This scholarship program promotes young social scientists in the fields of contemporary history, sociology and sustainable urban development.Since 2003, the Heinrich-Böll-Foundation (HBS) has run a yearly "on site" scholarship program for up-and-coming academics in the social sciences from all South Caucasian nations. The researchers (maximum age: 35) work at their home places on individual interdisciplinary projects in the fields of contemporary history, critical sociology and sustainable urban development.
The program is targeted toward graduate social scientists, as well as young members of non-governmental organizations and the media. They receive a monthly scholarship of 250 Euro for a period of 12 months. Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of a competition that is announced throughout the whole South Caucasus region and comprises 3 steps: the selection criteria are the quality of the application, the relevance and socio-political significance of the topic, methodological innovation, as well as socio-political interest and engagement of the individual candidates.