In the Summer of 2017, ISET launches its Summer School intended for MA graduates with proven track record of work promoting democracy and counter corruption, advancing open, just and fair societies and strenghtening the principles of human rights and freedoms in their countries.

Jointly organized by ISET and Prague Civil Society Center, the Summer School targets students, journalists, policy researchers and activists for a 2-week academic adventure in Georgia, at the crossroads of Europe and Asia. The program provides a unique opportunity for the participants to improve their understanding of development challenges facing transition nations in the post-Soviet space.

The participants will have an opportunity to listen to lectures, join debates and panel discussions on relevant subjects, visit strategically important public institutions and tour outstanding cultural, touristic, and industrial landmarks. The working language of the program will be English.

The summer school will be directed by ISET’s President Eric Livny. In addition to his  positions at  ISET,  Eric serves as  advisor to  Georgia’s  Minister of Economic

 and Sustainable Development, Giorgi Gakharia, and heads the Economic Commission at the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC-Georgia). The faculty will consist of circa 20 national and international speakers: academics, policy researchers and practitioners, prominent Georgian and international reformers, civil society leaders, and entrepreneurs.

The program will include 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 and northwest China 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.


ISET Summer School 2017 will be held  from July 10th to 22nd. The timeline of the appliccation process and the Summer School is as following:
  • 1 March 2017      Application opening
  • 31 March 2017    Application deadline for CIS
  • 12 May 2017        Application deadline for non-CIS nationals
  • 1-30 April 2017    Selection – CIS
  • 15-31 May 2017   Selection – non-CIS nationals
  • 10 July 2017      Fellows orientation and Opening Workshop in Tbilisi   
  • 10-21 July 2017   Classes and field trips
  • 21 July 2017        Farewell dinner, distribution of certificates


Category 1: CIS residents will receive a scholarship (USD 2,000 per person) from the Prague Civil Society Centre (PCSC) and other donors, fully covering tuition cost, accommodation, airfare and other costs associated with their stay in Georgia and thus will be selected in a competitive manner.

Category 2: Nationals of non-CIS countries will have to bear the full cost of participation in the program (USD 2,000 per person), plus arrange and pay for their international airfare.


The price of the course covers:

  • Tuition
  • International airfare (only for CIS participants) and airport pickups in Tbilisi 
  • Accommodation and meals, including welcome and farewell dinners, coffee breaks, and per diem to cover the cost of breakfasts, and other private meals and incidentals.
  • Field trips
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Administrative support


Applicants must submit the following materials in English by 31 March 2017 (CIS countries) or by 12 May 2017 (Non-CIS countries) 17:00 Tbilisi time, at (Attn.: Maria Bondarenko, International School of Economics at TSU):

  • Application Form;
  • Updated CV;
  • A summary (500 words max) of a recent publication relevant on development/transition issues will be a plus;
  • Support letters (at least one) from an academic mentor and/or professional supervisor familiar with his/her professional achievements;
  • A signed Terms &Conditions form;
  • A legible passport scan;
  • A signed permission to process personal data.



The Program is open to any interested individuals belonging into the following two categories:

Category 1: Permanent residents of the CIS countries.

Category 2: Non-CIS countries nationals

Costs and funding options depend on the category.

An eligible candidate must have:

  •  An MA degree (or a specialist degree) by the time of the application;
  • Substantial experience and proven track record of work intended to promote democracy and counter corruption, to advance open, just and fair societies and promote the principles of human rights and freedoms in their countries.
  • Sufficient command of the English language;
  • Complete application package submitted by the deadline (tentatively, 31 March, or 12 May, 2017) by e-mail.


Selection will be conducted through a merit-based competition. After the deadline, all eligible applications will be reviewed by a selection panel consisting of ISET and PCSC representatives and some of the faculty. The selection panel will score the applications based on the selection criteria (experience of civil engagement, leadership potential, communication skills, professional interest in transition/development issues).

Candidates in the middle of the range will be interviewed by Skype or phone in the second half of April 2017 (CIS countries) and second half of May 2017 (non-CIS countries).

Final decisions will be made by the selection panel by the end of April 2017 and by the end of May 2017, accordingly.


Participants will be offered two housing options: fully furnished flats to be shared by 3-4 participants that are equipped with all modern conveniences and are located within a walking distance from ISET. Alternatively, participants can choose to stay in 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