13 JULY 2017 / Academic Excellence Scholarships in the field of Civil Society Organizations in the memory of Tzanetos Antypas

Within the next ten years, the Department of Political Science and International Relations (PSIR) of the University of Peloponnese, with an exclusive grant by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF), will offer twenty (20) scholarships in the memory of the Founder and President of the NGO PRAKSIS, Tzanetos Antypas, an emblematic personality of the Greek civil society, who left us early, leaving behind an important social work legacy.

The scholarships are aimed at strengthening scientific research regarding civil society and encouraging young people to follow the example set by Tzanetos Antypas in the field of social work.

The scholarships are allocated as follows: 

-ten (10) scholarships for postgraduate students in the Postgraduate Program «Governance and Public Policiy” (€3,500 per student).

-ten (10) scholarships for Doctoral Candidates (€9,000 per student), who will conduct research on issues of civil society, volunteerism, nonprofit organizations and NGOs.

Postgraduate students and PhD candidates will acquire high-level academic knowledge and skills in a Department that follows an interdisciplinary approach, in the subjects of economics and modern governance in the European and international context, as well as on the workings of civil society organizations specifically. They will strengthen their theoretical foundations and gain new opportunities to exploit their abilities, in order to enhance their career prospects in the dynamic field of community service. 

The Co-President of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Mr Andreas Dracopoulos, stated: “Tzanetos Antypas was a man of inexhaustible energy and vision, a real humanist, who carved a new path with his actions in the field of social service. For the SNF, Tzanetos Antypas was not only a close associate, but also a precious friend. Together, we designed and implemented a plethora of innovative programs that offer protection and life prospects to vulnerable social groups and to our fellow citizens who escape the social protection net. He left us early, leaving behind a great social work legacy and his untimely death has left a vacuum which will be hard to fill. Working with him was a real honor. We will always remember him and continue to support his wonderful work by encouraging and supporting—in practice—young people who wish to follow in his footsteps.”

The selection criteria: 

Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of four criteria: 

1) academic performance, as documented by academic degrees and academic activity,  

2)financial 

3) volunteer experience and

4) leadership skills

Selection process: 

The PSIR Department appointed Professor Asterios Huliaras as the Scientific Coordinator of the Scholarship Program, and formed a Three-Member Committee, composed of  Sotiris Roussos, Associate Professor, Nikolaos Tzifakis, Assistant Professor and Manos Papazoglou, Assistant Professor (Decision of the 82nd GA of 16.6.2017). The Scientific Coordinator and members of the Committee monitor the scholars’ academic progress and advise them on matters of research and career development.

Interested applicants will need to submit the following:

1) a recently updated curriculum vitae, following Europass standards, which will include academic achievements, volunteering experience, professional career information and any research activity.

2) a short “letter of motivation”, (up to 400 words) on why they believe that attending the postgraduate or PhD program will benefit their career in the NGO sector. 

3) the acceptance of their application to the Postgraduate Program “Governance and Public Policiy” or their application for a PhD thesis, by the PSIR GA.

4) a letter of recommendation from a person who can assess their professional experience and voluntary action, in collaboration with civil society actors. 

5) a copy of their income tax return statement for the recent fiscal year.

The documents substantiating the applicant’s academic and professional career are not required to be submitted along with the submission of the application dossier, but must be made available to the Evaluation Committee when requested. All applications must be submitted electronically by September 30th, of each academic year. The Academic Committee meets in the first week of each new academic year, i.e. in September, and decides on the allocation of scholarships. Those selected during the first stage of the selection process will be called for an interview by the members of the evaluation committee.

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation is not involved in the process of candidate selection and evaluation, for which the University of Peloponnese is solely responsible.

Payment of scholarships and obligations of scholars: 

For those selected for the postgraduate program, the €3,500 scholarship will cover the tuition fees as defined by PSIR, and the remaining amount will be paid upon the successful completion of the program within the stipulated time period and after obtaining the relevant certificate from the PSIR Secretariat. 

For those selected for the PhD program, the €9,000 scholarship will be paid in three annual installments, one per academic year, and the final one following the successful support of the dissertation and after obtaining the relevant certificate from the PSIR Secretariat. The PhD candidate must submit an annual Progress Report to the Evaluation Committee and the General Assembly of PSIR for approval. Furthermore, PhD Candidates must submit an annual copy of their tax return statement from the most recent fiscal year, by July 31st. The Committee assesses whether substantial progress is being made on the research project and whether the requirements for paying the installment to the scholar are being met. 

The President of PRAKSI, Mr Alexis Margalias, is appointed as an external evaluator, who has the ability to advise the Three-Member Committee and the Scientific Coordinator on the selection and progress of candidates, as well as on the improvement of the evaluation procedures. 

All funds are paid through the University of Peloponnese Research Committee (ELKE). All fellows are required to comply with the relevant PSIR regulations applicable to postgraduate students and PhD candidates. Fellows must inform the Three-Member Committee in good time if there are any reasons why the cannot complete the program for which they have been selected. 

Dates: 

The application deadline is September 30, 2017. Applications are submitted electronically at pedis@uop.gr. Subsequently, the three-member evaluation committee meets in the first week of October 2017, followed the scholarship selection process. 

Contact: 

Secretariat of the Department of Political Science and International Relations, University of Peloponnese, tel. +30 27410 40040
www.pedis.uop.gr