Samshvilde Summer School in Archaeology and Bioarchaeology 2019
Samshvilde Summer School is an intensive three-week course in basic archaeological and bioarchaeological practice. Trainees will have the unique opportunity to excavate Samshvilde’s royal medieval citadel (11th-13th cent. AD) and Sioni cemetery. In this course, trainees will learn a variety of methodological skills and gain hands-on experience necessary for becoming a professional archaeologist.
– Field work
– Post-excavation finds processing
– Seminars on archaeology and Georgian culture
At the end of this course trainees will have experience in:
– Archaeological and grave context excavation
– Documentation and archiving
– Artefact conservation
– Scientific photography
– Technical drawing
– Basic osteology
Program dates: July 15th to August 6th, 2019
Prerequisites: Because this is course aimed at beginners (undergraduate students, interested laypersons), applicants are NOT required to have previous experience in archaeology or bioarchaeology.
You must be fit to do light physical labor, be proficient in English, and have an interest in archaeology.
*We are especially interested in applicants with a background in zooarchaeology or human osteology for a personal project. If you are interested in this please specify on your application form.*
Program fee: 4,750 GEL (2,330 CAD)
This fee includes transport between Tbilisi airport and the dig house, meals and accommodation, 2 day trips (locations to be determined), teaching materials and field equipment, seminars, 2 nights of lodging in Tbilisi and a certification (upon completion of the program)
It does NOT include airfare or insurance
Serious candidates are invited to read the information document below in order to get all necessary information our the course.
Please download, fill and send your application form to info “at” samshvilde. ge before February 22nd, 2019. First come, first served!
IREX Fellowship opportunity for Georgian and Armenian university administrators
Fully funded international fellowship and training opportunity for mid- and senior-level managers in selected universities across Eurasia and Africa.
Since 2002, IREX ( http://www.irex.org ) has been delivering the University Administration Support Program (UASP) with funding from the Carnegie Corporation of New York. The UASP’s Fellowship in Research Management supports the development of university research management capacity at select public universities in Eurasia and Africa. A new application cycle has opened, with an April 15 deadline.
Competitive applicants should be mid- to senior-level research managers or hold another university position related to research management (e.g. research administrators, principal investigators, accountants).
The program has two main components:1. Fellowships in Research Management (6 weeks in the United States): Four weeks are spent collaborating with a research management counterpart at a US university, observing practice and building a Research Administration Implementation Plan (practical workplan for implementing a research management practice or reform at the home institution) or a Comparison Study (outline of key aspects of the observed practice and its applicability to the home context). The university placement is book-ended by two weeks of intensive training and facilitated reflection in Washington, DC.2. Grants and Post-Fellowship Engagement: UASP Fellows are eligible to compete for grants to support follow on activity to kickstart a research administration project in their home institutions, to attend relevant national and international conferences or to provide a research grant to a faculty member from their home institution.
Further information about the program is at this website.
The UASP application form is available at www.irex.org/uasp and will be open until April 15, 2018.
Summer Seminar on Nationalism, Religion and Violence
June 18-29, 2018
The Summer Seminar on Nationalism, Religion and Violence (June 18-29, 2018) organized by the Charles University in Prague and Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, supported by the CEFRES–French Research Center in Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Slavonic and East European Studies (UCL), University of Birmingham, Humboldt University of Berlin and the Institute for the Study of Strategic Regions is ready to launch its sixth year with a special focus on the topics of ethnic and religious diversity, migration, and transformation. A key goal of the Summer Seminar is to contribute in a substantial way to the study of violence and to catalyze the growth of the study of violence as a field.
Deadline for full teaching and partial study fellowships is approaching (31/03/2018)!
Available for candidates coming from the following countries: Ukraine, Russia, Moldova, Belarus, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan.
How to apply
To be considered for admission, you have to submit your application via e-mail to the Program Coordinator (Nikola Karasová, nrvsschool “at” fsv.cuni.cz).
The application timeline is following:
28 February 2018: Priority deadline
31 March 2018: Deadline for those needing visas for the Czech Republic
30 April 2018: Final application deadline
See the full program and application requirements at http://nrvsschool.fsv.cuni.cz/
CfA: The Central Asia – Azerbaijan Fellowship Program
(January 15 – June 15, 2018)
The George Washington University – Elliott School of International Affairs’ Central Asia Program (CAP) welcomes applications for its Central Asia – Azerbaijan Fellowship Program.
The Central Asia-Azerbaijan Fellowship Program (CAAFP) is intended for young professionals – scholars, government officials, policy experts, human rights and political activists – who want to enhance their research and analytical skills and seek to become public policy leaders in their respective countries. More generally, the fellowship program seeks to provide a platform for the exchange of ideas and to build lasting intellectual networks among the Central Asian, Azerbaijani, and U.S. scholarly and policy communities.
CAAFP fellows will spend five months in residence at GW, where they will participate in tailor-made programs and be introduced to U.S. policy and expert communities in both Washington, DC and New York. Fellows are required to attend seminars, workshops and training sessions, to write one policy brief on a predetermined theme, and to present their research at two public seminars. Throughout their fellowship, fellows will be mentored by program faculty affiliates.
Three fellows will be selected for Spring 2018. Fellows will be awarded a monthly stipend of $3,000 (subject to taxes). Travel to and from Central Asia to Washington, DC will also be covered.
The theme for the Spring 2018 term is: “New Urban Phenomena in Central Asia: City Migration, Landscapes, Socioeconomic Niches, and Cultures”
Applications for the Spring Session (January 15 – June 15, 2018) should be received no later than Sunday, October 15, 2017.
To view a complete call and apply: http://centralasiaprogram.org/fellowships/central-asia-azerbaijan-fellowship-program
Global Exploration for Educators Organization
Founded in 2007, Global Exploration for Educators Organization (GEEO) is a 501c3 non-profit organization that has sent over 1600 teachers abroad on adventurous travel programs. With GEEO educators can earn professional development credits and optional graduate credit while seeing the world. GEEO’s trips are 7 to 21 days in length and are designed and discounted to be interesting and affordable for teachers. In addition to amazing tour leaders, many of the programs are accompanied by university faculty that are experts on the destination. GEEO also provides teachers educational materials and the structure to help them bring their experiences into the classroom. The trips are open to all nationalities of K-12 and university educators, administrators, pre-service teachers, retired educators, as well as educators’ guests.
GEEO is offering the Armenia/Georgia travel programs for 2017. The registration deadline is June 1st, 2017, but space is limited and many programs will be full well before the deadline.
Detailed information about each trip, including itineraries, costs, travel dates, and more can be found at www.geeo.org GEEO can be reached 7 days a week, toll-free at 1-877-600-0105 between 9 AM-9 PM EST.
ANNC: Islamic Codicology Intensive Short Course
The Islamic Manuscript Association, together with the Thesaurus Islamicus Foundation, Cambridge University Library, and the University of Cambridge’s HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Centre of Islamic Studies, announces its Tenth Annual Intensive Introduction to Islamic Codicology Course, which will be held from 3-7 October 2016 at the Cambridge University Library.
This intensive five-day course will introduce the study of Islamic manuscript codices as physical objects, or the archaeology of the Islamic book. Daily illustrated lectures will provide an overview of writing supports, the structure of quires, ruling and page layout, bookbinding, ornamentation, tools and materials used in book making, and the paleography of book hands. Participants may choose to register for hands-on sessions during which they will examine Islamic manuscripts from Cambridge University Library and complete a series of practical exercises on manuscript description.
The course will be taught by Professor François Déroche, holder of the Chair of History of the Qur’an, Text and Transmission at the Collège de France, and Professor Nuria Martínez de Castilla Muñoz, Professor of the Codicology and History of the Manuscript Book in the Islamicate World, École Pratique des Hautes Études, both leading scholars of Islamic codicology and palaeography.
All instruction will be in English. A scholarship offered by the Centre of Islamic Studies for a participant from the Islamic World is also available. For more information, see http://islamicmanuscript.org
University of Bristol Sanctuary Scholarship Scheme
**Deadline of 30 June 2016**
Students are eligible to apply for the Sanctuary Scholarship if they meet the academic course requirements for their chosen course and fall into one of the following status groups:
- an Asylum Seeker – a person who has made a claim within the UK for refugee status; a person who has been granted Humanitarian Protection or Limited Leave to Remain (formerly Discretionary Leave to Remain); this could include, for example, trafficked persons and unaccompanied asylum seeking children (UASCs) who have reached majority age;
- a Refugee – a person who has been granted refugee status by the UK Home Office;
- or the dependants of any of the above status groups, in recognition that they are also from asylum seeking or refugee backgrounds:
- family members of an asylum-seeker whose claim is dependant on a principal applicant;
- or family members of an individual with Refugee or Humanitarian Protection status who have come to the UK on a Family Reunion visa.
There are two funding Schemes and you will only be considered for support under one of the Schemes.
Your eligibility for either Scheme will be determined by your eligibility for government financial support, which is in itself determined by your immigration status.
Scheme one – full scholarship
This applies to students who have no access to UK Government student financial support. The categories of applicants who will normally fall into scheme one include:
- An Asylum Seeker.
- A person who has been granted Limited Leave to Remain (formerly Discretionary Leave to Remain);the length of leave you have remaining will not be a factor in your eligibility for the scheme.
- The dependants of any of the above status groups.
The full scholarships will:
- cover the full cost of tuition,
- provide students with a living-cost award to support living costs and accommodation for each year of study that is equivalent to – and increasing in-line with – the minimum Research Councils UK stipend rate each year (£14,296 for 2016/17).
- cover the additional costs of English language tuition support or other foundational support as required by the University for your programme of study, delivered by the Centre for English Language and Foundation Studies (CELFS).
Scheme two – partial scholarship
The partial scholarship is available to students who can access financial support from the UK government.
The amount awarded by the University will top-up the living cost funding available from the UK Government, and other funding sources, to be equivalent to – and increasing in-line with – the minimum Research Councils UK stipend rate each year (£14,296 for 2016/17).
The categories of applicants who fall into scheme two are likely to include:
- A person who has been granted Refugee status
- A person who has been granted Humanitarian Protection
- The dependants of any of the above status groups.
The amount awarded is dependent on the amount of funding you are eligible to receive from the UK Government, and your level of study:
- Undergraduate level
- Postgraduate Master’s level
- Postgraduate doctoral level.
If you are studying part-time, your Sanctuary Scholarship will be calculated on a pro-rata basis.
You must apply for the student financial support available from the UK government, which for undergraduate courses is a tuition fee loan and a maintenance loan for living costs. A Student Funding Adviser can help you with applying for government support, please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org or 0117 331 7972.
The amount awarded by the University will top-up the living cost funding available from the UK Government, and any other University of Bristol funding, to a total equal to the minimum Research Councils UK stipend rate. This amount will increase in-line with the minimum Research Council UK stipend rate each year.
Postgraduate Master’s study
The Scholarship will cover your tuition fee costs.
You must apply for the student financial support available from the UK government for help with your living costs, which for postgraduate Master’s courses is a Postgraduate Study Loan. You are expected to apply for the full £10,000 loan amount.
The amount awarded by the University will top-up the £10,000 government loan, and other University of Bristol funding, to a total equal to the minimum Research Councils UK stipend rate. This amount will increase in-line with the minimum Research Council UK stipend rate each year.
Postgraduate doctral study
For 2016/17 entry, the scholarship will cover your tuition fees and offers an award towards living costs of £14,296. The living-cost award is equivalent to – and will increase in-line with – the minimum Research Councils UK stipend rate each year.
Loans for PhD study are not currently available, however, the UK Government is finalising details of a PhD loan scheme. When the loan scheme has been finalised you will be expected to apply for the support and your Sanctuary Scholarship will be adjusted accordingly.
For more information, see http://www.bristol.ac.uk/fees-funding/awards/sanctuary-scholarship/
ENIGMA Summer School on Migration Research 2016
The “International Summer School on Migration Research” is organised within the framework of two EU-funded projects, the “Enhancing Georgia’s Migration Management” – ENIGMMA project implemented in Georgia by the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) in cooperation with the State Commission on Migration Issues of Georgia (SCMI) and the “Support to Implementation of the Mobility Partnership with Azerbaijan” – MOBILAZE project implemented in Azerbaijan by ICMPD in cooperation with the Azerbaijani state institutions involved in migration management . The Summer School will take place in Azerbaijan from 26 June – 2 July, 2016.
International academia experts from i.a. the Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford, the Sorbonne University School of Economics and the Maastricht University Graduate School of Governance as well as Azerbaijani and Georgian academia experts will be lecturing and mentoring the participants of the summer school. In total, up to 50 students from media, international law/ migration law, economy, demography and social and political sciences from Georgia and Azerbaijan as well as Georgian diaspora members can take part in the summer school which will run from 26 June to 2 July 2016. The one-week summer school will provide research-oriented, multidisciplinary and innovative academic lectures, seminars and projects on issues related to the migration situations and migration policies in Georgia, Azerbaijan and the EU. Teaching will be accompanied by research work, projects and discussions.
Deadline: March 31, 2016
For additional information, please visit: http://www.enigmma.ge/summer-school-2016/
AUA Announces 2016 Summer Program for International Students
The American University of Armenia (AUA) is excited to announce the launch of Summer Program 2016. For international students looking to embark on the educational adventure of a lifetime, the Summer Program is the perfect opportunity; combining unique academic offerings with the benefits of a safe, welcoming, and exciting environment. The Summer Program is also perfect for those who wish to experience the authentic sights, sounds, and flavors of Armenia while getting ahead in their academics by earning credits for transfer back to their home university.
Participants may choose from a range of courses including Introduction to Environmental Sciences, Global Perspectives and Site Stories, the AUA 2016 Summer Archaeological Field School, and a joint AUA-UCLA course offering Armenian Language and Culture.
Information about the program fees and more is available here.
For detailed course descriptions and instructor biographies, visit here.
Courses in and related to Armenian Studies
The following list includes current and upcoming courses in and related to Armenian studies. Please see our course archive for lists from previous years.
For more information about the Major and Minor in Armenian Studies, please contact theDepartment of Near Eastern Studies.
Independent studies and directed reading courses may also be used when appropriate. Please consult the LSA Course Guide and relevant department for details.
Regional Master’s Programme in Human Rights and Democratization
The Center for European Studies of the Yerevan State University is glad to announce the call for admission for the Regional Master’s Programme in Human Rights and Democratization in Armenia, Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine (Eastern Partnership Region).
The application will be open from 05.05 2014 – 30.06. 2015
If you have any questions regarding admission, eligibility and requirements please contact us at info “at”regionalmaster.net
Chevening Scholarships for Georgian Citizens
Chevening Scholarships in Georgia are awarded to outstanding emerging leaders to pursue a one-year Master’s at any UK university. The scholarship programme provides a unique opportunity for future leaders, influencers, and decision-makers from all over the world to develop professionally and academically, network extensively, experience UK culture, and build lasting positive relationships with the UK.
A Chevening Scholarship offers financial support along with the opportunity to become part of the highly regarded and influential Chevening global network.
Applicants from Georgia can choose any course of study, but we particularly welcome applications in the following fields:
- Conflict resolution
- Good governance
- Human rights
- International relations
- Political studies
- Rule of law
Deadline for applications: 3 November, 2015
For additional information, please visit: http://www.chevening.org/georgia
2016-2017 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program grants in European and Eurasian studies
Opportunities in European Area Studies
Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program offers grant opportunities in Europe and Eurasia in the field of area studies. Applications for the 2016-17 academic year are currently being accepted from all levels of faculty and professionals, including early career.
We are soliciting applications for a broad range of awards in your field, including but not limited to:
Azerbaijan: All Disciplines
European Union: Fulbright Schuman European Union Affairs Program
Finland: Fulbright Bicentennial Chair
Slovak Republic: Social Sciences
Poland: Distinguished Chair in Humanities and Social Sciences
Applicants must be U.S. citizens and, as specified by the individual award description, hold a PhD or appropriate professional/terminal degree at the time of application. The application deadline is August 3, 2015.
In addition, All Disciplines awards are available in many countries and can be a good option if no discipline-focused award matches your expertise. Please visit the 2016-17 Catalog of Awards at http://catalog.cies.org to learn more about the opportunities available in this year’s competition. For most awards, English is sufficient for teaching and foreign language proficiency is only needed to the extent required by the proposed research project, if applicable.
For eligibility factors, detailed application guidelines and review criteria, please follow the link http://www.cies.org/us_scholars/us_awards. You may also wish to register for one of our webinars at http://www.cies.org/event-type/webinar-schedule or join our online community, My Fulbright, a resource center for applicants interested in the program.
For more information, please visit the CIES-Fullbright website.
Humbert H Humphrey Fellowship Program
The United States Embassy in Tbilisi, Georgia, announcec the annual competition for the 2016-17 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program. This program brings accomplished young and mid-career professionals with demonstrated leadership potential to the United States for a year of non-degree graduate-level study, leadership development, and substantive professional collaboration with U.S. counterparts. By providing future leaders and policy makers with experience in U.S. society, culture, and professional fields, the program provides a basis for lasting, productive ties between Americans and their professional counterparts overseas.
The submission deadline for the online application is 6:00 PM, June 12, 2015.
For additional information, please visit:
Carnegie Research Fellowships
The National Council for Eurasian and East European Research is pleased to announce the competition for the Carnegie Research Fellowship Program in the United States for the 2015-2016 academic year. Scholars of the humanities and social sciences from eligible regions may apply for individual, non-degree research opportunities at universities and institutes in the United States. This competition selects university faculty, researchers, advanced graduate students, and scholars in the social sciences and humanities from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine. All fellows will conduct research on specific topics in the social sciences and humanities, write a 15 to 30 page academic paper upon the fellow’s return home, and deliver lectures with the goal of contributing to the further development of higher education and scholarship in their regions. The Carnegie Research Fellowship Program (CRFP) is administered by the National Council for Eurasian and East European Research (NCEEER) in collaboration with the American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS (American Councils). Participants in the CRFP will conduct research in the United States for four months.
Participants in the CRFP will receive the following: 1) round-trip airfare from their home cities to their host universities in the United States; 2) a pre-departure orientation, and an orientation program in Washington D.C.; 3) a monthly stipend; 4) health insurance; and 5) access to libraries and archives, and alumni activities.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS: documents should reach the office by 5 p.m. on April 30, 2015
For additional information download the flyer.
Download Carnegie fellowship application.
Master’s Degree Program in Economics
The International School of Economics at Tbilisi State University (ISET) accepts applications for its highly-prestigious Master’s Degree Program in Economics. Armenian applicants are offered scholarships, covering the full or partial cost of tuition. For more information, please visit:
2 PhD positions in the field of Caspian Studies (University of Bremen)
Research Centre for East European Studies / University of Bremen within the Innovative Training Network (ITN) announces PhD fellowships within the project “Around the Caspian: a Doctoral Training for Future Experts in Development and Cooperation with Focus on the Caspian Region (CASPIAN)” funded by an MSCA grant of the European Union in the context of Horizon 2020
– 2 PhD positions are available at the Research Centre for East European Studies (Forschungsstelle Osteuropa) at the University of Bremen
– deadline for applications: 12 April 2015
– starting date for selected PhD students: 01 September 2015
Applicants are advised to check their eligibility under MSCA rules. Major criteria are:
– Mobility clause: Candidates must not have been resident or carried out activities in Germany for more than 12 months in the past three years (up to April 2015).
– Maximum seniority allowed: Candidates must have less than 4 years (full-time equivalent) of research experience after their Master’s degree.
For additional information, please visit: http://www.forschungsstelle.uni-bremen.de/en/7/20110606113134/vacancies.html”
2 PhD fellowships in the field of Caspian Studies (University of Coimbra)
The Centre for Social Studies (CES) – Associate Laboratory – of the University of Coimbra, opens a call for applications for 2 PhD fellowships in the field of Caspian Studies (International Relations or Peace and Conflict Studies) within the project “Caspian: a doctoral training for future experts in development and cooperation with focus on the Caspian region’ (CASPIAN 2015-19)” funded by an MSCA grant of the European Union in the context of Horizon 2020.
Topic 1: Foreign policy dynamics in the Caspian: security and energy at center stage of stability building in the wide regional context.
Topic 2: Main causes, dynamics and actors of peace and violence in the Caspian region
Deadline: April 10, 2015
For additional information, please visit: http://www.ces.uc.pt/oportunidades/editais/158_Edital_Marie_Curie_Caspian_Studies_2015.pdf
4 PhD fellowships in the field of Caspian Studies (Dublin City University)
The Institute for International Conflict Resolution and Reconstruction at Dublin City University is looking for 4 PhD researchers in the framework of the project Around the “Caspian: a doctoral training for future experts in development and cooperation with focus on the Caspian region’ (CASPIAN 2015-19)” funded by an MSCA grant of the European Union in the context of Horizon 2020.
A 36-month, full-time PhD researcher position (subject to a positive mid-term evaluation); a salary in accordance with Marie Curie payment scales and a sufficient research and travel budget; start of assignment not later than 1 September 2015. The selected PhD students will respectively work on the research projects, and complete a PhD thesis, on:
topic 1. Resilient authoritarianism in Central Asia: between international dynamics and domestic constraints
topic 2. Weak or absent opposition parties, electoral processes and sources of power around the Caspian region
topic 3. Women and Parliament in Autocratic states: competing for access to political positions in the Caspian region
topic 4. Civil society actors and political participation in Central Asia and Iran: dynamics of democratization and political co-option
Deadline for applying: March 31, 2015
For additional information, please visit: http://www.dcu.ie/iicrr/Caspian_PhD_application.shtml
Eurasia / South Asia Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (Tea)
US Embassy in Georgia announces call for “The Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program” (TEA) providing international teachers with unique opportunities to develop expertise in their subject areas, enhance their teaching skills, and increase their knowledge about the United States. TEA consists of a six-week non-degree, non-credit customized academic program including seminars on new teaching methodologies, curriculum development, lesson planning, and instructional technology. Participants will also participate in a practicum in a U.S. secondary school near the host university to work closely with U.S. teachers and teach and present to U.S. students. Cultural enrichment, mentoring, and support will be provided throughout the program.
Deadline for submitting online applications: March 15, 2015
Deadline for submitting Applications to English Language Programs Coordinator Lika Gumberidze via e-mail: gumberidzelat”at”state.gov: April 15, 2015
For additional information, please visit: http://georgia.usembassy.gov/resources/programs/exchange-programs/tea.html
Scholarship Programme for Young Researchers from European Neighbouring Countries
Coimbra Group Universities have been providing, since 1999, young researchers from the European Neighbourhood with the opportunity to spend a short stay at a Coimbra Group Univerrsity to carry out part of their research work. Since 2014, the Coimbra Group Scholarship Programme for young researchers from the European Neighbourhood includes countries on the Southern and Eastern shores of the Mediterranean: Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria and Tunisia. In addition to countries in the Eastern neighbourhood: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.
Deadline: March 31, 2015
For additional information, please visit: http://www.coimbra-group.eu/index.php?page=european-neighborhood
2 PhD fellowships in the field of Caspian Studies (Tallinn University)
Announced by the Tallinn University of Technology, Department of International Relations in the frame of the Marie Sklodowska Curie Innovative Training Network project: “Around the Caspian: a Doctoral Training for Future Experts in Development and Cooperation with Focus on the Caspian Region (2015-2019)”.
The Department of International Relations, at the Tallinn School of Economics and Business Administration is looking for perspective candidates with a background in economics/social sciences and with an interest in the Caspian region (Russia, Caucasus, Central Asia, Iran). Ideally, they should know one of the regional languages but willingness to learn it as part of their fellowship is also acceptable. Successful candidates will be employed as junior researchers and enrolled as PhD students to complete a PhD thesis related to one of the following two topics within the contract period of 3 years. They will also undergo complementary training in two of our project partners and will have a budget to work on their personal development.
Topic 1 is intended to critically engage with Western-based definitions of welfare and social policies to discuss whether current models of welfare and neoliberal approaches can be imported to the region or if new approaches, which offer a nuance of existing theory, show an alternative way of conceiving social policies in the region.
Topic 2 should focus on formal and informal mechanisms to manage marketing, business, investment and risk in the Caspian region.
Methodology for both topics can be negotiate and may range from qualitative to quantitative but can also be mixed.
Eligibility and technical information
Candidates of any nationality and residence are eligible to apply as long as they meet the following criteria:
- Minimal qualifications: candidates must be eligible for doctoral studies in Estonia and have a Master in a relevant topic completed by Spring 2015
- Maximum seniority allowed: candidates must have less than 4 years (full-time equivalent) of research experience after their Master’s degree. This means that, from the moment they have completed their Master’s, they may have held research position but for a total of less than 48 months
- Mobility clause: candidates must not have been resident or carried out activities in Estonia for more than 12 months in the past three years
To apply send an application package containing:
- Cover letter
- Academic CV
- Project proposal
- Name and contact of three referees who can comment on the applicant capacities and abilities (please inform them that, if you are shortlisted, we might contact them asking for a reference)
The same address can also be used if you need an answer to a specific question that is not findable on the Marie Curie website or this announcement.
Deadline for receiving the documents is 10 March 2015
For additional information, please visit: http://www.ttu.ee/public/m/majandusteaduskond/Instituudid/rahvusvaheliste_suhete_instituut/PhD_Position_in_Caspian_Studies_TUT_-_Social_Sciences.pdf
Fellowships Diderot Support for postdoctoral mobility Russia, South Caucasus
Research projects should focus on one of the following topics:
- Political elites, democratization processes and civil society in the Caucasus;
- External actors (Iran, Turkey…) in the Caucasus ;
- Russia’s policies in the South Caucasus: policy instruments, bilateral policies, regional initiatives.
Candidates should be nationals from the following countries: Russia, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan. Researchers should be affiliated to an institution of higher education and research based in one of these countries.
Applicants should have obtained their PhD after 2007. There is no age limit.
These short-term fellowships are intended for visits of 2 or 3 months to France with a monthly stipend of € 1 500 covering travel and accommodation costs. In addition, FMSH provides support for visa applications and logistics (accommodation, letters for libraries, identification of a host laboratory, etc.).
Deadline: Applications must be sent before February 27th of 2015
For additional information, please visit: http://www.fmsh.fr/en/c/6813
ASCN Short-term Grants
The Academic Swiss Caucasus Net (ASCN) offers short-term grants to Armenian and Georgian PhD. students and assistant professors in social sciences or humanities.
These grants offer scholars (PhD candidates and associate professors) from the region to do the following:
- work on an ongoing (PhD) project and benefit from the research infrastructure in Switzerland
- participate in an exchange with Swiss scholars and visit Swiss academic institutions in order to initiate cooperation
- exchange information on specific research projects
- participate in a conference in Switzerland
Applications can be submitted any time throughout the year.
For additional information, please visit: http://www.ascn.ch/en/grants_scholarships/Short-term-grants.html
Robert Bosch Stiftung scholarships for Good Governance
Carl Friedrich Goerdeler-Kolleg for Good Governance provides professional training in the field of good governance to a new generation of executives from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine.
The Kolleg offers future policymakers the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of political interrelationships and international cooperation. They will meet with experts from civil society, politics, and administration in Germany and the EU, and receive advanced training in a variety of seminars. These encounters allow all the participants to discuss and share their ideas and experiences in a unified Europe.
Deadline for applications: March 2, 2015
For additional information, please visit: http://www.bosch-stiftung.de/content/language2/html/1163.asp
Visegrad Scholarships for the Eastern Partnership
Visegrad Scholarships for EaP are an extension of the existing In-Coming scheme of the Visegrad Scholarship Program financing individual mobility of EaP scholars (citizens of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova or Ukraine) to pursue study or research stays at accredited public or private colleges or universities in the V4 countries.
Deadline for submission: January 31, 2015
For additional information, please visit: http://visegradfund.org/v4eap/scholarships-eap/
Dulverton Scholarships for Graduate Students in University of Oxford, 2015
Dulverton Trust is inviting application for scholarships for graduate Students. The Dulverton Scholarships funds are open for the students from Central or Eastern Europe to study for one-year, full-time master’s courses in any subject. Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of academic merit. This scholarship is available for pursuing master’s degree level at University of Oxford in UK. The Dulverton Scholarships fund students from Central or Eastern Europe to study for one-year, full-time master’s courses in any subject. The scholarships are funded by the Dulverton Trust, which is an independent, charitable, grant-making organisation established by in 1949 by the first Lord Dulverton.
The students of Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Georgia, Hungary, FYR of Macedonia, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Turkey and Ukraine can apply for these scholarships.
– Applicants should be applying to start a new one-year master’s course in any subject at Oxford.
-If applicants are resident in an eligible country outside of the EEA (European Economic Area), you should be intending to return to your country of ordinary residence once your course is completed.
-Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of academic merit and priority will be given to applicants who have not previously studied in the US or UK.
-Please ensure that applicant meet the selection criteria for your course. This scholarship is not open to candidates applying for part-time courses or non-matriculated courses. This scholarship is also not open to applications from candidates who hold deferred offers to start in 2015-16.
Awards are made for the full duration of your fee liability for the agreed course. The scholarship will cover 100% of University and college fees and a grant for living costs (of at least £12,900).
Deadline: 9 or 23 January 2015, depending on course
For additioinal information, follow the link: http://www.edu-active.com/master/2014/oct/22/dulverton-scholarships-graduate-students-uk-2015.html
Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Scholarship and Leadership Programme, University of Oxford
The Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Scholarship and Leadership Programme at the University of Oxford supports exceptional scholars devoting their studies and professional careers to international development or environmental management and conservation. These studies encompass a number of subjects offered within the University’s School of Geography and Environment and Department of International Development.
The scheme targets exceptional individuals from the transition and emerging economies of Europe’s wider neighbourhood including Central and Eastern Europe, the Balkans, the Caucasus, Russia and Central Asia, as well as North Africa and the Middle East.
Deadline: January 23, 2015
For additional information on eligibility criteria, dates, etc, please visit: http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/fees-and-funding/graduate-scholarships/university-wide-scholarships/weidenfeld-scholarships-and-leadership-programme/weidenfeld-hoffmann-scholarship-and-leadership-programme
Boren Awards for International Study
Boren scholarships and fellowships are currently open for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students for studying abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.
Boren Scholars and Fellows represent a variety of academic and professional disciplines, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian and Swahili.
Boren awards provide funding for students (up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students and up to $30,000 to U.S. graduate students) to add an important international and language component to their graduate education through specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency.
Deadline for Fellowships: January 27, 2015
Deadline for Scholarships: February 4, 2015
For additional information, please visit: http://www.borenawards.org/
Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for Georgian students for the academic year 2015-2016
Swiss government offers three different types of scholarships to Georgian students for the academic year 2015-2016:
- PhD Scholarships
- Postdoctoral Scholarships
- Research Scholarships
Submission deadline: November 28, 2014
For additional information, please visit:
Chevening Awards in Georgia
Applications for 2015/2016 Chevening Scholarships in Georgia are now open, and will close on 15 November at 23:59 GMT.
Chevening Scholarships are awarded to talented professionals who are potential future leaders, decision-makers and opinion formers. The scholarships offer financial support to study for a Master’s degree at one of the UK’s leading universities, and the opportunity to become part of an influential and highly regarded global network.
The following awards are available in Georgia:
- Chevening Georgia Scholarships
- Chevening Georgia/Bank of Georgia Scholarships
- Chevening Central Partnership Awards
For additional information, visit: http://www.chevening.org/georgia/
Joint Research Contest for Georgian Master’s and PhD Students
Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation, Georgia and German Julich Research Center (Forschungszentrum Jülich) announce a joint research contest for Georgian Master’s and PhD students.
Deadline for applications: October 17, 2014
For additional information, please visit: http://www.rustaveli.org.ge/index.php?module=topic&page=detals&topic_id=18&id=1395
Archaeological Field School in Armenian Prehistory*
Open to all class years
Students will participate in archaeological excavations and environmental reconstructions at a Stone Age site in Armenia that documents a variety of important milestones in human biological, cognitive, and cultural evolution. Nor Geghi 1 is situated in the Hrazdan Gorge just north of the capital Yerevan. The site documents the evolution and behavior of late Middle Pleistocene hominins between 400,000–300,000 years ago. In addition, an archaeological survey of the Hrazdan Gorge and its surroundings will be conducted. Through this program, you will gain an exciting new perspective on archaeology and prehistory and the chance to experience a rich and vibrant culture, while working side by side with world-renowned specialists and Armenian students from Yerevan State University.
Students will enroll in ANTH 3990, Fieldwork in Archaeology, for 6 honors credits during the summer term. The goals of this program are to: a) help students develop a firsthand knowledge of archaeological and geological methods and how archaeologists construct and test hypotheses; b) gain a new appreciation of science and its application in human evolution and paleoanthropology; c) provide students an intellectual and cultural experience beyond the confines of the U.S.A.; and d) challenge prior assumptions about the people and cultures of the Caucasus.
This program is designed to train students in archaeological excavation and recording techniques. Firsthand participation in all aspects of the field school, including excavation and site survey, as well as laboratory techniques such as artifact preparation, measurement, illustration, and analysis is required.
While this project will provide UConn students with an exciting, new perspective on archaeology and prehistory, and the chance to experience a rich and vibrant culture, it is also designed to help train a new generation of Armenian prehistorians. As such, Armenian students from Yerevan State University (YSU) will work side by side with our team members. Participants will live in a house in Yerevan where breakfast and dinner will be served; lunch will be eaten in the field. Yerevan is a sprawling capital with numerous museums, restaurants, and cultural attractions. Knowledge of Armenian or Russian, while helpful, is not required
This field school will be operated as a subset of a larger international research project on the prehistoric human occupation in the Hrazdan River Gorge and its surroundings*, and is co-directed by Prof. Keith Wilkinson, Winchester University, and Boris Gasparian, Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography, Armenia. Other participants in this project include specialists from Oxford University (UK), University of Sheffield (UK), Royal Holloway University London (UK), Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre (UK), Yerevan State University (Armenia), Universidad de La Laguna (Spain), Simon Fraser University (Canada), and University of Wollongomng (Australia). Students will have the opportunity to interact and work with several of these specialists during the program.
*Funding for the for the Field School in Armenian Prehistory is provided by:
The UConn Norian Armenian Studies Program, The UConn Research Foundation, and the L.S.B. Leakey Foundation.
For more information please see http://studyabroad.uconn.edu/program/uconn-archaeological-field-school-in-armenian-prehistory-armenia-summer/.
ASCN Scholarship for Participation in ECPR Methodology Summer School
ECPR Summer School in Methods and Techniques 2014
24 July – 9 August 2014, Ljubljana, Slovenia
The European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) regularly organizes summer schools for PhD candidates in political science. The “ECPR Summer School in Methods and Techniques” planned on 24 July – 9 August 2014 in Ljubljana provides high quality up-to-date training in a broad range of specially selected methods across the whole spectrum of approaches employed within the social sciences.
In line with its main objective to support promising young researchers from the South Caucasus, ASCN offers 4 PhD students in social sciences from Universities in Georgia and Armenia the opportunity to participate in this 2-week Summer School.
Courses and Modules
Scholars must choose one module from the courses B01 to B11 or 2 modules from C01 to C12 and D01 to D10 as described on the course list of the summer school website. Participation in a 3-day refresher course (A01-A05) may also be covered by ASCN and is strongly encouraged. Full information about the summer school is to be found here.
- PhD candidates in social sciences (political science or sociology) from any university in Georgia or Armenia
- Citizens of Armenia or Georgia normally residing in Armenia or Georgia
- strong skills in research methodology
- excellent knowledge of English
Candidates with potential to transfer the acquired knowledge further within their institution (through teaching) will be given priority.
Application Deadline 20 April 2014
Further Information http://www.ascn.ch/en/grants_scholarships/ECPR-Summer-School.html
International Summer School: Peace & Security in the South Caucasus
This summer, spend four weeks in Tbilisi, Georgia studying the politics, culture, and history of the South Caucasus; gain new insight into the complex factors shaping current events; live with specially selected host families; and engage in dynamic discussions with local activists and experts committed to fostering peace throughout the region
The academic program provides approximately twenty-two hours per week of in-class instruction. It consists of a major course exploring the politics of the South Caucasus, a minor course in society and culture and an introductory language course. The major course covers topics such as modern political history of the region, security issues, state building and democratization. The society and culture course addresses issues of nationalism, religion, gender and identity. The language course offers the opportunity to study basic Georgian, Russian or Chechen based on the participant’s preference. All classes are conducted in English by expert faculty of Ilia State University with extensive experience teaching foreign students.
- PROGRAM FOCUS
politics, conflict, and security in the South Caucasus; regional culture and identity; Russian, Georgian, or Chechen (at all levels)
- LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION
- ELIGIBILITY / PREREQUISITES
undergraduate and graduate students in good academic standing; must be 18 to apply
- ACADEMIC CREDIT
8 – 10 credit hours in political science and sociology
- PROGRAM TERM
summer, 4 weeks
- PROGRAM COST: $4000(excludes international airfare)
- Deadline: 15 February 2014
FOR MORE DETAILS VISIT: http://www.acstudyabroad.org/peace/
Postgraduate Research Degrees Queen’s University, Belfast
The School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy welcomes enquiries from students who wish to continue their studies in these subjects with a view to obtaining a higher degree. A graduate may pursue research, on a full-time or part-time basis, and submit a thesis for the degree of Master of Philosophy (MPhil) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).
Students interested in doctoral research on following topics are particularly welcome:
· Comparative ethnic conflict and interethnic relations, in Europe and beyond;
· Continuity and change in minority protection from communism to postcommunism;
· Impact of liberalisation/democratisation on state-society relations in selected countries of postcommunist Eurasia.
Postgraduate Research entry requirement consists of the following:
- The school normally requires applicants for research degrees to have successfully completed a taught postgraduate degree (MA) in Politics, International Studies, European Studies, Philosophy or a cognate subject area, before proceeding to either MPhil or PhD, although candidates having demonstrated exceptional achievement at undergraduate level may be considered.
- Good references indicating that the candidate has the academic ability to undertake doctoral research.
- A viable proposal as determined by the advice of independent assessors in the School. (Viable here pertains to the scope of the project, its originality, and its potential to be completed within the relevant time limit for full-time or part-time students respectively.)
- Above all, prospective applicants’ ability to conduct postgraduate research successfully will be evaluated on the basis of the detailed Research proposal submitted with the application form. The School requires a detailed research proposal (1500 – 2000 words) which will outline the research topic, the methodology, the theoretical context within which the research will be carried out (if appropriate), and an indicative bibliography. Please note that this is a particularly important part of your application, and will decisively influence the decision about your admission. If you have consulted with any members of staff within the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy, please mention this in your proposal outline as well.
- Where appropriate, an application needs an IELTS score of 6.5 (candidates must be fully proficient in written and spoken English) and a CGPA of 3.3 or above to be considered.
- Availability and suitably qualified staff to supervise the research project (i.e. at least one specialist in the chosen field). In the absence of such staff the application will be rejected.
For more information please visit: http://www.qub.ac.uk/schools/SchoolofPoliticsInternationalStudiesandPhilosophy/ProspectiveStudents/PostgraduateResearchDegrees/
Boren Scholarships and Fellowships for US undergraduate and graduate students for study/language training overseas
The applications for the 2014-2015 David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships are now available atwww.borenawards.org. Boren Awards provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study in Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East, where they can add important international and language components to their educations.
Boren Scholars and Fellows represent a variety of academic backgrounds, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili. As part of the African Languages Initiative, Boren Award applicants have the opportunity to further their study of Akan/Twi, Hausa, Portuguese, Swahili, Wolof, Yoruba, or Zulu. For a complete list of languages, visit our website.
Undergraduate students can receive up to $20,000 for an academic year’s study abroad and graduate students up to $30,000 for language study and international research. In exchange for funding, recipients commit to working in the federal government for a minimum of one year.
National Application Deadlines
Boren Fellowship: January 28, 2014
Boren Scholarship: February 5, 2014*
For more information about the Boren Awards and to access the on-line application, please visit www.borenawards.org.
Central European University Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy, and International Relations: Full PhD fellowship – Public Policy specialization
Full PhD fellowship — Public Policy specialization
We invite applications for the Public Policy specialization (’track’) of the Doctoral Program in Political Science offered by Central European University (CEU), an English language graduate institution, located a tthe heart of Europe (Budapest). Its PhD Program in Political Science is accredited in the United States andoffers five specializations: Comparative Politics, International Relations, Political Economy, Political Theory, and Public Policy. It is one of the largest, most international and most competitive programs in Europe. Students, from over 30 countries, are supported by more than 35 faculty members. CEU is accredited in the United States and Hungary.
The Public Policy track prepares graduate students for careers in research or higher education institutions. It is very competitive and welcomes applications from graduates of Political Science, Economics, Sociology, Law, and other related disciplines. The curriculum of the Public Policy track proposes a solid, comprehensive, and methodologically rigorous grounding in social science disciplines, encouraging interdisciplinary dialogues, and developing research skills, analytical abilities and substantive knowledge related to public policy, public administration and governance. It offers a strong comparative dimension and addresses the challenges posed by decentralization, globalization and privatization of governance structures and processes, to the design, delivery and evaluation of public policies. The doctoral candidates are actively introduced to research networks in their field through participation in graduate conferences and major research projects. The Doctoral School collaborates with a number of research centers including the Center for Policy studies, Center for Ethics and Law in Biomedicine, Center for Media and Communication Studies, Center for the Study of Imperfections in Democracies, Center for Environment and Security, Center for European Union Research and the Asia Research Initiative.
Students admitted into CEU doctoral degree programs are eligible to the Full CEU Doctoral Fellowship for three years. It includes tuition, medical insurance, and a monthly stipend to cover educational and accommodation costs. Doctoral students must complete their PhD degree within six years. Numerous additional funding opportunities exist, such as the Doctoral Research Support Grant Program, the Erasmus Mobility Scheme, and various research and travel funds. Further information on financial aid is available at: http://www.ceu.hu/admissions/financialaid/doctoral
Upon completion of the program, alumni of the School typically continue their career in higher education, policy analysis, the media, civil service, international NGOs and research organizations. According to Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) rankings for 2013, CEU’s programs in politics and international studies, represented by the Department of Political Science, the Department of International Relations and European Studies, and the Department of Public Policy, are the 42nd best globally (http://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings/university-subject-rankings/2013/politics). Additional information on CEU graduates’ career paths is available at: http://alumnicareer.ceu.hu/career/destinationsurvey.
All applicants must meet the General CEU Admissions Requirements (www.ceu.hu/apply), and submit:
· curriculum vitae;
· proof of relevant English language competency;
· a 1,500-word research proposal;
· a 500-word statement of purpose;
· two confidential letters of recommendation;
· relevant undergraduate and graduate transcripts and diplomas;
· a 500-word summary of a submitted or planned MA thesis or other substantial academic work.
The deadline for applications is January 23th, 2014, 24:00 Pacific Standard Time (PST)
More information and inquiries
For further information on the Doctoral School’s academic programs and courses, specific entry requirements, and a list of faculty, visit the Doctoral School’s website or contact the Doctoral School at http://pds.ceu.hu; E-mail: ds”at”ceu.hu.
For further information on the Public Policy track, please contact Track Representative Dr. Martin Kahanec at kahanecm”at”ceu.hu, or PhD Coordinator Zoltan Wagner, at wagnerz”at”ceu.hu. Mailing address: CEU Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy, and International Relations: Nador
u. 15, 1051 Budapest, Hungary.
Summer School: National Minorities and Border Regions
European Centre for Minority Issues Announces
National Minorities and Border Regions
Summer School 2013 in Flensburg, Germany
19-29 August, 2013
The annual National Minorities and Border Regions Summer School, an intensive two-week programme of postgraduate-level study in national minorities and border regions studies, will be held between the 19th and 29th of August in Flensburg, Germany. The European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI) invites applications for the Summer School from junior scholars and practitioners from all over the world.
The progress of European history has linked many national minorities to state borders. Not only did the territorial changes of the last two centuries alter the sovereignty of the European states, but also served to shape the identities and allegiances of the people living within the border regions. Many minority groups in the border regions of Europe continue to identify with the majority groups in bordering states. Most in recent years, many kin-states have also strengthened the ties with their kin-minority groups across borders. Although such ties remain a source of conflict in some parts of Europe, they are increasingly valued for their role in preserving European cultural diversity, improving the living conditions of minority groups in border regions, and stimulating inter-state relations and cross-border cooperation. In the context of the current discussions over the future of the European Union, national minorities in border regions represent a resource for deepening European integration.
The ECMI Summer School aims to set out the conceptual and normative approaches for the study of national minorities in border regions and to explore their different applications in relation to current arrangements across Europe. By the end of the summer school, the students will be able to critically evaluate the institutional successes and failures regarding the accommodation of minority groups along the border regions of the European states. Upon completion of the Summer School, the participants will receive certificates of participation.
Researchers from ECMI will be joined by distinguished international scholars, local politicians and representatives of minority groups from the Danish-German border region. Drawing on the effective collaboration between Germany and Denmark in the fields of minority accommodation and cross-border cooperation, as well as ECMI’s research and policy consulting expertise, its engagement in conflict resolution, competence development and institution building in Kosovo and Georgia, and the empirical and normative expertise of the speakers, the Summer School promises a comprehensive examination of Europe’s national minorities in border regions. The list and profiles of our lecturers are available online under Courses of 2011 and 2012.
The European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI) invites applications for the Summer School from junior scholars and practitioners from all over the world. NMBR Summer School 2012 hosted 20 participants from 14 different countries. The NMBR Summer School will require a minimum number of applications in order to proceed, and may not be held if this minimum number is not met.
The fee of the summer school is 400€. The participants are also expected to cover their own travel and accommodation expenses. We will gladly assist you in finding accommodation if requested. Further information here.
We offer a reduced fee (200€) for the students of our partner Universities: the University of Flensburg and the University of Southern Denmark. ECMI is currently working on getting financial aid to support all participants fully or partially. Scholarship will reduce the program fee. International travel expenses and other related costs (visa & insurance) will not be included in the scholarship. At the same time, if possible, we recommend you apply for financial opportunities from your government, scholarship programs and sending institutions. Please indicate in your application whether you are willing to apply for the scholarship.
APPLICATION DEADLINE : 06 May 2013
Application deadline is over. For any questions or inquiries you might have, please contact us at summerschool2013″at”ecmi.de
Visit the webpage here
International Dmanisi Summer School on Georgian Studies
August 26 to September 06, 2013.
Deadline for application July 29
The Georgian National Museum with the support of Shota Rustaveli Scientific Foundation presents the International Dmanisi Summer School on Georgian studies – a field of humanities covering Georgian history, religion, linguistics and culture.
Tuition fees, accommodation and living expenses, including tours are free.
The Summer School is open to International Bachelor, Masters, and PhD students, graduates, and anyone else who is interested in our heritage and in the disciplines related to Georgian history.
The school is located at the Dmanisi Archaeological Museum research base-camp in the village of Patara Dmanisi, 85 km south-west of Tbilisi, in east Georgia.
The focus of the school is Georgian Studies and its aims are:
• Offering new theoretical and practical experience in the disciplines related to the history of Georgia.
• Acquiring better knowledge of the modern research methodologies in Georgian Studies.
• Improving cultural and academic relations between Georgian and foreign participants.
• Popularizing Georgian heritage and promoting Georgian Studies.
• Presenting various collections from the Georgian National Museum.
• Supporting the development of cultural tourism in Georgia.
The educational program is led by Georgian scientists specialized in social sciences and consists of theoretical and practical training. The topics covered are: art, history, and archaeology of Georgia, as well as ethnology and numismatics.
The program comprises of the workshops, discussions between the participants and the lecturers as well as screening of documentaries.
Field trips to the Georgian historical sites and museums are included.
At the end of the program participants will be asked to prepare a small presentation.
Language: English (and Georgian with translation into English).
For more please visit http://museum.ge/index.php?lang_id=ENG&sec_id=76&info_id=12359
Kartvelological Summer School “Georgian Script”
The Georgian National Centre of Manuscripts is organizing third International Summer School – “Georgian Script” from 16th to 25th July 2013 in Tbilisi, Georgia.
The Summer School is intended for foreign researchers and students interested in Georgian history and culture, especially in Georgian script and manuscript heritage, and have a general interest in medieval studies.
The aims of the Kartvelological Summer School “Georgian Script” is to promote Georgian script as an important achievement of Georgian culture at an international level; to popularize the Kartvelological sciences, focusing on the multi-faceted, multi-national foundations of Georgian manuscript culture; and to inspire and develop future international cooperation among the Centre and Summer school attendees.
The educational program of the Summer School includes exciting academic and cultural lectures, workshops, and excursions. The working language of the Summer School will be English.Summer School organizers can only provide the limited number of scholarships for its applicants which covers: accommodation, food and travel within Georgia, however individuals must cover their own travel cost to and from Georgia. This program is generously financed by the Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation of Georgia.Alongside with this, we offer several schemes for those applicants who can finance their participation in the Summer School. More about this can be seen in an attached Application Form.
If you are interested in participating, please fill out the application form manually or/and Online no later than 14th of June, 2013 and send it to the National Centre of Manuscripts through the following e-mail address:summerschool “at” manuscript.ac. ge.
Only Selected candidates will be notified by the 21st of June, 2013.Online application form can be found on the following link: https://docs.google.com/a/manuscript.ac.ge/forms/d/1ON217aYOeHlALHZWxN2vb6UQi6q5NiekUgEMwD30IEg/viewform?usp=sharing&edit_requested=true
First Democratic Republic of Georgia – Summer School at the National Archives of Georgia 2013
“National Archives of Georgia” with the support of the “Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation” will organize Summer School on the subject of the First Democratic Republic of Georgia (1918-1921). Summer School will be held in Tbilisi, at the National Archives of Georgia on 17-23 July, 2013.
15 participants, among them 10 foreign and 5 local citizens will be selected. Working languages will be Georgian and English (lectures will be directed in Georgian with English simultaneous translation).
Leading Georgian experts will read for attendees 23 lectures during 7 days. There will be 5 modules: Democratic Institutes; Republic and Foreign Countries; Military Affairs; Economic, Culture, Religion, Human Rights, Mass-Media; Practice. Sharing of opinions in frames of roundtable debates will be organized. The participants will be taken to cultural sightseeing tours, museums; they will get acquainted with primary archival sources, photos and cinematography of the respective period.
As far as Tbilisi was the center and even capital (during Caucasian Diet) of the region, all possible archival materials on Caucasus are concentrated at the National Archives of Georgia. Though, most of the materials are not yet explored by Armenian, Azerbaijani, East European and specifically by western scholars. Therefore there are some substantial gaps in their researches. Conclusions of various Caucasian scholars are controversial to each other to say the least. Most of the West European scholars base their conclusions on European archival materials, not always knowing what the reality in the region was. On the other hand, Georgian scholars hitherto have not had an access to the archives of The Great Powers.
We aim to gather leading experts or prospective researchers of those countries together, in order to enable them attend lectures and discuss various problems on the roundtable after each module.
The summer school aims to attract scholars from European and Non-European universities, research institutes, independent networks, with a special focus on young researchers. Junior researchers, teaching assistants, PhD students are thus warmly invited to submit their paper proposals. Also we can afford participation of students, interested in politics, history, source studies and related fields.
The summer school calls for proposals for individual papers to be presented in panels, created by the Scientific Committee. The Scientific Committee has discreet right to contact short-listed candidates for holding an interview in order to clarify some additional details. A formal application should be sent to email summerschool “at” archives. gov. ge and thus include:
1) filled Application form (archives.itdc.ge/uploads/other/0/581.docx).
The deadline for the submission of filling the application form is 24:00 CET, June 12, 2013. The Scientific committee will either accept or reject the proposals and accepted applicants will be notified till June 21, 2013.
The summer school will cover the following expenses:
1) Hotel expenses for 7 nights near the National Archives of Georgia;
2) Three meals a day;
3) Excursions, museums, sightseeing tours around Tbilisi and Georgia;
4) Farewell banquet;
5) Round-trip travel expenses may be discussed individually; please, insert the ticket cost in this case.
We look forward to welcoming you at the Summer School in Tbilisi!
Website of the National Archives of Georgia: http://archives.itdc.ge/ge/home
Website of the Shota Rustaveli National Sciense Foundation: http://rustaveli.org.ge/index.php
Website of the project for Georgian citizens: http://archivesummerschoolgeo.blogspot.com/
Fully-funded PhD scholarship dedicated to the folklore and literature of the Caucasus region
Venue: University of Sheffield, UK
Application deadline: June 30, 2013
Thanks to a generous donation, the Department of Russian and Slavonic Studies at the University of Sheffield invites applications for a fully-funded PhD scholarship dedicated to the folklore and literature of the Caucasus region. Proposals may pertain to the folklore and literature itself, the history of scholarship on the question, and the role they have played in the formation of social and cultural identity.
The scholarship includes all University fees, a grant for living expenses and funds for approved research expenses.
Fluency in Russian language is essential, and knowledge of one Caucasian language would be an advantage.
Department of Russian and Slavonic Studies at the University of Sheffield
Information & contacts
For more details visit: http://www.pecob.eu/flex/cm/pages/ServeBLOB.php/SU_/fully-funded-PhD-scholarship-dedicated-folklore-literature-Caucasus-region
Summer School: “Caucasus International Summer School: Constitutional Rule of Law and Democracy in Southern Caucasus. Institutions, Social and Political Actors, the International Community”
Dimaro (Trento, Italy)
July 8 to July 12, 2013.
The deadline for application is May 20, 2013.
The Caucasus International Summer School represents a unique opportunity to discuss and understand what makes the South Caucasus a priority in contemporary international studies, providing multiple authoritative insights on an area around which gravitate the interests of the EU as well as of regional powers such as Russia, Turkey and Iran.
The CISS programme has a strong multidisciplinary approach and focusses on key issues as constitutional rule of law and democracy, political cleavages, national minorities, de facto states, security and regional cooperation, Southern Caucasus and Europe.
Lectures will be held by world leading regional experts: Leyla Alieva, Center for National and International Studies (Baku); Helge Blakkisrud, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (Oslo); Thomas de Waal, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (Washington DC); Aldo Ferrari, University of Venice; Sabine Freizer, International Crisis Group (Istanbul); Richard Giragosian, Regional Studies Center (Yerevan); Mikayel Hovhannisyan, Eurasia Partnership Foundation (Yerevan); Marina Muskhelishvili, Center for Social Sciences (Tbilisi); Ghia Nodia*, International School of Caucasus Studies at Ilia State University (Tbilisi); Natalie Sabanadze *, OSCE/HCNM; Jonathan Wheatley, Zentrum für Demokratie (Aarau). *to be confirmed
Participants will be invited to present their own research project and discuss it in dedicated workshops.
Bringing together senior and junior scholars with younger researchers and students in Caucasian Studies, the summer school aims thus at providing participants with the opportunity to meet, interact and plan further research.
The attendance is open to advanced students, PhD students and young researchers, especially those working in the field of democratic transition, conflict transformation, international law and minorities’ rights; international relations; Caucasian studies. PhD students and PhD holders are particularly invited to apply.
6 partial scholarships are available and will be attributed to participants according to the evaluation of their research project by the Scientific Board.
For the detailed programme and for more information on the application procedure, tuition fees and accomodation costs, please visit: http://events.unitn.it/en/ciss2013
The organising institutions
The University of Trento – Faculty of Law
Over its 50 years of history, the University of Trento has been known for its propension towards international relations and mobility and for the quality of its research and education offer. These features have led the University of Trento -10 Departments, 3 University research centres, 2 Advanced Training Schools and 13 Doctoral Schools with altogether 16.000 students and about 600 professors and researchers – to reach prominent positions in national and international university rankings.
The Faculty of Law was established in 1984. Its cultural mission in teaching and research consists in the comparative approach to law: legal phenomena are regarded as distinguished from domestic positive law regulating them. The concept of “denationalised” law focuses on the interaction of domestic, international, and supranational law, as well as of their respective jurisdictions and case law and it acknowledges the existence of a common transnational law which is binding in the day to day operation of the law. In various courses and research projects, the comparative method is applied to constitutional law and constitutional transition in different geographical areas.
Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso
Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso (OBC) is an online news provider and research centre devoted to social and political change in South-East Europe, Turkey and the Caucasus.
The OBC team, based in Rovereto (Italy), cooperates with a network of over 50 correspondents and local contributors to deliver online articles, in-depth analyses research on a daily basis. Every month, over 120,000 readers visit the websitewww.balcanicaucaso.org.
Besides the journalistic work, OBC carries out research, dissemination and training activities. It is engaged in the main social networks, distributes all of its content with a copyleft license and employs open source technologies.
Workshop: Virtual Heritage School on Digital Cultural Heritage (3D documentation, knowledge repositories and creative industries)
The workshop focuses on advanced technologies applied to Cultural Heritage (CH) research, in particular digital data acquisition (photogrammetry, laser scanning and Structure-from-Motion), the use of open-source software for data post-processing, metadata standards, knowledge repositories and creative industries. Theoretical aspects will be complemented with fieldwork activities at archaeological sites. Professionals from CH institutions (cultural foundations, museums), young researchers and students are invited to submit their application to attend the workshop. A limited number of fellowships are available.
The workshop is organized by The Cyprus Institute in collaboration with:
• Cyprus Department of Antiquities
• Fraunhofer-Institut für Graphische Datenverarbeitung IGD, Germany
• Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Italy
• Forth-Hellas, Greece
• West University, Romania
Survival Georgian Course
The American Language Center at American Councils is pleased to offer Survival Georgian, an 8 week course (1.5 hours/twice a week) in partnership with the renowned Nana Shavtvaladze Language School. This crash course is designed to build basic communication skills for everyday situations. Learn how to order food, give directions, shop and bargain, speak to your landlord, and make new friends. The course will focus on communication not grammar. No previous knowledge required!
The course will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays (6:30-8:00 PM) from March 12 to May 2 at the American Language Center located within American Councils Georgia office.
The course cost is 299 Lari. This includes a book and cd.
For more information contact info “at” alctbilisi. com and visit http://alctbilisi.com/
2013 Summer Research Laboratory at Illinois
The Summer Research Laboratory (SRL) on Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia is open to all scholars with research interests in the Russian, East European and Eurasian region for eight weeks during the summer months from June 10 until August 2. The SRL provides scholars access to the resources of the University of Illinois Slavic collection within a flexible time frame where scholars have the opportunity to seek advice and research support from the librarians of the Slavic Reference Service (SRS). Graduate students and junior scholars will also have opportunity to attend a specialized workshop on Scholarly and Literary Translation from June 10-15, 2013.
The deadline for grant funding is April 15 and is fast approaching! REEEC will continue to receive applications for the Summer Research Lab after the grant deadline, but housing and travel funds will not be guaranteed.
For more information and to apply, please see the SRL website: http://www.reeec.illinois.edu/srl/
For graduate students, the SRL provides an opportunity to conduct research prior to going abroad and extra experience to refine research skills. Students will also have the opportunity of seeking guidance from specialized librarians skilled in navigating resources pertaining to and originating from Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia.
The SRS is an extensive service that provides access to a wide range of materials that center on and come from: Russia, the Former Soviet Union, Czech and Slovak Republics, Former Yugoslavia, Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria, and Romania. The International & Area Studies Library, where the Slavic reference collections are housed, contains work stations for readers, a collection of basic reference works, and current issues of over 1,000 periodicals and 110 newspapers in Western and area languages. The Slavic Reference Service provides access to several unique resources pertaining to the Russian, East European and Eurasian region. Currently, there are plans at the University of Illinois’ to become the first library in the Western Hemisphere to gain access to the Russian State Library’s Electronic Dissertations Database, which contains the full text of nearly 1 million dissertations in a wide variety of fields. In addition, the SRS provides access to
* the only copy of the famous 594-volume Turkestanskii Sbornik of materials on Central Asia prior to 1917 available outside Uzbekistan;
* recent direct acquisitions from Central Asia which include the complete national bibliography of Kazakhstan (2002-2010) and the complete digitized national bibliography of Uzbekistan (1917-2009), both of which are not held by any other U.S. library;
* perhaps the most complete collection of Russian Imperial provincial newspapers (gubernskie vedomosti) in North America; and
* extensive print, digital, and microform holdings relating to Eastern Europe, including rare materials acquired via Keith Hitchins and other noted scholars.
Summer School: Postsocialist Cultural Studies: Methodology and Research
St. Petersburg (Russia), June 29 – July 5, 2013
More than twenty years have passed since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the end of the Cold War, and the dispersal of the global socialist movement. Since then, we have been living in a post-world that is variously characterized as postsocialist, post-Marxist, postmodernist, and postcolonialist. This new condition has challenged scholars to find appropriate concepts, theories, and methods. In the 1990s, such theories as “transition”, “path-dependency”, and “multiple modernities” became popular among post-scholars. Over the decades, these concepts have revealed their problematic character. Empirical studies of the cultural condition of postsocialism in its most problematic manifestations – class, gender, generational, regional, ethnic, confessional, etc. – reveal continuities, gaps, and hybridizations that were not predicted by ideologues. But the concept of post-socialism is still in demand. In various forms that range from memory to inertia, the socialist legacy makes its impact on cultural processes, social troubles, and the political quests in the post-Soviet and global space.
In our problematic world, methodologies and reality illuminate and challenge each other. The Summer School will discuss the emerging concepts and visions that inform our research of the world after socialism.
Prof. Katherine Verdery (City University of New York, USA)
Prof. Alexander Etkind (Cambridge University, UK)
Prof. Almira Ousmanova (European University for Humanities, Lithuania)
Prof. Vladimir Ilyin (St. Petersburg State University, Russia)
Target group: Doctoral students and junior researchers.
The languages of the summer school are Russian and English.
Dates: June 29 – July 5, 2013.
Place: St. Petersburg, Russia.
Doctoral students and junior researchers who are accepted for the summer school are eligible for grants. These grants are limited and cover travel and/or accommodation costs up to a set amount.
Applications should be submitted to: summerschoolkazan “at” gmail. com by April 15, 2013. Applicants will be notified about their acceptance no later than May 6, 2013.
The application should include:
– letter of motivation (1 page max.)
– brief description of current research project (1 page max.)
– short CV (no more than 3 pages)
– contact information (email, telephone and postal address)
– indication of interest in applying for grant to cover travel and/or accommodation costs.
Mostly-Georgian Workshop with Malkhaz Erkvanidze, Patty Cuyler & John Graham
November 16-18, 2012
Shaker Mill Farm Inn
near Tanglewood & close to the western Massachusetts border in Canaan, NY
An extraordinary musical weekend in the Berkshires, under the direction of three master teachers. Special emphasis on Georgian singing–but also with some great South African, Corsican and American folk songs. Malkhaz Erkvanidze, in the US at the end of a three-week tour with his Tbilisi-based choir, Sakhioba Folk Ensemble, is a world authority of Georgian polyphonic music; he will be teaching folk songs and coaching participants in Georgian instruments. Princeton doctoral candidate John Graham, a veteran of Village Harmony & Northern Harmony ensembles, will teach Georgian chants and offer workshops on improvisation and variations in Georgian singing. And Village Harmony co-director Patty Cuyler will add an exciting mix of other wonderful harmony traditions–dance songs from South Africa, amazing Corsican trio songs, and a few American shape-note songs–to the weekend.
The workshop will take place at the Shaker Mill Farm Inn, a lovely converted stone gristmill-turned-inn on the New York side of the Berkshire hills near the town of Canaan, NY. http://www.shakermillfarminn.com/
Tuition is $220 (in triple room), $240 (in double room) or $300 (in single room) per person for the weekend. Tuition includes lodging, six meals and tuition. Choose your accommodation type online when you register. Commuters (with four meals) are also welcome, at a tuition of $175.
The workshop will begin with supper at 6pm on Friday, with singing following; we will end around 2 pm on Sunday, after a post-lunch review of our songs.
Register online now for the Mostly-Georgian Singing Weekend 2012. For more information, seehttp://www.villageharmony.org/summercamp/2013/midyear-georgian.html
RFP: UC Berkeley Scholars Workshop – October 28 – November 10, 2012
The Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES) at the University of California, Berkeley (UCB), in collaboration with the Centre for Advanced Studies and Education (CASE) at the European Humanities University (EHU) and the Caucasus Research Resource Centers (CRRC), is soliciting proposals from scholars in the social sciences and history from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine to participate in a two-week workshop at UCB from October 28 to November 10, 2012. The workshop is funded by a generous grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
A total of four scholars (“Carnegie Fellows”) will be brought to UCB for an intensive review of key literature, theoretical approaches, and methods employed in a particular field of scholarship (the “field theme”). Each Carnegie Fellow will work with a paired UCB faculty member and graduate student with knowledge of the Carnegie Fellow’s field theme to develop undergraduate and/or graduate syllabi and teaching materials, explore innovative teaching and research techniques and technologies, and prepare a field survey (with a literature review) for use by other Carnegie Fellows and scholars from the region. The language of the workshop will be English.
Airfare, hotel, and meal expenses will be paid for by ISEEES. In addition, ISEEES will either pay for or reimburse each Carnegie Fellow for up to $600 in expenses relating to purchasing, copying, or posting teaching materials. ISEEES will provide letters of invitation, but each Carnegie Fellow will be responsible for obtaining and paying for a U.S. visa.
Who is eligible to participate?
• Citizens of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine.
• Scholars who hold the equivalent of a Ph.D.
• Scholars who have a level of proficiency in written and spoken English that is sufficient to conduct independent research and engage in scholarly debate.
To apply, please submit the following:
• A completed application form. Application forms can be found at http://iseees.berkeley.edu/case-crrc#app. The website also has a detailed description of the purpose and design of the workshop. Applicants should be sure to read the Program Description in full to ensure that they are familiar with the design and requirements of the program.
• A statement of purpose not exceeding three pages indicating the applicant’s proposed field theme and the course syllabus or syllabi the applicant expects to develop while at Berkeley.
• A sample of scholarly research in English not exceeding five pages.
• A full Curriculum Vitae including a list of publications.
Applications from Belarus, Moldova, and Ukraine should be submitted via email to Olga Breskaya at olga.breskaya “at” ehu. lt. Applications from Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia should be sent to applications “at” crrccenters. org. The application deadline is September 14, 2012.
Summer Language Instruction: “Georgian Script”
The Georgian National Centre of Manuscripts is organizing a Summer School – “Georgian Script” from 17th to 26th July 2012 in Tbilisi, Georgia. The school program is intended for foreigners interested in Georgian culture, especially in Georgian script and manuscript heritage. The target groups of the program are foreign researchers and students. The Working language of the Summer School is English.
The aims of the kartvelological summer school “Georgian Script” is to spread “Georgian Script”, as an important achievement of Georgian culture, on an international level; to popularize Kartvelological sciences, focusing on the multi-faceted, multi-national foundations of Georgian manuscript culture; and to prepare the basis of future international cooperation among the Centre and Summer school attendees.
All costs regarding to accommodation, food and traveling within Georgia of the Summer School’s participants, EXEPT OF THE TRAVELING COSTS TO AND FROM GEORGIA will be covered by the National Centre of Manuscripts. The Project is financed by the Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation of Georgia.
Please fill in the application form and send it to the National Centre of Manuscripts no later than: 2nd of July, 2012, on this e-mail address: summerschool “at” manuscript. ac. ge. Successful candidates will be notified by the 7th of July, 2012.
National Centre of Manuscripts kindly asks you to distribute this information to the prospective target groups of the Summer School “Georgian Script”.
For more information please visit this link: http://manuscript.ge/index.php?m=994&ln=eng
10-Day INTENSIVE Georgian Language Workshops in Bazaleti, Georgia
by American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS and Language School of Georgia
Beginning Level Workshop: July 9-18, 2012
Intermediate Level Workshop: July 9-18, 2012
PROGRAM FEATURES INCLUDE:
5 hours of intensive instruction per day (3 hours per day of grammar and 2 hours per day of vocabulary and conversation – 50 hours total)
Evening activities and films
Accommodation and 3-meals per day in the Bazaleti Training Center
Certificate of Program Completion from American Councils and Language School of Georgia
PROGRAM FEE: 799 USD
APPLICATION DEADLINE: JUNE 4, 2012
Applicants will be required to complete a bio-data form and to confirm participation by making a deposit of $100 by credit card or wire transfer to the American Councils office in Washington, D.C. by the application deadline date. Final payment should be made by the same mechanisms by the program start date.
For more information and an application, please contact: info “at” amcouncils. ge
SSRC Eurasia Program Title VIII Summer Workshops in Quantitative Methods
THE EURASIA PROGRAM of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), in partnership with the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and the University of Wisconsin, Madison, invites applications for two intensive, five-day, interdisciplinary workshops devoted to quantitative social science approaches to social, political, economic and cultural phenomena in Eurasia.
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign: June 14-19
(Tentative focus: Demography and Health)
Faculty Director: Professor Cynthia Buckley
University of Wisconsin, Madison: August 6- 10
(Tentative focus: Economic Well-Being, Public Opinion)
Faculty Director: Professor Theodore Gerber
The SSRC Eurasia Program is offering intensive workshops to enhance training in quantitative methodology and increase familiarity with existing data sets among scholars of the region with policy-relevant interests. Workshops will consist of 20 hours of directed laboratory instruction, and approximately ten hours each of supervised laboratory time (group assignments, individual research) and faculty/peer assessments for research. Evenings will be reserved for informal discussions, group projects, and optional seminars on advanced themes in sampling, index construction, and non-linear regression approaches. The workshops will be led by experienced local instructors and senior resource faculty. Each participant will present their own research project during the course of the workshop. Participants will also generate a 1-2 page policy memo highlighting their work for possible inclusion in the SSRC Eurasia Program Title VIII Policy Brief Series.
Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents and currently enrolled in an accredited PhD program or area studies MA program, or who have completed a Ph.D. in the last 5 years. Every applicant should have a research project with clear policy relevance. We will entertain applications from advanced scholars with clearly articulated and compelling reasons for inclusion. Applicants from the military academies and minority serving institutions are particularly welcome. We will accept participants with a wide variety of skill levels and topics. Regions and countries currently supported by the program include Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, the Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. All research projects must relate as a whole or in part to one or more of these locales.
The application consists of a short application form, a summary of workshop goals and a brief description of a research project on the Eurasian Region that can be informed by quantitative data. Full instructions can be found on the Eurasia Program website: http://www.ssrc.org/programs/pages/eurasia-program/summer-workshops-in-quantitative-methods/
Application materials should be submitted electronically, in one PDF file, to the SSRC Eurasia Program at eurasia “at” ssrc. org by 5:00 p.m. EDT on April 10, 2012. All travel costs, workshop meals, instruction and accommodation for participants will be covered by the SSRC through the Title VIII program. Should you have any questions, please contact the Denise Mishiwiec at eurasia “at” ssrc. org, 718-517-3705.
The funding for this workshop is provided by the Department of State, Bureau of Intelligence and Research, Office of Outreach Title VIII Program for Research and Training on Eastern Europe and Eurasia (Independent States of the Former Soviet Union).
Conflict Resolution in the South Caucasus
May 31st – June 9th, 2012
Deadline to apply: March 9, 2012
George Mason University
This a unique 3-credit course offering to the South Caucasus from May 31-June 9, open to both George Mason and non-George Mason students offered through the Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University. Attendees will spend time in Tbilisi and, if possible, Sukhum/Sukhumi, meet with a variety of local specialists, including academics and practitioners who will provide an inside view of each side of the conflict. In addition, formal class sessions are complemented by various site visits for deeper understanding of the area and conflict.
For more information on this course, including cost and the three required application items, visithttp://crdc.gmu.edu/education/conf-399695-conflict-resolution-in-the-south-caucasus/ . If you have any questions or to apply, please contact Bram Houben, ahouben “at” gum. edu.
Spring 2012 Scholar’s Workshop at the University of California, Berkeley
The call for proposals is being solicited by the Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES) at the University of California, Berkeley (UCB), in collaboration with the Center for Advanced Study and Education (CASE) at the European Humanities University (EHU) and the Caucasus Research Resource Centers (CRRC). The workshop is funded by a generous grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
What is the Scholar’s Workshop?
Four selected scholars in the social sciences and history from Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia will participate in a two-week workshop at UCB from April 1 to April 14, 2012. These “Carnegie Fellows” will undertake an intensive review of the key literature, theoretical approaches, and methods employed in a particular field of scholarship at UCB. Each Carnegie Fellow will work with a paired UCB faculty member and graduate student with knowledge of the Carnegie Fellow’s field theme to develop undergraduate and graduate syllabi and teaching materials, explore innovative teaching and research techniques and technologies, and prepare a field survey (with a literature review). The language of the workshop will be English.
Airfare, hotel, and meal expenses will be paid for by ISEEES. In addition, ISEEES will either pay for or reimburse each Carnegie Scholar for up to $600 in expenses relating to purchasing, copying, and posting teaching materials. ISEEES will provide letters of invitation, but each Carnegie Fellow will be responsible for obtaining and paying for a U.S. visa.
Who is eligible to participate?
• Citizens of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia
• Scholars who hold the equivalent of a Ph.D.
• Those with proficiency in written and spoken English
See the following link for application requirements and instructions: http://crrccenters.org/news/?id=159. The application deadline is February 10, 2012.
If you have any questions regarding this fellowship program, please email CRRC’s Regional Research and Outreach Associate, Nana Papiashvili at Nana “at” crrccenters . org.
International Summer School “Geopolitics of Resources”
10-24 July 2011
– organized by the Otto-von-Guericke University in Magdeburg in cooperation with the OSCE Academy in Bishkek;
– financed by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) with funds from the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The International Summer School “Geopolitics of Resources” will explore political, economic, social and environmental dimensions of conflicts over water, oil, and gas in South Caucasus and Central Asia. The central question of the summer school is whether natural resources that bind the countries of these regions together but often serve as a source for tensions can lead to regional cooperation. The format of the summer school will be a mixture of lectures and seminars in the mornings as well as additional workshops on negotiation and communication skills in the afternoons. Students will also have a possibility to participate in the simulation game. The aim of this exercise is not only to provide students with the opportunity to practice decision-making skills, but also to offer them a change of perspective, thereby gaining a better understanding of factors and dynamics involved in conflict situations.
Course Language: English
Credits: 4 credit points
Costs: Travel and accommodation expenses are covered by the programme
Who can apply?
The summer school is open to graduate and advanced undergraduate students from political science, international relations, sociology or other related areas living and studying in South Caucasus and Central Asia.
How to apply?
The application, which must include:
1. CV (max. 2 pages in English)
2. Transcript of grades (in English or in Russian)
3. Letter of interest of 300-400 words (in English)
4. Essay of 600-800 words (in English) on one of the following topics:
-Role of Resources in Conflicts
-Water Conflict and Cooperation in Central Asia
-South Caucasus and its Energy Resources
should be sent in one PDF file to sumschool2011 “at” googlemail. com by 9th of May 2011.
Call for Applications: “Industrial Development in Post-Transition Countries”
Regional Seminar for Excellence in Teaching
ISET International School of Economics at Tbilisi State University
Funded by the Open Society Institute: Higher Education Support Program
The International School of Economics at Tbilisi State University (ISET) invites full-time economics faculty from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan to participate in a three‐year professional training and development program. All costs, including participants’ travel and accommodation, will be covered by Higher Education Support Program of the Open Society Institute. English is the working language of the program.
This three year program will focus on the theory and practice of industrial development, drawing on recent theoretical and empirical research in international trade, economic geography and international macroeconomics. The main objectives of the program are to allow participants to improve and develop their existing teaching portfolio, and to allow them to introduce new advanced courses. The program will also allow participants to improve their own research and to build professional networks among junior economic faculty and economics departments in the South Caucasus, Central Asia and Eastern Europe. The program will be taught by regional and international faculty who will introduce junior faculty from the region to a broad range of models, empirical methods and applications and practical policy issues.
During the first year, our treatment of the subject will be at the advanced undergraduate level. It is expected that any initial gap in knowledge would have to be closed during an intensive self-study phase prior to the first face-to-face meeting in July 2011. The meeting itself will combine master classes with group work, facilitating longer term research and pedagogy-focused collaboration among peers. In years two and three the same set of issues will be discussed at a higher level of sophistication, introducing more advanced theoretical and empirical tools.
Core resource faculty:
· Michael FUENFZIG (PhD, University of Pennsylvania)
· Gerald WILLMANN (PhD Stanford University)
· Yaroslava BABYCH (PhD, The George Washington University)
· Vladimir POPOV (Doctor of Sciences, Academy of Science of the USSR)
· Frédéric ROBERT-NICOUD (PhD, London School of Economics)
· Karine TOROSYAN (PhD, Oregon State University)
· Deadline for applications: April 10, 2011
· Selection of program participants will be announced by May 10, 2011
· First Summer School/Seminar: July 18-29, 2011, Gudauri, Georgia
· Online application form (www.iset.ge) with an emphasis on teaching and research experience
· Statement of motivation
· Syllabi or short description of regularly taught courses
· Sample of research
· Active involvement in undergraduate teaching and research;
· Good command of English: reading comprehension required;
· Basic knowledge of calculus (required);
· Basic knowledge of microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics (required);
· Telephone interview (optional, for a subset of candidates)
Other things being equal, priority will be given to women and young faculty.
Contact information for applicants and general inquiries:
16, Zandukeli St., 0108 Tbilisi, Georgia
+995 32 507 177 ext 104
m.surguladze ” at” iset.ge
For professional consultations and inquiries about program structure and content:
16, Zandukeli St., 0108 Tbilisi, Georgia
+995 32 507 177 ext 100/ +995 32 99 86 44
eric.livny “at” iset.ge
America Engages Eurasia: Studies, Teaching, and Resources
Deadline: March 1, 2011
Columbia University, New York, NY
Monday, June 13 – July 1, 2011 (3 weeks)
A Summer Institute Sponsored by The National Endowment for the Humanities.
Building upon a successful NEH Institute of 2009 which dealt with
Russian-American cultural contacts, the 2011 institute examines the
evolution of America’s “academic” engagement with Eurasia (defined here
as including Eastern and Southeastern Europe, Russia/ the Soviet Union,
Central Asia, and the Caucasus) from the 19th century down to the
present. The historic personalities, institutions, organizations, and
research resources that collectively constituted the foundation of
Eurasian studies in America will be considered within the broad
framework of the geopolitical relations of America and Eurasia over more
than 150 years.
The Institute’s Principal Investigator Timothy Frye, and Co-Directors
Edward Kasinec and Robert Davis hope also to suggest a more broadly
applicable paradigm of area studies development in the United States
(for Middle Eastern, East Asian, African, Latin American studies, etc.),
suggesting avenues of comparative research.
Twenty-five undergraduate faculty, research librarians, curators, and
museum educators will participate in sessions led by distinguished
educators and professionals. Participants will have a hands-on
opportunity to work with the unparalleled material and academic
resources of Columbia University and the city of New York.
For a summary description and online application information, visit:
http://NEHsummerinst.Columbia.edu or contact Robert Davis
(rhd2106 “at” Columbia . edu) 212 854-47101 or Edward Kasinec
(ejk83 “at” Columbia . edu) 516 712-8305. deadline is Tuesday, March 1, 2011.
UC Berkeley Scholars Workshop
March 26 – April 9, 2011
The Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES) at the University of California, Berkeley (UCB), in collaboration with the Caucasus Research Resource Centers (CRRC), is soliciting proposals from scholars in the Social Sciences and History from Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia to participate in a two-week workshop at UCB from March 26 to April 9, 2011. The workshop is funded by a generous grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
A total of four scholars from the South Caucasus (“Carnegie Fellows”) will be brought to UCB for an intensive review of the key literature, theoretical approaches, and methods employed in a particular field of scholarship. Each Carnegie Fellow will work with a paired UCB faculty member and graduate student with knowledge of the Carnegie Fellow’s field theme to develop undergraduate and graduate syllabi and teaching materials, explore innovative teaching and research techniques and technologies, and prepare a field survey (with a literature review) for use by other Carnegie Fellows and scholars from the South Caucasus. The language of the workshop will be English.
Airfare, hotel, and meal expenses will be paid for by ISEEES. In addition, ISEEES will either pay for or reimburse each Carnegie Scholar for up to $600 in expenses relating to purchasing, copying, and posting of teaching materials. ISEEES will provide letters of invitation, but each Carnegie Fellow will be responsible for obtaining a US visa.
Who is eligible to participate?
* Citizens of Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia
* Scholars who hold a “Kandidatskaya” degree or higher
* Scholars who have a level of proficiency in written and spoken
English that is sufficient to conduct independent research and engage in scholarly debate
How to apply/documents to submit
* Completed application form
* A statement of purpose (the applicant’s research and teaching experience and future plans, not exceeding 3 pages)
* A sample of scholarly research (not exceeding 10 pages)
* Curriculum Vitae
Application forms can be found at http://iseees.berkeley.edu/case-crrc#app. The website also has a detailed description of the purpose and design of the workshop. Applicants should be sure to read the Program Description to ensure that they are familiar with the design and requirements of the program.
Applications should be submitted via email to applications “at” crrccenters.org by February 4, 2011.
ArtsLink Residencies program for artists (dance, music, theater and literature) from eastern Europe and Eurasia
The ArtsLink Residencies program offers artists and arts managers from Eastern and Central Europe, Russia, Central Asia and the Caucasus a five-week residency at an established, non-profit arts organization in the US. Host organizations are selected by CEC staff from an application process open to US non-profit organizations from all fifty US states. Applicants do not need to have any contacts with organizations in the US to apply for this program.
For the 2011 Residencies Program, ArtsLink will accept applications from artists and arts managers working in dance, music, theater and literature.
ArtsLink Residencies provide artists and arts managers with a unique experience relevant to their professional and creative goals. Residencies incorporate the visiting professional into the host organization’s activities and provide interaction with local artists and organizations.
Guidelines for Applications
For the December 1, 2010 deadline, ArtsLink will accept Residencies applications from contemporary artists working in music, dance, theater, or literature and from arts managers and presenters at independent, non-profit and government organizations working in these artistic
disciplines. Applicants must be citizens of, and currently reside in, an eligible country. If you are living outside the region temporarily, contact ArtsLink staff to determine your eligibility. There are no age limitations. Applicants must have sufficient knowledge of English to function independently while in the US.
Undergraduate students, amateurs, and scholars are not eligible. Arts managers must be affiliated with an arts organization in the non-commercial sector. Artists seeking placement in commercial firms are also ineligible. ArtsLink Fellows from prior years are ineligible.
All ArtsLink applications will be evaluated by an independent interdisciplinary review panel comprised of US arts professionals based on the following criteria:
* Artistic or professional excellence of the applicant’s work
* Extent to which working in a US arts organization is consistent with the applicant’s artistic vision, creative goals and professional development
* Benefit to the applicant, at this time in his/her career, from interaction with US artists and audiences
* Quality and feasibility of mutually-beneficial exchange with the hosting organization
* Applicant’s plans for sharing the benefits of the exchange with artists and institutions in his/her home country
* Applicant’s ability to meet cross-cultural challenges successfully
The selection process is extremely competitive and applicants should anticipate a highly rigorous review of their work. Applicants are advised to submit recent quality work samples on CDs and/or DVDs. Please follow carefully the instructions for submitted work samples in the
application. Applicants should make sure their work is properly labeled and that all work samples are fully and succinctly described on a separate sheet. Applications that do not include required materials will not be considered.
ArtsLink Fellows are expected to participate for a six-week period from early October to mid November 2011. All participants – both applicants from Eastern and Central Europe, Russia, Central Asia and the Caucasus and US host organizations – must be able to accommodate this residency schedule.
The Residency includes two short sessions in New York City for all ArtsLink Fellows to meet with each other and with ArtsLink staff: one prior to the residency to orient the Fellows to the residency program and one at the conclusion to share residency experiences. The opening and closing sessions offer an important opportunity for ArtsLink Fellows to interact and strengthen contacts with colleagues in Eastern and Central Europe, Russia, Central Asia and the Caucasus.
Applicants who have been selected by the review panel are placed by ArtsLink staff at arts organizations across the US that can provide a residency experience appropriate to each candidate’s professional skills and goals. The candidate’s professional interests and contacts are carefully evaluated to ensure the best available opportunity for each ArtsLink Fellow. While we take Fellows’ geographical and organizational preferences into consideration, Fellows should be prepared to fulfill their residency in any of the fifty US states.
ArtsLink Residencies provide opportunities to:
* Pursue artistic and/or professional collaborations that will enrich and enhance your work
* Establish mutually beneficial exchange of ideas and expertise with US artists and organizations and with colleagues from Eastern and Central Europe, Russia, Central Asia and the Caucasus during ArtsLink Fellow meetings
* Deepen your understanding of a particular artistic expression that is related to your own work
* Create new work that draws inspiration from interaction with artists and arts professionals in the US
* Expand professional arts management skills through work with US organizations
ArtsLink Residency awards are made to the US host organization to cover the living and working expenses for the five-week residency. Airfare, visa expenses, health insurance, and food and lodging during the opening and closing sessions in New York are also provided by CEC ArtsLink.
Where to Apply
Please send completed applications and work samples to:
435 Hudson Street, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10014.
Applications must be postmarked by December 1, 2010. Letters of recommendation may be sent separately but must be received by CEC ArtsLink before December 15, 2010.
Applicants will be notified of the review panel decision by the end of March 2011.
To consult with ArtsLink staff, please contact phone: 212-643-1985 ext. 22 or email: al “at” cecartslink.org
UC Berkeley Scholars Workshop
October 30 – November 13, 2010
The Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES) at the University of California, Berkeley (UCB), in collaboration with the Caucasus Research Resource Centers (CRRC), is soliciting proposals from scholars in the Social Sciences and History from Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia to participate in a two-week workshop at UCB from October 30 to November 13, 2010. The workshop is funded by a generous grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York .
A total of four scholars from the South Caucasus (“Carnegie Fellows”) will be brought to UCB for an intensive review of the key literature, theoretical approaches, and methods employed in a particular field of scholarship. Each Carnegie Fellow will work with a paired UCB faculty member and graduate student with knowledge of the Carnegie Fellow’s field theme to develop undergraduate and graduate syllabi and teaching materials, explore innovative teaching and research techniques and technologies, and prepare a field survey (with a literature review) for use by other Carnegie Fellows and scholars from the South Caucasus. The language of the workshop will be English.
Airfare, hotel, and meal expenses will be paid for by ISEEES. In addition, ISEEES will either pay for or reimburse each Carnegie Scholar for up to $600 in expenses relating to purchasing, copying, and posting teaching materials. ISEEES will provide letters of invitation, but each Carnegie Fellow will be responsible for obtaining a US visa with assistance from the local CRRC offices in Baku , Tbilisi , and Yerevan .
Who is eligible to participate?
• Citizens of Armenia , Azerbaijan , and Georgia
• Scholars who hold a “Kandidatskaya” degree or higher
• Scholars who have a level of proficiency in written and spoken English that is sufficient to conduct independent research and engage in a debate.
How to apply/documents to submit
• Completed application form
• A statement of purpose (the applicant’s research and teaching experience and future plans, not exceeding 3 pages)
• A sample of scholarly research (not exceeding 10 pages)
• Curriculum Vitae
Application forms can be found at http://iseees. berkeley. edu/case- crrc#app. The website also has a detailed description of the purpose and design of the workshop. Applicants should be sure to read the Program Description to ensure that they are familiar with the design and requirements of the program.
Applications should be submitted via email to applications “at” crrccenters. org by September 17, 2010.
The Georgian Intensive Language Workshop: Beginning Level
A 10-Day Immersion Georgian Language Course in Borjomi, Georgia
Program dates: June 14-24, 2010 (with arrival in Borjomi on June 13, and departure following classes on the afternoon of June 24)
Program features include:
* 5 hours of intensive instruction per day (3 hours per day of grammar and 2 hours per day of vocabulary and conversation – 50 hours total)
* Housing with a local host family and two meals per day (breakfast and dinner)
* Logistical support from American Councils office and local coordinator in Borjomi
* Round-trip transportation from Tbilisi to Borjomi
* Excursion on the intervening Sunday, June 20
* Certificate of Program Completion from American Councils
Program Fee: 595 USD
Application Deadline: May 23, 2010
Applicants will be required to complete a bio-data form and to confirm participation by making a deposit of $100 by credit card or wire transfer to the American Councils office in Washington, DC by the application deadline date. Final payment should be made by the same mechanisms by the program start date.
For more information and an application, please contact:
American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS
Chavchavadze Ave. 27/29, Tbilisi, GEORGIA
Telephone: (995-32) 292106
Email: Irma “at” amcouncils.ge
Training Program: “Regional Economic Integration, Local Decentralization, and Conflict Prevention: Perspectives for Democratic Progress and Stability in the Region of South Caucasus”
Caucasian Institute for Economic and Social Research (CIESR) announces call for applications for training program “Regional Economic Integration, Local Decentralization, and Conflict Prevention: Perspectives for Democratic Progress and Stability in the Region of South Caucasus” to take place in Tbilisi from May 30 to June 05, 2010.
For more details, please see http://www.ciesr.org/index.php