Zvartnots Airport
Zvartnots Airport - Yerevan, Armenia

Do you want to incorporate Armenian themes and topics into your coursework?

Do you want to expand your knowledge about Armenia and Armenians by conducting research in Armenia?

USC Institute of Armenian Studies announces the Tufenkian Travel Scholarship to support student research in contemporary Armenian Studies or in any other field that requires travel to Armenia. Research areas include, but are not limited to language, cultural studies, economics, sociology, history, regional studies, environmental science, and political science. Comparative and interdisciplinary approaches are encouraged.

Each student funded by the program will receive a stipend that can be used to advance their research, including covering the cost of travel to access resources not available at their home institution. The stipend must be used to conduct research in Armenia. This can include fieldwork and interviews; conference, workshop and/or course participation; visits to archives and special library collections; internships at relevant institutions; implementation of surveys and other data collection. 


All applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. on March 9, 2020.

To Apply

Send the required materials and information to armenian@usc.edu.


The grant will cover up to $3000. Funds are typically paid as a one-time sum.


Full-time enrolled undergraduate students at USC. Students must be in good academic standing and be making satisfactory progress toward the completion of their academic program. Selection of a final candidate will be made after an in-person interview.

Application Procedure

Interested applicants should provide:

  • A 400-500 word project description
  • A detailed budget statement
  • A current curriculum vitae or resume
  • One letter of recommendation from a faculty member

The project description should include the project’s objective, the research plan and/or methods for achieving this objective (including a schedule or itinerary, if applicable), and the overall rationale for the research project.

The budget statement should detail the project’s travel and research costs and should list the sources used to determine those costs. The Tufenkian Travel Scholarship funds may not be used toward the purchase of materials. Research must be concluded by December, 2020.

The letter of recommendation should be from a faculty member familiar with the student’s academic work.