Discovering the Future
Support to outstanding PhD candidates, who (wish to) conduct PhD studies in STEM-related fields at leading universities in Armenia
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General Information
About the Program

FAST Fellowship program supports outstanding Ph.D. candidates of Armenian descent or citizens of the Republic of Armenia, who (wish to) conduct Ph.D. studies in STEM-related fields at leading universities in Armenia.

The program provides the fellows with financial and institutional resources, allowing them to focus on their research areas and generate scientific breakthroughs, which can boast a bigger impact on the overall economy of the country.

Multiple fellowships will be available for current and prospective Ph.D. students and degree-seekers:

  • Full fellowships, each worth annually $7000
  • Partial fellowships, each worth annually $3500

Fellowships will be awarded an opportunity to apply for an extension to continue the Fellowship program, which will depend on the academic progress, and other duties carried out during the year by the fellow.

Required Documents

Following documents must be submitted to FAST:

  • Research proposal (maximum 5 pages, written in English)
  • University enrollment letter for a 2nd and 3rdyear applicant
  • At least two writing samples, in which the applicant appears as the sole author
  • Copy of valid passport or ID card
  • Official university transcript to demonstrate GPA converted to maximum 4.0-scale
  • Letter of support for the application
  • CV (in English)
  • Foreign language test certificate*
  • Copies of university diplomas and transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation

Selection Process

After evaluating the applications and conducting the initial interviews, FAST will invite the shortlisted candidates for an interview with the selection committee. The interview will give the candidates an opportunity to manifest their fundamental skills, talents, and motivation which are essential for the fellowship. Final decisions in awarding fellowships will be made based on the interview results. Those applying to extend their fellowship do not need to submit a new application. At the end of the academic year, these applicants must submit a final report. Based on that report, the selection committee will decide whether to extend the fellowship or not.

Duties and Responsibilities

FAST expects fellows to contribute to the development of science and technology in Armenia by designing innovative products and generating scientific breakthroughs in their respective fields.

Fellows are required to perform their respective responsibilities including the following:

  • Stay connected with FAST throughout the fellowship period
  • Participate in seminars, roundtables, and conferences, when required by FAST
  • Publish articles in scientific journals, preferably in journals indexed by Scopus and Thomson Reuters
  • Provide biannual reports on their academic progress
  • Avoid academic misconduct - academic misconduct will result in immediate suspension from the FAST Fellowship
  • Display professional conduct while using social media outlets
  • Serve as FAST ambassadors by spreading information about the fellowship and other FAST projects through digital media outlets and during different academic events

Career Opportunities

During the Fellowship program, FAST will provide the fellows with exceptional networking opportunities. The fellows will be introduced to the leading Armenian companies and institutes, participate in FAST global initiatives and international events. They will be given a chance to propose new frameworks for cooperation with FAST and its partners to kick-start or continue their professional development. They will possibly be nominated for job placement or academic mobility programs abroad.

Meet Our Fellows
Meet Our Fellows

Arevik Amiryan

University: Institute for Physical Research of NAS, Armenia; Université Bourgogne – Franche-Comté, France

Field: Atomic physics

Research topic: Experimental and theoretical investigation of Faraday Rotation and Faraday Type Rotation resonances

Maria Antonosyan

University: Yerevan State University, Armenia

Field: Genetics

Research topic: Genetic reconstruction of palaeoecology in Karin Tak cave

Mariam Arutunian

University: Yerevan State University, Armenia

Field: Static code analysis

Research topic: Multiplatform framework based on binary static analysis for programs defects detection

Hayk Aslanyan

University: Russian-Armenian University, Armenia

Field: Determination of bugs

Research topic: Detection of defects based on comparison of old and new versions of programs

Hripsime Atoyan

University: Yerevan State University, Armenia

Field: Biology

Research topic: Diversity and distribution of toxoplasmosis and its agent in Armenia

Tatevik Baghdasaryan

University: National Polytechnic University of Armenia; Universidad de A Coruna, Spain

Field: Problem of tailings

Research topic: Mining industry especially in tailings area

Hovhannes Demirtshyan

University: Byurakan Astrophysical Observatory of NAS, Armenia

Field: Astrophysics

Research topic: Integrations of fields in Myers-Perry black hole

Sargis Gasparyan

University: IO ICRANet Center, Armenia

Field: Active galactic nuclei

Research topic: Multi-wavelength emission from flat-spectrum radio quasars

Hovakim Grabski

University: Russian-Armenian University, Armenia

Field: Biochemistry

Research topic: Express drug research: Identification of novel quorum-sensing inhibitors against antibiotic-resistant human pathogen pseudomonas aeruginosa using structure-based virtual screening

Tigran Hakobyan

University: Yerevan State University, Armenia; St. Petersburg University, Russia

Field: Number theory

Research topic: The symplectic space of formal modules

Tigran Ishkhanyan

University: Institute for Physical Research of NAS, Armenia; Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Russia; Université Bourgogne – Franche-Comté, France

Field: Quantum dissipative two-state problems

Research topic: Linear quantum level-crossing two-state models in terms of the Heun functions

Lilit Khachatryan

University: Center for Ecological-Noosphere Studies of NAS, Armenia

Field: Biology

Research topic: Assessing ecosystem services and ecological tolerance of raxinus excelsior and plantau orientalis in city of Yerevan

Vachik Khachatryan

University: A. I. Alikhanian National Science Laboratory, Armenia

Field: Experimental Nuclear physics and astrophysics

Research topic: Low pressure multi-wire proportional chambers on nuclear astrophysical processes

Tigran Mkrtchyan

University: A. I. Alikhanian National Science Laboratory, Armenia

Field: Physics

Research topic: Measurement of inclusive jet production cross-sections using the ATLAS detector

Maria Nikoghosyan

University: Russian-Armenian University, Armenia

Field: Complex diseases

Research topic: Development of new approaches of evaluation of genetic disease predisposition in different populations

Gagik Ohanyan

University: Russian-Armenian University, Armenia

Field: Radiophysics

Research topic: Some issues of linear and non-linear optical properties of ellipsoidal quantum dots

Davit Sargsyan

University: Yerevan State University, Armenia

Field: Mathematical cybernetics and mathematical logic

Research topic: Subsets in finite fields uniquely determined by their pairwise. Sums collection

Hovhannes Shmavonyan

University: A. I. Alikhanian National Science Laboratory, Armenia

Field: Integrable models in complex and quaternionic projective spaces.

Research topic: Integrable generalizations of systems with inverse square potential

Torgom Yezekyan

University: Yerevan State University, Armenia

Field: Quantum dipole emitter

Research topic: The role of the phase-shifted response of metal nanostructures at fluorescence of quantum emitter

Eligible Institutions
  • Yerevan State University
  • Yerevan State Medical University after Mkhitar Heratsi (Only for candidates who are willing to pursue PhD in fields of science associated with deep research, e.g. biochemistry)
  • National Polytechnic University of Armenia
  • Russian-Armenian University
  • Armenian National Agrarian University
  • European University
  • A.I. Alikhanyan National Science Laboratory (Yerevan Physics Institute)
  • Scientific Research Institute of Energy
  • Center for the Advancement of Natural Discoveries using Light Emission
  • Life Sciences International Postgraduate Educational Center
  • National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia
  • Research Laboratories and Centers, the Ministry of Agriculture
  • Vanadzor State University
  • National University of Architecture and Construction of Armenia

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the FAST Fellowship, the applicant must:

  • Be a citizen of the Republic of Armenia or be of Armenian descent
  • Be no more than 35-year-old at the time of the application
  • Need to have applied or be in the process of applying for a university Ph.D. program
  • Need to have completed a master's degree in a relevant field of studies while maintaining an average GPA of 3.7 or higher
  • Possess an upper-intermediate level of English -? formal foreign language proficiency certification is necessary, minimum scores required: TOEFL iBT - 79, IELTS - 6.5 (candidate will be given two more months to retake the language exam in exceptional cases if the research proposal is of extraordinary quality)
  • Have two letters of recommendation from established researchers, faculty members or previous employers

Additional criteria for 2nd and 3rd year Ph.D. students:

  • Research experience (number of submitted/published articles)
  • Professional experience
  • Number of published/submitted articles, most importantly in foreign journals
  • Participation in research topic related events (conferences, seminars, and roundtables)