What We Fund

Armenian Fellowships

What We Fund

Armenian Fellowships

Welcome to the H. Hovnanian Family Foundation’s Armenian Fellowships program, an initiative dedicated to empowering individuals of Armenian descent on the global stage. Through our Fellowships, we provide unique opportunities for talented Armenians to showcase their expertise at renowned international platforms, including competitions, exhibitions, festivals, and scientific conferences. By nurturing and supporting Armenian talents, innovators, entrepreneurs, thinkers, and creators, we believe in catalyzing not only their personal growth but also contributing to the broader development of Armenia.

Join us in fostering a new era of global representation and influence for Armenian excellence!

General Information

Program Parameters, Criteria & Selection Process

The H. Hovnanian Family Foundation's Fellowships are dedicated to individuals of Armenian descent seeking a unique platform to present in prestigious international events. These Fellowships are impartially awarded on an objective and nondiscriminatory basis to a diverse range of candidates, including students, professors, NGO leaders and employees, artists, athletes, academics, public health workers, and more. The focus of these grants is specifically on individuals who aim to showcase their expertise by presenting their works and creations at competitions, exhibitions, conferences, seminars, or other notable forums, providing a valuable opportunity for them to gain international recognition and contribute globally in their respective fields. An invitation to join a conference/seminar or other event is not sufficient, unless you are a speaker or a presenter.

Applicants are considered based on academic achievement and/or work experience, third-party recommendations, evidence of the applicant’s motivation, standing, character, ability and potential. Additionally, the level of importance and recognition associated with the event at which they plan to present will be a key factor in the selection process.

Fellowship requests need to be submitted 60 calendar days prior to the event and are reviewed by the Foundation staff, who are responsible for confirming eligibility and checking references, and submitting recommendations to the Board for approval.

Eligible Expenses

  • Participation/Attendance fees
  • Travel expenses
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Local transportation

Grant payments can be issued either as direct payments to the institutions from the Foundation or paid to the grantee as reimbursement. Additionally, transfers may occur in tranches for flexibility, accountability and efficiency.

Types of Events

1. Seminars and professional conferences as speakers

  • For academicians, think tank employees, researchers, NGO leaders to attend conferences germane to their area(s) of expertise and/or study for the purposes of giving a lecture, presenting a white paper at a university, or presenting ata seminar or professional conference

2. Competitions

  • Chess players to attend invitationals/competitions
  • Spelling bee champions to compete in nationals or internationally
  • Mock trial team at local university advances to next round of competition
  • Athletes to attend sports competitions

3. International exhibitions

  • Artists to display their works at international venues (exhibitions /concerts / festivals / biennales) to display their talents

Application Process

Please complete the Armenian Fellowship Application Form, and along with the required list of documents below send to [email protected] 

  • Passport copy
  • Current CV
  • Invitation/Acceptance Letter

Armenian Fellowships FAQ

  • Fellowship grants are available to students and non-students alike, including professors, non-profit leaders, artists, athletes, academics, scientists, public health professionals and other individuals who have been invited as speakers, presenters or competitors in academic, educational, cultural and athletic events.
  • Please see the "Application Process" section on the previous page.
  • Applicants for fellowship grants will be notified of a decision within 30 days of submitting a fully completed application.
  • No, although fellowship grants will be awarded on an objective and nondiscriminatory basis, we prefer to limit each applicant to just one submission at a time.
  • There is no deadline per se for submitting an application for a fellowship grant. Applications are accepted all year long and reviewed on a rolling basis as they are received. However, they will only be considered if the event is at least 60 days from the date a completed application is received by the Foundation. If the 60-day advance requirement is not met, applications will be considered ineligible.
  • Yes, those who have not been previously awarded a fellowship grant are welcome to reapply.
  • The range of fellowship amounts is wide, with the average size of the grant ranging from a few hundred dollars up to a maximum of $20,000.
  • Eligible expenses covered by our fellowship program include: attendance/registration fees, meals, airfare travel, local transportation, and hotel.