Inspiring the next generation of Central Asian leaders
The Enterprise Student Fellowship Program is a fully-funded undergraduate academic scholarship program of the U.S.-Central Asia Education Foundation (U.S.-CAEF, or the Foundation). The program is governed by the U.S.-CAEF board of directors, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, and administered by American Councils for International Education. The fellowships are based on academic merit and financial need and are awarded to qualified students who are citizen residents of the Central Asian countries of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan to study at the American University of Central Asia (AUCA), Bishkek and KIMEP University, Almaty, which are leading Western-style institutions in the region.
Originally created as a diminishing fund, U.S.-CAEF accepted its last cohort of students in August 2018 scheduled to graduate in May 2022. However, in 2019, U.S.-CAEF received additional funding from the U.S. Department of State to continue the program at AUCA, Bishkek.
U.S-CAEF represents all five countries of Central Asia:
U.S.-CAEF, established in May 2007, is a not-for-profit corporation funded by a grant of $15.7 mln. from the Central Asian-American Enterprise Fund. It provides educational opportunities to cultivate a business environment in Central Asia.
Since 2007, U.S.-CAEF has provided critically important financial support to outstanding students representing all Central Asian countries- Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.
U.S.-CAEF Enterprise Fellows are currently enrolled in undergraduate degree programs that provide full funding for four years of study in business, economics, software engineering, or applied mathematics and informatics.
U.S.-CAEF Enterprise Fellows have successfully graduated and gone on to prominent careers as accountants, managers, business leaders, and entrepreneurs throughout Central Asia and around the world.
In September 2019, the U.S. Department of State provided a $4 million grant to continue the U.S.-CAEF Enterprise Fellowship Program until 2025, offering students from four Central Asian countries- Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan- life-altering opportunities to complete undergraduate degrees in business, economics, and technology in the context of business and economic growth at AUCA in Bishkek, the Kyrgyz Republic. The award provides full funding, including tuition, housing, and living stipends for 75 Enterprise Fellows. In addition, it funds 22 regional internships at international and local companies in Central Asia for Fellows entering their junior year of study.
In September 2020, American Councils received a $200,000 grant from the U.S. Department of State for the first U.S.-CAEF Regional Alumni Conference in 2021. The three-day conference will bring together U.S.-CAEF alumni from around the region to strengthen ties between alumni, U.S. Embassies, and the alumni networks of their respective countries; offer alumni valuable new resources, and career advice in their professional fields; and facilitate connections between U.S.-CAEF alumni and key business councils and chambers of commerce from their home countries to foster new career opportunities and showcase the achievements of U.S.-CAEF graduates, among myriad additional objectives.
In December 2018, the U.S.A. Pavilion (USAP) KazExpo 2017 provided special funding ($301,960) to American Councils to support U.S.-CAEF Fellows from Kazakhstan interested in STEM fields and seek to participate in the Summer Regional Internship Program and the Capstone Internship Program in Washington, DC. Applicants must first be selected for a U.S.-CAEF internship program to be considered for USAP funding.
“It is a time for the U.S.-CAEF Family to celebrate. The continuation of the program is a direct consequence of the successes of current Fellows and Alumni. Your achievements convinced the U.S. Department of State of the value and importance of extending U.S.-CAEF. As a Board, we are grateful to the U.S. Government, American Councils, our partner universities, and, most especially, the people of the United States, and its Department of State which have made the continuation of the U.S.-CAEF program possible.”
― Margaret Grieve
Vice Chair of the U.S.-CAEF Board of Directors
Founded in 1993, the American University of Central Asia (AUCA) develops future leaders for the democratic transformation of Central Asia. AUCA is an international, multi-disciplinary learning community in the American liberal arts tradition. AUCA is the first university in Central Asia to offer US accredited degrees in liberal arts programs through a partnership with Bard College in the United States. In addition to Bard, AUCA maintains partnerships with a number of universities and organizations worldwide.
KIMEP University is the oldest and the largest North American-style University in Central Asia. It was founded in 1992 by the decree of Nursultan Nazarbayev, the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan. KIMEP is an independent not-for-profit educational institution serving a multicultural and multinational student body aimed to improve the quality of life in Kazakhstan and the Central Asian region through teaching, learning, community service, and the advancement of knowledge in the fields of business administration and social sciences.
Washington, D.C., United States
The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars (TWC), is an independent, nonprofit organization serving hundreds of universities in the United States and other countries. TWC provides selected university students challenging opportunities to work and learn in Washington D.C. The Washington Center has over 50,000 alumni, many of whom are in leadership positions in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. American Councils administers the U.S.-CAEF Capstone International Program in partnership with TWC.
American Councils for International Education is a premier, international nonprofit creating educational opportunities that prepare individuals and institutions to succeed in an increasingly interconnected and rapidly changing world. Through academic exchanges, overseas language immersion, data-driven research, and educational development programs, American Councils designs and administers innovative programs and language assessments that broaden individual perspectives, increase knowledge, and deepen understanding. Since 1974, American Councils has worked in 85 countries important to national security, prosperity, and peace, and built a community of more than 89,000 Alumni, including national leaders, ministers, members of parliament, ambassadors, and CEOs.
The Foundation’s mission is to encourage and assist the development and growth of a vibrant, open-market, private business sector in Central Asia by supporting the quality of – and affordable access to – Western business know-how and practices at select institutions of higher education in the region that have adopted Western curricula and teaching methods; providing opportunities for educational, vocational, and cultural experience in countries that serve as positive examples of an open-market economy operating within a democratic environment; and promoting other activities that will generate a favorable environment in Central Asia for private business to succeed and for an entrepreneurial spirit to thrive.
The Foundation executes its mission through two components of the program:
Enterprise Student Fellowships
Enterprise Intern Fellowships
Enterprise Student Fellowships
A financial need-based undergraduate education scholarship program for academically gifted students, who, due to financial hardship, would otherwise not be able to pursue a university education. Scholarships are provided to citizen residents of the Central Asian countries.
Fields of study funded by U.S.-CAEF
▸ Business Administration
▸ Software Engineering
▸ Applied Mathematics & Informatics
▾ Business Administration:
◦ Accounting & Audit
Empowering students to succeed in the real world
Through the Enterprise Intern Fellowships, the Foundation seeks to afford its Student Fellows the opportunity to gain (i) practical work experience within Central Asia early in their university careers through the Regional Summer Internship Program; and (ii) a postgraduate educational, vocational, and cultural experience in the United States or other countries that serve as positive examples of democratic open-market economies through the International Capstone Internship Program.
Regional Summer Internship Program
Since 2009, the Foundation has operated the Regional Summer Internship Program, which is made available on a competitive basis to a limited number of Student Fellows completing their second year of university study. Both AUCA and KIMEP University require their business and economics students to undertake a formal internship towards the end of their third year of study. The Summer Regional Internship Program, which includes orientation and support for the interns, is intended as an opportunity for participants to become familiar with the business environment, enhance their skills and gain practical experience that will help them make informed choices about their degree-required internships in the following year.
130 ENTERPRISE REGIONAL INTERNS
The Foundation is grateful to the companies in Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, and Tajikistan.
ARDAMINA TEXTILE COMPANY
FOREIGN INVESTORS ASSOCIATION
ARLAN FINANCE LLC
ASIA UNIVERSAL BANK
GAZPROM OIL ASIA
BAI TUSHUM & PARTNERS
RCG INVESTMENT FUND
BEYOND INVESTMENT GROUP
SAVE THE CHILDREN INTERNATIONAL
BUSINESS CLINIC OF CENTRAL ASIA
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COUNCIL
SBERBANK OF RUSSIA
CAPITAL BANK KAZAKHSTAN
KARAKOL COFFEE SHOP
SK LEASING JSC
CENTER FOR EDUCATIONAL ASSESSMENT
CROW HORWATH ACG TAJIKISTAN
KYRGYZ CREDIT INVESTMENT BANK
STATE SECTOR FOR HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT
TALAS COPPER GOLD, LLC
MANAS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
THE U.S. EMBASSY IN BISHKEK
DELOITTE & TOUCHÉ TAJIKISTAN
WORLD CLASS FITNESS CENTER
THE UNITED NATIONS
DEMIR KYRGYZ INTERNATIONAL BANK
MINISTRY OF FINANCE OF KYRGYZ REPUBLIC
TOYOTA MOTORS KAZAKHSTAN
NATIONAL LEASING COMPANY
FINCA MICROFINANCE BANK LIMITED
International Capstone Internship Program
The International Capstone Internship Program, launched in 2011, is a four-month work-study program in the U.S. designed to complement four years of university study. Student Fellows who successfully complete their studies and graduate from AUCA or KIMEP University are eligible to apply for the competitive international internship. The Foundation’s Interns take part in an established and success-proven program operated by The Washington Center (www.twc.edu) in Washington, DC. In addition to the vocational and educational components of the internship, Interns benefit from joining a diverse group of peers from the U.S. and other countries in their program. During their time in the U.S., interns engage in invaluable networking opportunities and extensive interactions with experts and leaders from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.
International Capstone Internship Program
The International Capstone Internship Program, launched in 2011, is a four-month work-study program in the U.S. designed to complement four years of university study. Student Fellows who successfully complete their studies and graduate from AUCA or KIMEP University are eligible to apply for the competitive international internship. The Foundation’s Interns take part in an established and success-proven program operated by The Washington Center (www.twc.edu) in Washington, DC. In addition to the vocational and educational components of the internship, Interns benefit from joining a diverse group of peers from the U.S. and other countries in their program. During their time in the U.S., interns engage in invaluable networking opportunities and extensive interactions with experts and leaders from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. The program ends in December 2022.
THE FOUNDATION IS GRATEFUL FOR THE SUPPORT OF THE U.S. GOVERNMENT, ITS CITIZENS, & THE CENTRAL ASIAN-AMERICAN ENTERPRISE FUND.
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