Stipends for Lectures and Workshops in the South Caucasus

The American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC) invites applications for U.S. scholars to conduct lectures and/or workshops in the South Caucasus countries of Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia. All topics in the social sciences, humanities, and related sciences are eligible, and a list of priority topics is included below. Proposals will be judged on the quality of their academic caliber and on the impact to the local scholarly community. Selected applicants will be given a $250 stipend for a lecture, or $500 for an all-day workshop. Applications for in-country and virtual lectures and workshops will be accepted for 2021; however, priority will be given to lectures and workshops given in-country unless travel restrictions are in place.

Application requirements: Please send a complete application including the application form* and curriculum vitae/resume, by Friday, December 18, 2020, to info@arisc.org. Graduate students must submit a letter from their department confirming their status as PhD candidates. All information must be received by Friday, December 18, 2020, in order for the applicant to be considered for the priority deadline. Applications will be accepted until funds are exhausted, at which time our website will indicate the competition closed for 2020-21.

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Additional Terms and Conditions:

  • All applicants must be citizens of the USA.
  • Applicants must be professors, lecturers, independent researchers, or PhD candidates.
  • Lectures/workshops must take place in the South Caucasus unless travel is restricted and must be completed by September 30, 2021. Extensions will not be granted.
  • Workshops will be all-day (5 hours) and should be as interactive, applied, and hands-on as possible.
  • Each request for a lecture or workshop will be considered separately and a separate application must be submitted for each.
  • Awardees are expected to make contact with the ARISC country representative in each country or countries where they will be traveling as soon as possible upon acceptance of proposal to begin coordinating the event. 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).
  • The lecture or workshop is an opportunity separate from any other ARISC funding opportunities, and cannot fulfill requirements of other ARISC funding requirements. 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).
  • ARISC does not advise fellows on tax questions concerning their stipend.

Priority Topics:

  • 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

Stipends will be paid upon completion of proposed lecture/workshop and submission of final report.

Note that due to the current COVID-19 crisis as well as the military confrontations between Armenia and Azerbaijan, programming will resume when travel restrictions are lifted. Please list a tentative lecture/workshop plan and dates in your application. ARISC will continue to monitor the situation and will work to confirm when programming may resume.

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, national origin, religion, sex, physical or mental disability, medical condition, ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, or status as a covered veteran.