Armenian Language and Culture

Our first priority area is to promote the preservation of the Armenian language and culture, and the development of the diaspora by linking its different parts and by investing in education.

This priority area constitutes the largest segment of our programming as it brings together two elements that are at the heart of our mission: cultural preservation/production and education –  focusing on Western Armenian and scholarships.

Over half of our resources, 2 million US Dollars out of an annual budget of 3.5 million, will be devoted to this field.


Western Armenian

Western Armenian is an “Endangered Language” according to UNESCO, under the threat of disappearing if serious initiatives are not undertaken to reinforce it. The current generation is probably the last generation that can arrest or possibly reverse this process of not-so-gradual loss of a language that was a vibrant source of Armenian culture only half a century ago.

We aim to contribute to the training of teachers and young intellectuals who are capable of teaching Western Armenian and producing contemporary culture in the language. Importantly, we can be the catalyst to introduce innovative and modern approaches to language learning in the diasporan context.

Our support will be dedicated to strengthening the Western Armenian language through various means such:

  1. Armenian schools and other educational initiatives in the diaspora;
  2. Creation of a teacher education centre for Western Armenian;
  3. Academic centres and university-based initiatives that teach Western Armenian and culture, research the use of Western Armenian or contribute to Armenian studies; and
  4. Use of New Technologies innovative language teaching methods.
Full list of schools supported in 2014 (PDF) Full list of schools supported in 2015 (PDF)



Providing university scholarships to Armenian students around the world has been our signature programme. We will continue with these scholarships but instead of giving hundreds of small grants that constitute small part of a student’s overall budget, we will give fewer scholarships but in greater amounts.

The scholarship programme is divided into seven categories:

  • The Calouste Gulbenkian Global Excellence Scholarship for Armenian Students
  • The Calouste Gulbenkian Armenian Studies Scholarship
  • Western Armenian Teacher Education Scholarships
  • Short Term Conference and Travel Grants to Students in Armenia
  • The Calouste Gulbenkian Undergraduate Studies Scholarships
  • Support to Armenian University Students Studying in Portugal
  • Emergency Scholarships

The total anticipated budget for the scholarship programme is approximately one million US Dollars per year.

To apply for a scholarship please see our How to Apply page.

Please consult the annual grants below to see the full list of projects (excluding schools and scholarships) funded under this priority.

Grants 2014 (PDF) Grants 2015 (PDF)