classes, workshops on culture and traditions, and teacher accompanied field trips to sites of historical and cultural interest. Sports, crafts, folklore dances, movie nights, cooking, and other activities make the program intensive and entertaining. The field trips will take the students to exciting destinations such as Melnik, the smallest town in Bulgaria; the Rila Monastery, included in the UNESCO World Heritage sites; Kazanlak, situated in the Valley of Roses and the Thracian kings; Veliko Turnovo, the capital of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom, and Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria.

The BLCH Summer Program is designed in such a way that students who do not speak Bulgarian and/or have never been to the country can easily learn some basics of the language and get a first-hand experience of Bulgarian language, culture, traditions, and nature. Students who speak Bulgarian at an intermediate or higher level will improve their writing, reading, and conversational skills while gaining additional knowledge or filling some gaps in their knowledge of Bulgarian history and culture.

The Program Fee is 720 EURO, and covers:

  • Tuition and teaching materials
  • Accommodation for 16 nights in the AUBG Residence Halls with Internet access
  • Accommodation in hotels in Plovdiv, Veliko Turnovo, and Sofia
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner for 16 days in Blagoevgrad
  • Breakfast and dinner for the last 3 days of the field trip
  • Participation in selected cultural and sports activities
  • Participation in all field trips
  • Entrance fees to sports facilities and visited sites

Registration deadline:                       June 25, 2010

Additional information and Registration Forms are available at:

Contact person : Mrs. Nadejda Afendova, Program Coordinator

Tel: +359-73- 888 212; Fax: +359-73- 888 161; e-mail:

Roma Education Fund Seeks Country Facilitator for Bulgaria, Deadline: December 20

The Roma Education Fund, an international organisation supporting quality education for Roma children, seeks a country facilitator for Bulgaria to provide support to organisations requesting and implementing REF financed projects and to help in the coordination of REF country program in Bulgaria.

The candidate should possess the following:

– Speak fluent Bulgarian, and have a very good command of the English language (written and spoken). Being a Romani speaker is a strong advantage
– A university degree.
– Experience of issues in education in Bulgaria.
– Excellent organization, administration and communication skills.
– Experience in implementing and evaluating projects.
– Good knowledge of issues related to Roma education and of the NGO sector in Bulgaria
– Be reliable and accurate with a proven ability to work in team but also ready to work on its own initiative
– Driving license

What will the job provide:

– challenging and diverse tasks
– work with a dynamic team of NGO and Government officials
– competitive salary
– work and learn at the international level
– The staff will benefit from training in country and in REF head office in Budapest

CV and motivation letter in English (including proposal for wage level), should be forwarded to:

The deadline for applications is:  December 20,2009

For more information about the Roma Education Fund and for the full terms of reference for this position, please visit:

New International PhD Program offered at European/Eastern European Universities

The University of Bologna together with the University of Graz, The New Bulgarian University of Sofia and the University of Primorska are launching a new International PhD Programme in “Diversity Management and Governance” leading to a Joint Degree.

The Programme in a nutshell

The three-year English-taught Programme offers specialized interdisciplinary and comparative academic training in the study of various forms of diversity, be it ethnic, cultural, linguistic, regional, religious, social or sexual orientation, and its management. Conflict prevention and management theories, reconstruction and reconciliation of divided societies after violent conflicts and political tensions, integration policies and the establishment of good governance throughout Europe are in focus in this Joint PhD Programme.
To ensure the students’ highest mobility the Programme requires that PhD Candidates spend at least two semesters in one of the partner universities.

Scholarships & Grants

The Programme offers at least two study grants of about 13.600,00 € per year to students applying at the University of Bologna. Moreover, the University of Bologna guarantees enrollment to two students selected among applicants holding a scholarship from their home government, the Italian one or other Institutions. More grants will be made available for students from the South-East of Europe within the framework of the community Programme entitled Erasmus Mundus External Windows, coordinated by the University of Graz, whose deadline is 29th  October 2009. For details, see the web page in English on:            

How to Apply

Interested students could apply for enrollment in the university of their choice among the four partner universities; if the application is successful the doctoral student must enroll in the university chosen for the application.
Beside the completed application form (to be expected by mid-October), interested students must submit the following documents:

  1. Research project structured with background, research presentation, methodology, expected results
  2. CV in English
  3. Diploma/Degree Certificate (plus English translation)
  4. Proof of knowledge of English (TOEFL or equivalent, diploma from a UK or US university etc.)
  5. Two letters of recommendation
  6. Transcript of university records (plus English translation)

Further Information

A website fully devoted to the PhD Programme will be soon available on line.
For the time being, interested applicants could find other information at under the sections: activities/education/trainings.
Additional information might be requested to Ms Dessislava Krasteva (

Fellowship in Archaelogy at the Field Museum of Natural History, Deadline: January 15

The America for Bulgaria Foundation and the Anthropology Department at The Field Museum invite proposals for the America for Bulgaria Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship starting in the fall of 2010.

Program Description
This program is intended for scholars who recently obtained their Ph.D. in archaeology or bioarchaeology to conduct postdoctoral research in residence at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, IL. The program strongly encourages proposals from researchers interested in employing and developing innovative analytical techniques that will advance the scientific study of the human past. The fellowship supplies salary, benefits, and a small research stipend for one academic year (9 months). During the duration of the fellowship the Fellow will have the opportunity to implement and carry out their own postdoctoral research, which should result in major publications. In conjunction with their independent research, the Fellow also is expected to assist with the establishment and implementation of a formal procedure for funding international collaborative archaeological and bioarchaeological research and archaeological site and museum preservation and conservation programs through ABF.

The ideal candidate will be a Bulgarian native who has obtained their Ph.D. within the last ten years and who plans to continue their academic research in Bulgaria. Non-Bulgarian scholars whose research centers on the Balkan region also are welcome to apply. Especially welcome are proposals that seek to take advantage of the various resources and facilities available at The Field Museum and elsewhere in the Chicagoland area.

The fellowship provides a salary of $40,000 per academic year plus benefits, as well as an additional $2,000 for research expenses.

Eligibility Requirements
Applicants must demonstrate that they will have completed all requirements for the Ph.D., including the filing of the dissertation, prior to the beginning of the tenure of the fellowship. Advanced proficiency in English must also be demonstrated.

Additional Information:

Archaeological Research Opportunities in Bulgaria, Deadline: January 15

The America for Bulgaria Foundation invites proposals for the International Collaborative Archaeological and Bioarchaeological Research Program (ICAB).

Program Description
The program promotes international collaboration between scholars from Bulgaria, the US, and other nations, especially the Balkans. The intent of ICAB is to fund archaeological and bioarchaeological research, including field work, museum and/or laboratory research. The program strongly encourages proposals from researchers interested in employing and developing innovative analytical techniques that will advance the scientific study of the human past.

The program requires that Bulgarian and American researchers serve as co-Primary Investigators (PIs) on the grant. The American PI must apply through an accredited US institution to which the award will be granted. That institution will be responsible for financial oversight of the grant.

Requests for funding must be in US Dollars and should not under normal circumstances exceed $50,000 for one year. Requests for funding smaller projects are especially welcome. ICAB does not provide funds to support the following:

-Tuition for students obtaining degrees;
-Travel or maintenance for children or spouses of researchers;
-Research expenses incurred before the date of a grant;
-General activities of other institutions or entities including “overhead expenses” or “indirect costs.”

Eligibility Requirements
Applicants must meet all of the following eligibility requirements at the time of application:

The Bulgarian applicant must have a masters or doctoral degree and English proficiency. He or she must hold a position in a Bulgarian research institute, museum or university.

The American applicant must have a Ph.D. from an accredited university and hold a position in an accredited US institution, or be an advanced doctoral student in an accredited university. American doctoral students are required to apply as senior personnel with their dissertation advisor and a Bulgarian counterpart as the Primary Investigators. Applications should be made through an institution to which the grant can be awarded, and which will assume financial oversight of the award.

Additional Information