CFP: Call for Young Researchers from Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan on the Geopolitical Shifts in the South Caucasus Region

February 15, 2023

Organizers: Georgian Institute of Politics (GIP) and Heinrich Boell Foundation Tbilisi Office – South Caucasus

Georgian Institute of Politics (GIP) in cooperation with the Heinrich Boell Foundation Tbilisi Office – South Caucasus Region, is launching a call for proposals for policy briefs/memos that address past, present and future geopolitical shifts in the South Caucasus (SC) region and their consequences for the South Caucasus states and the EU. For instance, such geopolitical shifts may include the strengthening or weakening of regionally influential actors, changing power dynamics within the region, or a transformation of the geopolitical orientation of the SC countries. The call is announced within the framework of the project “Analyzing Geopolitical Shifts in the South Caucasus,” which aims to encourage young researchers from Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia to develop policy-relevant analytical, research and writing skills as well as to network with other young researchers and experts.

In total, six young fellows from  Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan will be selected. Applicants will be requested to submit a concept for a policy brief or memo, which should focus on a specific issue in fields such as:

  • Conflicts and (human/national) security in the region
  • Energy and security
  • War in Ukraine and its implications for the South Caucasus region
  • The SC states as transit countries
  • The role of regional actors, such as Turkey, Russia, and Iran
  • Domestic debates on geopolitics/security in the region
  • Relations between the EU and South Caucasus states
  • Feminist perspectives on peace and security in the region

Researchers are free to offer topics of their choice that are not listed above. However, it is essential to stay close to the Geopolitical Shifts in the South Caucasus Region – the question of geopolitical changes in the SC region and their consequences for the SC states and the EU.

All six selected researchers from Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan will take part in a series of online workshopsThe drafting process of the policy briefs/memos, written in English, will be supervised by the GIP and the Heinrich Boell Foundation Tbilisi Office. Their length is limited to 2,000-2,500 words. The final publications will be presented to policymakers as well as representatives of academia, civil society, and the general public.

Eligibility and selection criteria for the young researchers:

  • MA degree in political science, international relations, or other social science disciplines. Ph.D. students or Ph.D. degree holders will be given priority
  • Age – up to 35 years
  • Fluency in English
  • Excellent writing and analytical skills as well as critical thinking and willingness to question dominant narratives
  • Good verbal communication skills
  • Interest and background knowledge of SC regional politics and preferably previous publications on related topics
  • Commitment to take part in the kick-off and follow-up workshops as well as in the concluding two-day event in Tbilisi 
  • Readiness to receive constructive critical feedback, engage in discussions, and revise the paper accordingly

Submission – interested candidates should send:

  • CV
  • The concept for policy briefs/memos – please download and fill in this form >>
  • One sample of an article that you previously published on a related topic (not compulsory but recommended)

The documents should be submitted only in English by email to Salome Kandelaki at by February 15, 2023.

Each selected researcher will receive an honorarium of 1,150 GEL (NET, excluding taxes) throughout the project.

For timeframe please visit the official website.