Special Call For Applications: Azerbaijan Fellowship Program (February 1-June 30, 2016)

The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs’ Central Asia Program (CAP) welcomes applications for its new 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 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.

One Fellow from Azerbaijan will be selected for Spring 2016. He/she will be awarded a monthly stipend of $3,000. Travel to and from Azerbaijan to Washington, DC, as well as U.S. visa costs and health insurance in the U.S., will also be covered.


Applicant must be between 25 and 40 years of age.
Applicant must be a citizen of Azerbaijan.
Background required in government, policy, academia, human rights, or political advocacy.
Academic candidates must possess a Master’s degree and have experience in policy-oriented activities. For non-academics, an equivalent degree of professional achievement is expected.
Applicant must be fluent in both written and spoken English.


Fellows will be selected by the CAAFP Advisory Board. All candidates will be informed of the outcome of their applications by e-mail.

Application Procedure
To apply, please include all documents in one PDF attachment:
1. A letter of motivation.
2. A concise proposal for a policy paper, written in English, on a policy-relevant topic related to current Azerbaijan.
3. A résumé (CV) of no more than five pages.
4. The names, titles, and contact information (email) of two references.

Materials should be sent in one attachment in PDF format by email to infocap “at” gwu.edu
Applications for the Spring Session (February 1-June 30, 2016) should be received no later than December 15, 2015.

Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.
Applicants will be notified by email by the end of December.

The Fellowship is funded by the Central Eurasia Project at the Open Society Foundations – NY.