Presently Artak Hambardzumyan is a fellow at Dünya Newspaper, Turkey’s leading business and finance journal, as part of the Turkey-Armenia Fellowship Scheme established by the Hrant Dink Foundation. He is currently working at the foreign desk of the magazine and prepares articles about Armenia-Turkey economic relations under closed state borders.
Currently Irena is a fellow at the Migration Research Center of Koç University in Istanbul, as a part of the Turkey-Armenia Fellowship Scheme. She will be contributing to the Forced Migration Resource Database, as well as will carry out an individual research project on Armenian and/or other ethnic minorities among Syrian refugees in Istanbul.
Meri Khachatryan is currently one of the fellows of the Turkey-Armenia Fellowship Scheme launched by the Hrant Dink Foundation at Istanbul Bilgi University Center for Migration Research. Within the framework of this Programme, Meri has an opportunity to live in Istanbul for six months and study the migration legislation of Turkey, in particular the rights of Armenian citizens in Turkey, procedures for obtaining a residence permit, acquiring citizenship or a refugee status, registering marriages, birth and death, obtaining other documents and making corrections in those documents, as well as the authorities of Turkish state bodies in the sphere of migration.
Ruben is currently a fellow at Istanbul Policy Center, Sabanci University as part of the Turkey-Armenia Fellowship Scheme established by Hrant Dink Foundation. His current research is focused on the role of NGO’s in the democratization process in Turkey. He will also do a fellowship at the Center for International and European Studies at Kadir Has University, focusing on Turkey-Armenia relations in the context of the Black Sea region.
Yervand has also completed his internship in DVV International Armenia focusing on the impact of lifelong learning and adult education in people’s life. Yervand is currently in Istanbul as a fellow for the Turkey-Armenia Fellowship Scheme supported by Hrant Dink Foundation at Hafiza Merkezi (Truth Justice Memory Center). The Center aims to uncover the truth concerning past and present violations of human rights, strengthen the collective memory about those violations and support survivors in the pursuit of justice.
In 2010, Armen established ‘Human Rights and Conflicts Research Institute’ NGO, aiming at the commitment to the universal ideas of human rights, peace, equality and tolerance in the South Caucasus and Armenia in particular through encouragement of youth inclusion in the process of building healthy and peaceful societies via non-traditional, alternative solution methods of regional conflicts and international disputes. Being inspired by the results of one of his researches, named “Classical Music as an Alternative Powerful Tool to Bridge Conflict-torn Societies”, Armen implemented a project, aimed at bolstering the confidence building process in conflict-affected states, utilizing the universal language of classical music as a relevant ‘mediator’. Armen established a Multinational Youth Symphony Orchestra, named “Melodies of PEACE” which started and will continue its peacemaking endeavour to bridge the gap and uphold the synergetic linkages among musicians and grassroots of conflict-torn societies through classical music concerts.
Armen joined the “Union of Manufacturers and Businessmen (Employers) of Armenia” (UMBEA) in 2012 to manage the economic strand of the two-year USAID-funded “Support to Armenia-Turkey Rapprochement” project, aiming at facilitating the normalization process between Armenia and Turkey through creation of new economic/business partnerships and business platforms. During his employment in UMBEA as External Affairs Specialist, Armen managed local, national as well as international entrepreneurship-related projects, carried out socioeconomic impact assessment analyses, and established numerous multilateral business partnerships. Throughout his youth work activities, Armen has implemented various cross-cultural dialogue sessions, participated and conducted a number of short-term programmes/training courses both in local and international level mainly in the sphere of peacebulding/conflict management and human rights. Armen acts as Project Manager and Translator at IT Company and works on projects aiming at modernization of Information Systems of the Customs Authorities of the Republic of Armenia.
As one of the fellows of the Turkey-Armenia Fellowship Scheme launched by the Hrant Dink Foundation, Armen is hosted by the Department of Translation and Interpreting Studies at Boğaziçi University and will be engaged in two joint projects, by developing professional skills and competences in translation and simultaneous interpretation (English-Turkish and vice versa) and completing his PhD thesis on typological-contrastive analysis of modern Armenian and Turkish languages, by cooperating with the Department of Linguistics at the same university.
In 2010, Aykut was granted with the European Union’s Jean Monnet Scholarship and did his second MA at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), Anthropology & Sociology Department, Migration and Diaspora Studies Program. Over the course of his MA degree studies at the SOAS, he conducted fieldwork on the emergence of London’s Armenian community.
Aykut has been a PhD student at the Anthropology Department of University College London (UCL), since 2010. He conducted an ethnographic fieldwork in Turkey and Armenia between 2011 and 2014. At present, he is busy with doing the final editing of his PhD thesis entitled “Islands of Unity.” Over the course of his PhD, Aykut was also involved in Anadolu Kultur’s Speaking to One Another Local History Project as a tutor and also worked as an analyst at KONDA Research and Consultancy Co., one of the most reputable and respected research companies in Turkey.
As one of the fellows of the Turkey-Armenia Fellowship Scheme launched by the Hrant Dink Foundation, Aykut will be visiting the Department of Diaspora Studies at the Institute of Archeology & Ethnography of the Armenian National Academy of Sciences. He is planning to conduct an ethnographic fieldwork on the historical emergence of the Armenian Diaspora and specifically the transformation of Armenia-Diaspora relations following the collapse of the Soviet Union.
As part of the Turkey-Armenia Fellowship Scheme established by the Hrant Dink Foundation Okan will carry out his fellowship activities, in Caucasus Research Resources Center Armenia, where he will conduct preliminary studies for extending his research into the Armenian intellectual field in future.
She started to practice alternative pedagogies and worked in Waldorf School in Rio de Janeiro for two years, by teaching language with music. Then she continued applying alternative education in Turkey, by providing English, Spanish and Music lessons. Besides language teaching, she made musical studies with Kurdish, Arabic and Turkish children for two years. When she discovered Sirvart Karamanuk, she implemented the Western Armenian children’s songs project at Kara-Murza Music Collage in Gyumri.
Within the scope of the Turkey-Armenia Fellowship Scheme established by Hrant Dink Foundation, Duru is carrying out her fellowship in “Mkhitar Sebastatsi” Educational Complex, realising educational (language teaching through alternative pedagogy) as well as music (Sirvart Karamanuk and Armenian Children’s songs, Western Armenian composers) projects, with various musicians and children at the school.
As one of the fellows of the Turkey-Armenia Fellowship Scheme launched by the Hrant Dink Foundation, she will be hosted by the Russian-Armenian University, where she will conduct Turkish language classes for students with some basic knowledge of the language. Eastern Armenian classes will contribute to her future doctorate studies on the stories of the Armenian Genocide survivors.
He started his career with spot news and photo-reportage as a Photojournalist. In this process, Haydar felt closer himself to storytelling, thus he continues his work in this field. Haydar’s photographs were published in The New York Times, Der Spiegel, Die Wochenzeitung, Amnesty Journal, Sputnik International and other local and international publications. His photozine entitled “dark harmonies” was published with Fail Books in 2017. Haydar was a participant of group photo exhibitions in Istanbul, Ankara, Yerevan and Berlin and he continues working with Nar Photos in Turkey.
Within the Turkey-Armenia Fellowship Scheme established by Hrant Dink Foundation Haydar will carry out his fellowship at 4Plus Documentary Photography Center, by producing a photo story, focusing on the issues of young people in Armenia.