International Collaborative Archaeological and Bioarchaeological Research Program

America for Bulgaria Foundation

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 fieldwork, 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. Projects which promise to provide opportunities for training undergraduate and graduate students are especially welcome.

The program requires that Bulgarian and American researchers serve as co-Primary Investigators (PIs) on the grant. It is expected that there will be substantial collaboration on the part of each team. 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. The final publication must be entirely in both Bulgarian and English or entirely in English, whichever of these two options the two PIs decide would be best.

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 permanent position in a Bulgarian research institute, museum, or university. The American applicant must have a doctoral degree 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.

Grant Application Location: Application materials are available at Per request Dr. Emil Nankov ( and Mrs. Dilyana Ivanova ( will also provide the application package, which consists of two forms: ICAB11.1 and ICAB Standard Budget Form.

Application Submission: All application materials must be received no later than December 1. Applications received later than December 1 will not be considered. Submit a hard copy of the proposal materials as well as a CD with an electronic copy to each of the following: ICAB Proposal Coordinator, Department of Anthropology, The Field Museum, 1400 S Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605-2496, USA, AND Archaeology Program Officer, American Research Center in Sofia, 75 Vasil Petleshkov Str., Sofia 1510, Bulgaria.

Inquiries: Inquiries about eligibility and application can be sent in English via email to or Inquiries in Bulgarian can be addressed to Mrs. Dilyana Ivanova at and Dr. Emil Nankov at

Contact Name: 
Dilyana Ivanova
(312) 665 7833