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Do you want to incorporate Armenian themes and topics into your college experience? Do you want to expand your knowledge about Armenia and Armenians by traveling and conducting research abroad?

USC Institute of Armenian Studies announces the Tufenkian Travel Scholarship to support student activities and research in contemporary Armenian Studies broadly defined. Research areas include, but are not limited to language, cultural studies, the arts, economics, anthropology, sociology, history, regional studies, environmental science, and political science.

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 related to Armenia or Armenian Studies. 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; and other research-related activities.


All applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. on March 18, 2022.


The grant award will be anywhere between $1500 and $3000 based on the student’s research plan and proposed budget. 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.

To Apply

Send the following required materials to armenian@usc.edu by March18, 2022:

  • A 400-500 word project description
  • A detailed budget statement
  • A current curriculum vitae or resume
  • One letter of recommendation from a faculty member
  • USC Completed Course Summary, available on OASIS through the myUSC portal
  • Completed Student Information Sheet (available here: USC Tufenkian Research Scholarship)

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 2022.

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