Fellowship offered to Armenians, Turks
Hrant Dink Foundation is launching a fellowship program in an attempt to normalize Turkish-Armenian relations.
The program offers around 18 professionals from Turkey and Armenia the chance to live and follovv a special agenda in the host countries for 4 to 8 months, according to a press release from the foundation.
At least 63 organizations from Turkey and 25 from Armenia are ready to act as hosts in the two countries, the statement said.
“Individuals are also invited to propose their own project ideas, other than the fellowship opportunities offered by the listed host organizations,” said the statement.
The fellovvships focus on crossborder leaıning opportunities in academia, civil society, media, culture and arts, translation and interpreting and language-learning, and lavv.
Citizens and legal residents of Turkey and Armenia can apply for the fellovvships. The deadline is July 20.
The program is financed by the EU.
The Hrant Dink Foundation vvas founded in 2007, the year of Dink’s assassination, to realize his dream of normalizing relations betvveen the tvvo countries. He vvas editor-in-chief of the Turkish-Armenian newspaper Agos and vvas considered one of Turkey’s most prominent Armenian voices.
Relations betvveen the tvvo countries have been poor since the 1915 incident that took place during World War I.
The Armenian diaspora and government describe the 1915 events as genocide and have asked for compensation.
Turkey says that, although Armenians died during deportations, many Turks also died in attacks carried out by Armenian gangs in Anatolia.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan offered condolences in April of this year for the Armenian deaths that occurred during the incidents of 1915 – a first for a Turkish statesman.