Turkey-Armenia Travel Grant continues to increase direct contacts and to promote cooperation between the peoples of the two neighbouring countries.
In the eighth round of the Turkey-Armenia Travel Grant, we received a total of 84 applications from both countries. We are delighted to announce that in this round, the Hrant Dink Foundation will be offering support in the form of a travel grant to a total of 40 individuals – 29 from Turkey, 11 from Armenia – for their visits to the neighbouring country with specific purpose and programme.
You can follow experiences and impressions of Turkey-Armenia Travel Grant beneficiaries through the Turkey-Armenia Beyond Borders website.
Turkey-Armenia Travel Grant 8th Round Grantees
Ecem Sarıçayır from Istanbul, teaching and research Assistant at Kadir Has University, will be supported with the travel grant to visit Yerevan, for doing research about her master thesis ‘Borderscapes and Architecture’.
Ahsen Eravcı, Batuhan Kava, Fatma Murat, Furkan Demirbaş, Hale Kaşka, Melike Bilgin, Nur Cansu Yardımcı, Özge Kaya, Rabia Kutlu and Selen Duruşkan from Istanbul, members of theBoğaziçi University Center for European Studies Student Forum (CESSF), will be supported with the travel grant to visit Yerevan, for making research on Syrian Armenians and doing interviews about their stories of migration.
Anahit Hayrapetyan from Abovyan and Nazik Armenakyan from Yerevan, members of 4Plus Documentary Photography Center, will be supported with the travel grant to visit Diyarbakır, for taking part in the Diyarbakır International Photography Days.
Elif Yağmur Turan from Uşak, nominated by United World College Turkish National Committee, will be supported by the travel grant to study at UWC Dilijan College during her Second Semester, Spring 2017.
Miqayel Voskanyan, Gurgen Ghazaryan, Movses Ghazaryan, Arman Peshtmaljyan and Davit Melkonyan from Yerevan, members of the music band Miqayel Voskanyan & Friends, will be supported with the travel grant to perform at ‘A Corner In the World Festival’ in Istanbul.
Sabri Umut Bozyıl from Istanbul, will be supported with the travel grant to visit the border villageBagaran, for meeting with villagers and making contacts to find the cast for his fiction movie taking place in Bagaran village.
Mehmet Akar from Izmir, will be supported with the travel grant to visit Yerevan, to interview representatives of civil society organisations as part of the research for his thesis about the role of civil society in Armenia-Turkey relations.
Serdar Güneri from Istanbul, Secretary General of AFS Volunteers Association, will be supported with the travel grant to visit Gyumri “Youth Initiative Center” NGO, for meeting youth organisations to discuss the development of exchange programmes between the young people of Armenia and Turkey.
Andranik Israyelyan from Yerevan, will be supported with the travel grant to visit Istanbul andAnkara, for making interviews with academics, researchers, bureaucrats and journalists for his PhD thesis on Armenian-Turkey normalization process with “Football diplomacy”.
Şant Zincir from Istanbul, board member of the Association of Architects and Engineers (HAYCAR), will be supported with the travel grant to visit Yerevan, to meet engineers and architects and to develop new partnerships.
Anna Vardanyan, Anahit Davidyants, Gohar Hakobyan and Lusine Nazaryan from Yerevan, working for Sputnik Armenia International, Veradardz Foundation, Aravot Magazine and Public Radio of Armenia, will be supported with the travel grant to visit Istanbul, for covering the medal awarding ceremony for Sevan Nişanyan initiated by the Veradardz Foundation.
Gizem Özgüven from Istanbul, member of Kalem Literary Agency, will be supported with the travel grant to visit Yerevan, to meet publishers and explore possibilities for further cooperation among publishers from Turkey and Armenia.
Fatma Yılmaz from Istanbul, coordinator at Istanbul Tanpınar Literature Festival (ITEF), will be supported with the travel grant to visit Yerevan, for meeting literary agencies and publishing houses to introduce Turkish literature and ITEF events.
Cem Koray Sezer, Esra Kuzucu, Sevda Baysal and Tanyel Süzer from Antalya, will be supported with the travel grant to visit Gyumri and Yerevan, to meet civil society organisations working on girls’ empowerment and youth, to exchange know-how, and to discuss the development of joint empowerment programmes.
Güneş Ünal from Istanbul, student of urban planning and architecture department at Istanbul Technical University, will be supported with the travel grant to visit Yerevan and other sites in Armenia, for her research on the Armenian architecture and to make contacts for possible cooperation in joint cultural heritage protection.
İhsan Karayazı and Gamze İnceli İpek from Istanbul, members of Kars Urban and Culture Research Association, will be supported with the travel grant to visit to Gyumri, Yerevan andDilijan, for meeting restaurant owners and chefs, and for organising a joint culinary workshop on common gastronomy heritage with chefs from Turkey and Armenia.
Aylin Cilasın and Mustafa Emir Cilasın from Çanakkale, members of the Çanakkale Koza Youth Association, will be supported with the travel grant to visit ABCD Innovation Center in Yerevan, to strengthen their existing cooperation and to plan future projects together.
Stepan Epremyan from Diyarbakır, will be supported with the travel grant to visit Yerevan, to conduct research about Armenian traditional liturgics and folk music.
Turkey-Armenia Travel Grant is waiting for your applications!
Between July 2016 to July 2017, thanks to the European Union funding Turkey-Armenia Travel Grant will continue to support at least 180 individuals and non-profit civic initiatives from Armenia and Turkey to travel to the neighboring country for their activities and studies in various thematic fields, by covering their international and domestic travel costs.
Next Deadline for Applications: 24 November 2016
Please read the Turkey-Armenia Travel Grant Regulations before submitting your application.
Click here to fill in the application form for the Turkey-Armenia Travel Grant.
For you questions, you can contact the project coordinators Anna Yeghoyan, Armenuhi Nikoghosyan and Nazlı Türker through [email protected]
Turkey-Armenia Travel Grant Selection Committee Members
In 2016-2017, Hrant Dink Foundation will administer the Turkey-Armenia Travel Grant with the financial assistance of the European Union within the framework of the programme Support to the Armenia-Turkey Normalisation Process – Stage II in collaboration with the Eurasia Partnership Foundation (EPF) and Gyumri “Youth Initiative Centre” NGO (YIC) in Armenia.
On September 13, 2018, Urban Foundation for Sustainable Development (UFSD) hosted a workshop on “Exchange of Best Practices in Plastic Waste Management between Armenia- and Turkey-based CSOs and Practitioners.” The workshop is part of a project that contributes to the development of cooperation between environmentalists, waste management practitioners, businesses and local authorities of Armenia and Turkey through sharing best practices in plastic waste management. The grantee, Urban Foundation for Sustainable Development in partnership with the Union of Diyarbakir Young Businessmen organized a 1-day workshop in Diyarbakir with participation of 20 representatives of local authorities, plastic waste management practitioners, environmental CSOs, businesses in the field of plastic waste separation and recycling from Armenia and Turkey. The workshop was followed by a study visit to Plastic Waste Recycling Plant in Diyarbakir, as well as a follow-up exchange workshop in Yerevan. Based on the results of the study visit and workshops UFSD will produce a booklet on the best practices of plastic waste management in Armenia and Turkey. The project will result in an increased awareness of stakeholders of the plastic waste management practiced on the other side of the border, as well as will provide an opportunity for networking between practitioners and businesses focusing on plastic waste management. Representatives of local authorities may consider replicating the best practices in plastic waste management in their own communities.
This activity took place within the framework of the Sub-grants Scheme implemented by Eurasia Partnership Foundation as part of the “Support to the Armenia-Turkey Normalization Process” programme, funded by the European Union and the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs.