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Application Guidelines

US.-CAEF Application Deadline extended for Uzbek citizens until 17:00, March 6, 2020

The Enterprise Student Fellowship Program

U.S.-Central Asia Education Foundation (U.S.-CAEF) Enterprise Fellowship Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and administered by American Councils for International Education (American Councils).


The Program provides financial need-based scholarships to academically qualified students of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan for undergraduate level studies in business administration, economics, applied mathematics, informatics, and software engineering in the context of entrepreneurship and economic development at the American University of Central Asia (AUCA), Bishkek, the Kyrgyz Republic.


2020-2021 U.S.-CAEF scholarships provide


The Enterprise Student Fellowship does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national and ethnic origin, or disability.

Competition is financial need-based with a strong merit-based component and OPEN TO ANYONE WHO IS:

  • A citizen of, with permanent residency in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, or Uzbekistan.
  • Proficient in spoken and written English at the time of application.
  • Able to demonstrate academic excellence, financial need, and professional aptitude & leadership potential in the field of business.
  • Able to begin the academic program at the start of the 2020-21 academic year established by the university.
  • Able to receive and maintain all necessary immigration documentation.
  • Committed to returning to (or remaining in) their home country or region after completion of the program, to contribute to its business community and economic growth.

Individuals in the following circumstances are NOT ELIGIBLE:

  • U.S. citizens and permanent residents of the United States, or citizens and permanent residents of countries other than the four participating countries.
  • Spouses of U.S. citizens and permanent residents of the United States, or spouses of citizens of countries other than the four participating countries.
  • Individuals currently residing or working outside the four participating countries, with the exception of participants of exchange programs.
  • Employees of the American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS, their spouse, children, siblings, grandchildren, or people in a committed relationship with the employee.
  • Individuals who are already enrolled at AUCA, regardless of their major.

The U.S.-CAEF selection consists of three rounds:

Round 1 — The U.S.-CAEF selection process begins following the application deadline. All applications are then reviewed by admissions experts. Semifinalists are selected based on applicants’ financial need, academic and non-academic accomplishments and ability to demonstrate their academic proficiency for acceptance to AUCA. The Round 1 results are announced approximately in March-April.

Round 2 — Semifinalists are then interviewed by American Councils staff and external evaluators in April. All U.S.-based candidates (e.g. FLEX participants) must take an official TOEFL and SAT/ACT (math and essay) test in the US prior to interviews. The results of the second round will be available in May.

Round 3 — American Councils office in Washington D.C. forms the Final Selection Committee, which provides the Board of Directors with the list of recommended finalists. The final decisions are made by the U.S.-CAEF Board of Directors and approved by the U.S. Department of State. The final results are announced approximately in June.

October: U.S.-CAEF Application opens

October-January: Candidates submit applications and supporting documents to American Councils, and apply for AUCA

January: U.S.-CAEF application deadline, Round 1 starts

March-April: Applicants take AUCA entrance exams

April: Semifinalists are selected and interviewed (2nd round)

May: Final selection committee in Washington, DC

June-July: Final results are announced

Application 2020

U.S.-CAEF application consists of two parts: Merit Application & Financial Aid Application.

Applicants must meet all entry requirements for AUCA, and be accepted as full-time students prior to being awarded Enterprise Student Fellowships. Please note that application for AUCA is separate from the U.S.-CAEF application process. It is applicants’ responsibility to follow all university requirements.

CHOOSE ONE: Go paperless with an online form, or download, print and mail a fillable PDF application.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete the online version of the application which can help expedite the selection process. However, we understand difficulties with Internet, particularly in remote areas, and we will continue accepting paper applications.

Online Application Instructions

Paper Application Instructions

When applying online:
Complete the entire Merit form in ONE sitting. Financial Aid application must also be done in ONE sitting. This will allow you to fill out these forms separately at different times. It is important that you collect all necessary forms and documents listed on the online application instructions page before you begin completing the online application. Read all instructions carefully.

Deadline for Uzbek citizens is 17:00, March 6th, 2020



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