Armenia enjoys a unique geopolitical location; it borders Georgia, Azerbaijan, Turkey and Iran, which makes the country a fascinating place for regional studies across disciplines. There is interest in joint research and publications and, under certain conditions, interested scholars can travel in the region. In some cases, the U.S. Embassy will provide support to Scholars who wish to serve as guest speakers in Georgia and Azerbaijan in addition to their grant activities in Armenia.
Armenians greatly value higher education. Armenia has a 99% literacy rate, and a high percentage of high school students go to universities. Quality higher education is outlined as one of the government’s strategic goals for economic development. Armenians are hospitable people and have positive attitudes towards Americans. Yerevan, the capital, is a safe city with a charming, pedestrian-friendly downtown area. The country is small and there are plenty of opportunities to travel and lecture at different universities and American Corners throughout the country.
In spring 2018 Armenia went through a major transition of power labeled by many as a velvet revolution. Armenia is firmly going through major reforms fighting corruption and making tangible steps towards strengthening democratic institutions and processes in the country. Here are some links to the articles from international news outlets: https://foreignpolicy.com/2018/11/07/armenias-democratic-dreams/; https://foreignpolicy.com/2018/10/15/the-counterrevolution-is-coming-to-armenia; https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-43948181. In fall 2020 a violent conflict broke out between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the Nagorno Karabakh, which left over 5,000 dead on both sides and resulted in redesigning the borders, especially in the southern part of Armenia. At the moment, travelling to the territotories bordering Azerbaijan is not recommended due to the lack of security. Articles in English can be found here: https://www.civilnet.am/news/2020/12/20/Uncertainty-Looms-Over-the-New-A... or https://www.civilnet.am/news/english-reports.
The COVID-19 details about Armenia can be found here: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/Internat...
The academic year runs from September through June with a long break for the holidays and exams from mid-late December through January. Grantees with academic-year grants are expected to remain in country, engaged in Fulbright-related activities such as guest lectures, consultations, etc., for all but approximately two weeks of that period.
The U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Section (PAS) will confirm affiliation and placement of Fulbright U.S. Scholars. Applicants may email Ms. Hasmik Mikayelyan, Cultural/Education Specialist, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about awards or university placement.
Here is a nice short clip covering some beauties of Armenia: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XO5KNNgfd_U