[MGSA-L] Greek Diaspora Fellowship Program kicks off in January

June Samaras june.samaras at gmail.com
Wed Dec 28 21:05:13 PST 2016

Greek Diaspora Fellowship Program kicks off in January

Scholars from across the Greek diaspora will come together and work with
Greek universities on a range of projects to help avert the nation's brain

Beginning in January, 21 Greek- and Cypriot-born scholars, hailing from a
cross-section of 16 prominent United States and Canadian universities, will
travel to Greece to conduct academic projects with their peers at Greek
universities, working 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 specific
needs at their institutions and in their communities, through proposals
submitted by faculty members and administrators at the Greek universities.

The Program is designed to help avert Greece's brain drain and develop
long-term, mutually-beneficial collaborations between universities in
Greece and the United States and Canada. It is managed by the Institute of
International Education in collaboration with the Fulbright Foundation in
Greece, and funded by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.

Over a period of two years, the program will award Fellowships to 40 US and
Canadian based academics to collaborate with universities throughout Greece
to develop curricula, conduct research, and teach and mentor graduate
students in priority areas identified by the Greek universities.

Projects supported by the first round of Fellowships include:
- Democritus University of Thrace will host a collaborative research
project in software development for neurosurgical planning‚ and curriculum
co-development for graduate student and medical fellow training in
neurosurgical procedures with a fellow from the University of Houston.

- A fellow from the University of Notre Dame will visit the National
Technical University of Athens to work on collaborative research in
earthquake engineering in order to enhance the resilience of communities to
seismic hazards.

- Aristotle University of Thessaloniki will host one fellow from the
University of Missouri, St. Louis and one from The Ohio State University to
assist with the creation of archival resources‚ research material and
identification of exhibits for a future Museum of Greek Diaspora and
Immigration in Greece.

"The Stavros Niarchos Foundation is thrilled both with the appeal and
interest the program has generated among academics of the diaspora, as well
as the wide ranging expertise of the first round of Fellows," Stelios
Vasilakis, Director of Programs and Strategic Initiatives at SNF said.

"We look forward to these partnerships, which we believe will build
long-lasting relationships and be beneficial to all parties involved. We
are grateful to the Institute of International Education for their
dedication to the program as well as the invaluable input of the esteemed
Advisory Council."

While Allan Goodman, President and CEO of the Institute of International
Education said The Stavros Niarchos Foundation's generous support for these
Fellowships "demonstrates the Foundation's commitment to expanding Greece's
human capital and investing in the country's long-term economic recovery".

Call for Project Requests and Scholar Applications for the second cycle of


Until January 31, degree-conferring universities in Greece can submit a
project request for visiting Fellows to come to their universities starting
in May 2017. Greek- and Cypriot-born academics residing in the United
States or Canada can apply at any time, and are matched with accepted
projects on a rolling basis. Prospective hosts and fellows can find
eligibility requirements and instructions in the 'How to Apply' section of
the program's website. Prospective hosts and fellows can also work together
to develop specific projects.

How the Projects and Fellowships Work
All projects are collaborations between the host institution and the
visiting Fellow. The proposed scholar and project requests are each
evaluated by a review committee based on merit and are subject to approval
by the Advisory Council. Fellowships match host universities with Greek-
and Cypriot-born scholars.

Host Institutions: Degree conferring institutions in Greece are invited to
submit a project request to host a scholar for 14 to 60 days. Prospective
hosts may name a proposed scholar with whom they have a preexisting
relationship in a project request, but this is not required. If a project
request does not name a scholar, IIE will review the roster of qualified
Greek- and Cypriot- born academics to fill the university's stated needs.

Prospective Fellows: IIE maintains a roster of qualified scholars to
facilitate matches, according to the discipline, expertise, activities and
objectives described in a project request. Candidates are required to have
a terminal degree in their field and can hold any academic rank. When a
scholar is successfully matched with a selected project, he or she is
awarded a Fellowship to conduct a project visit to the host institution.
The Fellowship includes a daily stipend, transportation, a housing
allowance and health insurance coverage during the specified length of the
project visit. Scholar applicants are also encouraged to contact
universities to explore collaborative projects.

For further information regarding the application process, email
greekdiaspora at iie.org

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June Samaras
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