Opportunities for Harvard Students

Courses, grants, and travel: Learn how you can take advantage of all the Program on Georgian Studies has to offer.


Every semester, we offer courses related to Georgia and Georgian studies. We encourage you to register for one or more of the courses listed below.

Spring 2023

Tutorial in Georgian Language: GRGN Ar

Individualized study of the Georgian language at the Elementary level. Conducted as a tutorial. A two semester introductory course in modern Georgian language and culture, designed for students without previous knowledge who would like to speak Georgian or use the language for reading and research. All four major communicative skills (speaking, listening comprehension, reading, writing) are stressed. Students are exposed to Georgian culture through work with film, journalism, and literature as they learn to use the language both as a means of communication and as a tool for reading and research.

The Black Sea: Politics and Place: GOV 1127

The Black Sea serves as the backdrop of a war that is reshaping the global geopolitical order. This seminar explores its agency and the range of connections between saltwater, freshwater, and land that have defined the Black Sea as a region over millennia. Over the course of the semester we will draw on the work of political scientists, historians, ethnographers, filmmakers, ecologists, and cartographers. Students will conduct research into the spatial politics of port cities, collaborate with students in Georgia, and hear from guest experts.

Research Travel Grants

Every year, graduate students in all disciplines can apply for grants to conduct research in Georgia. Students have the opportunity to present their research when they return to Harvard.

Click here to apply.

Summer Internships

Every summer, two students are able to apply for internships in Georgia. This program provides Harvard students with international work experience, gives them insight into Georgian culture, and provides them with new skills. Internships could range from civil society organizations to finance, health, museum work, and more. 

Click here to apply.

Conference Funding

Harvard graduate students can apply for funding to attend conferences related to Georgian Studies. Priority is given to students who will be presenting their own work. You need a Harvard Key to access the application.

Student Symposium

Every year, students organize a symposium under the guidance of the Program Director. Students are encouraged to be creative in organizing the symposium, which might involve inviting guest speakers, students organizing discussions around a Georgian film series, presenting their own work on Georgia and the region for their peers, or organizing an exhibition.

Email GeorgianStudies@fas.harvard.edu for more information.

Student Research on Georgia

South Asian Students in Georgia Are Getting More Than They Bargained For

Sarah Ramberran, a junior at Harvard college and an intern at Civil.ge, explores the intersection of educational institution opportunities and South Asian identity.

The Case for a U.S. Base in Georgia

How can the United States deter a future Russian invasion against another neighbor? Chris Higgins, REECA A.M '22, explains why bases matter.