• SLOAN Research Fellowship, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, USA, 2018. LINK
  • European Research Council Starting Grant, ERC STG, “XSTREAM: X-ray – waveforms at the Space-Time Resolution Extreme for Atomic-scale Movies”, 2017.
  • SN 10 Science News Top 10 Rising Scientist 2016, Science News Magazine, USA, 2016. LINK
  • Presidential Medal for Pioneering Contribution to Science and Technology, Bulgaria, 2016. LINK
  • Pythagoras Prize for Outstanding Young Scientist, Bulgarian Ministry of Science and Education, Bulgaria, 2016.
  • TOYP 2015 The Outstanding Young Persons of Bulgaria, Category: Science & Technology, Junior Chamber International Foundation USA. For pioneering research and patent on coherent X-ray generation, 2015.
  • Division of Atomic, Molecular, Optical Physics, Finalist Outstanding Ph.D. Thesis Research Award, 2011.
  • Top Postdeadline Paper CLEO Conference, Baltimore, USA, 2011.
  • Division of Atomic, Molecular, Optical Physics, APS Student Travel Grant, USA, 2009.
  • OSA Student Chapter Excellence Program Award, 2003.
  • Daimler-Chrysler and United Nations Association Fellowship, Germany, 2000.
  • SPIE School on Quantum Electronics Fellowship, Bulgaria, 2000.
  • Europe Experts Fellowship, Germany 1998.
  • Eureka Science Foundation Scholarship, Bulgaria, 1996-1999.
  • Member of the Bulgarian National Team for the International Physics Olympiads 1993-1996.
  • Bronze medal and distinguished experimental work – 27th International Physics Olympiad, Oslo, Norway, 1996.
  • Honorable Mention Diploma – 25th International Physics Olympiad, Beijing, China, 1994.
  • Second place – National Physics Contest, Smolyan, Bulgaria, 1996.
  • National Diploma Award, Natural and Math Sciences, Ministry of Science and Tech, Bulgaria, 1996.



  • William A. Lee Undergraduate Research Scholarship