Further Graduate Studies Opportunities for UCA Undergraduates

Further Graduate Studies for UCA undergraduates

The University of Central Asia (UCA), through its Central Asian Faculty Development Program (CAFDP), provides scholarships to eligible students from Central Asia to study at elite partner universities around the world.

The central mission of the CAFDP scholarships is to develop capacity among Central Asian scholars who in return would commit to faculty positions across the UCA campuses. This contractual commitment with UCA varies from between two to four years.

The first cohort of CAFDP scholars began in 2008 and over a ten-year period, UCA and its many global university partners provided 42 scholarships in total. The second and current cohort of scholarships started in 2018 for graduate, doctoral and post-doctoral opportunities. 

Details on the applications process for CAFDP scholarships are made available on the UCA website early August for admission in the following academic year. More CAFDP details is available on the UCA website.

UCA undergraduates will be invited to submit applications in Fall of each year to the International Office. Shortlisted candidates will then be contacted for an initial interview by the International Office at UCA. Successful candidates would then be expected to apply to the partner universities for admission. Upon receiving a conditional admission offer from the partner university, a final UCA interview would confirm the scholarship award.

The table below lists scholarships that are available to UCA undergraduates on completion of their studies.





University of Cambridge

To promote and further academic links between the two institutions


5-year period

Cambridge Trust

To enable outstanding students from UCA and its surrounding regions to gain any one of the following qualifications: (i) a master’s or MPhil degree; (ii) a master’s or MPhil degree for entry towards a PhD; or (iii) a direct entry PhD degree, at the University of Cambridge


5-year period

University of Alberta                       

To promote long-term collaboration and exchange in graduate education, Graduate Scholarship Program (the “UAlberta-UCA GSP”) to create mechanisms for UCA doctoral and master’s students to study and conduct research at UAlberta with support provided jointly through UCA scholarships and UAlberta


5-year period

Simon Frazer University

To outline the possible ways in which UCA and SFU could develop and carry out collaborative activities


5-year period

All German Universities through the German Academic Exchange Service and University of Central Asia (DAAD)

The objective of the Programme is to jointly support masters and doctoral studies in Germany of postgraduates from Tadzhikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan and Northern Pakistan.


5-year period

National Research University Higher School of Economics

The general purpose of the MoU is to facilitate academic and applied research collaboration between UCA and HSE


5-year period


Graduating students from UCA may contact the following past CAFDP scholars for further information:

In Naryn:

aaAdina Asanova – University of Cambridge, UK

 rkDr Roza Kazakbaeva – University of Cambridge, UK

 raDr Ramzan Ali – University of Dortmund, Germany and University of Oxford, UK

 In Khorog:

msMaqsad Suriev – University of Siegen, Germany

 mlDr Murodbek Laldjebaev – Cornell University

  vsVasila Sulaymonova – Bergakademie Freiberg Technical University, Germany

 In Bishkek:

 ktDr Kemel Toktomushev – University of Exeter, UK

 kanDr Kanat Tilekeyev – University of Giessen, Germany

 123Dr Lira Sagynbekova – Free University of Berlin, Germany


CAFDP Team at the International Office

Following are the members of the CAFDP team at the International Office.

 naNurzhan Akimova

srSharmeen Rupani

ssSalim Sumar

Emali Contact 

Please email any of the above on the following email:




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