The DVVI Xchange Program: Sites of Memory is an exchange and information sharing program run through the collaborative efforts of DVV International and the Hrant Dink Foundation as part of the “Hrant Dink Memorial Site” project. It seeks to take 20 individuals – researchers, students, activists and young professionals of different disciplines and professions – working on memory and memorial sites and provide them with the opportunity to gain new experiences on this topic. It does so by sending each participant to a site of memory/conscience located in a foreign country for a period of 4-8 weeks.
The program will send a total of 20 participants chosen from among applicants to foreign countries in three different phases: in the first phase, eight selected participants will be sent between August 2017-December 2017; in the second phase, ten selected participants will be sent between January 2018 – December 2018; and in the third phase, two chosen participants will be sent between January 2019 – March 2019 to the destinations of their choosing.
Applicants to this program should:
- Be above the age of 18,
- Speak the national language of his/her selected host country, or speak a foreign language widely spoken in that location.
- Have worked, be currently working on, or wish to work on the topic of ‘memorial sites/memorialization’.
The program strongly upholds the principle of equal opportunity and thus seeks to ensure that our participants reflect the diversity of ethnicity, gender, cultural identity and beliefs that exists in Turkey.
For this reason, priority will be given to applications coming from outside of Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir; young participants with no prior experiences of travel to a foreign country; and female applicants.
Those interested in participating in this program can apply by sending their motivation letters, justified country preferences, at least one reference letter and their resume to this address. The motivation letter should be no longer than 2 pages and should be written in both Turkish and a second language fitting the host country (either the national language or a foreign language widely spoken at the host country – for example, English); the reference can be given by either a person or an institution.
The applicants can select a maximum of 3 host countries of interest and should provide an explanation of why they chose these particular institutions.
The program will cover all expenses of visas, travel insurance, domestic and international travel and accommodation, as well as provide a travel allowance to meet the basic needs of the participant while abroad.
We highly recommend that every applicant should read the program principles, which detail the program’s objectives and conditions of participation, before applying to the program.
Application Deadline: 12 September 2017, 17:00
Selection Committee: Sibel Asna, Bülent Bilmez, Ayşe Öktem