I’m back in Turkey and on a Fellowship to continue my Turkish studies. Here’s the program:
The U.S. Department of Education Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad program sponsors students pursuing advanced Turkish studies, utilizing the resources and facilities of Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, Turkey.
The program was initiated by the American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT) in 1982. It is designed to provide the equivalent of a full academic year course in advanced Turkish. Students, recruited nationwide, benefit from direct and constant exposure to the language and culture in its native setting. USED grant funds are used to support the advanced level language training of eligible undergraduate and graduate students, as well as faculty.
While always a U.S. ally with regional importance for Europe, Eurasia, and the Middle East, Turkey has increasing economic power and growing influence on democracy-building in the region. Turkish language programs in the U.S. have grown over the past decades, but have not been able to create stable programs that consistently complete the advanced levels. The Boğaziçi University program has proven to be an effective means of addressing this need by enabling students to achieve a proficiency level which can be maintained and improved independently. The program assists Middle East, Central Asian, European language and area studies centers as well as Islamic Studies in the United States in attaining their primary objectives; to prepare American students to pursue various careers related to Turkey, Central Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, and forges ties between the American and Turkish academic communities.