Scholarships Dealing with Cyprus
Mediterranean Island Rich in Ruins and Emerging as a New European Escape
Closely tied to Greece and Turkey, the island of Cyprus offers a diverse and cultural marriage of both cultures. The laid-back, open country is perfect for students who may be a bit timid about going abroad since the region is heavy with security. A former British colony, Cyprus became independent in 1960, and is now part of the European Union, although there is some tension between Greek and Turkish residents of the island. As a result, both Greek and Turkish are the official languages.
Besides study time, students may also take advantage of the great beaches and ruins of numerous civilizations. Scholarships tend to focus on archaeology as well as language and culture.
One of the most sought-after scholarships among undergraduate students is the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships. Established by the federal government and intended to promote diversity in world leadership, the Gilman Scholarships target disadvantaged students. Eligible applicants must be Pell Grant recipients and excellent students. Even though there are more than 2,000 “Gilmans” handed out, there are exponentially more applicants competing for these generous awards. The awards provide winning candidates up to $5,000. If you want to study in Cyprus, look into this award.
The Washington, D.C.-based Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) offers nine Multi-Country Research Fellowships each year. This program is open to U.S. doctoral and post-doctoral scholars in the humanities, social sciences, or allied natural sciences. Scholars are required to conduct research in more than one country, at least one of which hosts a participating American overseas research center. These awards of up to $12,000 each are granted to scholars seeking to conduct research of regional or trans-regional significance.
Scholarships designed for archaeology students come from the Archaeological Institute of America.
- The Harriet and Leon Pomerance Fellowship awards students, especially graduate, who are concentrating in Aegean Bronze Age archaeology in the Mediterranean region. Up to $5,000 is given for students who wish to dig for artifacts in Cyprus. The more innovative and well-defined the project, the better.
- More than a dozen Jane C. Waldbaum Archaeological Field School Scholarships are administered to help students who are planning to participate in their first archaeological field work. Each award provides $1,000 to help pay expenses associated with participation in a field project with a minimum duration of at least one month.
- The Olivia James Traveling Fellowship supports travel and study in Cyprus and other Mediterranean countries. Preference is given to students working on their dissertation research or to post-doctoral students within five years of graduation. This generous $25,000 award is not intended to support field excavation projects.
The Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute provides graduate archaeology students from the U.S. and Canada with fellowship opportunities to pursue a research project tied to one of Cyprus’s active field projects:
- Helena Wylde Swiny And Stuart Swiny Fellowship, $1,000
- Anita Cecil O’Donovan Fellowship, $1,000
- Danielle Parks Memorial Fellowship, $1,000
The Institute of Current World Affairs celebrates professionals who are wishing to undertake customized studies in Cyprus separate from scholastic projects or dissertations. The John O. Crane Memorial Fellowships help individuals fund their projects. Applicants must be willing to share their experiences or utilize them in their professional lives to be considered.
Scholarships for Cypriot Students
The W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research funds the Getty Research Exchange Fellowship Program for the Mediterranean Basin and Middle East, designed to build cooperative partnerships between 15 participating countries, one of which is Cyprus. A Cypriot student who has already obtained a Ph.D. or earned professional experience in the field of art history can apply to undertake a specific art history research project in Algeria or Turkey. The winner will receive a travel and living expense stipend of $7,500.
AMIDEAST sponsors the Cyprus-America Scholarship Program, which provides funding for Greek- and Turkish-Cypriot students and professionals who wish to pursue studies at an American university. Eligible applicants must be enrolled in a college to be awarded scholarships. Preference is given to those studying degree programs and specialized training in fields that are deemed vital to Cyprus. This U.S. Department of State-funded initiative is designed to build confidence and trust between Greek and Turkish Cypriots.