The American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC), an independent not-for-profit organization, supports research in and about the three countries of the South Caucasus — Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia.   Current activities are featured on the blog roll below and resources for the study of these countries and grant opportunities to work there are linked above.

*** For information about the ARISC funding opportunities see http://arisc.org/?page_id=70 ***

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ARISC is a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization incorporated in the state of Illinois and has been accorded tax-exempt status by the United States Internal Revenue Service.Our BranchesARISC Georgia Branch, located at 3/5 Chavchavadze Ave., Ilia State University E Campus, Room E236, offers its services to US visiting scholars while researching or just travelling to the region, provides access to online facilities as well as scientific and cultural activities. For additional information, please visit: http://arisc.org/?page_id=108

ARISC Armenia Branch serves as a hub where visiting scholars to Armenia can meet, seek logistical support, have access to a computer with internet and printing facility. For additional information, please visit: http://arisc.org/?page_id=110

ARISC in Azerbaijan offers support to US scholars interested in researching and visiting the country by providing information on lodging, transportation in Baku and regions, information for visa application, orientation for libraries and archives, etc., as well as organizing various activities. For additional information, please visit: http://arisc.org/?page_id=112



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ARISC Internship Opportunity

The American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC) is looking to fill an Internship position in Yerevan.

JOB DESCRIPTION: Duties include updating our country guides and contact lists, creating information materials, particularly infographics and other creative products for social media, helping in organization of talks and events and assisting US scholars with the logistics of their research. Performing other tasks, as requested by the ARISC Armenia Branch Director.


– Professional fluency in English and Armenian languages;
– Knowledge of graphic design software;
– Excellent communication skills;
– Research and drafting skills;
– Good organizational skills with the ability to process and classify information quickly and efficiently;
– Good IT knowledge, familiarity with Microsoft Office applications and Internet research.


– Students in Humanities, Political Science, International Relations or a similar field; or recent graduates or postgraduates.

The internship is a volunteer one for up to 10 hours a week, for a negotiable length of time, and is compensated with an annual Student Membership to ARISC.

It is a great opportunity to learn more about the South Caucasus and make contacts with US scholars. Interested applicants should send their CV and a short letter of motivation letter with the subject “ARISC Internship” to armenia “at” arisc.org.

Applications will be accepted until Monday, March 20, 2017.

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Networking Calls for 2017

ARISC is organizing teleconferenced networking call sessions for scholars of the South Caucasus from around the world. These networking sessions are an informal way for scholars in all stages of their careers to connect and have a chance to discuss issues relevant to their research. We have organized sessions devoted to broad topics. A moderator will lead each discussion.

For more information on the sessions, see our Events page.

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New online web space for the South Caucasus!

We are pleased to announce that we’ve put together an online web space where we can communicate with each other about exciting opportunities. Our hope is that people will use the web space to discuss research, other funding opportunities, chances to participate in conferences, etc.

If you would like to join the forum, you can find instructions and a link to the site itself here: http://arisc.org/?page_id=4258

Please feel free to share this information. Thank you for your continued support of research in the South Caucasus!

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Robert Van Voren’s Public Lecture

“Oral History as a Tool for Research and Museology”

by Robert van Voren, Human Rights in Mental Health – Federation Global Initiative on Psychiatry

Date: November 8, at 7 pm
Venue: Simon Janashia Museum of Georgia Auditorium, 3 Purtseladze Str. Tbilisi, Georgia.

For additional information, please visit our Events page.

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“The Conservation of the Gospel of Tsughrut”

American Research Institute of the South Caucasus Armenia Branch is happy to invite you to a presentation entitled “The Conservation of the Gospel of Tsughrut”
to be delivered by ARISC Fellows Prof. Barlow Der Mugrdechian and Arusyak Baldryan.

Date: October 25, 2016
Time: 11:30am
Venue: Yerevan Matenadaran, Virtual Matenadaran Hall
Address: Matenadaran, Scientific Research Institute of Ancient Manuscripts after Mesrop Mashtots, Virtual Matenadaran Hall, Mashtots Avenue 53, Yerevan 0009

More information is available here:

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