Call for Application for the South Caucasus GIS Workshop

DATE: October 21 & 22, 2022 (Friday and Saturday)

LOCATION: Georgian Technical University, TBILISI


APPLICATIONS DUE: August 1, 2022


October 21 & 22, 2022

The American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC), Endangered Archaeology in the Middle East and North Africa (EAMENA), and the National Agency for Cultural Heritage Preservation of Georgia are pleased to accept applications for an in-person 2-day GIS workshop in Tbilisi, Georgia.


Workshop goals: This workshop is designed to give students and early career scholars with a basic understanding of GIS principles the practical skills needed to create, manage, and visualize spatial data using free, open-source tools. Through demonstrations and hands-on exercises, beginning students will learn how to create a database, and collect and manage spatial data within a geodatabase, while more experienced students can develop skills on data collection and management workflows specific to their project needs. Participants will need to bring their own laptop computer for the workshop exercises.

During the workshop, students will develop the following practical skills:

  1. Think about geospatial principles within their own research, including asking geographic questions of their archaeological data and identifying GIS tools that can help answer them.
  2. Use QGIS to develop a basic data storage structure that is ready to receive spatial data.
  3. Locate, download, and import existing vector and raster datasets in QGIS.
  4. Collect and import original spatial data from a mobile device and import it to a QGIS project.
  5. Create a map in QGIS to visualize their spatial data and create a basic map to communicate their results.

Eligibility: Bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral students, as well as early career scholars from Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia, who have beginning or intermediate level GIS knowledge, are encouraged to apply. Priority will be given to citizens of Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia, who participated in the virtual GIS Workshop sessions held in fall 2021.

The workshop will be conducted in English.

Please use this online application form.

Applications will be prioritized based on the applicant’s qualifications, their GIS proficiency, and their brief statement on the potential for incorporating GIS methodology into their research or projects.

Questions can be sent to

ARISC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, gender, religion, national origin, physical or mental disability, medical condition, ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, or status as a covered veteran.

Funding for this fellowship is provided by the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs through a grant to the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC).