BELMONT, Mass. — In the first six months of the year, the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR) and the Knights of Vartan Fund for Armenian Studies (FAS) have awarded 20 grants to scholars from around the world. The list of awardees demonstrates the tremendous diversity of the subjects covered by these grants, many of which have been issued to graduate students or recent PhDs, as well as to established scholars and researchers, based in Armenia, Western Europe and the US.
The NAASR and the Knights’ FAS partnership, ongoing since 2007, has helped to help strengthen the field of Armenian Studies by providing grants to a large number of scholars and institutions. In recent years, efforts have been made to boost the level of funding available for grants in recognition of the increased demand from scholars and researchers and the shortage of available options for them. In 2016 and 2017, the amount of grants issued was nearly double that of 2014 and 2015.
A listing of grant recipients since 2011 available on www.naasr.org, covering both grants by NAASR and the Knights of Vartan FAS as well as jointly issued grants. Below is an alphabetical list of grant recipients thus far in 2017.
Scott Abramson, PhD candidate, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, UCLA. Grant issued by the Knights of Vartan Fund for Armenian Studies.
Rosie Aroush, Doctoral Candidate, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, UCLA. Grant issued by NAASR.
Gayane Babayan, graduate student, Central European University and Yerevan State University. Grant issued by NAASR.