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Cambridge Inter-Faith Programme


Call for Research Proposals

Early career researchers (within 4 years of PhD degree) and advanced level PhD candidates are invited to submit proposals for projects on Armenian-Turkish relations with a contemporary focus.

Applications across social sciences and humanities are eligible, such as political science, economics, sociology, anthropology, modern history and religious studies.

Researchers will obtain a visiting scholar position at the Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge. Their work will receive feedback from senior academics.

They will be asked to participate in an online workshop in July 2021 and then a final workshop at the University of Cambridge in December 2021.

The application deadline is 24 May 2021, 5:00pm (BST). Applications should be sent to

Eligibility: All researchers who hold a PhD degree or have successfully passed their viva by the time of the application and have received their degree after 1 September 2016 are eligible. All PhD candidates, who have already submitted their PhD work, are also eligible, provided that the research project to be submitted for this call is not part of their PhD project. Applications may be made by independent scholars who also fulfil the above-mentioned conditions.

What types of projects are eligible?

All projects within the field of social sciences and humanities that focus on relations between Armenians, Turks, and other communities that have surrounded them are eligible. The project must have a contemporary focus.

How much funding is available?

Seven grants, of up to 12,000 GBP per applicant, will be awarded. Joint applicants can ask up to 24,000 GBP. The awards are provided to cover the cost of the expenses arising from a defined research project.

How will the payments be made? 

Researchers will receive one payment at the beginning and one payment at the end, after the delivery of the outputs. The funds will be made available to the researchers directly from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon.  

How long should the projects last?

The funding period will end by March 30, 2022.

What are the deliverables/outputs?

The grantees should agree to take part in the two workshops at the beginning and the end of the funding period.

The researchers should have submitted a research paper for publication in an academic journal, a policy paper submitted/available online or through a policy magazine, and have one newspaper article detailing research results to a non-expert audience published by the end of the funding period.


The application should include 


The name(s) of the researcher(s)

Summary of the project (max 300 words)

Detailed project description that includes the research question, the state of the art in the respective area of research, methodology, contribution of the project to scholarly research, potential contribution of the project to Armenian-Turkish relations, the anticipated outputs, impact, and the target audiences. (maximum 4000 words).

Work plan

Applicants should ask one referee to directly send a letter by the application deadline.


The projects will be evaluated by a panel of senior researchers who will assess the projects on the following criteria.


Scholarly importance

Suitability of the method

Feasibility and the specificity of the research programme

Intended outcomes

Potential contribution to Armenian-Turkish relations

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