ARISC Junior Research Fellowship, American Research Institute of the South Caucasus

The American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC) announces the availability of US graduate student, postdoctoral and junior scholar fellowships in support of research and mentoring activities in the South Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan, and/or Georgia).  The goals of the fellowship are 1) to support research in and the study of the South Caucasus; 2) to select, recognize and financially support individuals early in their careers who demonstrate high potential to contribute to research in this region; 3) to support a mentoring relationship that will both develop the academic skills of the mentee and strengthen ties between the US and host country.  Projects in all fields in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences are eligible, but all projects must include one or more undergraduate and/or graduate students from Armenia, Azerbaijan, and/or Georgia as research assistants/participants.  Research awards will be made for a maximum of $5000 each to help cover travel, living, and research expenses in the South Caucasus; an additional $500 may be made available for fellows to offset necessary expenses related to incorporating an undergraduate or graduate student in the host country in their research program.  For ARISC grant purposes, mentoring is understood to involve integrating a local scholar into a research project in a fundamental way that involves cultivating skills and knowledge of methods that will contribute to the professional development of the local scholar. Proposals will be judged on their quality and on the potential of the research to strengthen scholarship on the South Caucasus.



The ARISC Resident Directors in the Baku, Tbilisi, and Yerevan are available to assist the scholars chosen for the program to prepare for their research in the South Caucasus by assisting with logistics such as visa requirements, travel arrangements within the country, and helping to locate research materials and local contacts.



This fellowship is supported with a grant from the US Department of Education.



Past Awards


  • Kathryn Franklin (University of Chicago): Village life on the Armenian Silk Road: Local and Large scale in the late medieval period (AD 1100-1400)
  • Dr. Alan Greene (Stanford University): Late Bronze Age Political Economies in the South Caucasus: The View from Aragatsi Berd and Armenia’s Plain of Flowers
  • Kathryn Weber (Cornell University): Transitions in Human-Animal Interactions and Social Inequality in the Bronze Age South Caucasus



  • Dr. Emily Hammer (New York University): Mapping Urbanism in the South Caucasus: The Naxçivan Archaeological Project.
  • Kelsey Rice (University of Pennsylvania): Ambiguous Legacies: Persian Literary Influence in Azeri Intellectual History.
  • Dr. Diana Ter-Ghazaryan (University of Miami): Spaces of Diaspora Investment: Urban Transformations and Transnational Linkages in the Landscape of Yerevan.



To learn more about the ARISC Junior Research Fellowship, please visit the American Research Institute of the South Caucasus website.