Faculty Grant Awards

PJR grants are awarded on an annual basis to faculty interested in developing projects that serve our Bergen community and enhance the mission of the Center. A call for proposals will take place in the spring. Three awards of up to $1,500 each are available.
Founded at Bergen Community College in 2009, PJR exists to develop the passion and skills needed to work for peace, justice and reconciliation by developing educational initiatives, exhibitions and dialogues. Its purpose is to examine issues of war, genocide and social justice, and to develop skills in conflict resolution through interdisciplinary study.

Special consideration will be given to projects designed to raise awareness of Armenian culture, history and identity, including a focus on the genocide of Armenians in the early 20th Century to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the genocide this year. PJR encourages a wide range of approaches, such as:

•         Performing arts and visual arts projects
•         Translation of works of scholarship and curriculum materials into English
•         Curriculum design and materials development
•         Video interviews with scholars, survivors, artists and activists
•         Faculty research, conference presentation and publication
•         Campus and community-based lectures, symposiums, workshops or dialogues


All Bergen Community College faculty, including lecturers and adjunct faculty are eligible to apply. PJR welcomes proposals from across the academic disciplines, and invites faculty at each Bergen location to participate.

Application Guidelines

The deadline for proposals is Monday, June 5th, 2017. Applications should include a description of the project, including outcomes, relevance to the mission of the Center, estimated costs and expenditures, and a projected date of completion (grant projects must be completed within the academic year, September 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018). Proposals should be submitted via email to [email protected] with “Faculty Grant Proposal” as the subject.


2016-2017 Award Winners

  • Christine Eubank: “Challenging Immigration Detention.” This project brings a Soros Justice Fellow to Bergen for a series of activities – including a lecture and workshop – devoted to immigration detention and prison privatization
  • Stacey Balkan: “Environmental Sustainability in the Age of Global Agriculture.” This award supports a conference presentation, the creation of a digital archive of teaching resources, and a workshop on pedagogical approaches to the teaching of environmental imperialism.
  • Ellen Feig: “A Proposal to Create a Center for Cree Research.” Designed in partnership with the Cree Nations, this grant supports the creation of a resource center, a living history program, an academic conference, and a Cree/BCC scholarship program.


2015-2016 Award Winners

  • Janette Dishuk and Micheline Farhat, a dance-centered and creative arts outreach program for juveniles in the justice system
  • Thomas O’Neill, a project to facilitate the writing of student narratives about displacement and identity, and to develop one of them into dramatic form for a BCC performance
  • Cristina Haedo, a program of events designed to raise awareness, through film, music, dialogue and academic lecture, about the psychological and social impact of genocide, particularly the Armenian genocide.


2014-2015 Award Winners

Special consideration this year was given to proposals designed to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide.

  • Sarah Shurts “Speaker Series in Genocide Studies: Armenia, Rwanda, and the Holocaust”
  •  Laura Schneider and Melissa Harwin, “Bring Back Our Girls,” an installation and conference designed to raise awareness of the plight of women and girls in conflict zones.
  • Ellen Feig, “William Saroyan: a Symposium to Commemorate the Centenary of the Armenian Genocide”