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International Fellowships

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; Baku, Azerbaijan; Yerevan, Armenia
Duration/Hours: at least 10 weeks, 4 days, 32 hours/ week

How to apply

CRRC Research Fellows


Dustin Gilbreath  (Georgia) 

Dustin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Skidmore College. Prior to joining CRRC, he worked as an English teacher, freelance writer, editor and translator, an then as a lecturer in tourism geography at Batumi Shota Rustaveli State University. His research interests include the anthropology of politics and economic anthropology. He is particularly interested in discourse, shifts in discourse, and its embodiment in Georgia and Georgian politics. Dusting speaks English and Georgian. 

Dustin can be reached at

Zofia BaƂdyga  (Armenia)  

Zofia obtained MA in Slavic Culture Studies at University of Warsaw. She is especially interested in circular labour migration from Armenia to European Union and international cooperation on migration management. Prior to joining CRRC, she worked as a Circular Labour Migration Expert in International Center for Human Development in Yerevan.

In addition to her native Polish, she speaks fluent English and Czech and intermediate Russian. Currently she learns Armenian.

Zofia can be reached at



Maximilien Lambertson  (Georgia)  

Maximilien holds a Bachelor's degree in International Politics from Georgetown University. Prior to joining CRRC, he was a Fulbright fellow in Vratsa, Bulgaria and then worked at the National Democratic Institute on its programs in Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina. His research interests include the effects of economic crises and austerity policies on the rise of extremist parties as well as nationalist history making by political actors in Eastern Europe and Eurasia. He speaks French, English, and German. 

Maximilien can be reached at


Louis-Philippe Campeau (Georgia)  

Louis-Philippe holds a BA in History from the University of Ottawa, where he focused on Russian history and the impact of ideologies. He also spent a year working for the Canadian military archives in Ottawa. Taking a career brake, he spent the next two years travelling through the ex-USSR by bicycle in order to better understand its people and cultures. This journey brought him to Tbilisi, where he is now doing independent research on the impact that alternative ideologies (neither Bolshevik nor Menshevik) had on the events leading to the 1918-1921 period of independence.

He speaks French, English and Russian and is studying Georgian.

Louis-Philippe can be reached at

Maxim Edwards (Armenia)  

Maxim is a recent graduate of the University of Exeter (UK) with a BA in German and Russian. After spending a year in Kazan, Tatarstan, where he worked for local English-language media and studied Russian at Kazan State University, he wrote a number of articles on Russia's Volga-Ural Region and North Caucasus, with a particular focus on interethnic and interreligious relations in the regions. He is interested in researching perceptions of religious minorities in Armenia such as the Muslim, Jewish and Assyrian Christian communities. He aims to start an MA in Russian and Eurasian studies and hopes to work as a journalist or regional analyst.

In addition to his native English, Maxim speaks German and Russian and is looking forward to learning Armenian.

Maxim can be reached at

Ewa Jarosz (Regional)  

Ewa Jarosz is a PhD Candidate in the Polish Academy of Sciences, and a research assistant in the POLPAN project, a panel research on social structure, labour market and social mobility, carried out in Poland since 1988. She is also a member of CONSIRT – Cross-National Studies: Interdisciplinary Research and Training Program, a joint initiative of the Polish Academy of Sciences and the Ohio State University. She is also a 2013/2014 Fulbright fellow in the US.  

Her research interests are social stratification processes, time use patterns, and the labour market structures in Poland and the EU. She aims to expand her studies by including also the data for the NIS region. 

Ewa can be reached at

Gabriel Armas-Cardona (Armenia)  

Gabriel graduated from the New York University School of Law with JD. His professional focus is on promoting human rights and developing effective domestic justice policies. Prior to joining CRRC, he was a law fellow at the office of the Human Rights Defender of the Republic of Armenia and his work involved researching international best practices vis-à-vis Armenian laws and institutions. Gabriel’s research goals at CRRC include quantitative analysis of Armenian citizens’ trust in political institutions and views on human rights violations.

Gabriel can be reached at

 Ona Vysniauskaite (Regional)  

Originally from Lithuania, Ona writes her final thesis at the Vilnius University, searching for the Georgia’s Europeanization model in the frames of the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area pre-negotiations with the European Union. Ona’s academic interests include migration, urbanization and unequal job distribution in the Caucasus and Central Asia. 

Prior to joining CRRC Ona interned at the United Nations Children's Fund, Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies and Transparency International Georgia. She speaks English, German and Russian.

Ona can be reached at

 Agnethe Ellingsen (Armenia)  

Agnethe is currently a MA student in Central Asian and Caucasian Studies at the Humboldt University of Berlin, with a concentration on Geography and Development. She obtained her BA in European and American Studies at University of Oslo, including exchange studies at Kazan State University in Russia and Fudan University in Shanghai. Agnethe’s research interests are related to the economic development of the CIS countries.

Before coming to Armenia, Agnethe interned at The Eurasia Foundation of Central Asia in Tajikistan, at the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Berlin and at the German Business Association Georgia in Tbilisi. Besides her native Norwegian and German, she also speaks English and Russian as well as basic Polish, Persian and French.

Agnethe can be reached at


Anastasia Baskina (Armenia) 

Anastasia holds a Master’s degree in EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies from the College of Europe in Bruges. She also holds a joint Master’s degree in Global Studies from the University of Leipzig and University of Vienna and a Diploma with Honors in Linguistics from the Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia. Anastasia worked for the Danish Cultural Institute in St. Petersburg and interned at the United Nation’s Office on Drugs and Crime in Vienna. Her research interests include migration and its intersection with civil society and democratization. Besides her native Russian, Anastasia is fluent in English and speaks Italian, French, Danish and German.

Anastasia can be reached at

Thomas Liles (Azerbaijan) 

Tom is currently a fellow with the Fulbright Program in Baku, Azerbaijan, where he is researching the potential for desecularization and the politicization of Islam in post-Soviet Azerbaijan. Before coming to Baku, Tom interned at the Woodrow Wilson Center's Kennan Institute and the Atlantic Council's Patriciu Eurasia Center in Washington, DC. Additionally, he has interned at the European Centre for Minority Issues Caucasus in Tbilisi, Georgia, where he researched Islam and religious transformation in Adjara, and he took part in a US State Department Critical Language Scholarship to study Russian in Kazan, Russia in 2011. 

Originally from North Carolina, Tom received a BA in International Studies and Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2011. His research interests include Islam, ethnic relations, and the relationship between politics and religion throughout the former Soviet Union. Tom speaks English, Russian, and German.

Tom can be reached at

Andrea Filetti (Azerbaijan) 

Andrea Filetti is currently enrolled in the  PhD program in Political Scienceat the SUM Italia-a Florence based Institute. He holds a Master’s degree from the University of Florence, Italy, and he has spent two semesters at Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany. After his Master’s degree, he worked at the Italian Embassy and at the European Parliament's Information Office in Berlin. His academic interests include democratization, comparative political systems, and the relationship between religion and democracy. Andrea speaks Italian, English and German.

Andrea can be reached at .

Inge Snip (Georgia) 

Inge Snip has been living in and out of Georgia for the last 4,5 years, working for several NGO’s and having founded news and analysis website covering the political landscape of Georgia. She is currently finishing a Master degree in Politics and International Studies at Uppsala University in Sweden, for which she did individual research on elite configuration at the Harriman Institute at Columbia University. Her Master thesis will focus on Georgia’s current cultural elite. This research will include sociologist Pierre Bourdieu’s idea’s of capital - arguing that social, cultural and symbolic capital creates power within society, not only economical capital.

Inge has a LLB degree in International and European Law from the University of Groningen, and a Russian language certificate from Kyiv National Economic Trade University where she studied for one year.

Inge can be reached at

Severina Mueller (Azerbaijan) 
Severina Mueller holds a Master’s degree from the University of Zurich, Switzerland, where she studied Sociology, Russian Studies and Criminology. She also completed two terms of study at the Moscow State University in Russia. In summer 2011 she spent a short period of time in Kazakhstan where she conducted a field research on changes in family values. Her academic interests include transformation process, ethnic conflicts, values and cultural changes in the post-Soviet region. Severina speaks German, English, French and Russian.

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