As RPDTTD, we organized a meeting on 17 October 2014, with the participation of Leyla Barlas-Aslan, the Istanbul director of MATRA and Human Rights small grants programs of the Consulate of the Netherlands. 

Our guest speaker Barlas-Aslan informed the participants on the main aims of the programs and on what kinds of projects were supported in previous years. She emphasized that projects should be designed with an emphasis on implementation action, not research. For more information about the programs and about its priorities with respect to democratization and human rights, check here for MATRA and here for Human Rights. You can also find Barlas-Aslan’s contact information there.

It is expected that new calls will be open in 2015. Barlas-Aslan stated that before making official project submissions, her office can give feedback on the suitability of project ideas.

Our researchers willing to prepare applications to the program in 2015 can contact Emrah Göker (, 1512) for support.