Di­as­pora fel­low­ship pro­gram funded by SNF aims to forge col­lab­o­ra­tions, stop brain drain

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The Muse­ol­ogy-Cul­tural Man­age­ment Mas­ter’s pro­gram of the School of Ar­chi­tec­ture at Thes­sa­loniki’s Aris­to­tle Univer­sity has been se­lected to host two Greek di­as­pora schol­ars from the United States to work on a col­lab­o­ra­tive pro­ject for the cre­ation of archival re­sources, re­search ma­te­rial and iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of ex­hibits for a fu­ture re­search cen­ter and mu­seum on the Greek di­as­pora and im­mi­gra­tion in Greece.

The pro­ject, which fo­cuses on flows of peo­ple into and out of Greece through his­tory, is headed by Ma­toula Scaltsa, di­rec­tor of the Mas­ter’s Pro­gram, and Ge­orge Kalogeras, pres­i­dent of Mul­ti­eth­nic Stud­ies for Europe and the Amer­i­cas and ed­i­tor of the Gramma Jour­nal, to­gether with Pro­fes­sor Ge­orge Anag­nos­tou and As­so­ciate Pro­fes­sor Nikos Poulopou­los, fel­lows from Ohio State Univer­sity and Mis­souri Univer­sity, re­spec­tively.

Aris­to­tle Univer­sity is one of 12 Greek uni­ver­si­ties se­lected by The Greek Di­as­pora Fel­low­ship Pro­gram to host 21 Greek- and Cypriot-born schol­ars for col­lab­o­ra­tive projects that meet spe­cific needs at their in­sti­tu­tions and in their com­mu­ni­ties. The schol­ars, hail­ing from a cross-sec­tion of 16 prom­i­nent Amer­i­can and Cana- dian uni­ver­si­ties, will travel to Greece to con­duct aca­demic projects with their peers at Greek uni­ver­si­ties.

The Greek Di­as­pora Fel­low­ship Pro­gram is de­signed to help stop Greece’s brain drain and de­velop long-term, mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial col­lab­o­ra­tions be­tween uni­ver­si­ties in Greece and the US and Canada. It is man­aged by the In­sti­tute of In­ter­na­tional Ed­u­ca­tion in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Ful­bright Foun- da­tion in Greece, and funded by the Stavros Niar­chos Foun­da­tion.

Over a pe­riod of two years, the pro­gram will award fel­low­ships to 40 US and Cana­dian based aca­demics.

“The Stavros Niar­chos Foun­da­tion is thrilled both with the ap­peal and in­ter­est the pro­gram has gen­er­ated among aca­demics of the di­as­pora, as well as the wide-rang­ing ex­per­tise of the first round of fel­lows,” said Ste­lios Vasi­lakis, di­rec­tor of Pro­grams and Strate­gic Ini­tia­tives at SNF.

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