Since 2008, TCA has been providing scholarships to support individual students from American minority communities – including Native Americans, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Armenian Americans – who pursue part of their education in Turkey. With this new grant, we seek to provide a general incentive to American educational institutions to choose Turkey as a study tour destination for their students. With increased interest in Turkey and its region, TCA's grant is designed to support such study tours by decreasing participation cost for students, hence increasing participation.
(Note: Minority students who participate in a TCA-sponsored Study Tour are not eligible for additional funding under the TCA Minority Scholarship Program.)
How to Apply
TCA accepts applications for the Study Tour Grant between January 15 through February 15 of the calendar year in which the study tour is planned. A limited number of study tour grants are awarded for each calendar year. Grant notifications will be made by March 31st of each calendar year. All applications must follow the proposed letter of intent format available here.
The letter of intent should be submitted electronically along with a cover page, daily itineraries and a projected budget - including a list of other sources of funding - to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2012 TCA Study Tour Grant Participants
In 2012, TCA grew its Turkey Study Tour Grant Program by continuing to support educational tours organized by American universities to Turkey. In its second year, four universities received TCA grants totaling 20,000 USD.
George Washington University
George Washington University (GWU) received a $8,500 grant for a ten-day graduate level Comparative Management class tour to Turkey titled ‘East Meets West in Turkey.’ The trip in May 2012 brought 17 students to corporations in Istanbul, Bursa and Cappadocia. Read more.
Community College of Philadelphia
A repeat-recipient of TCA study tour grants, the Community College of Philadelphia (CCP) was awarded a $3,000 grant to bring 6 students to Turkey on a ten-day trip to explore Istanbul’s rich history and culture. Read more.
Syracuse University’s School of Architecture received a $5,000 grant from TCA to bring 10 students to explore Istanbul’s ancient and modern architecture. The ten-day trip enabled students to assess architectural traditions in contemporary Istanbul within a larger cultural context. Read more.
Alfred University received a $3,500 grant from TCA for its ‘Istanbul 2012: Crossroads of Civilization’ to enable 6 students to travel to Istanbul for a 4-week trip at the end of a semester-long course exploring Turkey’s historic and contemporary significance. Read more.