We are delighted to announce the selected fellows of the fourth cycle of the Turkey-Armenia Fellowship Scheme for 2017-2018.

The Hrant Dink Foundation, in partnership with Gyumri Youth Initiative Centre, will continue to encourage people-to-people and institutional contacts and exchange of field-specific knowledge between the two neighbouring countries behind the closed border, with the support of the UK Government's Conflict, Stability and Security Fund. The scheme particularly aims to enable learning opportunities in areas where exchange of expertise and lasting cooperation is much needed such as academia, research centers, civil society, entrepreneurship, media and communication, culture and arts, architecture and design, culinary, translation and interpreting/language-learning, law, healthcare and medicine. 

The scheme offers professionals from Armenia and Turkey the opportunity to live in the neighbouring country and follow a special programme at a specific Host Organisation for the time period of four to eight months.

In the fourth cycle, the fellowship opportunities were announced in an open call in July 2017, and received a total of 38 applications, 15 from Turkey and 23 from Armenia. As stated in the Turkey-Armenia Fellowship Scheme Regulation, with regard to the selection process, the applications have been forwarded to the corresponding host organisations and to the independent Selection Committee.

As a result of this selection process, we are very pleased to announce that 13 professionals will carry out their fellowship activities in their neighbouring country between November 2017 and May 2018.

List of Fellows and Host Organisations
Meri Khachatryan Istanbul Bilgi University
Center for Migration Research
Artak Hambardzumyan Dünya Newspaper

Ruben Rubinyan
Istanbul Policy Center
Kadir Has University Center for International and European Studies
Irena Grigoryan Koc University
Migration Research Center (MiReKoc)
Astghik Karapetyan Karakutu Association
Hayk Hakobyan BoMoVu 
Network of Sport and Body Movement for Vulnerable Groups
Yervand Abrahamyan Truth Justice Memory Center
Armen Melkonyan Boğaziçi University 
Department of Translation & Interpreting Studies
Haydar Taştan 4Plus Documentary Photography Center
Duru Ors Yerevan "Mkhitar Sebastatsi" Educomplex
Okan Doğan Caucasus Research Resource Center - Armenia Foundation
Salim Aykut Öztürk Department of Diaspora Studies at the
Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography of NAS
Hilal Yavuz Russian-Armenian University

During its first cycle in 2014-2015, the Turkey-Armenia Fellowship Scheme has supported 12 fellows from Armenia and 6 fellows from Turkey for their activities in Istanbul, Yerevan and Gyumri. Please click here to read more about the past experience of the fellows and their host organisations. During it’s second and third cycles in 2016-2017, it has supported 10 fellows from Armenia and 5 fellows from Turkey for their activities in Istanbul and Yerevan.

We will keep sharing the fellows’ personal experiences and impressions with public through the website of the Beyond Borders.

Turkey-Armenia Fellowship Scheme Selection Committee
İbrahim Betil
Sema Kılıçer
Zara Lavchyan

Turkey-Armenia Fellowship Scheme, in 2017 - 2018, is implemented by the Hrant Dink Foundation
in partnership with Gyumri Youth Initiative Centre
with the support of the UK Government's Conflict, Stability and Security Fund


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