The program progress is totally dependent on the dynamics of the ongoing COVID -19 pandemic and the restrictions imposed by the government of Georgia and the United States.

This project aims to strengthen the quantitative and qualitative research skills and academic writing skills of young Georgian scholars; raise collaborating Georgian scholars’ research capacity to international standards; increase interaction between Georgian and American academics and researchers, and mentor and coach Georgian scholars for publishing research papers in Georgian and Western academic peer-reviewed journals in STEM fields.

  • Identify and develop new contacts, which will promote further collaboration between Georgian and U.S. scientists.
  • Explore new research approaches using the facilities of modern and well-equipped U.S. laboratories.
  • Receive training on modern scientific equipment.
  • Advance the grantees’ research activities and increase their exposure and visibility in the international research community.
  • Continue research collaboration with newly established U.S. partners.
  • Strengthen the quantitative and qualitative research skills.
  • Develop academic writing skills of young Georgian scholars.
  • Help raise Georgian scholars’ research capacity to international standards.
  • Mentor and coach Georgian scholars for publishing research papers in Georgian and Western academic peer-reviewed journals in STEM fields; participation in international conferences
  • Improve scientific English proficiency of program participants.
  • Expand Georgian researchers’ capacity to use quantitative and qualitative methods in STEM-related research topics, mastery in academic writing and possibly developing an analytical paper, and communicate research findings to educators, researchers, practitioners, and policy makers. The applicant will need to submit a short report of his/her internship if requested.
  • Develop and/or improve research library use (digital and hard copy) capabilities.

Applicants should dedicate all their time and efforts to fulfill the tasks outlined in their submitted proposal. If they are selected and take an internship in CA, they need to pursue the work plan and timeline in their pre-agreed arrangements with host lab representatives.

Letter of Intent (Form A)

Curriculum Vitae (preferably up to 5 pages)

Publications, if such exist (maximum 2 pages)

Information on Prior Professional Visits Abroad (if applicable).

Project Narrative, including:  

  1. a) Research Rationale (up to 2 pages).
  2. b) Research Plan (up to 5 pages, including tables and figures).
  3. c) Research Milestones/Timeline (1 page).
  4. d) References Cited (up to 1 page).

The pile of project content related documents (all above inclusive) shall not exceed 20 pages.

The applicant must be under 40 years of age as of September 2021. This doctoral research support program is for young Georgian scholars. Usually, age limitations apply and it is preferred that the applicant is under 40 years of age. However, this limit will be considered individually based on the application.

It is up to the applicant to choose/elaborate  or adjust the field and  topic of their research project for application.

To find a mentor on the main campus, one shall get familiar with the ongoing research in San Diego State University. For that, the applicant needs to visit www.sig.sdsu.edu.ge . After finding one that has common interests and points of contact with his/her project, the applicant shall reach out to the program director/co-director through email to get a confirmation. The detailed information on the ongoing research was provided by the program directors during the Mini Course III, which took place January 27-29, 2021. Seminar recordings, as well as the slides presented, and the recording of the informational session are gathered on the project website: www.sig.sdsu.edu.ge.

The email addresses which stand next to each program belong to program directors/co-directors, whom one needs to reach out and find out more details on the ongoing research and investigate whether applicant's research matches the one led by the program director/co-director at SDSU. The Principal Investigator of the Project, Dr. Walter Oechel must be copied (in Cc) on correspondence.

Program Directors/co-directors are well informed about the project. Applicants must get in touch with them mainly.The Principal Investigator of the Project, Dr. Walter Oechel must be copied (in Cc) on correspondence.

The main goal of the applicant is to find an ongoing research at the main campus which is as close to his/her Ph.D. research as possible.

The program development is totally dependent on the dynamics of the ongoing COVID -19 pandemic and the restrictions imposed by the government of Georgia and the United States.