Cyprus-America Scholarship Program (CASP)

Program Summary

Since 1981, the Cyprus-America Scholarship Program (CASP) has brought thousands of Greek- and Turkish-Cypriot students and professionals to the United States for degree programs and specialized training in fields that are vital to that country’s needs, thereby advancing its economic and social development. The U.S. Department of State-funded initiative also organizes bicommunal programs in the United States and Cyprus designed to improve communication, confidence, and trust between Turkish- and Greek-Cypriots.

Main Goals

  • Expand the human resource capacity of Cyprus by providing opportunities for U.S. study at the undergraduate and graduate levels; short-term professional training; and youth enrichment
  • Promote inter-communal understanding through workshops in conflict resolution and specially designed activities that build confidence and trust between individuals from the Turkish- and Greek-Cypriot communities
  • AMIDEAST has managed the scholarship programs for nearly two thousand Cypriots enrolled in U.S. undergraduate and graduate programs through the CASP program.
  • AMIDEAST has planned short-term training programs at U.S. institutions for hundreds of mid-career professionals.
  • Cypriot youth have learned valuable lessons designed to improve cooperating and understanding at conflict resolution summer camps in the United States since 1998.