In 1995 the
Foundation established an annual program of grants and scholarships for
research, study and artistic endeavour within Greece. The educational program
is intended exclusively for non-Greeks: members of national academies,
university professors of all levels, PhD holders, post-doctorate researchers
and doctoral candidates. Exceptionally and on a case-by-case basis, the
program may accept Greeks of the Diaspora, second generation Greeks, and
Greeks who permanently reside abroad and have been studying or have been
employed in foreign Universities for over 10 or 15 years, depending on the type
program also includes Cypriot citizens, who have studied and reside outside
Greece, and are members of National Academies, University professors of all
levels –doctorate holders and post-doctorate researchers– as well as
Over the two decades of its operation, the Foreigner’s Fellowships program went through successive phases in order to meet the standards of a dynamic and interdisciplinary project.
aims at promoting Greek language, history and culture abroad, thereby creating
and encouraging ties of friendship and cooperation between members of the
foreign academic community and their Greek counterparts.
The selection of scholarships for foreigners or research grant recipients is based on the positive reviews of the Academic Advisors Committees of the Foundation and is validated by the Foundation's Board of Directors.
The said Committees comprise University Professors (some of which are also former scholars of the Foundation), specialized scientists and renowned artists, whose participation and contribution are both honorary and voluntary. Former scholars of the Onassis Foundation, who now occupy academic posts, also offer their voluntary contribution.
The grantees and scholarship recipients of this Program since the beginning of its operation, come from 65 countries: Albania, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, Congo, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, Moldavia, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Pakistan, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, S. Korea, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, S. Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, The Netherlands, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uruguay, U.S.A., Uzbekistan, Venezuela.
In 2001 the Foundation, following the successful publication in Greek of the Greek Scholars' Album, produced the first bilingual (Greek-English) Album of Foreign Scholars, which records their academic and professional progress.
The number of scholarships awarded by the Foundation to foreigners varies from year to year. On average, 35 scholarships are awarded annually. During the 20 years of the Program's operation (1995 – 2015), 823 research grants and educational scholarships have been awarded, amounting to $10.849.404.