01/02/2024 GIP

Call for Applications: Public Policy Analysis Training Course for Students and Young Researchers

The Georgian Institute of Politics (GIP) under the framework of the project “Public Policy Pilot Initiatives to Engage and Mentor Youth” is launching a call for applications for participation in the training course on Public Policy Analysis. This project is made possible by the generous support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

The program aims to strengthen informed public policy by building analytical capacity among students, researchers, and policy professionals. In order to equip students and young researchers with deeper knowledge in public policy and tools for analysis, GIP will establish a Public Policy Analysis Hub. It will serve as a space for learning, gaining experience, exchanging with peers, experts and academics, and producing evidence-based research and analysis on good governance, transparency, PAR, and other public policy issues.

The Public Policy Analysis training program also has strong mentorship and international exposure components. Selected participants will have an opportunity to gain relevant international experience in Europe, promote their capacity to conduct thematic research and advocacy under the mentorship of the local and international policy experts.

In total, 25 students and young researchers will be selected for this program. Selected participants will take part in a 2-month training course consisting of 16 thematic theoretical and practical sessions.  The courses will be delivered by local and international experts, in Georgian and English languages.

  • The participants will be able to propose research ideas according to the course module and receive stipends to pursue their research under mentorship. Their papers will be published and presented to a wider audience.
  • Up to 4 best students will receive stipends to attend a summer course at a European university.

The course will include the following thematic sessions:

  • Introduction in public policy and public policy analysis
  • Good governance
  • Research methods for public policy analysis
  • Practical workshop in policy research writing
  • Decentralization and self-governance
  • Transparency and accountability
  • Ethics in the Public Sector

Eligibility and selection criteria:

  • BA and MA students and recent graduates, as well as Ph.D. students from Georgia. Applicants can be from the different fields.
  • Age – up to 30 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 in working in the public policy sphere
  • Commitment to take part in the entire course, elaborate original research ideas connected to public policy, and readiness to travel to Europe
  • Readiness to work on public policy research under the mentorship of the expert, receive constructive critical feedback, engage in discussions, and revise the paper accordingly


interested candidates should submit the following online form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1CeTZ_tbYaPP8JkxDNeb_V5_C4wFxX5MiV9EAIkJHu7Y/edit?ts=65b03d00

In particular, interested applicants need to:

  • Fill out the online form;
  • Upload your CV in English in that online form;
  • If applicable, please also upload a sample of an article or any other valuable writing that you previously published, or submitted as a course assignment (uploading a sample of writing is not compulsory but recommended).

The deadline for submitting the application is the 20th of February, 2024


  • February 20: Deadline to submit an application
  • March 1-2: Zoom interviews with shortlisted candidates
  • March 5: Notification of selected candidates
  • March 16: Opening of the course
  • March 16 – June 20: Conducting training sessions
  • May 1: Receiving research proposals from the course participants
  • May 10: Selecting the best proposals and awarding stipends
  • June 30 – August 10: Sending the 3 or 4 best-selected participants in Europe to attend a crash course in public policy analysis and learn about the best international practices
  • September 10 – November 31: 3 or 4 selected youngsters pursuing public policy research under the mentorship and participating in wider discussions


View the informational session on the training course on Public Policy Analysis:

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