ISET’s Summer School “Economic Reforms, Political Transition and Development. Learning from the Georgian Experience” is intended for advanced students, academics, journalists, researchers and policy practitioners with a strong interest in promoting democratic, open, fair and corruption-free societies respecting the principles of human rights and individual freedom.

Jointly organized by ISET and Prague Civil Society Center, the Summer School targets students, journalists, policy researchers and civil society activists, providing them with a unique opportunity to review Georgia’s successes (and failures) in reforming its economy, society and politics, and discuss development challenges facing other transition nations in the post-Soviet space. The working language of the program will be English.

The Summer School will bring together a group outstanding reform-minded individuals for a two-week academic adventure at the crossroads of Asia and Europe. You will be able to listen to interesting speakers, join debates and panel discussions on relevant subjects, visit strategically important public institutions and tour Georgia’s cultural, touristic, and industrial landmarks.

Directed by ISET’s President Eric Livny, the Summer School will engage circa 20 national and international speakers: academics, policy researchers and practitioners, prominent Georgian and international reformers, civil society leaders, and entrepreneurs.

In addition to academic activities, the Summer School’s program includes several field trips illustrating the strength of Georgia’s traditional brands (mineral waters, wine, agricultural products), its resurgence as a spa, ski and sea tourism destination, its potential as a transport and transit hub connecting landlocked Central Asian countries to European markets, and, last but not least, Georgia’s success in attracting foreign investors by unilaterally abolishing any restrictions on inbound tourism and labor migration, creating a friendly business environment, and improving border management.


2017 Summer School will be held  from July 10th to 22nd. The timeline of the application process is as follows:
  • 31 March 2017    Application deadline for Prague Civili Society Centre scholarships (only CIS nationals are eligible)
  • 12 May 2017        General application deadline
  • 31 May 2017        Successful applicants are notified


The cost of participating in the program is USD 2,000, including tuition fees, local transportation, room, and board, but excluding airfare.

The Prague Civil Society Centre (PCSC) provides 15 scholarships for participants from the CIS countries to be selected through an open, merit-based competition. To be eligible, candidates are expected to have strong academic and professional interest in advancing open, just, and corruption-free societies, as well as promoting the principles of human rights, individual freedoms and democracy in their countries.

PCSC scholarships cover all program expenses, including the cost of


return airfare from the participants’ home country to Tbilisi, Georgia. Applicants wishing to be considered for PCSC scholarships should apply by March 31st, 2017.

Additional scholarships, fully or partially covering the cost of participation in the School, may be available for CIS and European participants from other donors.

Applicants meeting the eligibility criteria for such scholarships will be duly notified.


CIS nationals wishing to be considered for PCSC scholarships should apply by 31 March, 2017. Other candidates should apply by the general deadline - 12 May, 2017. A full application package should be sent to (Attn.: Maria Bondarenko), consisting of the following:


We expect a total of about 30 participants to be selected based on merit. There are no formal eligibility criteria other than a having a university degree and a strong professional and/or academic interest in development/transition issues.

 Participants are expected to be fluent in English.


After the deadline, all complete applications will be reviewed by a selection panel consisting of ISET and PCSC representatives. Applications will be scored based on the following criteria:

  • experience of civil engagement,
  • leadership potential,
  • communication skills,
  • professional interest in transition/development issues.

Some candidates may be interviewed by Skype or phone.

Final admission and financial aid decisions will be communicated to successful candidates by the end of May 2017.


Participants will be offered two housing options:
  • fully furnished flats, to be shared by 3-4 participants, equipped with modern conveniences and located within walking distance from ISET.
  • shared or individual rooms at the “FABRIKA” guesthouse, which offers superior social environment.


16, Zandukeli St,
0108 Tbilisi,

Telephone: (+995 32) 250 71 77
Fax: (+995 32) 299 86 44