Scholarships for Persian or Armenian language courses from CHESSIFY

Chessify is announcing scholarships for students in Armenian or Iranian Studies and relevant fields to participate in ASPIRANTUM’s 3 weeks Armenian language summer school or Persian language summer school 2021 in Yerevan, Armenia.

One scholarship is available for the Armenian Language Summer School.
One scholarship is available for the Persian Language Summer School.

The scholarship is provided by Chessify, a leading startup that helps chess professionals in playing better chess. 
Through connecting chess to technology and AI Chessify’s mission is to promote chess worldwide. 

Armenia is a world power in Chess and the Armenian chess team was the three times chess olympic champion in 2006, 2008 and 2012. 

Armenia is also the only country in the world that has Chess as a mandatory subject in primary school curriculum. You may see people playing chess in every corner of Yerevan city as well as in the villages and other cities. 

Chess has also played an important role also in Iranian society. The Iranians were familiar with this game as early as the Sassanid empire, as we learn from the Middle Persian Čatrang-nāmag (“The Book of Chess”).

Armenian and Persian are important languages not only for chess players, but also for chess researchers, journalists and anthropologists. Accordingly with this scholarship Chessify tries to support academic communities worldwide to learn Armenian and Persian.  

The scholarship:

Chessify scholarships are available to those who meet the eligibility criteria presented below and are interested in learning Armenian and Persian in Yerevan during ASPIRANTUM Armenian and Persian language summer schools 2021.

The participation fee for the 3 weeks Armenian Language course is $1980. The participation fee for the 3 weeks Persian Language course is $1980. With this scholarship Chessify Inc. will cover $800 and the student will only have to pay $1180 for the course. 

Who is eligible?

Please apply to this scholarship only if you meet the eligibility criteria.

Only undergraduate (BA), graduate (MA) and postgraduate (PhD) students as well as researchers in Armenian or Iranian Studies and related fields enrolled in universities and other academic institutions from the below specified countries are eligible to apply to Chessify scholarship. 

The ideal candidates will be 19 - 39 years old by the start of the program. The preference will be given to those applicants who will demonstrate an interest in chess as a game or to researchers of chess (interest in chess or being a researcher of chess is not necessary in order to apply to this scholarship). 

We understand that it may be quite specific requirement to find someone who is both interested in chess and Armenian or Persian languages, but if someone who meets these criteria applies and wins the scholarship several chess related tours will also be organized for her/him in Yerevan as a part of the scholarship which will also include meetings with leading Armenian chess Grandmasters. 

Only the citizens of the following countries are eligible for this scholarship:

Albania, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uruguay.

Please do not apply for this scholarship if you have already secured funding from other sources.

Deadline to apply:

Please apply for this scholarship by March 05, 2021.


To apply please go to CHESSIFY scholarship announcement on ARMACAD’s webpage and fill in the online application form there.

Before applying, please make sure that you have already applied to Armenian language summer school 2021 or Persian Language summer school 2021.

You may check the testimonials of ASPIRANTUM language school alumni and the photo gallery from previous summer and winter language schools of ASPIRANTUM.