25/03/2021 keta

Call for young researchers from Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan on the geopolitical shifts in the South Caucasus region

Georgian Institute of Politics (GIP) together with the Heinrich Boell Foundation Tbilisi Office – South Caucasus Region is launching the call for the research proposals that address the geopolitical shifts in the region and their consequences for the South Caucasus (SC) states and the EU. The call is announced under the project “Analyzing Geopolitical Shifts in the South Caucasus,” which aims to encourage young researchers from Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia to develop their skills and networks. The project is implemented in cooperation with the Heinrich Boell Stiftung Tbilisi Office – South Caucasus Region.

In the framework of the project, the organizers are pleased to announce a call for two young researchers from Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan – overall six young fellows from the South Caucasus region. The topics for policy briefs should relate to:

  • Conflicts and security
  • Energy efficiency
  • Changed transitory functions of the SC states
  • The role of regional actors, such as Turkey, Russia, and Iran
  • Economic, social, and political perspectives of the SC states
  • The role of the hard and soft powers in the region
  • The EU policies in the SC states
  • European integration perspective of the SC states.

Researchers are free to offer topics of their choice which are not listed above. However, it is important to stay close to the main line of interest – 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 the series of kick-off online workshops first in May and the second in September 2021, and Summer Academy in Georgia, which will take place in July 2021. The research process of the selected young professionals will be supervised by the GIP. The policy briefs should be written in English. Their length is limited to 2,000-2,500 words. Policy briefs will be publicly presented before the representatives of academia, civil society actors, scholars working on the relevant foreign policy issues, or students interested to learn more.

Eligibility – the Criteria for Selecting Young Researchers:

  • MA degree in political science, international relations, or other social science disciplines. Ph.D. students or Ph.D. degree holders from Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan will be given a priority
  • Age – up to 35
  • Fluency in English
  • Excellent writing and analytical skills
  • Good verbal communication skills
  • Interest and some background on SC regional politics and preferably previous publications on the related issues
  • A good track record of publications is an advantage
  • Commitment to take part in the kick-off and follow-up workshops, Summer Academy, and the online presentation of the policy briefs.

Submission – Interested Candidates Should Send:

The documents should be submitted only in English by email to Salome Kandelaki to the following email address:

[email protected]  latest by 12 April, 2021.

Each selected researcher will receive an honorarium of 1200 GEL gross throughout the project.

Selection Timeframe:

  • April 12, 2021: Deadline to submit CVs and abstracts
  • April 12-20, 2021: Interviews with shortlisted candidates
  • April 22, 2021: Selected candidates are informed about the decision
  • May 5, 2021: Kick-off online workshop for the selected researchers.
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