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U.S. Central Asian Education Foundation (U.S. – CAEF)

About U.S.–Central Asia Education Foundation Enterprise Student Fellowship Program

The U.S.-Central Asia Education Foundation Enterprise Student Fellowship Program is an academic scholarship program funded by the U.S.-Central Asia Education Foundation and administered by the American Councils for International Education.

Enterprise Student Fellowships provide funding for four years of undergraduate study in business administration or economics. Fellowships fund student enrollment at the American University of Central Asia or the Kazakhstan Institute of Management Economics and Strategic Research, which are leading Western-style institutions in the region. The fellowships are awarded to qualified students based on academic merit and financial need. Annually the program supports approximately 30 Fellows across AUCA and KIMEP.

Fellows’ classroom experiences are enhanced through additional professional development, such as networking opportunities, trainings and paid local and international internships. The foundation further strengthens the quality of business education in its partner universities through professional workshops for faculty to improve teaching skills, knowledge and course curricula.

Participant Type

High School Student
Undergraduate or Graduate


Students must meet all of the following criteria in order to be eligible for this program:

  • Be a citizen of, with permanent residency in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan or Uzbekistan.
  • Be proficient in spoken and written English at the time of application.
  • Demonstrate academic excellence, financial need, and professional aptitude and leadership potential in the field of business.
  • Gain admission to either AUCA or KIMEP universities for the coming academic year.
  • Be able to receive and maintain any necessary immigration documentation.
  • Be committed to returning to (or remaining in) their home country after completion of the program, to contribute to its business community and economic growth.

The Fellowship does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national and ethnic origin, or disability. Persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Competition is financial need-based with a strong merit-based component.

How to apply

Fellowship recipients are selected through an open, merit and financial need based competition, which takes place each winter. Any student who meets the eligibility requirements may take part in the competition.

The competition consists of two rounds:
Round 1 – Submission of application and supporting financial documents
Round 2 – Interview and TOEFL exam
Application and detailed information on required documents available here: 1) U.S.-CAEF_APPLICATION-2018; 2) Список документов для U.S.-CAEF


The U.S.-CAEF Enterprise Student Fellows program recruited its first cohort of students in 2007. As of summer 2016, it will have graduated 6 cohorts (more than 150 individuals) of students.

Upcoming alumni events are posted on the U.S.-CAEF Alumni Association Facebook group and on the U.S.-Central Asia Education Foundation page. Alumni success stories can also be found there as well as on this website. To learn more about upcoming events or to connect with the U.S.-CAEF alumni community about business or volunteer opportunities, please contact the U.S.-CAEF Program Coordinator.


What does the scholarship provide?
  • Annual round-trip domestic and/or international travel (from home to the university and back)
  • Monthly housing allowance or placement in a university dormitory
  • Academic monitoring and academic tutoring
  • Professional development activities and trainings
  • Paid regional and international internship opportunities
  • Team building activities
  • Access to a network of alumni
I am disabled. Can I participate in this program?

Yes! Students with physical disabilities are encouraged to apply.

When will the application for the next academic year be available?

The deadline for application to the U.S.-CAEF Enterprise Student Fellowship is usually in mid-February. Check the U.S.-CAEF website or our Facebook page frequently starting in October for announcements.

Do I need to take entrance exams to AUCA or KIMEP University?

All candidates MUST take AUCA or KIMEP entrance exams in order to be accepted at the university; it is a separate process from applying for the U.S.-CAEF program in order to get a scholarship.

In order to be considered for the U.S.-CAEF program, all candidates must be admitted to the selected university. It is the candidates’ responsibility to check the dates of entrance exams and take them on time. U.S.-CAEF accepts only applicants for AUCA’s first admissions cycle.

If I’m not selected as a U.S.-CAEF finalist, can I apply again next year?

Applicants not chosen for fellowships are encouraged to apply again next year if they are not already enrolled in one of the participating universities. U.S.-CAEF scholarships are given only to the first-year students; no continuing students may apply.