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 Summer School will bring together a group outstanding reform-minded individuals for a seven-day 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 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, judiciary and civil society
  • Economic development, DCFTA and trade liberalization 
  • The geopolitical context and conflict management


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


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 25 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 either academic or professional interest in advancing open, just, and corruption-free societies through their engagement in civil society, think tanks, academic or state institutions 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 meeting the eligibility criteria for such scholarships will be duly notified.




The deadline for application is June 15, 2018.  A full application package should be sent to, 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 or in Russian.


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.


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 rooms at the “FABRIKA” guesthouse, which offers superior social environment. Newly furnished hotel offers various types of accommodations. PCSC scholarship covers only shared rooms. If participants would like to have individual room, they should let ISET know when they apply and should cover the cost.


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0108 Tbilisi,

Telephone: (+995 32) 250 71 77