America for Bulgaria Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship in Archaeology at the Field Museum of Natural History

America for Bulgaria Foundation

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. 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 in Bulgaria and on the Balkan region also are welcome to apply. The fellowship provides a salary of $40,000 per academic year (9 months) 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.

Application Materials Location: Application materials are available on the webpage of the American Research Center in Sofia: . Per request Dr. Emil Nankov ( and Mrs. Dilyana Ivanova ( will also provide the application (POSTDOC11.1).
Application Submission: All application materials must be received no later than November 15. Applications received later than November 15 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: ABF Postdoctoral Fellowship Coordinator, Department of Anthropology, The Field Museum, 1400 S Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL USA 60605-2496, 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