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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

Eligibility

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
Applications and due dates for the next recruitment season will be available in fall at the U.S.-CAEF website (www.us-caef.americancouncilsnetwork.org/)

Alumni

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.

FAQs

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.