Onassis Fellowship Program for International Scholars on Greek Language, History and Culture

The Foundation announces its annual Fellowships Program for research in Greece, which is addressed to foreign nationals university professors of all academic ranks & postdoctoral researchers.

The announcement specifies the terms and conditions for applying to the program. Candidates are invited to carefully read the Announcement before submitting their application.

Fellowships announced

For foreign University Professors of all academic ranks:

  • Full Professors
  • Associate Professors
  • Assistant Professors & Lecturers
  • up to 3 fellowships
  • scholarly research in Greece for a period up to 3 months
  • on a specific research project in collaboration with a scientific institution or organisation in Greece
  • fellowships will be awarded in priority to candidates who explicitly declare that they have arrangements to deliver courses/seminars in the specific field of their research by participating in a teaching (or research) program or laboratory at a Public Greek University for a minimum of eight [8] hours per month

For foreign Postdoctoral Researchers:

  • up to 3 fellowships
  • scholarly research in Greece for a 3 to 6 month period
  • on a specific research project in collaboration with a scientific institution or organisation in Greece
  • this is primarily a research fellowship. However, fellowships will be awarded in priority to candidates who explicitly declare that they have arrangements to deliver courses/seminars in the specific field of their research by participating in a teaching (or research) program or laboratory at a Public Greek University during their stay in Greece for a minimum of eight [8] hours per month

Academic fields and Specializations*

  • Humanities
  • Computational Archaeology, Data Driven Archaeology
  • Computational Linguistics, Neurolinguistics, Natural Language Processing
  • Philosophy & Ethics -Applied Philosophy)(e.g.Ethics onΑΙ, Data Science, Biotechnology)
  • Special Education
  • Modern Greek Literature & Translation related to Cavafy’s Oeuvre

* Candidates may submit an application for only one specialization

Special Terms and Conditions

Eligible to participate are the following candidates:

  • Persons of non-Greek descent
  • Cypriot citizens are also eligible to apply provided they permanently reside and work outside Greece
  • Persons of Greek descent (second generation and on) are also eligible to apply provided they permanently reside and work abroad or currently study in foreign Universities
  • Scholars of Greek descent or citizenship provided they have a professional academic career of at least ten (10) years in a university or research institute abroad

All applicants must have already completed their Ph.D.

Former Fellowship Recipients of the Foundation can re-apply for a fellowship only if five (5) years have elapsed since their previous fellowship.

Former Fellowship Recipients of the Foundation who have twice received a fellowship cannot apply again.

No extension of the duration of the fellowship beyond the period mentioned in this announcement for each category will be permitted.

It is not possible to postpone or defer the fellowship to a later academic year.

Fulfilment of requirements

The Board of Directors of the Onassis Foundation places particular emphasis on candidatures taking into account the requirements listed below:

  • Researchers/fellowship recipients are bound topublish one or two scientific articles in a peer-reviewed peer review or scholarly journal or a chapter in  a collective work, a monograph 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 fellowship. They will refer to the Foundation as sponsor of the research.
  • Researchers/fellowship recipients must make arrangements for teaching activities through classes/seminars in their specific field of research. The above-mentioned activities must be part of the curricula of the relevant department or research laboratory of a University in Greece and should be organized in collaboration with the coordinator of the Fellowships Program for International Scholars who will arrange for the whole process.
  • Researchers/fellowship recipients will be invited, on a case-by-case basis, to deliver a lecture during the period of the fellowship. The place and time will be decided in collaboration with the relevant department of the Onassis Foundation.

Application process

Step 1: Online application until 28/2/2019

Step 2: Supporting documents to be sent by registered mail until 28/2/2019*

* date on postmark

Mailing address for supporting documents :

E-mail: fhadgiantoniou.ffp@onassis.org
Web: http://www.onassis.org

Required documents

  • One (1) passport size photograph
  • A copy of passport or ID
  • A detailed Curriculum Vitae/ List of publications
  • Α photocopy of the Ph.D. degree
  • Α certificate from the candidate’s University attesting the exact academic position of the applicant (for University Professors of all academic ranks)
  • A letter from the candidate including the following information and stated in the following order:
    • The title, purpose and specific object of the research that the candidate intends to conduct in Greece. Additionally, the candidate must mention why it is deemed necessary for him/her to carry out research in Greece
    • Any research in Greece in which candidates are currently involved
    • Any previous collaboration with universities, institutions or research centres in Greece
    • Description of the proposed lessons/seminars as part of the teaching activities
    • Names and contact details of the members of the greek academic community and universities, institutions or research centres the candidate intends to collaborate with
    • The proposed period for the fellowship
    • 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
    • An acceptance letter froma  full professor or tenured professor of a Greek Public University stating the professor’s agreement to collaborate with the candidate on the specific project. The professor certifies that s/he is willing to be responsible for the progress of the research/teaching activities of the candidate during the fellowship in Greece. The professor is bound to send, at the end of the fellowship, a final progress report with which s/he describes the benefits of the scientific collaboration with the fellowship recipient
    • A certificate of the academic institution, university or research center, to which the candidate belongs, that supports the research proposal of the applicant in Greece. The certificate should also state that the candidate is allowed to come to Greece for the realisation of the research project
    • Two (2) recommendation letters: one from Greece (if possible) and one from abroad. In case applicants have no contact with any persons in Greece, they may send two (2) recommendation letters from abroad. The letters of recommendation must be strictly addressed to the Onassis Foundation: Fellowships Program for International Scholars. Please note that photocopies of letters of recommendation will not be accepted. The letters can be included in the candidate’s file or be sent directly by post to the Foundation

Assessment process

Applications that comply with the requirements of the announcement and are accompanied by the adequate supporting documents are accepted for further assessment by the Foundation’s Scientific Advisors.

The Foundation’s Scientific Advisors (University Professors from Greece and abroad, specialized scientists) evaluate on their own free will the applications that fall under their scientific expertise.

Assessment criteria:

  • Candidate’s academic background
  • Recent publications in peer reviewed & scientific journals, conference presentations & research experience of the candidate
  • Originality of the research project, particular scientific interest and social reward for Greece
  • The text that analyzes the reasons for choosing the specific collaboration with the university department, the scientific laboratory or collaboration researcher in Greece
  • The reference letters and their signatories
  • During the assessment process, priority is given to candidates who have arranged to deliver courses/seminars in their field of expertise and especially on the subject of their research

Selection process & results

Upon completion of the academic evaluation, the decision to award or not a fellowship, based on the academic ranking and after examining all the parameters of the evaluated candidatures, is left to the absolute discretion of the Board of Directors of the Foundation, without having to justify its decision.

The results will be announced individually to the candidates in July 2019 through the Foundation’s website.

The decisions of the Board of Directors of the Foundation are final and there is no provision for appeal or re-evaluation of the applications.

Following the announcement of the scholarship results, the fellowship recipients are not allowed to modify the research program for which they have been assessed.

Application date
28 Feb 2019
Up to 6 months
Europe Greece
Humanities Anthropology & Ethnology Archaeology Architecture Art & Art History History Linguistics Literature Media Studies Music & Musicology Philosophy Social sciences Business and Administrative Sciences Demography Economics Gender Studies Geography International Relations Pedagogic & Education Research Political science Psychology & Cognitive Sciences Social Anthropology Sociology
Required post-doc experience: 
between 0 and 99 years
Grants available
Award granted
€ 1.300 + travel costs