ASCN Call For Research Proposals – Georgia & Armenia 2014

The ASCN Programme, hosted at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, launches a call for project proposals in the social sciences, open to researchers from and resident in Georgia or Armenia. The research proposals to be submitted should be relevant to transition themes, and they should address and deal with specific issues at stake. Furthermore, the proposals must fit into one of the two topics below defined specifically for Georgia and Armenia:

1) The South Caucasus and Europeanisation – institutions and actors

2) What holds societies together? Consensus, conflicts and integration in the South Caucasus

Full topic descriptions are to be found on the ASCN website or in the attached document.


The budget made available per project will be 50,000 Swiss Francs (CHF) over two years, with a maximum of 25,000 CHF per year. Projects must have a duration of 24 months. Initial funding is provided for 12 months.

The funding will contribute to covering costs for honoraria, financial management, financial auditing, equipment and field work, access to knowledge, international and regional cooperation and networking, improvement of methods and training, mentoring by internationally recognised researchers, publishing and promotion.

Submitting several applications is permissible; each application will be judged according to its individual merits.


The official application form must be used to submit research proposals by the deadline of 1 June 2014. Applications arriving after 1 June 2014 will not be taken into consideration. The first page of the application form has to be signed and scanned. All documents (application form, CVs, annexes, etc.) have to be submitted as one PDF file to the ASCN Management at info “at” ascn. ch and tamara.brunner “at” ascn. ch with the following email subject line “ASCN Call – Georgia 2014” or “ASCN Call – Armenia 2014”.

For any queries or additional information, please write to info “at” ascn. ch or contact our local coordinators, Archil Abashidze in Georgia (archil.abashidze “at” ascn. ch) or Sergey Minasyan in Armenia (sergey.minasyan “at” ascn. ch).

Evaluation Criteria

Details are to be found on the ASCN website or in the attached document.

Selection Timeframe

The evaluation process will take place in the following steps:

•          1 June 2014: Deadline to submit research proposals

•          Mid-July 2014: Final decision of the Scientific Board

•          1 October 2014: Start of approved research projects

Information and Application Form and info “at” ascn. ch

The ASCN website contains information on current and completed research projects.

About ASCN

ASCN is a programme aimed at promoting the social sciences and humanities in the South Caucasus (primarily Georgia and Armenia). Its different activities foster the emergence of a new generation of talented scholars. Promising junior researchers receive support through research projects, capacity-building trainings and scholarships. The programme emphasizes the advancement of individuals who, thanks to their ASCN experience, become better integrated in international academic networks. The ASCN programme is coordinated and operated by the Interfaculty Institute for Central and Eastern Europe (IICEE) at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland). It is initiated and supported by Gebert Rüf Stiftung.