Central Asia Fellowship Program 2014

The George Washington University - Elliott School of International Affairs’ Central Asian Program (CAP) and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute North America (SIPRI North America) welcome applications for their Central Asia Fellowship Program.

The CAP-SIPRI North America Central Asia Fellowship Program is intended for young professionals—scholars,government officials, policy experts, human rights and democracy activists—who want to enhance their research and analytical skills and seek to become public policy leaders in their respective countries. More generally, the fellowship program seeks to provide a platform for the exchange of ideas and build lasting intellectual networks between the Central Asian and the US scholarly and policy communities.

Fellows will spend five months in residence at the GW Elliott School and/or SIPRI North America. They are offered a series of tailor-made programs and introduced to US policy and expert communities in both Washington DC and New York. Fellows are required to attend approximately 12 seminars, workshops and training sessions, write one policy brief on the predetermined theme (see description of the theme below) and present their research at two public seminars. Throughout their fellowship Fellows are closely mentored and guided by CAP and SIPRI North America staff.

Four Fellows will be selected in 2014 (two in the Spring and two in the Fall). Fellows will be awarded a monthly stipend of $3,000. Travel to and from Central Asia to Washington DC will also be covered.

The theme for the Fall session of 2014 is: Central Asia and Globalization

How is globalization affecting the Central Asian states? Applicants are to examine one particular dimension and or aspect of globalization in Central Asia. For example, you could focus on the effects of globalization in the economic sphere (e.g. increased investments by foreign entities, migratory movements for work or study); globalization in the political sphere (e.g. new political systems and new political standards, changing notions of justice and accountability, increased international integration); or globalization in the socio-cultural and ideological sphere (e.g. the arrival of new ideologies and cultural practices, including language, religion, values, fashions, foods and music). To what extent is globalization changing life in central Asian states both for the good and for the worse? What role do public policymakers, including civil society actors, have in promoting or mitigating the negative aspects of globalization.


  • Applicant must be between 25 and 40 years of age.
  • Applicant must be a citizen of any of the five Central Asian countries (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan) AND currently reside in one of the five countries.
  • Background in government, policy, academia, human rights, or democracy.
  • Academic candidates must possess a Master’s degree and have experience in policy-oriented activities. For non- academics an equivalent degree of professional achievement is expected.
  • Applicant must be fluent in both written and spoken English


Fellows will be selected by CAP and SIPRI North America. Final selections will involve peer review by an Advisory Committee composed of Central Asia experts.

The decision of the jury is final and no appeal is possible. All candidates are informed of the outcome of their applications by e-mail.

Application Procedure

To apply, please include all documents in one PDF attachment:

  • 1.A letter of motivation.
  • 2.A concise proposal for a policy paper, written in English, on the proposed theme of “Globalization and Central Asia.”
  • 3.A résumé of no more than five pages.
  • 4.The names, titles and contact information (email) of two references.
  • 5.A declaration of honor confirming residence in Central Asia.

Materials should be sent in one attachment in PDF format by email to CAFellows@sipri.org

Applications for the Fall Session (August 15 – December 15, 2014) should be received no later than May 1, 2014.

Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

Applicants will be notified by email by late May for Fall session.


If you have further questions, please contact: Ms. Annie Davies SIPRI North America 1111 19th St NW, 12th Fl Washington, DC 20036 Phone: 202-552-5402

Email: adavies@sipri.org.

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