Postponed till further notice


The International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) and The Georgian Educational Charitable Organization (GECO) are pleased to announce upcoming Summer Student Program (SSP), which will be held on July 19 – July 29, 2019. SSP is an intensive, residential program in Islamic studies and related subjects. This program is designed for graduate students and exceptional senior undergraduates – regardless of the field of study – who have a particular interest in developing their knowledge and research skills in the core areas of Islamic studies, such as methods in the study of Islam, the Qur’an, the Sunnah, Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence) and Maqasid al-Shari‘ah (Objectives of Islamic Law and Ethics), Foundations of Belief, Knowledge, and Science, Muslim History and Civilization, and Contemporary Islamic Thought. The program also provides analysis and discussions on subjects related to Islamophobia, Islam in CIS countries, Maqasid and public policy, Islam and Peacemaking, Interfaith dialogue, Status of women is Islam, Renewal of Islamic thought, Islamic psychology, Quranic worldview. A distinguishing feature of the program is that it combines faith-based normativity with best academic practices and approaches. The program is characterized by pedagogical innovativeness and academic rigor, while welcoming religious expressions and spirituality.

Interested applicants should fill out the online application form ( and submit it with the following:

  1. Current resume/C.V.
  2. Recent transcript
  3. 250-word statement on why the student wants to study at SSP and what s/he hopes to accomplish
  4. 250-word statement on current research that may be carried out as a research project during SSP.

Application deadline: April 15, 2019

Official transcripts should be sent by email to

Eligibility: The prospective applicant must be currently enrolled as a graduate student or a graduating senior in CIS countries. The program is open to students of all national, ethnic, and religious backgrounds.