Modern Greek Studies Association

MGSA Innovation Grant 

Biannual Submission Deadlines: October 1, April 1

This grant, intended for the enhancement of Modern Greek Studies projects, provides monetary support to institutions of higher learning and other professional nonprofit organizations to support conferences, workshops, the digitization of research materials and other web-based educational projects, as well as other activities that promote Modern Greek Studies (including those of the Greek diaspora). 

Granted on a competitive basis, several grants are typically awarded per academic year. Individual awards will range from $500 to $1,000. For longer term projects that are particularly valuable to the field, applications for a second or third year of funding will be considered.  Preference may be given, however, to applications that are proposing new, innovative projects. Applications for support of individual activities will not be accepted.

Individuals submitting applications on behalf of an institution must be current members of the Association and should submit a brief proposal outlining their project in detail (approximately 1-2 pages). The following questions should be answered in the proposal. Applications that do not address each of the questions will be regarded as incomplete and not considered for funding. 

Applications should be submitted electronically to Vangelis Calotychos, Executive Director of the Modern Greek Studies Association.

If awarded an MGSA grant, all publications related to the project, including emails promoting and reporting on the event, as well as any future project(s) that may ensue from the activity, must include the following statement acknowledging MGSA co-sponsorship:

“Funded in part by the Modern Greek Studies Association (with the MGSA logo)”

Finally, applicants and/or their institutions must also submit a closing report of no more than 500 words to the MGSA Executive Director, Vangelis Calotychos, within six months of the activity’s completion. The report may be publicly disseminated by the MGSA on its website, through the MGSA Bulletin, or other media.

MGSA Innovation Grant FAQs:

Who is eligible to apply for an MGSA Innovation Grant?

I teach or work outside of North America. Am I eligible to apply for this grant on behalf of my institution, which is abroad? 

I am not a tenure track faculty member. May I apply for this grant?

Can the grant be applied retroactively for a project I have already developed?

I currently serve on an MGSA committee. Am I eligible to apply for this grant?

I am a past recipient of the MGSA Innovation Grant (previously MGSA Innovative Initiatives Grant). May I apply again? 

What kind of information should I include in my grant proposal?

Can the budget include a stipend for instructors?

Does the grant allow for the purchase of food or beverages?

Am I required to coordinate my application with my institution’s research office?

How do I submit my proposal?

What is the timeline for this grant?

What is expected of successful applicants?

“Funded in part by the Modern Greek Studies Association (with the MGSA logo)”

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.

Past Winners of the Grant

Vassiliki Rapti, founder of Citizen TALES Commons (a Cambridge-based civic art and media non-profit and translation collective), for the production of a series of thirty-minute comprehensive podcasts on the work of Greek American poets.

Paris Papamichos Chronakis, Royal Holloway University of London, for a two-day hybrid transnational workshop titled “‘Refugees and the City’ Displacement and Urbanization in Post-Imperial Eastern Mediterranean and South Asia.”

Yiorgos Topalidis, Samuel Proctor Oral History Program, University of Florida, for the project, “Mapping Migration from Late Ottoman Empire to the United States between 1900 – 1924.”

 Georgios Giannakopoulos (Visiting Research Fellow) at the Center for Hellenic Studies, King’s College, London, U.K. for a conference, follow-up workshop, and eventual publication of an edited volume on the global history of the Greek-Turkish conflict of 1922.

George I. Paganelis (Curator, Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection) at California State University, Sacramento for a digitization pilot project of 23 rare and unique Greek American newspapers and journals held by the Tsakopoulos Collection.

Tina Bucuvalas (Florida Cultural Resources, Inc.) for the translation of her edited volume, Greek Music in America, published by the University Press of Mississippi (2018) and winner of the 2019 Vasiliki Karagiannaki Prize for Best Edited Volume in Modern Greek Studies. 

Dr. Maria Boletsi (Marilena Laskaridis Chair of Modern Greek Studies, University of Amsterdam) & Dr. Dimitris Papanikolaou (University of Oxford) for a proposal to migrate, modernize and maintain a dedicated website for the project “Rethinking Modern Greek Studies in the 21st century: A Cultural Analysis Network.”

Dr. Maria Kaliambou (Hellenic Studies Program, Yale University) for the organization of a symposium titled “The Greek Revolution and Greek Diaspora in North America,” at Yale University, in Fall 2021.

Penelope Papailias, University of Thessaly, and the "Greek Future Archive of Socialities under Quarantine" project.  October, 2020

Hellenic Education & Research Center & the Greek Epigraphic Society GIO. Translations with commentary of Ancient Greek inscriptions to modern Greek. October, 2019

Yiorgos Anagnostou & Christopher Brown, Ohio State University.
Student-produced audiovisual archive of interviews with Greek Americans, April 2018.

Vassiliki Rapti, Emerson College,
Interactive digital game for advanced language teaching, April 2016.

Martha Klironomos, San Francisco State University
A new online journal entitled
Ergon: A Journal of Greek American Transnational Studies, October 2015

Constanze Kolbe, Indiana University Bloomington, and
Paris Papamichos Chronakis, University of Illinois at Chicago
"Jewish Commercial Cultures in Global Perspective," Indiana University, Bloomington, October, 2015

Vasiliki Tsitsopoulou, Pioneering conference on “Early Cinema in the Balkans and the Near East: Beginnings to Interwar Period.” Athens June 4-5, 2015. Poster Program

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, October 2014

Eleni Bastea, University of New Mexico, "Cultures of Exile: Conversations on Language and the Arts," October 2013

Marina Terkourafi, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,
“The Contemporary Piano IV: Impressions from Greece,” Spring 2012

Gregory Jusdanis Ohio State University
The Teaching of Modern Greek Literature: What are the Texts in the Class? May, 2010

Artemis Leontis, University of Michigan
Workshop on Modern Greek Language, March 2006.

Vangelis Calotychos, Columbia University
Symposium on Anagnostakis, April 2006.