The Jeremy R. Azrael Scholarship

Each year, the Pardee RAND Graduate School is able to provide a full-tuition scholarship to a first-year student from a former Soviet state, adding important global perspectives to the class of future policy leaders. The scholarship is named in memory of Jeremy Azrael, a leading expert on the Russian economy who devoted his career to promoting better understanding between the United States and the former Soviet Union.

The RAND Business Leaders Forum that he established in 1997 continues to bring together Russian, European, and American executives and political leaders for regular exchanges twice a year. After Jeremy passed away in 2009, a group of his friends and colleagues established another lasting legacy for him and his life's work by donating to this scholarship in his name.

Scholarships are an essential part of recruiting top-tier Ph.D. candidates from diverse and interesting backgrounds and easing the financial burden so that students can focus on their course work and dissertations. It is thanks to the generosity of our donors, like those who have honored Jeremy's legacy, that we are able to attract top students and provide them with the analytic training and tools to help solve many of the world's most pressing problems.

Who Is Eligible?

This scholarship is available to citizens from these independent post-Soviet states:

  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belarus
  • Estonia
  • Georgia
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Moldova
  • Russia
  • Tajikistan
  • Turkmenistan
  • Ukraine
  • Uzbekistan

To be considered for this honor, students must hold a bachelor's degree or higher and receive a score of 100 or higher on the TOEFL exam. No additional application is required.

Scholarship Recipients

Gursel Aliyev

Gursel Aliyev (cohort '13) holds an M.A. in economics from Northeastern University and a B.A. in international economic relations from Azerbaijan State Economic University. Prior to joining Pardee RAND, Gursel was the country director for Azerbaijan's Caucasus Research Resource Center, an organization that promotes evidence-based policymaking and builds the capacity of social science researchers in the South Caucasus. His interests include survey research, modeling, and game theory.

Aziza Arifkhanova

Aziza Arifkhanova (cohort '12) graduated summa cum laude from Florida State University with a dual degree in economics and international affairs. She also earned her master's degree in economics from Florida State University and studied in the Kiel Institute's Advanced Studies Program in International Economic Policy Research in Germany. As a research analyst at the Antimonopoly Policy Improvement Research Center, her primary duties were to work on a grant funded by the International Development Research Center on competition issues in the food supply chain in Uzbekistan. In Tashkent, Aziza also wrote for the Banking News newspaper.

Olena Bogdan

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Olena Bogdan (cohort '12) graduated with honors from Kiev's National Aviation University with a B.A. in international relations, and then earned her M.A. in economic analysis from the Kyiv School of Economics and the University of Houston. Olena has worked for the International Organization for Migration on human-trafficking issues and at the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe on preventing domestic violence. Her interests include economic development, international relations, the environment, and health. She has begun her work on RAND and Pardee RAND projects focused on reducing health disparities and developing systems for health-sector monitoring.