STUDY REFORMS &
DEVELOPMENT IN GEORGIA

 

ISET

 SUMMER SCHOOL

2018

ISET’s Summer School “Study Reforms and Development in Georgia” 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 visits to strategically important public institutions, government agencies, international organization, NGOs and businesses. Participants will be invited to tours to outstanding cultural, touristic, and industrial landmarks. The working languages of the program will be English and Russian.  

The program will be structured to allow for a critical assessment and discussion of Georgian reform experience across its key dimensions: 

  • Political change: transition from revolution to orderly democratic governance 
  • Anti-corruption reforms 
  • Democracy: the spectre of oligarchy, the role of political parties, independent media and judiciary 
  • Economic development, DCFTA and trade liberalization 
  • The geopolitical context and conflict management

TIMELINE

2018 Summer School will be held from July 16th to 22nd. The timeline of the application process is as follows:
  • Deadline for applications:  June 15th

  • End of selection: June 20 

  • Informing selected applicants: June 20 – 30

PROGRAM COSTS & FINANCIAL AID

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 18 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 31st of May, 2018. 

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.

HOW TO APPLY

The deadline for application is 31st of May, 2018.  A full application package should be sent to nondegreeprograms@iset.ge, consisting of the following:

ELIGIBILITY

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 or in Russian.

SELECTION PROCESS

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 June 2018.

HOUSING

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.

CONTACT US

16, Zandukeli St,
0108 Tbilisi,
Georgia

Telephone: (+995 32) 250 71 77
Email: info@iset.ge