International Fellowship Program

Type: Internship/Fellowship Program

Compensation: Small stipend that may contribute to housing or food; we encourage candidates to seek outside funding; help finding housing provided

Start: Rolling

Application Deadline: Rolling

Openings: 2-4

Location(s): Tbilisi, Georgia

Duration/Hours: at least 10 weeks; 4 days, 32 hours/week


Eligibility: Applicants must have a strong interest and background in the social sciences (policy-related or think tank experience is a benefit); have completed two years of college course work by the time the internship begins (graduate students are highly encouraged to apply); be familiar with Microsoft programs (knowledge of statistical programs such as SPSS or Stata is desirable); have well-developed communication, teamwork and organizational skills; take initiative and work independently with little supervision; and be able to work in a complex environment in developing countries. Knowledge of Russian or a local language (Armenian, Azerbaijani, and Georgian) and experience in the NIS region is a plus. Candidates who have their own research agenda will be given priority. Applicants must be willing to commit to the internship for a minimum of 10 weeks.


In addition to its core activities, CRRC has a burgeoning number of research projects in which interns in the past have played a pivotal role. Duties may include but are not limited to conducting research (including interviewing local officials and community members and helping manage the questionnaire design process) and helping local researchers publish their findings; organizing social science trainings; updating CRRC’s English language materials; preparing outreach materials; updating and managing databases; and organizing special events and conferences. There is also the opportunity to establish long-term cooperation with local researchers and policymakers, as well as learn Russian and/or a local language and conduct research during the course of the internship.

How to Apply

Your application should include a scanned copy of your transcript, a resume including three references, a short writing sample in English and a cover letter explaining why this position is of interest.

Contact Information

CRRC Georgia: Tamuna Khoshtaria, Email: 

Zachary Fabos

Zachary completed his BA in International Studies at Roosevelt University and MS in Anthropology at Illinois State University. He previously served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Georgia. He was a recent Collaborative Heritage Management Fellow with the American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC), working in the Georgian region of Kakheti on cultural preservation practices. His research interests include; heritage, memory, transformations of place and space, and their impact on identity and cultural expression in the Caucasus.

Zack Weiss

Zack holds a B.A. from Colorado College with a double major in Political Science and Russian and Eurasian Studies, and a focus on American relations with Russia. Prior to joining CRRC, Zack completed a semester of his bachelor’s degree in Tbilisi studying post-Soviet politics and the Russian language. He has also conducted research in Kyrgyzstan, Albania, and Montenegro on their domestic politics and foreign relations. His interests include public policy, foreign aid, and diplomacy.

Olivia Route

A graduate of UPenn (BA) and Oxford (MSc), Olivia has recently worked for organizations such as People in Need and the Imagine Center for Conflict Transformation. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Armenia and a Luce Scholar in Thailand and is excited to dive into Caucasus-related data with CRRC. Her research interests include migration and identity, minority groups, nationalism, and conflict transformation processes.

Sasha Slobodov

Sasha is completing her MA in European, Russian and Eurasian Affairs at the University of Toronto. Prior to joining CRRC, Sasha worked as a Research Associate at the Institute for Peace and Diplomacy in Canada, a Research Assistant in the Department of Political Science at the University of British Columbia, and as an English instructor in Spain. She received her BA in International Relations from the University of British Columbia and spent one year abroad studying European Studies at Sciences Po Lyon. Her current research interests include energy geopolitics, civil society and the transition to renewable energy, with a broad regional focus on the South Caucasus, Central Asia and Russia. She speaks English, French, Russian and Spanish.

Julia Xavier

Julia is completing her master’s degree in European and Russian Affairs at the Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies at the University of Toronto, where she holds a Social Sciences and Humanities Council Scholarship. Previously, she obtained an Honors Bachelor of Arts with High Distinction at the University of Toronto, having mastered in History and Women and Gender Studies. Her interests include the impact of gender on policy making and the forms of resistance utilized by women in protesting against gendered discrimination. A native English speaker, Julia also has intermediate Russian language skills.

Shaimaa Elhowily

Shaimaa Elhowily holds a BA in Sociology from the Faculty of Arts, Alexandria University, Egypt. During her studies, her research focused on community sustainability and women’s rights. After graduation, she interned in journalism, where her research focused on human rights in the Middle East and the causes of violence in the region. She also wrote about art and community development. In 2018, she researched and published on female genital mutilation. In addition, she has worked as a freelance researcher on anti-Semitism in Egypt for a film production company and as a freelance graphic illustrator.

Lucas Fagliano

Lucas is a MA in European Politics and Society from Leiden University, Charles University and the Jagiellonian University. Through his studies, his research focused on strategic studies and international security, mainly grand strategy and hybrid threats at the EU level. Prior to joining the CRRC, he worked at The Hague Center for Strategic Studies (HCSS) in national security planning, strategic foresight and hybrid threats. More recently, Lucas joined a working group at the Argentinian Institute for Strategic Studies focusing in the development of grand strategic processes in Argentina. Currently his research interests revolve around hybrid threats preparedness, comparative grand strategy and the political determinants for the formation of grand strategic processes through a mixed methodological approach, where he will explore...

Michael Eric Lambert

Michael holds a doctorate (DPhil) in History and International Affairs from Sorbonne University in collaboration with the INSEAD – Institut Européen d’Administration des Affaires (BFC’15D), where he focused on political-military affairs in the Eastern Partnership countries. Before joining CRRC, he worked at the French Ministry of Armed Forces as an intelligence analyst (OSINT), the University of Ottawa, and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) on the CIA (Freedom of Information Act Electronic Reading Room) and the U.S. Department of State involvement in the Caucasus and Central Asia. His research focuses on macroeconomic intelligence and Chinese investments in the South Caucasus, with a particular emphasis on Georgia.