The Stavros Niarchos Foundation has announced a $1.25 million grant to the Institute of International Education to launch a fellowship program that enables Greek-born academics living in the United States and Canada to study at Greek universities.
Over the next two years, the Greek Diaspora Fellowship Program (GDFP) will provide Greek-born academics in the U.S. and Canada with fellowships enabling them to visit Greek universities, where they will develop curricula, conduct research, and teach and mentor graduate students. The program builds on the model that IIE and the Carnegie Corporation of New York created for the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program, which has connected a hundred and ten African diaspora scholars to universities throughout Africa over the past three years.
"The Greek diasporic communities around the world have always been and remain one of Greece's most important assets. The Greek Diaspora Fellowship Program will re-engage Greek academics who have left the country but want to contribute to strengthening its higher education," said Sarah Needham, an education program officer at SNF. "Over the years, numerous Greek-born scholars have established distinguished academic careers in both U.S. and Canadian universities. Most of them have maintained intellectual ties with the motherland, but until now there has not been an effort to engage them in an organized and systematic manner. We hope that by re-engaging them we will inspire short-term collaborations, as well as enduring relationships for the long-term benefit of Greece, putting a positive touch to the brain drain phenomenon that is reaching worrisome levels during Greece’s current socioeconomic crisis."