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12626-BU
Fulbright Scholar Award

Special Award in Journalism and Strategic Communication

Bulgaria
Europe and Eurasia

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Award Details
Award Activity

This professional project grant is for specialists in the field of journalism and communications to work with the Center for the Study of Democracy (CSD). CSD is a Sofia-based European policy institute, combining knowledge on economics, law, criminology, political science, and sociology. Its crosscutting competences enable CSD to deliver on complex projects requiring both process and substantive knowledge on EU level, and impact on policy and civil society. CSD’s mission is to build bridges between scholars and policy makers. CSD is looking for an energetic, organized, and detail-oriented person, well-versed in the strategic use of social and traditional media to take on the role of Strategic Communications Specialist. The grant is based at the organization’s headquarters in Sofia, Bulgaria, which provides a unique opportunity for an experienced professional to strengthen the strategic communications of an established European think-tank. CSD seeks support to increase audience, raise profile, maximize impact and reconfirm brand identity. The grantee will take part in developing content, media relations, public policy events, website and social media, and internal communications. Grant activities could include: developing strategies for connecting CSD experts with international media (in the US and Europe); drafting author-controlled Op-eds and other pieces on topics that CSD covers and promoting them for publication in European, US and other relevant international media; working with the CSD communications team to implement initiatives with strategic impact.

Scholars selected for this award will be required to:
  • Conduct a professional and/or artistic project
  • Conduct a research project designated by the host institution
Award Length
Eight to ten months
Award Dates

Start date is flexible, but September 2022 is preferable.

Locations

CSD is a Sofia-based institute, thus grantees are expected to live and work in Sofia.

Flex Option
No
Discipline Type
Only applications in the following disciplines will be considered
Disciplines
Communication
Journalism
Marketing
Application Deadline
Wednesday, September 15, 2021
Activity Type
Professional Project
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A Professional Project enables the participant to engage in activities in their area of expertise to enhance their professional development and the field at large. Projects may include serving as a professional consultant to the host organization, sharing expertise, visiting other organizations in their professional field, gaining practical experience, and attending public lectures. While the details vary according to the specific award, the focus of a Professional Project grant should not be research or teaching.

Research
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Research includes activities involving scientific research, qualitative research, quantitative research, and practice-based research, including artistic research. Research can take place in locations such as the laboratory, the field, the archives, or an artist residency. It can be experimental, clinical, or applied. It can include examining policies, systems, theories, methods, interactions, and works of art and music, with the objective to evaluate or develop new knowledge or works. Quantifiable (tangible) outcomes can include publications (books, journal articles, scripts, etc.), conference presentations, artistic and musical compositions, exhibitions, performances, films, and patents.

Degree Requirements
Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) not required
Career Profile
Early Career Academics
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Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of a teacher or scholar for no more than seven years.

Mid-Career Academics
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Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of a teacher or scholar for more than seven, and less than 13, years.

Professionals
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Awards are open to individuals who have more than seven years of experience in a particular profession.

Number of Recipients
1
Program Staff
Kimberly Williams
Outreach and Recruitment Officer
Phone: 
202-326-7765

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