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LSE IDEAS Mladena and Dianko Sotirov Visiting Fellowship

Call for Applications for the 2015 Mladena and Dianko Sotirov Visiting Fellowship.

Recipients of this Fellowship will be working within the LSE IDEAS Balkan Initiative.

This Fellowship amounts to £3,000 and should cover a one to two month research stay in London anytime between June - 1 October 2015, namely travel expenses, accommodation and subsistence. Successful candidate will receive the grant upon arrival and will pay for his/her expenses related to the stay, as per above. The recipient will have access to shared office space at the LSE IDEAS Centre and enjoy privileges of the LSE Fellow, including access to the LSE Library, its IT resources and to all events organised at the LSE.


This Fellowship is intended primarily but not exclusively, for scholars in the early stages of their career, namely doctoral candidates and post-doctoral fellows whose work and research focuses primarily on a topic related to the history of international affairs of Bulgaria and the Balkans in the Twentieth Century. Exceptionally, research of distinct quality focused on current issues may also be taken into consideration. Although candidates of Bulgarian nationality will have priority, this fellowship is also awarded to candidates of non-Bulgarian nationality. Above all, it will be the quality of the candidate and of the proposed research that will determine the selection.

On the completion of her/his residency in the LSE IDEAS Centre, the Fellow is expected to produce a working paper of 4,000-5,000 words of publishable quality on the topic of her/his proposed research for which the fellowship has been awarded. Finally she/he will be expected to contribute to the activities of the Balkan Initiative.

Deadline for Applications: 1 May 2015

All applicants should submit (in English):

• CV
• Cover letter 1,500 words setting out their current research and how it will benefit from receiving a LSE fellowship
• Two letters of academic recommendation (one of which must be from the applicant's thesis supervisor, if the applicant is a PhD student) .

Applications should be submitted by email to: 
Dr Svetozar Rajak
Important Dates
Applications open
Thursday, 26 March 2015

Applications close
Monday 1 May 2015

Skype interviews will be held with shortlisted candidates
11 - 13 May 2015

Selection process ends
Friday 15 May 2015

Visitation period
Candidates can take up their Visiting Fellowship for a period of 1 - 2 months between June and 1 October 2015.

Please note: the Fellowship amounts to £3,000, which is to be used for travel expenses, accommodation and subsistence. We thus advise candidates to make the necessary accommodation arrangements well in advance of their visitation period. UK Visa procurement (if necessary) is the responsibility of the candidate. 

LSE Halls of Residence| are a possible option for accommodation. However, please note that they are very much in demand during summer and early booking is advisable.