THE ARMENIAN NATIONALITY ROOM
Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs
University of Pittsburgh
After more than a decade of organizing, planning and fundraising, the Armenian Nationality Room was dedicated on Sunday, August 28, 1988. Inspired by the architectural beauty and stone masonry of the 10th- 12th century Sanahin Monastery, the room’s design and features were based on the monastery’s maternadaran (library). Arches built from Indiana limestone, form the base for the dome which culminates in the opening to the sky or yertik. The Armenian Nationality Room possesses unique features such as the gold-leafed alphabet developed in 404 A.D. and still in use as well as the heritage wall bearing the names of historically important Armenians from the 1st century B.C. to the 20th century. A cross is carved into the Room’s solid white oak door with a relief of Mt. Ararat on the top. A basalt stone from the grounds of Sanahin serves as the cornerstone. In the mortar behind it are the thumbprints of five of the oldest Armenians living in Pittsburgh and the hand print of six-month-old Nora Shnorhokian, then the city’s youngest Armenian, symbolizing the continuity of the Armenian presence in western Pennsylvania.
Intercultural Exchange Program
The Armenian Room Committee enhances the Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Program’s (NRIEP) mission of preserving and promoting understanding of Pittsburgh’s diverse ethnic heritage. This is done through the construction of Nationality and Heritage Rooms, Summer Study Abroad Scholarships, faculty grants, international fellowship and cultural events. To accomplish the cultural exchange mission, the NRIEP and the Armenian Room Committee have created the Armenian Room Fellowship for an Armenian scholar to conduct research at the University of Pittsburgh during the Fall Term. The scholar will conduct research focusing on best-practices methods in his or her field with the hope that it will contribute to the body of knowledge in Armenia.
THE ARMENIAN ROOM FELLOWSHIP
The Armenian Room Fellowship is offered to enable an Armenian postgraduate scholar in any academic or professional field to conduct independent research at the University of Pittsburgh for the Fall Term with the hope that the research will enhance the applicant’s career and potentially contribute to Armenia’s advanced learning.
An applicant must be a resident citizen of Armenia who will return to Armenia following the completion of the fellowship to continue the pursuit of his or her career. Successful applicants must have completed a recognized university degree. Individuals currently pursuing a higher education degree are not eligible. In addition, a successful applicant will have had several years of work experience in his or her field. Near fluency in spoken and written English is also required. Results of the IELTS or TOEFL must be a minimum score of 6.5 on the IELTS or 75 on the TOEFL. Test results must not be older than two years. See the application form for alternatives to IELTS or TOEFL results.
There are four steps in submitting an application for the Armenian Fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh:
1) The first step is the preparation of:
- A detailed narrative of your academic background, research, and any publications.
- A detailed curriculum vitae (c.v.) that includes both academic qualifications, professional experience, and research completed.
- A detailed statement of purpose clearly stating the nature, purpose, and methodology of the research that will be conducted at the University of Pittsburgh. The statement of purpose may also state the intended goal of the research in relation to its future use in or importance to Armenia.
2) The second step is to review professors (faculty) at the University of Pittsburgh in the appropriate field to determine who may share similar academic and/or professional interests. (A contact list of the different schools at the University of Pittsburgh is found below.)
After identifying a faculty member who may share your research interest, send the faculty member a detailed e-mail or formal letter introducing yourself as an applicant to come to the university as a visiting research scholar through the Armenian Room Fellowship program for one term, including the narrative of your background, your c.v., and statement of purpose. In the communication, ask if the faculty would be willing to act as an informal research mentor while at the University of Pittsburgh in the Fall term. You should state that you would like to be able to meet with the faculty member to discuss your research and possibly guide you to appropriate resources at the University of Pittsburgh so that you can take full advantage of the time that you will have at the University of Pittsburgh.
If the faculty member agrees to act as an informal research mentor, please request that they communicate that agreement to you so that you may submit that information in your application. The faculty member must write a letter of support on your behalf and send to Cristina Lagnese at firstname.lastname@example.org.
3) The third step is to complete and submit the application form after completing steps one and two. The application is attached here. Your completed application must be submitted by the deadline of March 30.
4) If your application is accepted by the review committee, you will receive a formal letter of invitation and materials will be sent to the Office of International Services to issue the document required to apply for a J-1 Visiting Scholar visa as the consulate of the United States in Armenia.
LENGTH OF STAY:
The research will take place during the Fall Term which is between mid-August through mid-December - approximately four months. In order to find suitable housing, fellows will be required to arrive two weeks before the term begins.
The application deadline is March 30 of each year.
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