In June 2022, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation provided foundational support to the UCLA SNF Center for the Study of Hellenic Culture and the SNF Centre for Hellenic Studies at Simon Fraser University to establish Gefyra (Bridge), a collaborative pilot program intended to enhance academic mobility across the West Coast and from the West Coast to Greece. Gefyra supports students, faculty, visiting scholars, and artists who are interested in broad and creative approaches to Greek culture and knowledge production. The program also provides funding for academic conferences and cultural works that bridge the West Coast and Greece.

SFU SNF Centre for Hellenic Studies

Situated atop Burnaby Mountain, just east of downtown Vancouver, the Centre is a major site for Hellenic studies in North America and is committed to the advocacy and study of Hellenism. The Centre supports undergraduate and graduate studies on Greece's history, language and culture through its home department of the Humanities. Though at its core, the Centre focuses and supports research at SFU on Hellenic topics, from Antiquity to present-day Greece, through grants and postdoctoral fellowships. 

UCLA SFU Pilot Program

The UCLA Stavros Niarchos Foundation Center for the Study of Hellenic Culture was established in 2017 by a lead gift from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) and matching funds provided by generous members of the Hellenic and Philhellenic community of Southern California. Featuring two named professorships and a named lectureship in Hellenic Studies, graduate and undergraduate student funding, and support for the arts, the Center builds on UCLA’s strengths across many academic fields, placing Hellenic culture within a broad historical and contemporary context. The Center supports a comprehensive set of academic and public initiatives, both locally, through strategic collaborations with organizations in Southern California, and through partnerships in Greece and Cyprus with universities and cultural institutions.