Kazakhstan Education Scholarships

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If you know anything about Kazakhstan, chances are you’ve learned about it through the farcical black comedy, “Borat.”  (The movie stars Borat, a fictional, nincompoop Kazakh reporter whose extremist Eastern European viewpoint and pseudo-Russian accent are intended to poke fun at American cultural excesses and other international idiosyncrasies.) But there is a whole lot more to this ancient place, including the fact that it is the ninth largest country in the world by land areas.

Kazakhstan straddles Eastern Europe and Central Asia, abutting China, Russia and a few other “-stans:” Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan. Underscoring its position to the Middle East, Afghanistan and Pakistan are just south of these. Historically, Kazakhstan takes up what might be referred to as the “cradle of humanity,” the region of the world where it is believed most of the world’s civilizations first developed before spreading forth.

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For students, this Eastern European country offers a varied palette of studies, from those focused on language and culture to the more contemporary curricula of society, politics and economy that play out each day in the region.

Government Scholarships

American Councils for International Education is world-recognized organization that designs programs and provides technical assistance in education for governments and development agencies throughout Eurasia and the United States. The organization sponsors various scholarships for students interested in studying abroad or the Kazakh language.

The federal government, whose main interest is in training the next-generation of security and intelligence personnel, also funds the hugely popular David L. Boren Scholarships. This is a scholarship-for-service program, which means that once you’ve graduated, you will be expected to repay the government with a term of service in national security. Applicants interested in an innovative and engaging program of study in Kazakhstan should apply. Undergraduate and graduate students are considered for slightly different versions of the scholarship. Awards are up to $20,000 for undergraduates for up to a year of study abroad. For graduate students, Boren Fellowships provide up to $30,000 to U.S. students to study abroad for 12 weeks to 24 months.

The International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX) is an international organization focused on civil society, education and media development. It supports the ongoing work of scholars in many regions of the world, including Eastern Europe and Eurasia. There are a few fellowships that are open to eligible applicants who want to conduct research in Kazakhstan: