Since the fall of the Iron Curtain, two Institutes for Advanced Study have been founded in Romania and Bulgaria, which excel in promoting the humanities and social sciences and boast excellent reputations beyond their borders as centres for intellectual life:
Founded in 1994, the New Europe College has already invited hundreds of young scholars to in-residence fellowships in Bucharest lasting several months. The college believes that outstanding Romanian and international researchers should be able to concentrate on projects of their own choosing, while being encouraged not to pursue their studies in isolation, but to profit from debate and networking with their peers.
The somewhat younger Centre for Advanced Study Sofia (established in 2000) also appoints fellows from inside and outside the country – in this case, Bulgaria. It is involved in major international research projects and is consequently instrumental in promoting young scholars and further qualifying them. With its managing bodies and events the CAS has become a focal point for critical scholarly debate in Bulgaria.