Mladena and Dianko Sotirov Visiting Fellowship, UK

Publish Date: Apr 29, 2016

Deadline: May 08, 2016

Mladena and Dianko Sotirov Visiting Fellowship

LSE IDEAS is pleased to host the Mladena and Dianko Sotirov Visiting Fellowship thanks to the generous endowment by Mrs Mladena Sotirov.

Sotirov fellows study Bulgaria and the Balkan region, working to to understand its recent history, international affairs, the challenges it faces today and the prospects of tomorrow.

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 15 June - 1 October 2016, 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: 8 May 2016

How to Apply

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) .
  • In the subject field of your email application, please state: 2016 Sotirov Fellowship - Application

Applications should be submitted by email to LSE IDEAS Academic Director,  Dr Svetozar Rajak:

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