The Melikian Center is working with Yerevan State University (YSU) on a grant sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Yerevan for an initial three-year program to create an American Studies Center at YSU with a comprehensive instructional and research mission. As an instructional unit, the new American Studies Center is part of the YSU Faculty of International Relations and offers an interdisciplinary bilingual M.A. degree in American Studies featuring at least eight YSU faculty members specially trained during the project to offer coursework leading to the new degree.

The Center is working with IIE to host the 2020 U.S. Fulbright Virtual Pre-Departure Orientation (PDO) for South and Central Asia in Fall 2020.  Up to 60 newly awarded Fulbright grantees and U.S. Fulbright alumni will participate in the PDO to prepare outgoing researchers, student researchers, and English Teaching Assistants (ETAs) for a semester of researching and teaching in South and Central Asia.