Six nominees for the NEF ‘13th century Bulgaria’ National Prize

Two of the candidates sculpt glass art

In the summer, we usually think about holidays; however, the coronavirus rearranged our priorities. Accordingly, the jury of the National Young Talent Prize of the ‘13 Centuries of Bulgaria’ National Endowment Fund will not take a break, but will discuss which of the six nominees should be the winner to be announced in the early days of September.

The winner will receive a monetary prize of BGN 5,000 to cover training costs. The bearer of the prestigious prize was supposed to be announced at the end of June 2020, but the pandemic imposed that the young talents of science and art remain on pins and needles a while longer.

The competition was open to Bulgarian citizens of up to 35 years of age with a university degree in the arts or science, and innovative achievements in their respective field.

A mandatory requirement was that candidates were to be accepted in 2019 for postgraduate qualification at accredited higher education institutions in Europe, excluding Bulgaria.

Meanwhile, NEF ‘13 Centuries of Bulgaria’ launched their campaign entitled ‘Support Talent—Donate!’. ‘Yes, indeed there will be only one winner, but we want to support the development of all nominees,’ said the Fund’s Executive Director, Slava Ivanova.

According to her, donation is based on emotion, so each Monday in the remaining weeks up to September, we will present one of the nominees on the Fund’s website in the hope of receiving support from large-hearted sponsors.

‘The main goal of the initiative is to financially and morally support the six applicants in their postgraduate qualification in European universities,’ added Slava Ivanova.


Details of the nominees and directions for donating can be found on the campaign’s landing page:

or on the NEF ‘13 Centuries of Bulgaria’ website:

The first jury meeting for the ‘13 Centuries of Bulgaria’ National Prize in support of young talents in contemporary arts and science took place on 23 January 2020 in the NEF ‘13 Centuries of Bulgaria’ Main Building, Sofia. The jury nominated the six contenders for the prestigious award.


Their names are listed according to the date of submission of documents:

Victoria Vassilenko, performing artist, pianist

Ivalina Trendafilova, chemistry

Rosen Georgiev, electrical engineering

Denitsa Todorova, glass design

Lilia Pangelova, design of ceramics and glass

Viviane Vassileva, performing artist, percussionist


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