Armenian Genocide Research and Study Opportunities

Hundreds of study and academic opportunities in the Armenian Genocide are available internationally. Conferences and summer schools in the Armenian Genocide are organized regularly in the best academic centers of the world. The majority of universities and many foundations also offer BA, MA, and Ph.D. programs in Armenian Genocide as wells as postdoctoral research grants, awards, and fellowships. Below you will find the updated list of international opportunities available in the Armenian Genocide.

 Scholarships in Armenian Genocide

Armenian Genocide | Humanity can’t afford to forget it

Revealing the historical events of 1915 against Armenians serves significant value for Armenians both as a nation and as members of a global society. History is highly subjectivized in different countries, and the reality of the past is often distorted and presented to future generations in the wrong way. That’s why we at ARMACAD are sincerely thankful and full of support for scholars worldwide who dedicate their time and energy to study one of the bloodiest pages of Armenian history.

Along with the Jewish Holocaust, the Armenian Genocide is one of the worst human crimes that the world faced at the end of the previous century. It should be studied and raised awareness so that no nation ever undergoes the same. Otherwise, if one nation can deliberately organize the massive killing of another nation and stay unpunished, we are all in danger!

What will be your primary study subject if you choose Armenian Genocide as a discipline

The discipline of the Armenian Genocide studies the mass killings of Armenians on the eve of WWI. Between 1915-1923, one and a half million Armenians died as a result of the Turkish Ottoman activities. Another million have either escaped to other countries of the world or were Islamized. 

The reason was that Armenians were a severe obstacle to the Turkish government, which wished to establish a mega Turkish Empire. The Government of Young Turks (Yerit Turker) wanted to have an area of the Caucasus and Central Asia extending to China inhabited by Turkish-speaking people. Consequently, they had a plan to Turkify all the ethnic minorities of the area, including Christian Armenians.

The Armenian massacres happened in four main stages. 

  1. On April 24, 1915, there were arrests and murders of nearly 100 Armenian intellectuals. The majority of them were living in the capital of the Ottoman Empire, Constantinople. 
  2. As the second phase, nearly 60,000 Armenian men were conscripted to the Turkish Army and later murdered. 
  3. When the “head” of the Armenian society, intellectuals, and men perished, the third wave of killings of women and children started. There were death marches of hundreds of thousands of Armenian women, elderly, and children to Syrian deserts, led by Turkish soldiers and Kurdish or Circassian mobs. 

Armenians refer to that part of their history as “Meds Yeghern,” which translated from Armenian means Great Calamity or Great Crime. The term transferred from purely Armenian communities to international ones. As a recent example, see the fragment of US President Joe Biden’s statement on Armenian Remembrance Day.

“We honor the victims of the Meds Yeghern so that the horrors of what happened are never lost to history.”, said Biden on April 24, 2021. Before that, the US presidents mainly used Meds Yeghern. Joe Biden was the first who called the 1915 events Genocide, in fact giving the start for the official recognition process of the Armenian Genocide.

The fourth stage of the Armenian Genocide is happening now until the Turkish government recognizes the historical hatred and killing of innocent Armenians. As long as Turkey, and many civilized countries, continuously deny the past, the present and the future of Armenians are endangered. 

The recognition of the Armenian Genocide, in its turn, largely depends on the indifferent scholarly community and their efforts to reveal the accurate picture of the previous century’s events, no matter how it is distorted and interpreted nowadays. 

Armenian Genocide as an academic discipline

As an example of human rights abuse in the latest history, the Armenian Genocide is included as an academic and research discipline in many countries outside Armenia. Therefore, there are many ways to study it for international students. 

Different universities worldwide offering the academic programs of the Armenian Genocide aim to create a community of researchers who will bring the topic to the global context. This means, while you will be studying the Armenian Genocide, your focus will be more significant: speaking up on the undeniable Genocide that happened in the 20th century and bring them to global conversations about human rights, witness, and genocide prevention. 

As one of the central academic spots to explore the discipline, you can check Oxford University’s Network for Armenian Genocide Research. As another option, Yale University includes the Armenian Genocide in its Genocide Studies Program

Besides, the topic of the Armenian Genocide is gaining more and more attention as global leaders start facing the necessity to speak upon it. In this regard, the latest breakthrough was on April 24, 2021, when the president of America, Joe Biden, publicly referred to the 1915 events using the term “Genocide.” After that, the global media spreads more awareness on the topic, providing alternative ways to study it, like New York Times “Teaching About the Armenian Genocide” lesson.

For more opportunities, you have on studying and conducting research on the Armenian Genocide, refer to 

Armenian National Institute

, where you will have all the Educational resources, Research materials, and other sources.