Project BRiDGE - RefugeeOcean
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  • Project BRiDGE: „Bridge for Researchers in Danger Going to Europe“

    About the project: BRiDGE is a two-year project (01.04.2018 -31.03.2020) funded under the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020 with coordinator Bielefeld University (Germany ) and partners from Greece, Switzerland, Turkey and Bulgaria – members of the European Commission network for career development and mobility of researchers EURAXESS.

    Main objective of the project: to support refugee researchers (PhDs and experienced researchers as well those with bachelor and master degree) who had been displaced in Germany, Greece, Switzerland, Turkey and Bulgaria to find their long term professional realization in research and business organizations in Europe.

    Main activities:

    • developing pilot courses and conducting trainings for social integration and career development of refugee researchers;
    • developing pilot courses and conducting trainings for mentors of refugee researchers;
    • providing services and support for individual career development of refugee researchers;
    • developing and publishing of Video Handbook for mentors of refugee researchers.

    The purpose of courses and trainings is to contribute to:

    • acquiring specific knowledge, skills and competences for successful realization in the labor market and for better integration of the refugee researchers in the public life, as well as
    • establishing a professional relationship through which mentors (from research and business organizations) can successfully advise, support and promote the professional and personal development of the refugee researchers

    The trainings will cover the following topics:

    • or refugee researchers: European Research Area; Important aspects when applying for job position at research and business organization; Choosing the most appropriate CV; Preparing for an interview; Science4Refugees Initiative and the EURAXESS Network; Job offers, grants and open positions within specific projects posted on the EURAXESS portal; Overcoming cultural differences and adaptation in the organizational and social environment.
    • for mentors: Responsibilities and Challenges; Effective communication, motivation and positive climate; Approaches oriented around the mentee; E-learning tools and techniques; EURAXESS Buddy System Initiative.

    A leading role in the described above courses and trainings has EURAXESS Bridgehead Organization at Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” – part of the BRiDGE project consortium.

    More information and news about the project is available on:

    You may also contact BRiDGE Project Coordinator: Mrs. Eleni Andrianopulu, Email:; tel.: 0521/ 106-4880

    or if you are in Bulgaria, our team:

    Svetlana Dimitrova: Tel.: +359 888 694 516; Email:

    Marin Barzakov: Tel.: +359 888 804 329; Email:

    Mariya Dikova: Tel.: +359 898 488 175; Email:

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