What We Fund

U.S. Fellowships

What We Fund

U.S. Fellowships

Fellowship grants are provided to individuals who reside in the United States or abroad, students and non-students alike, with a demonstrated ability in the subject matter for which the individual is applying for a fellowship.  For US-based Fellowships, preference will be given to individuals residing in New Jersey and will be provided directly to individuals or to the registered institutions with which they are affiliated.

General Information

Program Parameters, Criteria & Selection Process:

The Fellowship grants will be awarded on an objective and nondiscriminatory basis to students, professors, NGO leaders, artists, athletes, academics, public health workers, etc. for the purpose of achieving a specific objective, producing a report or other similar product like a presentation or research paper, or improving or enhancing a literary, medical, artistic, scientific, teaching, cultural or another similar capacity, skill, or talent of the grantee.  In addition, we envision awarding such Fellowships to:

  • Support those who want to further pursue research and academic career development to the benefit of their community through training, conferences, and seminars;

  • Foster professional exchange among participants, scholars, researchers, artists, public health specialists, change-makers, community leaders, scientists, athletes, through event attendance be it a conference, seminar, exhibition, or competition;

  • Improve or enhance a literary, artistic, musical, scientific, teaching, cultural, or another similar capacity, skill or talent of the grantee.

Applicants will be considered based on academic achievement and/or work experience, financial need, third-party recommendations, and evidence of the individual’s motivation, standing, character, ability and potential drawn from these recommendations.

A preference for a Fellowship Award will be given to individuals resident in New Jersey, predominately from Ocean and Monmouth Counties, and to individuals of Armenian descent.   

Fellowship requests will be reviewed by Foundation staff, who are responsible for confirming eligibility and checking references, and submitting recommendations to the Board for approval.

Eligible Expenses for Fellowships:     

  • Participation/Attendance fees 

  • Travel expenses 

  • Hotel 

  • Meals 

  • Local transportation 

A Sampling of Possible Fellowship Opportunities:   

  • Seminars and professional conferences 

    • For academicians, think tank employees, researchers, NGO leaders to attend conferences germane to their area(s) of expertise and/or study for the purposes of giving a lecture, presenting a white paper at a university, or attending a seminar or professional conference to improve their skills and knowledge base.   

    • For hiking/ecotourism NGOs to attend conferences on trail stewardship, best practices, sister city trails, etc.  

    • For public health specialists to attend best practice seminars and conferences in order to bring back new ideas and implementation strategies to their communities 

  • Competitions 

    • Youth-ranked chess players to attend invitationals/competitions for advancement 

    • Spelling bee champions to compete in nationals or internationally 

    • Mock trial team at local university advances to next round of competition 

  • International exhibitions 

    • Artists to attend exhibitions / display their works if accepted into competitions like biennales or other opportunities to increased exposure  

Application Process

Application Process:

In addition to completing the U.S. Fellowship Grant Application Form, applicants must submit proposals that include:

  • Executive Summary
  • Needs Statement / Purpose for funding request
  • Impact: expected results/short-term and long-term goals to be achieved
  • Proposed Budget
  • Invitation from institution or organization sponsoring the event/conference with an indication on whether a general invitation to attend or to be an invited presenter or moderator of the event/conference
  • Current CV

U.S. Fellowships FAQ

  • Fellowship grants are available to students and non-students alike, including professors, non-profit leaders, artists, athletes, academics, scientists, public health professionals, etc...
  • Please see the "Application Process" section in the previous page.
  • There is no deadline per se for submitting an application for a fellowship grant. Applications are accepted all year long and reviewed on a rolling basis as they are received. However, they will only be considered if the event is at least 90 days from the date a completed application is received by the Foundation. If the 90-day advance requirement is not met, applications will be considered ineligible.
  • Applicants for fellowship grants will be notified of a decision within 30 days of submitting a fully completed application.
  • The range of fellowship amounts is wide, with the average size of the grant ranging from a few hundred dollars up to a maximum of $20,000.
  • No, although fellowship grants will be awarded on an objective and nondiscriminatory basis, we prefer to limit each applicant to just one submission at a time.
  • The Foundation will make fellowship payment(s) to the section 501(c)(3) university or educational institution for the fellowship recipient, if such an institution is involved in the lecture, professional conference or seminar. All other fellowship expenses will be provided by the Foundation to the third-party vendor for the benefit of the grantee or to the grantee, subject to them providing proof of payment to the requested conference/event and other expenses.
  • Eligible expenses covered by our fellowship program include: attendance/registration fees, meals, airfare travel, local transportation, and hotel.
  • Yes, those who have not been previously awarded a fellowship grant are welcome to reapply.