Mission Statement

Inspired by the vision of Sakıp Sabancı (1933–2004), who always emphasized the importance of building bridges between cultures and the significance of transcending disciplinary boundaries to achieve academic excellence, Columbia University’s Sakıp Sabancı Center for Turkish Studies aspires to facilitate the dissemination of knowledge and the exchange of ideas between scholars and students engaged in various fields of Turkish Studies, including those that focus on the history, language, religion, and culture of peoples and empires that occupied the Anatolian peninsula in historic and prehistoric times. Situating Turkish Studies in a comparative and global context, the Sakıp Sabancı Center supports academic research, course offerings, and public events both within and outside of Columbia University and New York City, utilizing the resources of both the university’s New York campuses and its Global Center in Istanbul.

Upcoming Events


March 31, 2023

Dissertation Fellowship Announcement

Columbia University’s Sakıp Sabancı Center for Turkish Studies invites applications for 1 Dissertation Writing Fellowship for the academic year of 2023-24. This award is designed to enable PhD students with dissertation projects in any field of Turkish Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences to bring their dissertation research and writing to completion.

March 09, 2023

Summer Research Fellowships

Columbia University’s Sakıp Sabancı Center for Turkish Studies is pleased to announce its annual Summer Fellowship competition for students in any area of Turkish Studies, including the study of Turkish-speaking peoples from ancient periods to the modern as well as the study of cultures and civilizations in the former territories of the Ottoman Empire and within the borders of the modern Republic of Turkey. Each fellowship carries a stipend of up to $3,000 and is designed to support library, archival, and collection research in Turkey of no less than one month during the summer of 2023.

February 19, 2023

Postdoctoral Fellowship from Sakip Sabanci Center

Columbia University’s Sakıp Sabancı Center for Turkish Studies invites applications for a postdoctoral fellowship for the academic year 2023–24. The fellowship is open to scholars in the humanities and social sciences studying any period within the confines of Turkish studies. The successful candidate is expected to develop an innovative research project that advances the field of Turkish studies. The fellow may also teach one course with approval from the Dean's office.