International Master’s and Doctoral Program

1. Where can I register?

Registration for round one of the contest is open from November 3 to December 19, 2014. This can be done via the International Education Center website www.iec.gov.ge.

2. Can I apply for a Master’s or Doctoral study program if I study in Georgia or are the scholarships only available if I study abroad?

The International Education Center program will fund Master’s and Doctoral programs only at foreign tertiary institutions, except distance educational (correspondence course) programs.

3. Does it matter which tertiary institution I choose to attend?

The rules of the program for the 2014-2015 academic year state the contest will finance Master’s or Doctoral programs for students who have been accepted to study at a foreign tertiary institution in the program’s priority areas. The program does not impose any restrictions on chosen foreign tertiary institutions.

 

4. Which areas of study will be financed by the program?

Priority areas of the program may be change from year to year. Changes in priority areas will depend on the professional needs of the country.

For the 2015-2016 academic year the priority areas are:
• Agricultural;
• Education;
• Engineering;
• Science/Natural science;
• Social sciences;
• Humanities/Human sciences.

 

5. What are the stages of the contest?

The contest consists of the following stages:
• Registration. Applicants must fill in an application form via the International Education Center website and follow the program’s terms and conditions;
• Program staff will review all applications to ensure applications meet all program criteria.
• A formal examination of each application will then take place by an independent Selection Board. Each application will be given a score, with top applications moving on to the third step. 
• Personal interview with Selection Board members.

 

Further information about the contest steps can be found on the International Education Center website www.iec.gov.ge.

6. Will the International Education Center assist applicants’ enrolment in foreign universities?

Candidates must apply to a foreign university independently. As stated in the program terms and conditions, candidates must select their chosen tertiary institution independently, fill in the university’s application form and meet the requirements of the selected university.

7. How many times will the International Education Center call for applications?

The International Education Center will call for applications twice for people who wish to have their Master’s or Doctoral programs abroad financed for the 2015-2016 academic year.

I contest – November 3 – December 19, 2014.
II contest – March 2 – April 10, 2015.

 

8. Will the program fund a second or subsequent Master’s or Doctoral course?

Yes, only if the candidate has not already received funds from the International Education Center through this program. Students enrolled in a second or subsequent Master’s or Doctoral course can apply for funding through the International Education Center program contest. These students, in their application form, must present a document detailing their achievement of the previous academic year and a certificate about their student enrolment status. 
The contest is announced for a specific academic year and financial support will be allotted to successful beneficiaries for the upcoming academic year. The program will not fund courses of previous academic years.

 

9. How are the application documents submitted?

Applications and supporting documents must be submitted electronically via the International Education Center website (www.iec.gov.ge). Applicants must upload all required documents in PDF format. The applicant must fully complete the application form and submit all required documents otherwise their application will be deemed incomplete and will be excluded from the contest. It is up to the applicant to ensure the application form is filled out correctly and in full, with all supporting documents.

10. What language should the motivation letter, recommendation and other necessary documents be presented?

The applicant should complete the application form in Georgian. Applicants may directly upload supporting documents in English or other foreign languages but such documents must be accompanied by an official Georgian translation.

11. Is it possible to send the application and supporting documents by post?

Applications will only be accepted via the International Education Center website www.iec.gov.ge. Applications in any other form will not be accepted. In addition, all required documents must be uploaded in PDF format.

12. When is the application deadline?

The first contest deadline is December 19, 2014, 19:00 pm.

13. Is it obligatory for applicants to obtain a confirmation letter from the foreign university confirming their enrollment before the deadline?

Applicants should have written confirmation of their enrolment for a Master’s or Doctoral program for the upcoming academic year before they apply for the International Education Center contest.

14. What is the deadline for foreign university enrolment and the deadline for submission of applications to the program?

Applications can be submitted to the International Education Center via the website www.iec.gov.ge anytime from November 3 to December 19, 2014, 19:00 pm. 
The deadline to apply for enrolment at a foreign university is separate to the program deadline and will be outlined by each university. It is the applicant’s responsibility to enroll with their selected foreign university and the International Education Center before the required deadlines.

 

15. What happens if an applicant is waiting for a response from a foreign university about their enrolment but has not heard in time for the International Education Center contest deadline?

In this case applicants may apply for funding in the next round of the contest.

16. Can the International Education Center provide funding for students who wish to study a Bachelor program at a foreign university?

The program will not provide funding for students who want to study a Bachelor degree at a foreign university. Applications of this nature will not be accepted. The program is currently open to students who wish to study a Master’s or Doctoral program at a foreign university. 
However this restriction does not apply to students who have received funding in previous academic years within the Tsodnis Kari program, and need financial assistance for the next academic year.

 

17. Can applicants apply for the program if he/she is in their final year of a Bachelor degree?

A key requirement of the program is that applicants must hold a Bachelor degree at the time he/she applies for the program.

18. What should be done if an applicant has just completed a Bachelor degree but cannot receive their diploma before the contest deadline?

All applicants who wish to have their Master’s or Doctoral program funded must have a Bachelor degree. In the case where an applicant cannot obtain their official diploma before the contest deadline, the applicant can present a certificate that confirmed they completed the Bachelor degree.

19. Can students with socially unprotected status, displaced or disabled persons apply to obtain funding to studying abroad through this program?

Applicants who have the status of socially unprotected, displaced or disabled and meet contest criteria and conditions are eligible to apply to the contest and request funding for a Master’s or Doctoral program.

20. Can Master’s program applicants who have less than six months work experience (including internship) apply for funding? Similarly, can Doctoral program applicants apply if they have less than two years work experience?

Master’s program applicants must have at least six months work experience and Doctoral program applicants must have at least two years work experience. Full terms and conditions can be found at www.iec.gov.ge.

21. Is it necessary for applicants to have achieved a 3.0 GPA to participate in the program?

High academic performance is one of the contest requirements. Applicants must have achieved a minimum GPA score of 3.0 in the past academic year in a Bachelor or Master’s program. In cases of non-GPA grading, the equivalent academic achievement is required. 
In cases of Doctoral studies where a GPA grading system is not applicable, applicants must include proof of high academic performance. This may be done through a reference letter from a Professor detailing the applicant’s academic progress, an academic review of a submitted thesis or any other way in which the applicant can prove their academic performance.

 

22. How do candidates meet the contest’s academic conditions if they are evaluated using another grading system, not GPA?

If candidates are evaluated using another grading system not GPA, the applicant should present a certificate of their academic achievement, issued by the institution, that proved their score was equivalent to a GPA of 3.0 in their previous academic year.

23. Will the International Education Center program fund academic programs for preparatory courses?

The International Education Center will not organize or fund preparatory courses.

24. What is the funding allotment procedure?

Funding shall be provided for one academic year, either in full or partially.

25. Which expenses will the funding cover?

International Education Center funding will cover the cost of tuition fees, study-related expenses and the cost of living in a foreign country during the education period. The amount of funding will be determined specifically for each applicant depending on their needs and requests.

26. How can applicants justify their funding request in their application?

If an applicant requires funding to cover the cost of tuition fees, the applicant must present an official certificate or invoice issued by the institution that clearly stated the study expenses. 
If an applicant requires funding to cover the cost of living expenses in a foreign country, the applicant shall determine this amount on their own after determining the necessary expected expenses in terms of the cost of food, travel and other expenses.

 

27. What will the Selection Board consider when determining how much to allocate to applicants for living costs?

Selection Board members will take into account the cost of living in the appropriate country when deciding how much to allocate to an applicant for their living expenses.

28. Will financing of already-funded students be continued for the next academic year?

The Selection Board will consider continuing to finance students, funded for one academic year at a two-year Master’s program and/or a three-year Doctoral program, and require financial assistance to continue their studies in the next academic year. These people should fill in the application form with the status of ‘current grant holder’.

29. What happens after the application deadline?

Once applications are submitted and the deadline has passed, a three-step selection process will begin. In the first step all applications will be reviewed by program staff to ensure applications have all required documents attached and meet the program criteria. Step two will see all applications undergo a formal evaluation from a group of independent Selection Board members, who will each score each application and attached documents. In the third step applicants will undergo an interview with Selection Board members.

30. What does the first step - administrative review – involve?

Step one of the selection process will see program staff review each application to ensure applications are complete and have all required documents attached and in the correct format. If applications are complete and meet the program conditions, the applications will move onto the second step of the selection process.

31. What does the second step – evaluation of the application and relevant documents – involve?

Step two of the selection process will see applications evaluated on their content by independent Selection Board members. Each application and attached documents will be assessed in line with the guidelines of the program, where particular attention will be paid to the motivation letter, work experience, selected tertiary institution, chosen field of study and academic progress. Once evaluated, the average score of each application will be determined and applications with the highest score will move onto the third step of the selection process.

32. What does the third step – formal interview – involve?

In the third step of the selection process, applicants will be invited for a formal interview with Selection Board members. The interview will last between 7-15 minutes.

33. What is the composition of the Selection Board and how are members approved?

The Selection Board is approved by the Prime Minister of Georgia. Its members represent governmental, non-governmental and international organizations. The Selection Board is approved by the Governmental decree #303, which was issued on April 22, 2014. The Selection Board will make decisions on the selection of the candidates. Selection Board members are also responsible for defining the policies for each academic competition, as well as the amount granted to successful applicants according to the rules and regulations of the program.

34. How are applicants evaluated and how is their final score determined?

In step two and three of the selection process, applications and interviews are independently assessed by the Selection Board, who will then award each applicant/interviewee points based on the program criteria. These points are confidential and will not be discussed between Selection Board members. After each stage, each application will be given an average score of the total points awarded by Selection Board members. Applicants who pass the required points threshold in step two will be invited for an interview in step three of the selection process.

The maximum possible score is 106.5 points (100%). Out of this, the maximum score for the application evaluation is 60 (%)/points, and the maximum score for the interview evaluation is 40 (%)/ points. An additional 6.5 score will be granted to applicants who are displaced, socially vulnerable and/or people with special needs.

Selection Board members will assess each application individually and confidentially. Selection Board members will pay attention to applicants work experience, received education, selected foreign university and program, recommendations and motivation letter.

The interview will follow a specific format and last between 7-15 minutes. On completion of the interview, Selection Board members will again assess the applicant independently and confidentially.

The final score will be determined by finding the average of the scores obtained in stage two (application evaluation) and stage three (the interview) of the contest. In each program field applications will be ranked according to score and top applicants will be offered funding.

35. How many points do applicants have to accrue in the academic evaluation stage in order to qualify as a finalist?

The required points threshold may vary from competition to competition within each field of study. The Selection Board will carefully consider the scope of each competition (per field and program) and will approve a relevant funding quota as the competition progresses.

36. How will applicants be notified if their application was successful or not?

All applicants (successful, named on a runner-up list and unsuccessful) will be personally informed about the contest results via e-mail. An electronic system will send each applicant an email to the e-mail address written on their application form. 
Applicants who were invited to attend an interview will be notified of the final contest results within a month of their interview.

 

37. Can interested applicants meet International Education Center administration staff?

Twice a week – on Mondays and Wednesdays at 13:00-15:00 – the International Education Center will hold information meetings for interested applicants. Those who wish to attend information meetings should send an email with the date of the desired meeting, their first name and surname, personal ID number and telephone number to: iecmeetings@geo.gov.ge. 
More details about the information meeting schedule is available at the International Education Center website www.iec.gov.ge. All interested parties are invited to attend the meetings.

 

 


Professional Development and Retraining Program for Public Servants

1. Where can I register?

Registration for round one of the contest is open from November 3 to December 19, 2014. This can be done via the International Education Center website www.iec.gov.ge.

2. Who is eligible to take part in qualification enhancement program?

Citizens of Georgia employed by public structures of Georgia.

3. Who are considered as “employed by public structures of Georgia”

Person employed by public structures is the one who works for the structure financed from the state treasury (budget)

4. Are the fundings only available for the courses held abroad, or only in Georgia?

International Education Center provides funding for the studies in Georgia as well as abroad.

5. What is the difference between professional Group training program and individual program?

Professional Group retraining program that will be aimed at synchronization of administration skills for middle and high-level staff with new rules and procedures of management. Skills envisage project management and administration, personnel management, program administration, financing and budgeting, assessment and monitoring. Professional development program will be conducted through thematic modules and enables personnel of the different public and state institutions to acquire appropriate knowledge and skills necessary for management. Based on the competition inter-structural groups will be selected to take part in training programs.

Professional Individual development retraining program, aimed at sending middle and high-level staff within the sector (healthcare, education, social, political issues) to seminars, thematic meetings, qualification programs and courses. Searching for relevant thematic programs or courses throughout the program, and application as well, are individual.

6. What are the stages of the contest?

The contest consists of the following stages:
• Registration. Applicants must fill in an application form via the International Education Center website and follow the program’s terms and conditions;
• Program staff will review all applications to ensure applications meet all program criteria.
• A formal examination of each application will then take place by an independent Selection Board. Each application will be given a score, with top applications moving on to the third step.
• Personal interview with Selection Board members.

7. How many times will the International Education Center call for applications?

The International Education Center will call for applications twice a year.

I contest – November 3 – December 19, 2014.
II contest – March 2 – April 10, 2015.

8. How are the application documents submitted?

Applications and supporting documents must be submitted electronically via the International Education Center website (www.iec.gov.ge). Applicants must upload all required documents in PDF format. The applicant must fully complete the application form and submit all required documents otherwise their application will be deemed incomplete and will be excluded from the contest. It is up to the applicant to ensure the application form is filled out correctly and in full, with all supporting documents.

9. What language should the motivation letter, recommendation and other necessary documents be presented?

The applicant should complete the application form in Georgian. Applicants may directly upload supporting documents in English or other foreign languages but such documents must be accompanied by an official Georgian translation.

10. Is it possible to send the application and supporting documents by post?

Applications will only be accepted via the International Education Center website www.iec.gov.ge. Applications in any other form will not be accepted. In addition, all required documents must be uploaded in PDF format.

11. When is the application deadline?

The first contest deadline is December 19, 2014, 19:00 pm.

12. In case of Individual training program, is it obligatory for applicants to obtain a confirmation letter from the selected training institution confirming their enrollment before the deadline?

Applicants should have written confirmation of their enrolment for a Master’s or Doctoral program for the upcoming academic year before they apply for the International Education Center contest.

13. What happens if an applicant is waiting for a response from a foreign university about their enrolment but has not heard in time for the International Education Center contest deadline?

In this case applicants may apply for funding in the next round of the contest.

14. Can students with socially unprotected status, displaced or disabled persons apply to obtain funding to studying abroad through this program?

Applicants who have the status of socially unprotected, displaced or disabled and meet contest criteria and conditions are eligible to apply to the contest and request funding for a Master’s or Doctoral program.

15. Is it obligatory for an applicant to have at least 6 month work experience?

All contests announced in frames of “International Education Center” contain concrete conditions and requirements that should be met by the applicants. Please find detailed requirements https://iec.gov.ge/.

16. Will the International Education Center program fund academic programs for preparatory courses?

The International Education Center will not organize or fund preparatory courses.

17. What is the funding allotment procedure?

Funding shall be provided for the study course, either in full or partially

18. Which expenses will the funding cover?

International Education Center funding will cover the cost of tuition fees, study-related expenses and the cost of living if the course is held in a foreign country .The amount of funding will be determined specifically for each applicant depending on their needs and requests.

19. How can applicants justify their funding request in their application?

If an applicant requires funding to cover the cost of tuition fees, the applicant must present an official certificate or invoice issued by the institution that clearly stated the study expenses.
If an applicant requires funding to cover the cost of living expenses in a foreign country, the applicant shall determine this amount on their own after determining the necessary expected expenses in terms of the cost of food, travel and other expenses.

20. What will the Selection Board consider when determining how much to allocate to applicants for living costs?

Selection Board members will take into account the cost of living in the appropriate country when deciding how much to allocate to an applicant for their living expenses.

21. What happens after the application deadline?

Once applications are submitted and the deadline has passed, a three-step selection process will begin. In the first step all applications will be reviewed by program staff to ensure applications have all required documents attached and meet the program criteria. Step two will see all applications undergo a formal evaluation from a group of independent Selection Board members, who will each score each application and attached documents. In the third step applicants will undergo an interview with Selection Board members.

22. What does the first step - administrative review – involve?

Step one of the selection process will see program staff review each application to ensure applications are complete and have all required documents attached and in the correct format. If applications are complete and meet the program conditions, the applications will move onto the second step of the selection process.

23. What does the second step – evaluation of the application and relevant documents – involve?

Step two of the selection process will see applications evaluated on their content by independent Selection Board members. Each application and attached documents will be assessed in line with the guidelines of the program, where particular attention will be paid to the motivation letter, work experience, selected institution. Once evaluated, the average score of each application will be determined and applications with the highest score will move onto the third step of the selection process

24. What does the third step – formal interview – involve?

In the third step of the selection process, applicants will be invited for a formal interview with Selection Board members. The interview will last between 7-15 minutes.

25. What is the composition of the Selection Board and how are members approved?

The Selection Board is approved by the Prime Minister of Georgia. Its members represent governmental, non-governmental and international organizations. The Selection Board is approved by the Governmental decree #303, which was issued on April 22, 2014. The Selection Board will make decisions on the selection of the candidates. Selection Board members are also responsible for defining the policies for each academic competition, as well as the amount granted to successful applicants according to the rules and regulations of the program.

26. How are applicants evaluated and how is their final score determined?

In step two and three of the selection process, applications and interviews are independently assessed by the Selection Board, who will then award each applicant/interviewee points based on the program criteria. These points are confidential and will not be discussed between Selection Board members. After each stage, each application will be given an average score of the total points awarded by Selection Board members. Applicants who pass the required points threshold in step two will be invited for an interview in step three of the selection process.

The maximum possible score is 106.5 points (100%). Out of this, the maximum score for the application evaluation is 60 (%)/points, and the maximum score for the interview evaluation is 40 (%)/ points. An additional 6.5 score will be granted to applicants who are displaced, socially vulnerable and/or people with special needs.

Selection Board members will assess each application individually and confidentially. Selection Board members will pay attention to applicants work experience, received education, selected foreign university and program, recommendations and motivation letter.

The interview will follow a specific format and last between 7-15 minutes. On completion of the interview, Selection Board members will again assess the applicant independently and confidentially.

The final score will be determined by finding the average of the scores obtained in stage two (application evaluation) and stage three (the interview) of the contest. In each program field applications will be ranked according to score and top applicants will be offered funding.

27. How many points do applicants have to accrue in the academic evaluation stage in order to qualify as a finalist?

The required points threshold may vary from competition to competition within each field of study. The Selection Board will carefully consider the scope of each competition (per field and program) and will approve a relevant funding quota as the competition progresses.

28. How will applicants be notified if their application was successful or not?

All applicants (successful, named on a runner-up list and unsuccessful) will be personally informed about the contest results via e-mail. An electronic system will send each applicant an email to the e-mail address written on their application form.
Applicants who were invited to attend an interview will be notified of the final contest results within a month of their interview.

29. Can interested applicants meet International Education Center administration staff?

Twice a week – on Mondays and Wednesdays at 13:00-15:00 – the International Education Center will hold information meetings for interested applicants. Those who wish to attend information meetings should send an email with the date of the desired meeting, their first name and surname, personal ID number and telephone number to: iecmeetings@geo.gov.ge.
More details about the information meeting schedule is available at the International Education Center website www.iec.gov.ge. All interested parties are invited to attend the meetings.