International Projects

US Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation, Georgia

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Cultural Heritage Center is accepting project proposals for the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) 2016 Competition. In fiscal year 2015, awards ranged from $32,500 to $200,000.

The deadline for submitting proposals is December 15th, 2015

For additional information, please visit: http://georgia.usembassy.gov/ambbio/cultural-preservation2/afcp_reg.html

JESH Call Incoming 2015

Within its Joint Excellence in Science and Humanities (JESH) program, the Austrian Academy of Sciences (OeAW) solicits proposals for the support of collaborative research projects that reflect novel ideas that are not currently being pursued.

JESH is open to scientists from selected countries, including Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia, who completed their PhD /doctoral degree within the last 10 years and have a residence and an affiliation with a research institution in their country.

Deadline for applications: October 31, 2015

For additional information, please visit: http://www.oeaw.ac.at/en/fellowship-funding/foerderprogramme/joint-excellence-in-science-humanities/jesh-call-incoming-2015/

Transformation of Sacred Spaces, Pilgrimages and Conceptions of Hybridity in the Post-Soviet Caucasus

The project is funded by Volkswagen Stiftung (01.02.2013 – 31.01.2016) within the frameworks of the program: Between Europe and the Orient – A Focus on Research and Higher Education in/on Central Asia and the Caucasus

Head of the project Prof. Kevin Tuite, Department of Anthropology, University of Montreal; PD Dr. Florian Mühlfried, Department of Caucasus Studies, University of Jena

For additional information, please visit: http://www.kaukasiologie.uni-jena.de/en/Projects/Transformation+of+Sacred+Spaces.html

STCU & SRNSF Targeted Research & Development Initiatives 2015 – Call for Proposals

In accordance with the “Statement of Intent to Cooperate Between the Science and Technology Center in Ukraine (STCU) and the Georgian National Science Foundation (since August 2010 – Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation – SRNSF), the STCU and the SRNSF jointly issue the 2015 call for proposals within the framework of the Targeted Research & Development.

Initiatives (TRDI) Program in the following priority areas:
1. Biotechnologies and Life Sciences
2. New Materials and Nanotechnologies
3. Information and Communications Technologies

Deadline: July 20, 2015

Additional information about the call can be downloaded from here:http://www.stcu.int/documents/download/2015_Georgian_Competition_Announcement_ENG.pdf

Summer School on Interpersonal Conflict Transformation, that our NGO Global Network for Change organizes this June 2015 in Yerevan, Armenia.

The Summer School is an interactive, skills oriented five-days workshop focusing on transformation of interpersonal relationships. It bridges knowledge and techniques from conflict analysis and conflict management, negotiation and mediation, psychology, non-violence and communications. Such training is very relevant for students of International Relations, Conflict and Peace Studies, Diplomacy, as well as of Business or Management Studies. Of course, young professionals in these domains will find it beneficial too.

More information is available here

Call For Applications: 2015 Summer Training Program 

The Regional Network for Historical Dialogue and Dealing with the Past (RNHDP) is now accepting applications to its seven day training program in Istanbul. The one-week program provides participants with the opportunity to hone practical and conceptual skills to develop a deeper understanding of dealing with the past, and to foster mutually beneficial relationships with their peers and with international and non-profit organizations. The deadline for applications is April 13, 2015. Fore more information, please visit here:

Conducting Public Health Research in Georgia

US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announce a call for “Conducting Public Health Research in Georgia”

Deadline: March 23, 2015

For additional information, please visit: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=274679

Call for poject proposals for Territorial Cooperation Programme Armenia – Georgia

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is seeking proposals for projects to strengthen cross border contacts between local authorities, communities and civil society organisations to help develop joint solutions to common social and economic development challenges in the border areas of Armenia and Georgia (Shirak, Lori, Tavush and Kvemo Kartli, Samtskhe-Javakheti), with financial assistance from the Eastern Partnership Territorial Cooperation Programmes.

The full Guidelines for Applicants are available for consultation at Eastern Partnership Territorial Cooperation – Managing Authority (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH), 5 Elene Akhvlediani Agmarti, 0103 Tbilisi, Georgia and from the following internet site: http://eaptc-ma.eu/en/page/cat/1/Armenia-Georgia/

The deadline for submission of proposals is February 3, 2015.

As for the venues, please check the website www.eaptc.eu and register for the event.

Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation Grant 2015

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Cultural Heritage Center is accepting project proposals for the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) 2015 Competition. U.S. ambassadors in eligible countries may submit proposals on the behalf of qualified entities for projects to preserve cultural heritage. Since 2001, the U.S. Congress has directed the U.S. Department of State to support and implement the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP). The AFCP permits U.S. Ambassadors in less developed countries to submit proposals for one-time or recurring projects that assist other countries in preserving their cultural heritage.  Average award for the AFCP grants is US$66,000 with projects usually lasting 12-18 months.

The deadline for submitting proposals is November 21, 2014 

For additional information, follow link: http://georgia.usembassy.gov/ambbio/cultural-preservation2/afcp_reg.html

Call for Applications: Civic Monitoring of Implementation of the EU – Georgia Association Agenda and 2014-2017 Action Plan for the Implementation of the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area of the Association Agreement between the EU and Georgia

The Eurasia Partnership Foundation announces a call for applications on monitoring the implementation of the Association Agenda between the European Union and Georgia and the 2014-2017 Action Plan for the implementation of the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) of the Association Agreement between the EU and Georgia. The competition is designed to evaluate Georgia’s progress during 2014 towards implementing the commitments under chapter 2.4 – Trade and Trade-Related issues, as well as commitments under the 2014-2017 Action Plan for the Implementation of the DCFTA of the Association Agreement between the EU and Georgia.

Deadline for Submission of Applications: November 17, 2014, 16:00.

Contact Person: Lela Berdzuli, Program Associate.

For additional information, please visit: http://www.epfound.ge/english/whats-new/announcements/call-for-applications-civic-monitoring-of-the-association-agenda.html

Visegrad University Studies Grants—EaP

The Visegrad University Studies Grants (VUSG) pro­gram tar­get­ing the coun­tries of the Eastern Partnership (EaP) expands the cur­rent VUSG pro­gram and offers grant fund­ing to projects devel­op­ing uni­ver­sity courses of degree pro­grams that will be launched at col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties accred­ited in the EaP coun­tries. The pro­gram enables these col­leges, uni­ver­si­ties or their legal units (schools, fac­ul­ties) to apply with pro­pos­als for courses or pro­grams of var­i­ous aca­d­e­mic fields that focus on shar­ing spe­cific V4 expe­ri­ence with democ­ra­ti­za­tion and trans­for­ma­tion process, regional coop­er­a­tion, the EU acces­sion process, etc.

Any pub­lic or pri­vate uni­ver­sity in the EaP coun­tries is eli­gi­ble for the grant. The course/program can be taught in any lan­guage. The course/program is expected to secure for each semes­ter of its enroll­ment at least two/three rel­e­vant guest lec­tur­ers from two V4 coun­tries (oth­ers than that of the applicant).

Deadline for submission: November 10, 2014

For additional information, please visit: http://visegradfund.org/v4eap/vusg-eap/

Visegrad Flagship Projects

The aim of the Visegrad Flagship Projects within theV4EaP pro­gram is to sup­port long-term projects of strate­gic char­ac­ter that sig­nif­i­cantly con­tribute to pro­vid­ing access to the unique expe­ri­ence and know-how of the Visegrad Group coun­tries with the processes of demo­c­ra­tic trans­for­ma­tion and inte­gra­tion and withregional coop­er­a­tion. Flagship Projects are meant to sup­port reform processes, polit­i­cal asso­ci­a­tionand eco­nomic inte­gra­tion with the EU, strengthen the insti­tu­tional capac­ity, con­tribute to the devel­op­ment of civil soci­ety and the over­all trans­for­ma­tion of the Eastern Partnership (EaP) coun­tries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine).

Projects sub­mit­ted to the Fund must involve grantees and project part­ners from all four V4 coun­tries, as well as with at least two EaP coun­tries. Projects are solicited through pub­licly avail­able calls for proposals. Annual bud­get for Flagship Projects is €600,000.

Deadline for submission: TBC

For additional information, please visit: http://visegradfund.org/v4eap/flagship/

Visegrad Extended Standard Grants (V4EaP)

Visegrad Eastern Partnership Programme announces call for applications for Extended Standard Grants to sup­port medium-term projects of strate­gic char­ac­ter that sig­nif­i­cantly con­tribute to pro­vid­ing access to the unique expe­ri­ence and know-how of the Visegrad Group coun­tries with the processes of demo­c­ra­tic trans­for­ma­tion and inte­gra­tion and with regional coop­er­a­tion. The Extended Standard Grants are meant to sup­port reform processes, political asso­ci­a­tion and eco­nomic inte­gra­tion with the EU, strengthen the insti­tu­tional capac­ity, con­tribute to the devel­op­ment of civil soci­ety and the over­all trans­for­ma­tion of the Eastern Partnership (EaP) coun­tries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine).

Projects sub­mit­ted to the fund must involve grantees and project part­ners from at least three V4 coun­tries and a sin­gle EaP coun­try.

Deadline fos submission: September 22, 2014

For additional information please visit: http://visegradfund.org/v4eap/extended-standard-grants/

Shota Rustaveli National Foundation announces grant competition for Georgian scientists for participation in the programme of International Research Group – Earth Sciences in the South Caucasus

The project aims at enhancing the cooperation with France, neighboring courtiers (Azerbaijn, Armenia) and Ukraine.

Deadline for submitting documents: September 11, 2014

For more details, please visit: http://www.rustaveli.org.ge/index.php?module=topic&page=config&topic_id=18&cat_id=28&top_cat_id=40

Call for proposals: Special Programme Islam, the Modern Nation State and Transnational Movements

The special programme “Islam, the Modern Nation State and Transnational Movements” is aimed at researchers who, with an eye to current developments, are examining the emergence of political movements in the Islamic world at the national and/or transnational level. Historical studies are encouraged and supported, together with projects in the areas of religious, cultural or political science: What emancipatory, what modern elements does political Islam promise and integrate? What developments, what connections, what similarities in the key categories, interpretations and claims are to be drawn between pan-Arabism and pan-Islamism at the close of the 19th century and the movements of today? What historical self-descriptions are recognizable in the concepts? Via what specific ideas of communalisation can social radicalisation and mobilisation for violence be legitimised?

The special programme takes a look at the dynamics between Islamic teachings, Islamism, nationalism and transnational orientations and environments. Scientific discussion of the countries and regions of the Islamic world should bring together expertise possessing regional and thematic focus in order to allow the problems associated with areas of conflict to be expounded upon, particularly with regard to global influences and processes of cultural exchange.

Proposals will be supported that address the particularities and contexts of cultural and historical environments and relationships. The projects’ deliverables should be able to make a contribution to diverse and expert discussions in public and political circles.

Applications are invited for funding research scholarships and research projects. PhD scholarships are only granted in connection with a research project.

Academic coordination is provided by the Institut für Diaspora- und Genozidforschung in Bochum, led by Prof. Dr. Mihran Dabag (tel. +49 234 32 29702, email: idg@ruhr-uni-bochum.de). The Foundation’s Board of Trustees decides on the applications on the basis of recommendation by expert referees and members of the Academic Advisory Committee.
The individual research areas
1. Historical and present day Islamic systems of society and state

Central to this funding area are historical and political science studies examining the perceptions of society and the state in Islamic civilisations. Within the framework of these projects, research into specific regions and developed ideas of the state and society should be linked with questions relating to the respective designs for organization and constitution. Central to the investigation should be questions around the relationship between secular and religious ideas and institutions, the conceptions of particular political representation relationships, and the constitutions of legal or social systems, together with the ordering of gender and social relationships. Attention should also be paid in this context to the question of encounters with and responses to historical processes in Christian Europe between the Middle Ages and the present; for instance responses to the European Enlightenment and the formation of European nations. We are expressly looking for the bringing together of trans-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary perspectives, and in particular the linking of historical perspectives with research interests in the fields of religious, cultural and political sciences.
2. The concept of nation, national movements and nationalism in Islamic civilisation

Central to this funding area are projects that use case studies to examine the emergence of national movements in Islamic civilisation.
In this context, the research could equally well centre on questions relating to the emergence of proto-national movements in the Middle Ages and the early modern period, on the advocates of the idea of the nation in various Islamic countries, on the texts deemed to be of central importance, or the forums and institutions of intellectual reflection or political implementation, or be led by an examination of the processes, rituals and mechanisms by which members of a group determine their commonality and differentiate themselves from others thus defining (national) membership and non-membership, and the analysis of the resulting territorial claims and the integration/disintegration of Islamic values and ideas of society in the particular national model. In this context there should also inter alia be an examination of the changes/shifts in the definition of what is meant by the terms people, territory, political representation and law in the various concepts of nation as well as the concept of the relationship between religion and laicism.
3. Islamic fundamentalism or Islamic emancipation?

Central to this funding area are projects that extend knowledge of structures and development dynamics of societies in the modern and the global present in order to furnish deepened knowledge for an analysis of Islamic fundamentalism. The projects should look at historical, social and political developments with the aim of achieving case-study-related, differentiated results. The projects should focus on questions around emancipatory potentials, the frames of reference for selected political texts, conceptions of history or discourses on historical and political identification. Support is also available for wider ranging perspectives that significantly extend, or contrast with, previous research approaches such as critical discussions of the category of fundamentalism.
4. Transnational civil society movements in the Islamic world

Central to this funding area are projects dealing with civil society movements operating on a broad transnational basis in modern Islamic societies. Principal questions are how these movements internally resolve tensions between secular and religious members, aims and objectives, and how they conduct themselves to be able to operate in both the Islamic and western or secular-nationalist or socialist oriented states in the Islamic world; in other words, how do they overcome religious and ideological barriers. Projects supported within this funding area should also examine movements that expressly seek dialogue with non-Islamic partners.
5. Islamic states in the international world system

Central to this funding area are projects that examine the attitudes and positions of Islamic states in present-day structures and discourses within international politics. The central question addressed in the projects should be that of how the Islamic states are defined in a global system of international politics, what prognoses currently exists as to the development of the Islamic states and what dangers are diagnosed. Not least within this focal area projects should also examine the political-analytical categories and concepts that are used in the West to describe developments in the Islamic world and which thus determine on the one hand the discussions on possible areas of conflict and potential sources of violence and, on the other, the strategies for a dialogue with Islam. This discussion could be expanded by drawing upon the current state of play in individual Islamic states or groupings of states.

For more details visit: here

EUIMPACTEAST- Project Outline

What role does the European Union (EU) play in domestic change in its Eastern Neighbourhood?

This question has gained salience since the EU has stepped up its role in the region to facilitate these countries’ alignment with EU rules, norms and standards (the acquis). However, no precedent exists for EU’s promotion of the acquis as a template for development without the concurrent membership prospective. Thus, the EU engagement in the post-Soviet states provides an excellent opportunity to analyse the EU’s ‘transformative power’ outside the context of enlargement.

The project examines the domestic process and outcomes of convergence with EU rules in four post-Soviet states: Moldova, Ukraine, Armenia and Georgia; Azerbaijan is also included as a test case. The overarching objective is to assess the impact of EU policies against the background of partner countries’ domestic structures and policy preferences, and the influence of other external players.

The focus is on four policy fields: regulation of state aid, visa facilitation/liberalisation, food safety and the energy sector. The project uses a triangulation of qualitative research methods: a) documentary analysis, b) semi-structured interviews with officials from the case studies countries and the EU and c) focus groups with non-governmental experts and academics in the post-Soviet countries.

For more information, please see http://euimpacteast.org/-English-.html

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