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Short Term Conference and Travel Grant to Students and Young Academics in Armenia

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Short Term Conference and Travel Grants

Requirements, criteria and conditions

The Armenian Communities Department of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation is awarding short term scholarships to enable qualified students, early-career academics and researchers in Armenia to participate in activities related to their field of studies abroad. While most scholarships are awarded to students, academics and researchers in Armenia, a very limited number will also be available to students, academics and researchers from abroad that may wish to attend conferences and workshop in Armenia.
The objectives of the programme are to encourage academic interaction and exchange of knowledge and ideas. Scholarships will be awarded mostly for short-term travel grants. In rare cases, longer research/study trips will be considered, for up to three months maximum. The maximum grant amount will not exceed 2,500 USD.

Requirements for eligibility

Candidates wishing to apply for a Short Term Conference and Travel Grant to Students and Young Academics in Armenia must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a citizen or resident of Armenia
  • Be under 40 years old at the time of the application
  • Be (i) a Master or PhD degree student or (ii) a researcher from Armenia, wishing to attend international seminars, conferences, summer courses and other relevant activities related to his/her research field. The awards are open to all research fields, but humanities and social sciences will be privileged.

Selection criteria

The evaluation will be made according to the academic relevance of the proposed event or research trip to the candidate’s topic, his/her merit, the quality of his/her proposal, the international importance of the conference/seminar and the letters of reference.

Application Documents

  • A copy of the candidate’s passport (main page with personal data) or proof of residency in Armenia
  • Attested copies of university certificates, translated into English, if originals are not in English or French
  • Title and abstract of the paper accepted for presentation (proposal)
  • Letter of acceptance by conference/seminar organizers
  • A brief description of the conference/seminar and its relevance to the applicant’s research
  • Letter of support from supervisor(s)
  • A full curriculum vitae including list of academic publications (if any).

Application

Applications can be received throughout the year, no sooner than six months and no later than two months, before the forthcoming event and must be submitted online. If the applicant cannot participate in the conference/seminar/activity for any reason, including non-issuance of visas, the funds granted must be returned to the Foundation. Applicants can be awarded one Short Term Conference and Travel Grant to Students and Young Academics in Armenia per year and can receive a maximum of two grants overall. Submitted applications will be evaluated on a monthly basis.

To request further information please contact: carmenias@gulbenkian.pt

Who is eligible?

Graduate students (Master and PhD) and academics early in their careers under 35 years old wishing to attend international seminars, conferences, summer courses and other relevant activities related to his/her research field.  The awards are open to all research fields, but humanities and social sciences will be privileged.

Scholarships will be awarded mostly for short-term travel grants. In rare cases, longer research/study trips will be considered, for up to three months.

Applications are welcomed at any time of the year, no sooner than six months and no later than two month, before forthcoming events. Submitted applications will be evaluated regularly on a monthly basis.

This programme is an expansion of our current short term scholarship programme with Yerevan State University.

FAQ

How should I submit my application documents?

Application documents should be submitted via candidates MyGulbenkian portal. We only accept application on-line and not via email.

What should I do if I meet the criteria of two or more scholarship programmes provided by the Armenian Communities Department?

Candidates must select one of the scholarship programmes.

If I miss the deadline can I still submit my application?

The Armenian Communities Department does not accept applications after the established deadlines.

What is a grade clarification letter?
If not included in students’ grade sheet, a grade clarification letter should be sent to clarify the grade level scores used in their school/university. As an example, grades in Germany follow the assessment scale indicated in the table below:

International scale German scale
A (excelent / sehr gut) 1 – 1,5
B (Very good) 1,6 – 2,3
C (Good) 2,4 – 2,9
D (Satisfactory) 3,0 – 3,5
E (Sufficient) 3,6 – 4,00

Different universities use different systems and this must be explained.

Is there any formal requirements regarding the format of the research proposal?
The only established requirement is that it should be max. 5 pages. We advise candidates to use 1,5 line spacing and font 12.

Is there any formal requirements regarding the format of the research proposal?
The only established requirement is that it should be max. 5 pages. We advise candidates to use 1,5 line spacing and font 12.

What information should be included in the motivation letter?
We leave it up to candidate’s discretion to select what information they wish to include in their motivation letter.

Who should write the recommendation letter?
We leave it up to candidate’s discretion to select an appropriate supervisor or professor to write the recommendation letter. Obviously, the writer must be familiar with the student’s academic performance and must not be closely related to him/her.

Can the supervisor send the recommendation letter directly to the Armenian Communities Department?
The recommendation letter should be uploaded via candidates’ MyGulbenkian portal. However, in exceptional circumstances, when supervisors do not want to disclose the content to candidates, supervisors can send the letter directly to: carmenias@gulbenkian.pt. The name and file number of the candidate should be clearly written on the subject of the email. The ACD on occasion does follow up directly with the student’s supervisor to ask for further information after the letter of reference is submitted.

Can a student reapply to a scholarship the following year if the application is rejected?
Yes

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