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Junior Fellowship Program

Type: Fellowship 
Location: Yerevan, Armenia
Duration/Hours: at least 32 hours/week, 3 months
To apply: see the announcement 

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With the aim of strengthening the capacity of young social science researchers, the Caucasus Research Resource Centers-Armenia launched the Junior Fellowship Program in Armenia. Every year, Fellows are being selected, and over the next three months they contribute to the work of CRRC-Armenia, while also receiving on the job and more formal training from staff and outside experts. The Fellows are selected through a competitive, multiple-step process; after an initial application-based selection, they pass a test-based assessment, and, finally, participate in a two-day SPSS training.



Junior Fellows

2017

Julieta Avetisyan holds MA degree in Political Science and International Affairs from the American University of Armenia and BA in Political Science from the Yerevan State University. She was selected as an exchange student for the Hebrew University, where she studied International Law and Policy Program. Prior to joining CRRC-Armenia, Julieta worked at the American University Armenia, in Acopian Center for the Environment as a work study. She was involved in projects connected with research, and examined issues and court cases connected with mining.  


Gayaneh Oshakanyan holds MA  degree in  Political Science and International Affairs from the American University of Armenia and BA degree in Studies in Yerevan State Linguistic University after V. Brusov.  Prior to joining CRRC Junior Fellowship program she worked as a TA (teaching assistant) in American University of Armenia for the courses of “Introduction to Political Science” and “Opinion Making in the Age of New Media”.  She previously passed internship in Eurasia Partnership Foundation. She also participated in “Governing by Leadership” program by Council of Europe.

Gayaneh Oshakanyan holds MA  degree in  Political Science and International Affairs from the American University of Armenia and BA degree in Area Studies in Yerevan State Linguistic University after V. Brusov.  Prior to joining CRRC Junior Fellowship program she worked as a TA (teaching assistant) in American University of Armenia for the courses of “Introduction to Political Science” and “Opinion Making in the Age of New Media”.  She previously passed internship in Eurasia Partnership Foundation. She also participated in “Governing by Leadership” program by Council of Europe. 



Ani Grigoryan is a PhD student at the National Academy of Sciences, Department of Political Institutes and Processes. She holds an MA in Linguistics from Yerevan State University. The main scope of her academic interests involves Conflict Resolution Theories and Security Studies. 

Email: a.grigoryan@crrc.am



Harutyun Avagyan holds MS in Economics from the American University of Armenia and BA in Business Management from the French University in Armenia. Prior to joining CRRC-Armenia, Harutyun passed internships in UNDP Armenia office, USAID Finance for Economic Development program, HSBC Bank Armenia, and JBY Creation Company (France). Harutyun was also actively engaged as member and organizer in different youth organizations such as European Youth Parliament Armenia and Armenian Center for Young Analysts. He was also initiative team member of “Impact Investment for Development Global Summit” co-organized by UNDP Armenia and INSEAD Business School.

E-mail: h.avagyan@gmail.com 


Hayk Hambardzumyan holds an MS degree in Economics from the American University of Armenia, MS degree in Finance and BA degree in Economics from Yerevan State University. Prior to joining CRRC-Armenia Hayk worked as a teaching assistant of Econometrics course at the American University of Armenia, passed internship program at “Converse Bank” in Financial Consulting department,  and worked in “SME Investments UCO CJSC” as Credit Specialist. He has been awarded Prize after Isaak Isaakyan from Central Bank of Armenia for distinguished performance and remarkable scientific research and is an author of several publications. 
E-mail: h.hambardzumyan@crrc.am


2016

Armine Mkhitaryan holds MA degree in Political Science and International Affairs from the American University of Armenia and BA in International Relations from the Yerevan State University. She was selected as an exchange student for the Hebrew University, where she studied Middle East Conflict and International Law. Prior to joining CRRC-Armenia, Armine passed internships in the Political and Economic department at the U.S. Embassy and in the People and Culture department at the World Vision Armenia. She continued her path and worked as a Teaching Assistant in the frameworks of the American University of Armenia for the courses such as “Introduction to Sociology” and “Introduction to US Government.” Then she was involved in the project organized by the UNDP where she worked as an Evaluator. The same year she also worked as a Research Assistant in the Council of Europe office in Armenia. 


Meri Zohrabyan holds MA degree in Sociology (Major: Migration and Conflict Studies) and BA degree in Romance and Germanic Philology (Major: Spanish Language and Literature; Second Major: English language) from Yerevan State University. Prior to joining CRRC-Armenia Meri worked at Helsinki Committee Prison Monitoring Group Organizing as a project coordinator. As a linguist she has also worked at A1+ TV station as an English translator, founded a blog /armspanish.wordpress.com/, where she has published various literary translations. With her five years of experience of tour guiding Meri has also completed the Armenia Country Program 2012 "Hispanic week in Yerevan" and has a volunteering experience of two years in “Espaces” Youth Training Center. She believes that the combination of the tools given from the multidisciplinary fields will help her to form better questions to explore. Meri's main research interests are the studies of identity, the sociology of religion and the sociology of knowledge.


Erik Hambardzumyan is majoring in BA in Business at the American University of Armenia. He is actively engaged in Armenian data science community and he is the vice-president of the data science club initiative at AUA which, along with "Datamotus" LLC, organizes R user meetups. He also actively participates in tech-hackathones. Prior to joining CRRC-Armenia, he volunteered for Red Cross Armenia and UNHCR. His main research is focused on data driven findings in entrepreneurial survey data.


Lusine Sargsyan holds an ME degree in Industrial Engineering and Systems Management from the American University of Armenia and BA degree in Economics from Yerevan State University. Prior to joining CRRC-Armenia Lusine worked as a teaching assistant of two graduate courses at the American University of Armenia, passed internship programs at “EV Consulting”, “LUYS Foundation”, “ARARATBANK” and “ELBAT” and volunteered as a technical specifications document writer in the scope of a collaborative project between AUA and Nork-Marash medical center. She is a true believer of modern decision-making to be data-driven and her main research includes policy analysis aimed at economic development.  

2015

Mariam Arakelyan holds a BA and MA degrees in Political Science with the major of Regional Politics from Yerevan State University. She has taken an internship at the Department for Relations with the National Assembly of RA Government.  Her research interests include the political processes in the region of South Caucasus with emphasize on conflict resolution and problems concerning the protection of the ethnic minority rights.  





Mane Adamyan holds an MA degree in Political Science and International Affairs from  American University of Armenia and BA in Linguistics and Intercultural Communication from  Yerevan State Linguistic University after V.Brusov. Prior to starting her fellowship at CRRC-Armenia, she worked at Globbing LLC as a Researcher and Total Quality Management Supervisor. 





Aneta Harutyunyan holds an MA degree in Political Science and International Affairs from the American University of Armenia. Previously, she earned her BA degree in Turkish studies (Oriental studies) from Yerevan State University. In 2014 she participated in International Law and Policy Program in Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her main research interests cover social sciences, in particular migration, civil society and local development. 



Amalya Fljyan holds an MA degree from the department of Political Science and International Affairs at the American University of Armenia. Previously, she earned BA degree from the department of Theory and Methods of Teaching Foreign Languages and Cultures at Russian-Armenian (Slavonic) University. Prior to joining CRRC-Armenia, Amalya held a work-study position at the Turpanjian Center for Policy Analysis and Political Science and International Relations department of American University of Armenia. Currently, Amalya is involved in the project of Strategies for Armenian-Georgian Cooperation through Academia and Student.



Arpy Manusyan holds an MA degree in Sociology from Yerevan State University. Her main research interests are in the field of social movements in Post-Soviet countries and in Armenia in particular, with special focus on discourse analysis as a research methodology.
She also has a wider range of research interests in media studies.  




Anna Gradlyan holds an MA in Political Science and International Affairs from the American University of Armenia, and BA in Philology and Pedagogy from Yerevan Brusov State University of Languages and Social Sciences.  Prior to joining CRRC, Anna worked at Union of Communities of Armenia, Counterpart International Armenia and American University of Armenia. 



Lilit Javadyan completed her Bachelor’s degree at Yerevan State Linguistic University after  V. Brusov, majoring in Russian Linguistics. Currently she studies at the American University of Armenia, department of Political Science and International Relations. Her primary research interests cover social sciences, particularly social security and local development.






Samvel Hovhannisyan holds a BA in Management and a Master’s degree in Financial Management from the Armenian State University of Economics. Currently, he is a PhD student at the Management Department of the same university.
Samvel used to work as a Business Client Advisor at  ProCredit Bank Armenia, and completed a traineeship at the European Investment Bank in Luxembourg. Currently, he works on enhancing his research skills at CRRC.



David Sarkisyan holds a BA with Honors in International Relations from Yerevan State University. Currently, he is pursuing his MA in World Politics at the same university. He has taken internships at Political and Economic Office of the US Embassy in Armenia, UN Department of Public Information, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia. He has done oral presentations at several international academic conferences and has authored several publications. His research interests include international security, arms race and international relations of East Asia. 

2014

Anahit Tarloyan holds a BA degree in Economics from Yerevan State University and an MA in Financial-economic modeling from Yerevan State University. She used to work at IMEX GROUP Co. LTD (Ideal System) as a customer consultant prior to starting her Fellowship at CRRC-Armenia in June 2014.






SonaTelunts obtained her Master’s degree in Agribusiness and Marketing from Agribusiness Teaching Center (collaborative program between Armenian National Agrarian University and Texas A&M University). Before starting her Fellowship, Sona has worked at Armenian Harvest Promotion Center CJSC as financial analyst for 2 years.  






Adrineh Der-Boghossian holds a BA degree in psychology from York University in Toronto, Canada, and an MSc in Communication Studies from Vrije Universiteit in Brussels, Belgium. Originally from Canada, Adrineh has extensive experience in Armenia's news media industry, having worked for several news outlets. Her research area of interest is the adoption and use of ICTs by NGOs in Armenia.


Research Paper: “Factors Affecting Media Trust in Armenia”





Julya Sahakyan graduated from the faculty of Oriental studies of the Yerevan State University, and holds an MA degree from the School of Political Science and International Affairs of the American University of Armenia. She also accomplished internships at the Public Affairs Section in US Embassy Armenia, and in Caucasus Institute think-tank.




Syuzanna Smbatyan earned her bachelor’s degree in Economics from Yerevan State University, and then completed her MA at the School of Political Science and International Affairs of the American University of Armenia.  Prior to joining CRRC- Armenia as a junior fellow, she had actively volunteered in different international organizations.





Vanuhi Matevosyan is a graduate of the Armenian State University of Economics and holds a Master’s from the American University of Armenia,  too. Vanuhi held a work-study position at the American University of Armenia Extension Program, and currently, she combines her Junior Fellowship with the work at “Transparency International Anti-corruption Center” NGO as an administrative assistant. 





2013

Anna Drnoyan graduated from the Russian-Armenian (Slavonic) University, department of Political Science and is currently enrolled in the Master program of Political Science and International Affairs at the American University of Armenia. Since October 2012, she has held a work-study position at the Turpanjian Center for Policy Analysis, where she has become interested in social science research, particularly related to local development. Anna is currently engaged in the World Bank STEP (Skills Toward Employment and Productivity/Household Skills Measurement) project with the CRRC–Armenia.

Ani Karapetyan’s educational background is in Philosophy. She holds her BA degree from Yerevan State University (Yerevan, Armenia) and an MA degree from the Central European University (Budapest, Hungary). Both degrees were obtained from the departments of philosophy and focused on topics in philosophy of science. Her research interests in social science are connected, but not limited to, behavioral economics and social framing. Within the framework of the CRRC–Armenia Junior Fellowship program, Ani is currently working on the STEP project initiated by the World Bank.

Arman Gasparyan recently graduated from American University of Armenia with a Master of Arts in Political Science and International Affairs. He had previously obtained abachelor’s degree from Yerevan State University, in thedepartment of Political Science. Since October 2012, he has been working for the AUA Turpanjian Center for Policy Analysis, as well as the Group on Foreign Affairs. Arman gained genuine interest in social science research while doing surveys among the population of Dilijan for a report that was submitted to Central Bank. Arman is currently contributingtoan innovative project that aims to predict the quality of CRRC’s Caucasus Barometer questionnaire using the Survey Quality Prediction (SQP) engine.

Tigran Sukiasyan graduated from the French University in Armenia in 2010 and holds a BA degree in Management. Currently, he is enrolled in the Master program of Economics and Management at the State Engineering University of Armenia, where heis also a project coordinator, within the framework of the Enterprise Development & Market Competitiveness project, initiated by the USAID. His interests in social sciences are focused on the developmentof living standards and economic expansion. He is currently engaged in the Alternative Resources in Media project and is responsible for database elaboration and analyses.

Marianna Fidanyan graduated from the Armenian State University of Economics, department of International Economic Relations. Currently she is a PhD student at Yerevan State University. During the 2011/2012 academic year she studied at the Alexander Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki as part of the Erasmus Mundus program. Her primary research interests lie in the field of international economics, particularly in international trade in high-tech industries. At CRRC-Armenia she is currently working on Caucasus Barometer questions' quality prediction project.

Anahit Hakobyan graduated from Yerevan State University with a Bachelor Degree in International Relations. Currently, she studies in the Department of Political Science and International Affairs at the American University of Armenia. Her main research interests are in the field of international relations, with a focus on conflicts and corruption in Armenia. At CRRC-Armenia,she is involved in the World Bank STEP project.





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