18th Programme of Scholarships for Foreigners in Greece, Academic Year 2012/13

Deadline: 29th of February, 2012
Open to: non-Greeks. University Professors of all levels (Ph.D. holders), postdoctoral researchers (Ph.D. holders), artists, post-graduate students and Ph.D candidates.
Scholarship: Category A: A round trip air-ticket for the grantee only. A monthly allowance of One Thousand Euros (€ 1.000).
Category C: A round trip air-ticket for the scholarship recipient. A monthly allowance of Eight Hundred Fifty Euros (€ 850.-)

In 1995 the Onassis Foundation established an annual programme of grants and scholarships for research, study and artistic endeavour within Greece. The programme is intended exclusively for non-Greeks: members of national academies, university professors of all levels, PhD holders, post-doctorate researchers, post-graduate students and doctoral candidates, artists, and teachers of Greek language, literature, history and culture in both primary and secondary education.
The Programme aims at promoting Greek language, history and culture abroad, thereby creating and encouraging ties of friendship and cooperation between members of the foreign academic community and their Greek counterparts.


Non-Greeks. Exceptionally and on a case-by-case basis, the programme may accept Greeks of the Diaspora, second generation Greeks, and Greeks who permanently reside abroad and have been studying or have been employed in foreign Universities for over 10 or 15 years, depending on the type of scholarship.

The programme also includes Cypriot citizens, who have studied and reside outside Greece, and are members of National Academies, University professors of all levels –doctorate holders and post-doctorate researchers– as well as distinguished artists.


The Programme covers the following fields only:
Humanities: Philology, Literature, Linguistics, History, Archaeology, Philosophy, Educational Studies, Psychology
Social Science (excluding Law): Political Sciences, Sociology, Political analysis, International and European Studies, Administration Sciences, Social Theory and Social Policy
Arts: Visual Arts, Music, Dance, Theatre, Photography, Film Studies, New Media

Category A: research grants
Number of Grants: Up to 15
Duration: From 3 up to 6 months maximum during the academic year Oct. 2012–Sept. 2013
Addressed to:
(a)     University Professors of all levels:  1) Full Professors (PhD holders) 2) Associate Professors (PhD holders), 3) Assistant Professors (PhD holders)  and 4) Lecturers (PhD holders)
(b)     Postdoctoral Researchers (Ph.D. holders) and
(c)     Renowned artists and musicians who wish to visit Greece in order to conduct scholarly research or to collaborate with educational or research or art institutions and organizations.
Condition: For cases (a) 1, (a) 2, (a) 3, (a) 4 and b) above, all applicants should have already finished their Ph.D. The grantees of category AI will be invited, on a case by case basis, to deliver a lecture or to conduct a seminar during their stay in Greece, either at the Onassis Cultural Centre of Athens or at a University or another research or cultural centre.
Subject of Research: The proposed research subject should be either directly related to the Greek culture, civilization and history or have an obvious social return for Greece.

  • The proposed research subject has to be an officially accredited programme.
  • The grantees (of case a-b) are bound to publish a scientific article or a chapter in a collective work or a book, dealing with findings deduced from their research granted by the Foundation, within a period of  twenty four (24) months from the use of their grant.
  •  A specific collaboration with a Full Professor of a Greek University

Category C: educational scholarship

Number of scholarships: 10
Duration: From 5 up to ten 10 months during the academic year Oct. 2012–Sept. 2013
Addressed to: Postgraduate Students & Ph.D Candidates
Age Limit: All candidates should be under forty [40] years old
Conditions: a) the field of study should be covered by the Programme (see above) b) at the time of application the applicants should be enrolled for a postgraduate course (Master’s, M.Phil., Ph.D) at a University either outside Greece or in Greece c) the scholarships are offered for research in Greece only


Category A
1.    The application form
2.    A copy of the passport page where your birth date is mentioned
3.    One (1) passport size photograph
4.    A letter including the following information:

  • The title, purpose and specific object of the research that the grantee intends to conduce in Greece. Additionally, the grantee must mention why it is judged necessary for him/her to carry out research in Greece
  • Specific officially accredited research programme publication plan/schedule (for cases (a) 1, (a) 2,  (a) 3, (a) 4 & (b) only)
  • Specific publication plan/schedule (for cases (a) 1, (a) 2,  (a) 3, (a) 4 & (b) only)
  • Specific collaboration with a Full Professor from a Greek Public University (for cases (a) 1, (a) 2,  (a) 3 & (a) 4 & (b) only)
  • Any research in Greece already completed or in which you are currently involved
  • Any previous collaboration with Universities or Institutions in Greece
  • The University or Institution and the Greek colleagues you will collaborate with
  •  The proposed period and place(s) of research in Greece. Please indicate whether travel within Greece will be necessary for your research and include a project plan of the trips you intend to make in Greece. While outlining your plan, please keep in mind that the month of August is not covered by the grant
  • Knowledge of Modern or Ancient Greek. Knowledge of the Greek language, whenever not necessary by definition for scholarly purposes, is not a prerequisite. However, elementary knowledge of the Greek language will be favourably taken into consideration

5.    An acceptance letter from a Full Professor of a Greek Public University stating his/her agreement to collaborate with the candidate on the specific project (only for candidates (a)1,(a)2,(a)3,(a)4 and b))
6.    A letter of the university that supports the research proposal
7.    Four (4) recommendation letters from Greece (if possible) and/or abroad
8.    All candidates of cases (a)1,(a)2,(a)3,(a)4 and b) above should also include a certificate from their university attesting their exact academic position
9.    All candidates of cases (a)1, (a)2, (a)3,(a)4 and (b) should include a photocopy of their Ph.D. degree
10.  A detailed Curriculum Vitae/ List of publications

Category C

1.    The application form
2.    One passport size photograph
3.    Official copies of all university diploma(s)/degree(s), with final grade(s), translated in either Greek, English or French and legalized by Public Authority
4.    Official transcript or university record showing grades obtained in each course for all previous years of study, where the final grade of the diploma / degree will be clearly stated
5.    A certificate from the University where the applicant is currently enrolled, attesting that he/she is enrolled for postgraduate studies/doctoral diploma and the exact title of the post-graduate thesis or the doctoral dissertation
6.    Official certificate attesting adequate knowledge of the Greek language. Please contact the relevant university departments or language schools or Greek embassy offices in your country for more information. Please note that basic knowledge of the Greek language is a necessary prerequisite for applying, unless the applicant can prove that the research can be conducted in another language. The certificate can be submitted at a later date, but no later than March 31st, 2012.
7.    Four (4) original recommendation letters, two (2) from outside Greece and, if possible, two (2) from Greece. In case the applicant has no contact with any persons in Greece, he/she may send four (4) recommendation letters from University Professors or qualified persons from abroad
8.    A complete Curriculum Vitae

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