The Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) is one of the world’s leading international philanthropic organizations, providing grants to nonprofit organizations around the world in the areas of arts and culture, education, health and medicine, and social welfare, since the commencement of its grantmaking activities, in 1996. The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Fellowships were established to mark the celebration of a 70-year partnership between Canada and Greece.
The Fellowships are awarded annually to exceptional Greek Master's and PhD applicants across a wide array of graduate programs at McGill. This allows Greek graduate students the opportunity to pursue their studies at McGill, and to contribute to building the foundation for future collaboration between Canada and Greece.
2020 - Eliza Pertigkiozoglou, Architecture
As software increasingly mediates our lives and practices, I deem it pertinent to study our computational tools and interfaces critically. Such a study would help us better understand the technical and social conditions within which we live, work, and operate, as well as design a more informed future. As an architect with a background in design and technology, I wish to address these issues through my PhD research at McGill supervised by Prof. Theodora Vardouli. In particular, my research will look at early software for computer-aided design as a site of knowledge production and disciplinary exchange between architecture, engineering, and computing.
Doing research at the intersections of computational media and design discourse has been a long-term aspiration for me, shaped by various academic and professional experiences. At McGill, I found an engaging and stimulating environment with plentiful resources for such an endeavor. Of course, pursuing my PhD at this eminent university would not have been possible without the Stavros S. Niarchos Foundation Fellowship. Besides being a prestigious award and substantial financial support, this Fellowship encourages me to continue my pursuits with enthusiasm - an encouragement particularly precious this year that we all face uncertainty due to the pandemic.
2019 - Maria Sotiropoulou, Human Genetics
Life Sciences have always been an intriguingly large and colourful jigsaw puzzle to me; it feels like we are only a few pieces away from another small revelation bringing us closer to the whole picture. As a Molecular Biologist-Geneticist aiming to specialize in the continuously evolving field of Human Cancer Genetics, Prof. I. Ragoussis’s lab at McGill Genome Centre is a steady step towards placing my own piece to the puzzle. My research focuses on the application of state-of-the-art sequencing technologies to Cancer Genomics, in an effort to gain novel insights into multiple malignant tumours and identify new targets and therapeutics.
I deem Stavros S. Niarchos Foundation initiative not only as a means of financial support allowing me to study in one of the most eminent Universities, but also as an unparalleled opportunity to shape the scientist of my expectations.
2018 - Nikolaos Dimitriou, Biological & Biomedical Engineering
2017 - Georgia Pierrou, Electrical and Computer Engineering
2016 - Constantinos Yanniris, Integrated Studies in Education
2015 - Dimitrios Xanthopoulos, Chemistry