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The Caucasus Research Resource Centers and UNICEF are pleased to announce the First Annual Research Fellowship on Children in Poverty in Azerbaijan. Are you curious about child poverty issues? Do you have some ideas or hypotheses that you want to explore further? This fellowship could be the perfect opportunity for you!

What issues are we looking to address?

We're looking for social science research that addresses pressing child poverty issues Azerbaijan currently faces. We define child poverty as the deprivation of "the material, spiritual and emotional resources needed to survive, develop and thrive, leaving children unable to enjoy their rights, achieve their full potential or participate as full and equal members of society." (UNICEF, The State of the Worlds' Children 2005). We are especially interested in various causes, forms and consequences of child poverty, delivery systems for social services for girls and boys, social exclusion, monetary, non-monetary poverty, exclusion, deprivation, disparities, and discrimination issues. A narrow geographic focus would be preferable.

At the same time, we are happy to listen to your suggestions within the general topic of children in poverty. We can also help you develop your ideas if you are unsure about it, but are committed to undertaking professional research. Look at CRRC blog,, to see some of the issues that previous fellows have worked on.

What issues are we NOT looking to address?

We are open to innovative ideas and projects. But we are not particularly interested in geopolitical studies, partisan pieces, or research that is unfocused, speculative (or too theoretical) and does not ground itself in the relevant existing literature. We prefer research that can make a real impact by improving people's lives in general, and in this particular case - children's lives in Azerbaijan.

What results are expected?

We want you to produce international quality research. You should aim to publish your research in a peer-reviewed journal. This will give your research international recognition. We will help you find an appropriate journal to which you can submit your work. We also expect your work to contain prescriptive richness and ask you to present you findings to UNICEF, CRRC and other relevant interested groups (international organizations, NGOs, government agencies) in Azerbaijan.

Who is the fellowship for?

You are smart, committed, curious and want to apply all your abilities. Typically you will have at least a Master's Degree. You are committed to develop your research ability and have a track record of excellence. You may work in fields other than research, but you are interested in getting back into research because you realize there are excellent long-term opportunities in the field. We require a working knowledge of English, since you want to publish internationally. Exceptions can be made for those doing quantitative and survey work. (Sorry, no funding for stipends abroad, or for Westerners.)
What do you get?

Primarily you get the satisfaction of doing excellent work and of being part of a small but vibrant community of internationally recognized research scholars in the South Caucasus. Moreover, if you get published internationally, many opportunities follow. The fellowship provides an opportunity to prove your professionalism, which you can use for many other applications (jobs, consultancy work, joint research projects, conference participation, to name the most obvious). Depending on your research project, you can also get between 4000 and 6000 US dollars for pursuing your research interest (surveys, for example, may have higher costs).

Is it easy?

Yes and no. We will help at every step. But it certainly is not easy money. In research you confront new challenges and difficult decisions all the time. That is why we are doing it, after all. It requires determination and persistence -- we hope you will join us in the thrill of discovery.

How to prepare?

Our application procedure is specifically designed to help you develop your research proposal. Write us a short e-mail now (by the latest October 11) to Rena at to find out more, telling us briefly about yourself and your field of interest. We will send you an email to let you know about the next step and to invite you to discuss your ideas at our open houses.


The Caucasus Research Resource Centers program (CRRC) is a network of resource and training centers established in the capital cities of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia with the goal of strengthening social science research and public policy analysis in the South Caucasus. A partnership between the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Eurasia Foundation, and local universities, the CRRC network offers scholars and practitioners stable opportunities for integrated research, training and collaboration in the region. Offering advanced training in research methodology, CRRC also funds research fellowships and conducts a comprehensive annual Household Survey. For more details, please see

For 60 years UNICEF has been the world’s leader for children, working on the ground in 156 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence.  The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. For more details, please see




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