Recognition of higher education acquired at foreign higher educational institutions:
“Doctor”, “Doctor of Sciences”
Section 2. WHO MAKES THE RECOGNITION?
The recognition of a degree obtained in a foreign higher education institution or scientific organization, corresponding to the educational and scientific degree "Doctor" or the scientific degree "Doctor of Sciences", is carried out by different competent authorities depending on the purposes of recognition.
The common regulatory framework for all recognition authorities is the Law on the Development of Academic Staff in the Republic of Bulgaria /LAS/ and the Ordinance on the state requirements for recognition of acquired higher education and completed periods of education in foreign higher education institutions, while the specific administrative procedures are subject to internal regulations of the individual recognition authorities.
This section describes the procedure for recognition of the cited degrees in NACID according to the LAS, Ordinance, and the Internal Regulation of NACID.
2.1. I wish to occupy an academic position, sign a contract as a post-doctoral fellow in Bulgaria or get access to further education or training/ to improve my skills.
If you wish to occupy an academic position, sign a contract as a post-doctoral fellow, or gain access to further education or training with your foreign degree, corresponding to the educational and scientific degree "Doctor" or the scientific degree "Doctor of Sciences", you should submit your application for recognition at the higher education institution or scientific organization of your choice. In these cases, the competent authority for the recognition of your foreign degree is the rector of the accredited Bulgarian higher education institution or the head of the respective scientific organization selected by you, as a condition for your appointment, employment or enrollment there.
The specific conditions and procedure for recognition of scientific degrees for the purpose of occupying academic or post-doctoral positions shall be determined by the respective internal regulations of the higher education institution and the scientific organizations in compliance with the national educational requirements.
2.2. I wish to work in Bulgaria in a position other than the above mentioned, or to receive recognition for other purposes.
In case you wish to work in Bulgaria in a position different from those described in section 2.1. with your foreign degree, corresponding to the educational and scientific degree "Doctor" or the scientific degree "Doctor of Sciences", you have direct access to the labor market with your diploma and you can apply directly to the employer of your choice. You can contact NACID in case the potential employer or other Bulgarian authority explicitly requires from you a certificate issued by our center.
The certificate of recognized higher scientific degree is an official written confirmation of the value of your foreign degree in Bulgaria. It is intended to facilitate your access to the labor market, rather than to permit it.
NACID has the competence to recognize scientific degrees for any purpose other than those specified in Section 2.1.
The certificate issued by NACID does not provide access to academic and postdoctoral positions, or to advanced training.