Letters of Recommendation and Letters of Support

Q: What is the difference between a Letter of Reference and a Letter of Support?
A: The Letter of Reference is part of the scholar application and must come from an administrator at the level of dean or higher from the scholar’s home institution. The Letters of Support are part of the project request. Two letters of support are required, one from the university rector and one from the department head.

Q: Can a scholar Letter of Reference or host Letter of Support come from an interim administrator?
A: Yes, but it cannot come from an associate administrator.

Host Eligibility

Q: Does the host institution have to have a doctoral or master’s program with a thesis option, or can you apply to an institution that only has undergraduate programs?
A: The institution does not have to have a doctoral or master’s program, but it must be an accredited university or college.

Q: Can I collaborate with an institution that is not based in Greece?
A: No. Only institutions based in Greece are eligible.

Q: Is there a limit to the number of Project Requests that can be submitted by one potential hosting institution/department or a limit to the number of Fellows who can be selected with an institution?
A: No limits apply.

Scholar Eligibility

Q: I am now a U.S./Canadian/Australian/South African/New Zealand citizen, does this make me ineligible?
A: No, as long as you were born in Greece/Cyprus or hold Greek citizenship, you are eligible.

Q: Do you fund direct costs related to research activities?
A: Yes. For selected host/fellows, you will be invited to submit an application for supplemental funds.

Q: Can I work with other Greek-born scholars currently teaching/working in U.S./Canadian/Australian/South African/New Zealand?
A: Yes, the program does support cohorts. Please note that each scholar must complete an individual scholar application and each of scholar must be named in the host institution’s project request.

Q: Are there a maximum number of potential fellows that can participate in a cohort project?
A: No. But keep in mind that the project request needs to justify the participation and expertise of each participant.

Q: Are full-time senior lecturers eligible?
A: Full-time senior lecturers from some fields are eligible to apply. Please contact GreekDiaspora@iie.org for more details.

Q: Will the GDFP provide funds for a host collaborator to travel to the U.S./Canada to visit the scholar’s home institution?
A: No. The GDFP only funds the scholar’s visit to the host institution.

Q: Can a diaspora scholar be named in more than one project request per selection cycle?
A: No. A diaspora scholar can only be named in one project request per completion cycle.


Q: My project was not selected in the last application cycle. Can I reapply with the same project idea with some revisions?
A: Yes, you can reapply with the same project idea. We recommend you read the Review Criteria and make changes in line with the guidelines. 

Q: Can I make changes to my scholar application once it has been added the roster?
A: Yes. Simply contact GreekDiaspora@iie.org and request that your application be released for editing.

Multi-Institutional Fellowships

Q: Can I work with multiple institutions on one project?
A: Yes, the program does support multi-institutional project requests. Please note that institutions you are working with must only submit one project request.

Q: How many host institutions can be involved in a multi-institutional project?
A: There are no restrictions regarding the number of institutions, but keep in mind that the project must be completed in one visit and the participation of each institution must be clearly justified in the project request.


Q: Is it possible to receive feedback on why a project wasn’t recommended or selected?
A: The GDFP program team does not provide feedback on non-recommended or non-selected project requests. If submitting in future application cycles, please consult the Review Criteria section.