Honoraria for Lectures and Workshops in the South Caucasus

The American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC) invites applications for U.S. citizens to conduct lectures and/or workshops in the South Caucasus countries of Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia. Funding for this fellowship is provided by the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) through a grant to the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC).

Deadline: Friday, December 9, 2022

Eligibility:

  • All topics in the social sciences, humanities, and related sciences are eligible, and a list of priority topics is included below.
  • Applicants must be PhD-holding professors, lecturers, independent researchers, or PhD candidates
  • Citizenship: U.S. citizens only

Priority Topics:

Lectures and workshops proposing the topics listed below are especially encouraged, but all strong proposals will be given full consideration.

  • Lectures/Workshops that develop critical thinking and media skills
  • Methodology lectures or training workshops in science and technology
  • Methodology lectures or training workshops in youth leadership

Award Amount:

Selected applicants will be given a $250 honorarium for a lecture, or $500 for an all-day workshop. Honoraria will be paid upon completion of proposed lecture/workshop and submission of final report.

Application requirements:

  • application form*
  • curriculum vitae/resume
  • Graduate students only: must submit a letter from their department confirming their status as PhD candidates. 

Application materials should be emailed to info@arisc.org, with the subject, “ARISC Honoraria for Lectures and Workshops.” Applications are processed manually. Applicants should expect to receive an email from ARISC indicating receipt approximately 2-3 days after submission. If you do not receive a response, check your spam filter, then contact info@arisc.org.

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Additional Requirements, Terms, and Conditions:

The following requirements, terms, and conditions apply to applicants selected for awards. Applicants should be aware of the following prior to submitting their application.

  1. Applicants must be US citizens. Proof of citizenship must be shown upon fellowship notification.
  2. Each request for a lecture or workshop will be considered separately and a separate application must be submitted for each. Applicants may apply to more than one opportunity to provide a lecture or workshop, if eligible. If awarded more than one honorarium offer, the awardee will be asked to select one.
  3. Lectures/workshops should take place in the South Caucasus but a remote option is available. Lectures/workshops must be open to the public and completed by September 30, 2023. Extensions will not be granted. Due to limited summer hours at many local institutions, lectures/workshops should be avoided during the summer holiday (from the last week of July until the first week of September).
  4. Workshops will be all-day (5 hours) and should be as interactive, applied, and hands-on as possible.
  5. Awardees are expected to make contact with the ARISC country Resident Director in each country or countries where they will be traveling as soon as possible upon acceptance of proposal to begin coordinating the event.
  6. Awardees are responsible for their own travel arrangements, costs, and visas.
  7. The lecture or workshop is an opportunity separate from any other ARISC funding opportunities, and cannot fulfill requirements of other ARISC funding opportunities. Fellows cannot hold two-federally funded fellowships or funding opportunities simultaneously (e.g. fellows on Research Fellowships, Short Term Research Fellowships, or Junior Research Fellowships are ineligible).
  8. ARISC does not advise fellows on tax questions concerning their honorarium.

Selection Process:

Proposals will be peer-reviewed and awardees will be selected by an ARISC fellowship panel made up of scholars working in the South Caucasus with experience conducting regional and trans-regional research. Please note that readers may not be specialists in your field. The language of your statement should be clear and free of jargon. Applications will be judged according to the following criteria:

  • quality of their academic caliber of the proposed lecture or workshop
  • impact to the local scholarly community

Notification:

Notification of award status will be sent to each applicant via email in February 2023. If you would like to receive any updates to this funding call, please email info@arisc.org with your name, contact information, and the subject “Updates to Honoraria for Lectures/Workshops 2022-23.”

Questions:

Questions? See our new Frequently Asked Questions page, or email info@arisc.org

The ARISC Resident Directors in Baku, Tbilisi, and Yerevan are available to assist the scholars chosen for the program to prepare for their lectures or workshops in the South Caucasus by assisting with logistics such as visa requirements, travel arrangements within the country, and helping to coordinate the event. Note that ARISC does not have a branch in Azerbaijan and is unable to issue a letter of invitation, so awardees will need to coordinate with a host institution to obtain an invitation letter for a visa if they expect a lengthy stay.

We are also hosting virtual, open-house Question & Answer sessions on Mondays from 10-11am EST (7-8pm Tbilisi time). Register at register at https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAlf-ysrToqH9zWIEi6bf61jZksud01cGl3

Important Notes Regarding Applications

  • ARISC’s method of submission is via email.
  • Once an application is submitted it cannot be resubmitted or edited. This also applies to letters of recommendation.

Funding Source:

Funding for this fellowship is provided by the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs through a grant to the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC).

ARISC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, gender, religion, national origin, physical or mental disability, medical condition, ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, or status as a covered veteran.