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Development of Doctoral Programmes

CSS’s efforts to introduce and implement a modern system of PhD studies in Georgia went through three stages:

(1) In may 2004 CSS prepared a PhD Concept paper for Georgian Universities,

(2) In June 2005, April and July 2006 CSS held the international conferences on Developing PhD programs in the context of Bologna at TSU. The conference memorandum highlighting the benchmarks for development of PhD programme became the background for developing the regulations and procedures for setting doctoral studies at TSU;

(3) Organization of an international methodological conference in cooperation with TSU strategy and elaboration of contingency plan for implementing PhD programs in Social Sciences at TSU.

Now CSS started working on the conceptual framework of this program both in terms of its curriculum as well as the structure of PhD training and standards (

Starting from January 2008 CSS is implementing new project - Developing PhD programs in Social Sciences at Tbilisi State University, funded by OSI HESP. The major goal of the project is to support development of new PhD programs at the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences at TSU. In general the project aims at developing study and research in social sciences at post-graduate level, internationalization of programs and integration of local academic staff in international academic networks and improvement of the qualification of professionals in social sciences.

CSS Activities within a new project will encompass following activities:

• Educational and professional programs, certified trainings

• Academic and applied research

• International and regional conferences and integration in international academic network

• Publications: books, newsletters, educational materials, popular scientific literature and practical guides

• Translation of classics and contemporary academic titles

• Creation of electronic data sets for researchers and practitioners of the discipline

• Promotion interdisciplinary approach and support for the development of new academic disciplines

• Grants and fellowships for scholars, students, specialists and researchers involved in social sciences for development of academic, applied and interdisciplinary research.

From Academic Year 2010-2011 CSS started implementation of new, international, English-language PhD programs:

-          International Relations

-          Gender Studies

The international PhD Programs in International Relations and Gender Studies at Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University (TSU) are funded by Open Society Institute Higher Education Support Program(OSI, HESP) and administered by the Center for Social Sciences at TSU under the framework of CSS – TSU agreement.


CSS provides full fellowships for 4 academic years of study starting from September 2010 for top Georgian students: 7 Fellowships for International Relations and 7 Fellowships for Gender Studies.


Program Overview:

The aim of international PhD programs is to facilitate preparation of new generation of scholars in social sciences able to carry research based teaching through all cycles of University education, generate the new knowledge production and become the members of international academic networks advancing scholarship in areas of their specialization. 


Language of instruction: English

Length of study: 4 academic years

PhD program design:  Students are obliged to cover the teaching component – substantive (discipline specific core seminars), research design seminars and academic practice (pedagogy, academic writing/journal article, grant proposal and academic program administration) – that will take minimum three semesters and dissertation (five semesters).


Visiting professors and academic supervisors for PhD programs in each discipline:

-          Professor Neil MacFarlane, Head  of Department of International Relations and Politics, Saint Anne’s collage, Oxford University - field of study International Relations.

-         Professor Joanna Regulska, Department of Women's  Studies and Geography, Dean of International Programs, Rutgers University - field of study Gender Studies.


Since summer 2010 CSS has been administering a Research Methods Training module for PhD level students at TSU. The module is open for all TSU doctoral students from different Faculties and programs and offers following courses:

-          Philosophy of Social Sciences

-          Introduction to Applied Statistics

-          Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods

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