Priorities and Activities

The Armenian Communities Department of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation works in the domains of language, culture, education, research and civil society. The overall goal of the Department is to strengthen and valorise the Armenian language and culture in the Diaspora, to enhance education, and to contribute to the consolidation of democratic values in Armenia. We have grouped our activities into four strategic pillars that constitute our key areas of intervention.

Language and Culture

To promote and contribute to the vitality of the Armenian language and culture in the Diaspora, particularly Western Armenian.


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To provide support to Armenian and Armenian Studies university students and researchers and to promote, more generally, research on Armenian subjects, notably on contemporary issues.


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Initiatives in Armenia

To support civil society and intellectual creativity in Armenia in order to consolidate democratic culture.


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Armenians in Turkey

To assist cultural and educational institutions in Istanbul and elsewhere that valorise the Armenian presence in Turkey, and to contribute to the improvement of Armenian-Turkish relations.


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