Modern Greek Studies Association

MGSA Fund for Innovative Initiatives

Biannual Submission Deadlines: October 1, April 1

This fund, for innovative initiatives in Modern Greek Studies, provides monetary support to institutions of higher learning and other professional organizations to support conferences, workshops, and other activities that promote Modern Greek Studies (including those of the Greek diaspora). Granted on a competitive basis, up to five grants will be awarded per academic year, each for a maximum award of $500. An institution may receive an award once every three years. Applications for support of individual activities will not be accepted.


Applicants should submit a brief proposal outlining their project in as much detail as possible (approximately 3 pages), including a project overview, a timeline for the project, and anticipated benefits to the field of Modern Greek Studies. Applications may also include a list of topics and speakers and evaluation forms to be completed by participants, if applicable. To apply, applicants must be current members of the Association. Applications should be submitted electronically to Vangelis Calotychos Executive Director of the Modern Greek Studies Association.

Award recipients must mention the MGSA’s co-sponsorship of the event on all publications related to the event, including emails promoting and reporting on the event. Award recipients must list the MGSA as a co-sponsor of the event as well as of any future project(s) that ensue from the activity. Upon completion of the activity, organizers must also submit a brief report to the Executive Director of the Association. The report may be disseminated to the membership of the Association electronically as well as through the MGSA Bulletin.

The Selection Process

Following each submission deadline, the Executive Director of the Association sends all funding requests to the members of the selection committee for evaluation. The criteria used in making this evaluation include:

Up to three awards may be granted in the fall application cycle. The number of awards granted in the fall will determine the numbers of awards that are available in the spring. If three awards are granted in the fall, then as many as two awards may be granted in the spring. If two or fewer awards are granted in the fall, then as many as three awards may be granted in the spring cycle. Once decisions have been made, the chair announces the winners of the competition to the MGSA Executive Director and to the members of the Selection Committee. All applicants are notified in writing by the chair of the committee.

The Selection Committee

The selection committee is comprised of three voting members who serve a three-year term. Committee membership is limited to two consecutive three-year terms. A new chair must be appointed every three years. The three members of the committee must reflect the diversity of the MGSA in terms of gender, academic standing, and academic interests. The chair of the committee must be a member of the MGSA Executive Board. The other two members must be current members of the Association but not of the MGSA Executive Board. The committee is appointed by the chair following the first meeting of a new Executive Board in the fall and assumes its duties on January 1 of the following year. It continues to serve for three calendar years. In cases when a member of the committee has conflict of interest, a temporary member will be appointed to the committee for the voting cycle in question.

Current Recipients

Martha Klironomos, San Francisco State University, and Yiorgos Anagnostou, The Ohio State University

A new online journal entitled
Ergon: A Journal of Greek American Transnational Studies.

Past Winners of the Grant

Constanze Kolbe, Indiana University Bloomington, and Paris Papamichos Chronakis, University of Illinois at Chicago

"Jewish Commercial Cultures in Global Perspective," Indiana University, Bloomington, Oct. 11-12, 2015

Martha Klironomos, San Francisco State University, and Yiorgos Anagnostou, The Ohio State University

"Revisiting Ludlow: 100-Year Anniversary of the Ludlow Massacre," SFSU, San Francisco, Oct. 3, 2014

Eleni Bastea, University of New Mexico,

"Cultures of Exile: Conversations on Language and the Arts," Oct. 2013

Martha Klironomos, SFSU

"Fourth Biennial Workshop on Modern Greek Language Pedagogy," Oct. 2012

Marina Terkourafi, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,

“The Contemporary Piano IV: Impressions from Greece,” Spring 2012

Gregory Jusdanis Ohio State University
May 1, 2010

The Teaching of Modern Greek Literature: What are the Texts in the Class?

Artemis Leontis, University of Michigan

Workshop on Modern Greek Language, March 2006.

Vangelis Calotychos, Columbia University

Symposium on Anagnostakis, April 2006.