Research Fellowship Program – Tbilisi

GeoWel Research, a Tbilisi-based research organisation, is announcing a 6-month research fellowship program that will start in December 2011 and finish at the end of June 2012, for recent master’s degree graduates or students currently studying for a master’s degree. The objective of the internship will be for interns to gain a wide experience in conducting highly numerate research, largely focused on economic development, for large international organizations, across the region. Interns will receive a stipend of $250 per month.

Our research focuses on economic development issues, particularly relating to agricultural development, but we have also completed projects on rule of law, civil service reform, education, IDPs, political parties and security. Our clients to date include UNDP, UNICEF, DfID, KFW, GTZ, CARE International, Mercy Corps, Oxfam, International Organization for Migration, Transparency International, World Vision, World Learning, Soros Foundation (Georgia and Moldova), Eurasia Partnership Foundation, Caucasus Research Resource Centers, and the International Budget Partnership. We focus on Georgia but also conduct research regionally and have conducted work in Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Moldova and Belarus.

What you will gain?

** 6 month fellowship of intensive research and writing experience with a monthly stipend of $250
** Detailed understanding of a range of different economic sectors in Georgia and the region
** Research training in surveys, focus group development and management and practical business and economic analysis
** Advanced English writing experience
** Project management and organizational experience.

What you will be required to do?

** Help in the development and implementation of research projects
** Review existing materials on a given subject and provide clear and concise summary analysis.
** Analyse government statistics on a range of issues, interpreting large quantities of data to draw compelling conclusions
** Conduct small phone surveys, collate and analyse the results
** Arrange, conduct and write-up focus groups
** Conduct interviews with business people, experts and government officials
** Develop questionnaires for large N-surveys in consultation with the research team
** Work as close to full-time as possible. Effort will be made to be flexible to existing students, but applicants who are available full-time will be given preference.

Requirements for fellows:

** Fellows must be Georgian
** Fellows need to have completed an undergraduate degree and be involved in a master’s degree (that is, applied for a program, currently enrolled in a program or completed a Master’s Degree). This can be in any subject, though we particularly encourage economics, agriculture, business and journalism students to apply.
** Fellows should be smart, dedicated, hard-working and open to criticism
** Good English language skills are essential
** Good numeracy skills.

Preferred skills:

** A good working knowledge of Excel would be useful though not essential
** Preference will be given to fellows who come from outside Tbilisi
** Knowledge of agricultural economics
** Knowledge of survey methodology.

The application process:

Step 1: Applications need to be sent to Nino Pkhikidze: no later than 5pm, Friday, November 25, 2011. Initial application should include:

** CV + Cover letter
** A sample of your own written work, in English, maximum 1,000 words. The sample can be on any subject related to Georgian economy and society, but we suggest the following topics:

** What does Georgia need to do to grow in a particular sector? (you can choose the sector)
** What is the biggest opportunity facing the Georgian economy at the current time?
** What is the biggest hurdle to economic development in Georgia?

All applications and queries should include as their subject line: “GeoWel Research Fellowship”.

E-mails and applications with the wrong subject line will not be considered.

Step 2: First round selected applicants will be called in for testing. Tests will occur at the end of November in GeoWel’s offices. This will include an English language test, math and logic tests and several other practical research tasks.

Step 3: A short interview.


Questions and queries should be sent to Nino Pkhikidze: All applications and queries should include as their subject line: “GeoWel Research Fellowship”. E-mails and applications with the wrong subject line will not be considered.


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