Application deadline:

15 August 2023

Admission requirements

The Programme is open to all interested applicants who meet the following criteria:

  • Have a Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent qualification from a recognized higher education institution. In case if applicant has not yet received diploma, they should provide documentation stating indicative date for receiving degree/ diploma from the institution and transcript of grades;
  • Fluency in English;
  • Have Professional and/or research interest in human rights and democratisation issues.

Please note, that applicants with academic and/or professional experience in above mentioned fields will have advantage.

How to apply

The Application for the programme should be submitted online within indicated period. Alongside with the Application form, prospective students are required to submit necessary documents for application package. Before applying please make sure that you have prepared all necessary documents beforehand.

  • Completed Application Form (online, available at: )
  • A full Curriculum Vitae (max. 2 pages), a photo (for official documents), and scanned copy of passport
  • Motivation Letter (max 450-600 words) either/or in English and Russian
  • Scholarship motivation letter (max. 500 words) either/or in English and Russian
  • Essay or Thesis Proposal (min. 750-1000 words) on Human Rights and Democratisation related topics (more detailed information concerning the essay topics and requirements can be found in the section “Written Sample”)
  • Contact details for two nominees to provide Reference Letters (one from academia, and one from a current or former employer, if the applicant has work experience)
  • Scanned University Diploma/s and Academic Transcript/s (please note the university requires the right to request translation of the documents into Armenian and/or Apostille or Consular legalisation, about which applicants will be notified in advance)

Additionally, those who have taken English language proficiency tests may indicate the score and include Certificate(s).

Admission timetable

The Enrolment shall be undertaken in 3 stages:

  • Stage 1 - Submission of Application and Required Documents - May 15, 2023 – July 23, 2023
  • Stage 2 - Evaluation of applications and interviews with shortlisted candidates - July 17 – August 5, 2023*
  • Stage 3 - Official Invitation - by mid- August, 2023

We encourage all applicants to apply as early as possible.

All successful candidates will be shortlisted and invited for interviews.

* Please note that interviews with applicants from target countries might happen in a face-to-face format or via Zoom.

Selection criteria

A selection panel will review all applications and evaluate them against the following selection criteria:

  • Academic merit (Educational background, CV)
  • Motivation: Interest in human rights and democratisation issues
  • Experience in relevant fields
  • Commitment to idea of voluntarism and social involvement
  • Provided written paper

Scholarships and funding

The Master’s Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation in the Caucasus offers up to 20 scholarships to cover tuition, travel expenses (to/from home country to Armenia, to/from home country to partner country and thesis defense travel) and/or monthly stipend for 8 months. Scholarships will be provided to resident and non-resident students of the programme.

Based on admission results, the programme will offer admission with full, partial scholarship or no scholarship basis. Depending on the Scholarship funding source as well conditions may vary depending on applicant’s country of residence and will be communicated in admission letter or separately.

Full scholarship will cover tuition, travel expenses and provide stipends. Partial scholarship will either cover tuition fee or travel expenses and stipends.

Self-funded students will cover their own costs both during 1st and 2nd semesters, hence they are encouraged to look for other sources of funding.

For more information regarding scholarship conditions please contact project staff at


Programme tuition fee is fixed by the Yerevan State University and it may vary based on applicant’s country of residence:

  • Group 1: citizens of the Republic of Armenia, Artsakh, Javakhk and Diaspora Armenians from Syria – 900,000.00AMD
  • Group 2: citizens of NIS countries – 1,170,000.00 AMD
  • Group 3: citizens of other states –1,350,000.00 AMD

Tuition fee payments can be divided into few transactions, where first one (at least 25% of the fee) should be made by end of August –mid-September (10),2023.