Greek Diaspora Fellowship Program

Greek Diaspora Fellowship Program

The Greek Diaspora Fellowship Program received a large number of worthwhile applications and had a very successful cycle.

The Greek Diaspora Fellowship Program (GDFP) was established in 2016 as a two-year program funded by a grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) to the Institute of International Education (IIE). It awarded 51 fellowships over two selection cycles for U.S.- and Canada-based academics, enabling them to collaborate with universities throughout Greece to develop curricula, conduct research, and teach and mentor graduate students in the areas of priority identified by the Greek universities. The GDFP is a scholar exchange program managed by the Institute of International Education in collaboration with the Fulbright Foundation in Greece for Greek universities to host Greek- or Cypriot-born scholars. Its objective is to create collaborative, mutually beneficial engagements between Greek and North American academics and universities. The Greek Diaspora Fellowship Program also aims to help avert Greece’s brain drain.

Two application cycles were completed, one closing on September 1, 2016, and the second on January 31, 2017

Beginning in January 2017, twenty-one Greek- and Cypriot-born scholars, hailing from a cross-section of sixteen prominent United States and Canadian universities, traveled to Greece to conduct academic projects with their peers at Greek universities. They collaborated in areas that range from public health to chemical genomics research and from English language curriculum to continuing education studies in urban food security. Twelve Greek universities were selected by the Greek Diaspora Fellowship Program to host the fellows for collaborative projects that meet the specific needs of their institutions and communities, through proposals submitted by faculty members and administrators at Greek universities.

Since summer 2017, an additional thirty Greek- and Cypriot-born scholars have been traveling to Greece to conduct academic projects in areas that range from medical physics to curriculum co-development in clinical neurophysiology and from Anglo-American Modernist Poetry to educational psychology. Thirteen Greek universities were selected to host the fellows.

The program will conclude by December 19, 2017.