Call for Participants for University Research Program in Public Policy

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                                                Call for Participants for University Research Program in Public Policy


The Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA) seeks assistant professors, PhD candidates, and advanced Masters students for a training program in public administration and public policy research. 


Selected participants will work directly and closely with internationally recognized faculty researchers from the University of Georgia (UGA) (United States) to enhance their research skills and publish their research in peer-reviewed academic journals in public administration and policy.


This program consists of:

  • One month of intensive seminars in July 2017 in Tbilisi focusing on research methods, developing a research project plan, and conducting and publishing academic research.
  • Remote coaching, mentoring, and assistance from UGA faculty as participants conduct research projects and write-up their research for publication.
  • A five-day, in-person workshop in November 2017 for participants to formally present their research and receive detailed feedback.
  • Review of participants’ full manuscripts by UGA faculty members prior to publication.


At the conclusion of the program, participants will be expected to submit their research to internationally recognized peer-reviewed academic journals for publication.  The program is cost-free to participants, who will receive a stipend to offset transportation and logistical costs associated with the program.


July Seminars

Participants will begin their training with a series of intensive seminars taught by UGA faculty members at the GIPA campus in Tbilisi over four weeks in July 2017:



Seminar Topics 

Week 1 & 2

3–7, 10–14 July 2017

  • Research Design & The Logic of Social Inquiry (morning)
  • Applied Statistics (afternoon)

Week 3

17–21 July 2017

  • Small thematic groups

Week 4

24–28 July 2017

  • Starting and Managing Research Projects (morning)
  • Academic Writing and Publishing in Peer-Reviewed Publications (afternoon)



During the third week, participants will work in small thematic groups with a UGA faculty member to develop their research interests.  These small groups will review relevant academic theory, potential publication outlets, develop a research project plan, and meet with Georgian government leaders and experts in the thematic area.  These small groups will focus on the following themes:


  • Fiscal Reforms and Financial Management
  • Personnel and Civil Service Reform
  • Performance Management
  • Domestic and Subnational Politics and Policy, with an emphasis on Environment and Health


Following the July seminars, participants will continue to interact with their thematic group and UGA faculty mentors through e-mail, Skype, and electronic bulletin boards to identify, design, and conduct a research project building on the knowledge and expertise gained during the summer seminars.


Presentation of Research

In November 2017, the thematic groups will meet with the UGA faculty in-person at GIPA to formally present their research.  During this five-day workshop, participants will receive detailed feedback from the UGA faculty other experts working in the thematic area.


Following the November 2017 workshop, participants will continue to receive coaching and mentoring from the UGA faculty through e-mail, Skype, and electronic bulletin boards.


Submission of Manuscript

In April 2018, participants will electronically submit a full manuscript of their research to the UGA faculty for review.  Based on these reviews, participants will be expected to revise their manuscripts for submission to a peer-reviewed academic journal.



Participants will receive a 300USD stipend to offset transportation and logistical costs incurred as a result of participating in the program.  Half of the stipend (150USD) will be paid at the beginning of the program, and half will be paid at the conclusion of the program.


For More Information

All interested candidates should send CVs, the number of trainees is limited to twenty participants. The deadline for submission is May 31, 18:00.


Contact Ms. Natia Tchighvaria, Head of PhD Program in Social Sciences at GIPA, at Address: 7b Ietim Gurji str, Tbilisi, 0105.