2021 University scholarships awarded by the Department of Armenian Communities of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation


The Department of Armenian Communities of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation grants over $ 1 million per year to university students of Armenian and Armenian Studies around the world, including renewals. In 2021, 231 scholarship applications were received for its two main scholarship categories: “Armenian Studies” and “Higher Education for Armenian Students in Developing Countries”. As always, each application has been rigorously evaluated. Seventy scholarships of varying amounts were awarded: 13 in Armenian studies (university level) and 57 to Armenian higher education students (mainly undergraduate level).

A total of 457,000 USD has been awarded in new scholarships within the Armenian scholarship category. Fifty-one applications were received and 13 selected. The scholarships last from one to three years. Eight are for doctorates, one for post-docs and four for masters. Of the 13 scholarships, 10 went to women and three to men. Fellows continue their studies in the UK, USA, France, Ireland, Spain and the Netherlands. In terms of broad research themes, five focus on contemporary Armenia, including two on gender issues, three on language and education, three on art, literature and heritage studies, and two on the contemporary ramifications of the genocide. Armenian studies are defined broadly and are not limited to area studies.

A total of USD 288,000 has been awarded under the Postgraduate scholarships for Armenian students in developing countries category. 180 applications were received of which 57 were selected – 32 women and 25 men. Subjects studied include biology, law, social sciences, psychology, nursing, communications, translation, social work, robotics, engineering, business and finance, computer science, architecture, graphics and English literature, among others. The aim of this category of scholarships is to encourage university students of Armenian origin from less developed countries, especially undergraduates from the Middle East, to pursue graduate studies in any field at a university recognized in their own country of residence or in Armenia.

The Department of Armenian Communities congratulates all the winners!

These two categories of scholarships are currently closed. They will reopen in January 2022 for the following academic year. Short-term scholarships (for travel and for Armenian studies) remain open.

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