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CRRC Junior Fellowship Program
The CRRC Junior Fellowship Program (JFP), launched in 2009, is a 5-9 month program offering extensive work and training to selected fellows. It is a unique opportunity for social science-oriented youth looking to gain a skill set largely missing in Georgia, such as ability to analyze complex issues quickly and comprehensively, proficiency in essential computer programs including statistical programs, and the opportunity to work with extraordinarily experienced and committed colleagues and superiors. Junior research fellows are required to contribute to complex research projects on issues that are important to Georgia's future, write analytical policy papers, to be active team members, and to work hard.
In 2013, CRRC selected six new junior fellows out of 165 applicants, who went through a tough selection process. After taking two different tests, completing one week training, doing presentations and writing an essay, Tamar Burduli, Natalie Kereselidze, Madona Shildelashvili, Davit Kobalia, Rati Shubladze and Zakaria Tavberidze became Junior Fellows 2013!
Tamar Burduli holds a BA Degree in Business Administration from the Georgian-American University in Tbilisi with a major in General Management. Currently Tamar is working on her MA degree in Conflict Analysis and Management at Tbilisi State University. She has spent a semester at the University of ISCID in Dunkirk, France as an exchange student studying Negotiation, Marketing and French.
Prior to joining CRRC as a fellow researcher, Tamar was involved in various projects in private and non-governmental sectors, including debt collection, procurement and non-formal education. She conducted several research projects during her master studies. Her research interests relate to socio-political, economic and cultural factors that determine societal development.
Natalie holds a BA in International Relations from Malmö University in Sweden and a MA in Global Political Economy from City University London. Before becoming a research fellow at CRRC, Natalie worked for the Athens-based think tank, The International Centre for Black Sea Studies (ICBSS). She started working on the FP7 project funded by the European Commission while simultaneously working on her thesis in London. She transferred to the ICBSS home office as a research assistant after completing her MA studies in September 2012.
Natalie also worked as a foreign correspondent for The Messenger during 2010-2011. She completed internships at the Council of Europe and the Permanent Representation of Georgia to the Council of Europe, in 2009 and 2010, respectively. Additionally, Natalie worked as a program coordinator for the Foreign Affairs Association at Malmö University and served as an editor of Choix Magazine, a popular student journal, in London. Natalie has experience conducting interviews and analyzing qualitative data.
Madona holds a BA in Social Sciences from the American University for Humanities in Tbilisi, faculty of International Relations. Prior to becoming a CRRC Junior Research Fellow, she managed a voluntary project within the framework of the Joint Civic Education program. Madona has also completed long-term internships at the US Embassy in Tbilisi and Peace Corps / Georgia. Her research interests include juvenile crime and unemployment.
Davit holds a BA in Jurisprudence and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in European Studies at Tbilisi State University. Before joining CRRC he contributed to different projects by conducting performance appraisals and performed other functions. His main research interests include political economy and the various dynamics of social change.
Rati Shubladze holds a BA in Social Sciences from Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University where he specialized in Sociology. Currently he is pursuing a Master’s degree in Social Sciences at the Center for Social Sciences. Before joining CRRC’s Junior Fellowship Program Rati was involved in a 2012 UNDP pre-election project on media monitoring in Georgia. His research interests include Caucasus studies, media and elections.
Zakaria is a MA student at the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs, in the faculty of Journalism. Before joining the CRRC Junior Fellowship Program, Zakaria was involved in media monitoring projects at Transparency International - Georgia and Internews - Georgia. He has also worked as a monitoring specialist at the National Center for Teacher Professional Development for more than one year. His research interests include media, social capital and segregation. Zakaria is also curious about philosophy, modern social theory and visual sociology.
In 2012 CRRC has only two young junior fellows: Nini Kerkadze and Irina Vardanashvili.
Nino Kerkadze holds a BA in Social Sciences from Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University and an MA from Ilia University. Her specialization is in sociology. Before joining CRRC’s Junior Fellowship Program, Nino was involved in different marketing and sociological research projects. She has also worked as a project assistant for an international organization European Centre for Minority Issues. Her research interests include issues of various types of minority groups.
Irina Vardanashvili holds two Bachelor’s degrees. First: Bachelor of Business Administration in Banks and Finances and second: Bachelor of Social Sciences in Psychology. Currently she is pursuing Master’s degree in Psychological Anthropology at Tbilisi State University. During her studies she has taken part in various sociological and psychological research projects. In March 2012 she became Junior Fellow at CRRC. Her research interests include political, cultural and religious issues.
Junior Fellowship Program 2011 selected five young researchers: Tsisana Khundadze, Sophio Mtchedlishvili, Merab Bochoidze, Salome Minesashvili and Gvantsa Nadiradze out of 175 applicants. Since February 2011 the fellows are working on CRRC's different research projects.
Tsisana Khundadze holds a B.A. in Social Sciences and a M.A. in Psychology from Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University. Currently she is a PHD student at TSU and her specialization is social, political and cultural psychology. Before becoming a Junior Fellow at CRRC in 2011 she worked on different projects as an assistant at ISR and Ars Magna. She mainly participated in social and organizational studies. Her research interests are related to the means of mass communication and political culture.
Sophio Mtchedlishvili holds a B.A. in Social Sciences from Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University and her specialization is Social Psychology. Sophio is currently studying for her M.A. in International Affairs at the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA). Since February 2011 she has been a Junior Fellow at CRRC. Her research interests are mainly related to politics, national security, and social issues.
Merab Bochoidze finished the T. Gegelia Physics and Mathematics Public Boarding School of Tbilisi State University in 2004. In 2008 he earned a B.B.A. (majoring in Management) from the Caucasus School of Business. Before joining CRRC’s Junior Research Fellowship Program Merab was involved in Marketing research, and contributed to the development of the Georgian-language Wikipedia. His research interests include social economics, marketing, and interpersonal relationships.
Salome Minesashvili holds a B.A. degree in International Relations from Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University. During her B.A. Salome spent a year at Southeast Community College in Nebraska, USA as an exchange student majoring in Political Science. Currently, Salome is an M.A. student at Tbilisi State University and expected to obtain Master’s degree in Social Sciences focusing on Transformation in the South Caucasus. Prior to joining CRRC, Salome has done internships for Peace Corps Georgia and the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs Parliamentary program. Her research interests include foreign policy analysis, the role of culture and traditions in the process of transformation, and regionalism.
Gvantsa Nadiradze earned her B.A. in Sociology with a minor in Human Resources Management at Ilia State University. Currently she is studying for her M.A. in Sociology at Ilia State University. While a student she was engaged in different sociological and marketing research projects. Her research interests are the issues of gender based problems, value systems, and social capital. She is also interested in sociological theories, especially in modern sociology.
Junior Fellowship Program 2010 selected four young researchers: Ketevan Chubinishvili, Elene Japaridze, Thea Goginashvili and Vazha Burduli out of 150 applicants. Since March 2010 the fellows are working on CRRC's research projects, mainly on the Caucasus Barometer 2009.
Chubinishvili holds a B.A. in Sociology from Tbilisi State University
and studied for her M.A. in Social Science at Masaryk University, Brno,
Czech Republic. Since February 2010 she has been a Junior Fellow at
CRRC. Before becoming a Junior Fellow she worked on variety research
projects for different organizations. Her research interests are mostly
related to social and cultural issues.
Japaridze’s background is a B.A. in Social Psychology at the
Javakhishvili State University and an M.A. in Social and Political
Science at the Ilia Chavchavadze State University.
B.A. Elene studied at the University of Saarbrucken, within the
framework of a student exchange program, where she had training courses
in small-groups psychology. After returning to Tbilisi Elene worked as
an interviewer at ACT. During her M.A. degree studies she planned and
conducted different social research projects under the supervision of
the Ilia Chavchavadze University research team.
Elene is currently working at the Caucasus Resource Research Centers (CRRC) as a Junior Fellow.
Goginashvili earned a B.A. in Mathematics from Tbilisi State University,
and holds M.A. in Economics from the International School of Economics
at Tbilisi State University. Before joining CRRC’s Junior Research
Fellow program, she worked as a Research Assistant for Prof. Frédéric
Laurin, a research fellow at ISET. Her research interests include Real
Estate Economics and Macroeconomics.
Burduli earned a diploma in Law from the Georgian Humanitarian-Economic
University in 2001 and a B.A. in the Humanities (majoring in American
Studies) from the International Black Sea University in 2008. Prior to
joining CRRC he worked as a translator/English version copy editor for
Business News magazine, and also as a translator for the Public
Defender’s Office, with which he continues to cooperate.
His research interests include the Georgian national liberation movement of the Soviet period and recent Georgian history.
Junior Fellowship Program 2009 selected five promising young ladies: Tinatin Ambroladze, Mariam Kharaishvili, Tamar Khoshtaria, Mariam Kobaladze and Anastasia Mshvidobadze out of up to 400 applicants. For the period of 5-10 months the fellows went through extensive training and worked on CRRC's research projects.