CAP-SIPRI North America Central Asia Fellowship Program

The George Washington University – Elliott School of International Affairs’ Central Asian Program (CAP) and 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.

Each year fellows will work on a common theme.

The theme for 2014 is: Present and Future Challenges for Central Asia Societies

Challenges can be of a political-domestic, economic, social, or international nature, or a combination of the above. Applicants are free to focus on just one or two challenges that they find most compelling for the future of their society. Applicants are also free to focus on one country or consider several countries in the region. In their proposal for the policy paper, applicants need to:

  1. Explain why this particular challenge(s) is among the most important.
  2. Analyze what has been done to deal with these challenges. 
  3. Provide policy recommendations. 


  1. Applicant must be between 25 and 40 years of age.
  2. 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.
  3. Background in government, policy, academia, human rights, or democracy.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 Present and Future Challenges for Central Asia Societies.

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


Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

Applicants will be notified by email at the end of November for the Spring session and late June for the Fall session.


The Fellowship is funded by the Central Eurasia Project at the Open Society Foundations – NY.


Central Asia Residence 

Q: I currently reside outside of the five Central Asian countries (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan), but I am a Central Asian citizen. Am I still eligible to apply?

A: Unfortunately, we require all applicants to be residing within Central Asia at the time of the application and ask them to sign a declaration of honor confirming residence in Central Asia. Therefore, you would not be eligible for our program.

Q: I live in Central Asia, but not in one of the five Central Asian countries (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan) that are mentioned in the call for proposals. Am I eligible to apply?

A: At this time, the program does not include any other Central Asian countries but those five. Therefore, you are not eligible.

Age Requirement

Q: I am over 40 years of age/under 25 years of age. Am I eligible to apply?

A: This program is specifically designed for young professionals, that’s the reason behind the age minimum of 25 years old and a maximum of 40 years old. Regrettably, anyone outside of that age bracket is not eligible for the Fellowship.

Letter of Motivation

Q: How long does the letter of motivation have to be?

A: While there is no word restriction for the letter of motivation, we urge all applicants to be brief and concise.

Declaration of Honor

Q: How do I write a declaration of honor confirming my residence in Central Asia?

A: Your letter must clearly state that you indeed reside within one of the five Central Asian countries required by this Fellowship at the time of the application. Furthermore, you must state that you understand that infringement of this declaration leaves you subject to disciplinary action. We ask that you print your full legal name, date it, sign it.


If you have any general questions, please consult the FAQ section above. For further information, please contact:

Ms. Annie Davies

SIPRI North America

1111 19th St NW, 12th Fl

Washington, DC 20036

Phone: 202-552-5402


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