Zoryan Institute Calls for Applications for Ph.D. Scholarships for 2006

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Date: January 13, 2006
Contact: George Shirinian
Tel: 416-250-9807

Zoryan Institute Calls for Applications for Ph.D. Scholarships for 2006

TORONTO, CANADA - The Zoryan Institute is now receiving applications for its Ph.D. Scholarship Fund for 2006. This fund is intended to assist Ph.D. students preparing their thesis on the Armenian Genocide or a comparative study with other genocides.

"The idea for this scholarship program originated with Mr. and Mrs. Dikran and Sonia Bal of Montreal," stated Roger Smith, Chairman of the Academic Board of Directors of the Zoryan Institute. "They wanted to encourage young scholars to engage in genocide studies, and the variety of subjects the students are researching is surprising, from history to law to the influence of genocide on identity and even on music."

Applicants must be currently enrolled full-time in an accredited Ph.D. program at a university in North America or Europe. They must be a Ph.D. candidate in good standing at the ABD stage, (i.e., all requirements for the PhD have been completed except for the dissertation).

Awards will be made on the following basis. First, academic excellence, based on a review of graduate transcripts. Second, two letters of recommendation from professors--at least one from a dissertation advisor who is sufficiently familiar with the project and can attest to the candidate's research skills and intellectual capabilities. Third, a six-page description by the candidate of the thesis, including theoretical approach to be used, methodology to be applied, and goals to be achieved, along with his/her assessment of the subject's importance in the context of current scholarship. Fourth, a sample of a graduate paper related to the thesis topic or a dissertation chapter, 25-30 pages in length, if preferred.

The following languages are considered an asset to the applicant's candidacy: Armenian, Ottoman Turkish, Modern Turkish, English, and German.

There are no restrictions as to the nationality of the applicant.

Applications, including an academic resumé or CV must be received by March 31, 2006.

The amount awarded will vary according to each application, and will not exceed $10,000 per year or $20,000 per individual in total, over the course of four years. Students will be re-evaluated every year.

For more information, please contact the Zoryan Institute, 255 Duncan Mill Rd., Suite 310, Toronto, Canada M3B 3H9, 416-250-9807, zoryan@zoryaninstitute.org.

The Zoryan Institute is the first non-profit, international center devoted to the research and documentation of contemporary issues related to Armenian social, political and cultural life. To this end, the Institute conducts multidisciplinary research, publication, and educational programs dealing with Armenia, the Armenian Genocide, and Diaspora, within a universal context.