Cyprus, an island in the eastern Mediterranean with an area of 3,572 square miles, is half the size of New Jersey, and twice the size of Rhode Island. It lies only 40 miles from Turkey at the nearest point, 500 miles southeast of mainland Greece, and 100 miles west of Syria. With a culturally rich and historically complicated heritage spanning over 8,000 years, Cyprus is a fascinating country to conduct research, both historical as well as modern.
At the present time, Cyprus is divided into two areas. The Government of the Republic of Cyprus (ROC) controls the southern two-thirds of the island, which is populated largely by the Greek Cypriot community. The ROC does not exercise effective control over the northern one-third of the island, which is administered by the Turkish Cypriots. Between the two areas is a buffer zone, also called the "Green Line," which is patrolled by the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) and is a restricted travel area. The Green Line runs through the center of Cyprus’ capital, Nicosia, and is the only divided capital city in Europe. However, despite the political division, the island is generally very peaceful and is often referred to as a point of stability in a sea of regional turmoil. In May 2004, Cyprus became an official member state of the European Union. Cypriot-led, U.N. facilitated efforts to reunify the island continue and are supported by the United States.
Despite its location, Cyprus is in many ways oriented towards the West. It has been a crossroads of diverse civilizations and cultures throughout its history, and as a member of the EU on its easternmost border, continues to be so. Cypriots generally speak excellent English, are used to meeting people from other countries, and take interest and pleasure in associating with them. Cyprus enjoys sunshine virtually year-round.
The Fulbright Scholar Program provides grant opportunities to American and Cypriot scholars to exchange ideas and views, participate in collaborative research activities, and enhance each country's discipline and cultural knowledge.
Please note that priority will be given to applicants who do not hold dual Cypriot/U.S. citizenship.