Central Asian Faculty Development Programme (CAFDP)

The Central Asian Faculty Development Programme (CAFDP) at the University of Central Asia (UCA) offers support to Central Asian scholars who wish to pursue doctoral studies by providing them financial assistance and opportunities at international affiliate universities for advanced study and research.

The academic programme at UCA requires scholars in various disciplines to deliver teaching programmes and conduct requisite research, creating a cadre of Central Asian academics. Each scholar is supported with the understanding that upon graduating they would serve as academic staff at UCA for a minimum of four years.

Phase I (2008 – 2018)

Partner Universities and institutions for this cohort included the Asian Institute of Technology, Carelton University, German Academic Exchange Services (DAAD), Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore, Michigan State University, University of Alberta, University of Bern, University of Cambridge, University of Exeter, and the Cambridge Trust.

Eleven CAFDP fellows are currently working throughout the region at UCA in different capacities as faculty members, researchers and joint teaching and research appointments.

"CAFDP provided me with an opportunity to obtain a quality education in Europe, and to come back to my home region to work at the University of Central Asia with faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds in world class facilities.

UCA holds partnership with leading universities around the world, and CAFDP is one of the best platforms to revive and rejuvenate the intellectual history and cultural heritage of Central Asia."

Ramzan Ali
CAFDP Fellow in 2012
UCA Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Previous Fellow Profiles


AKMATOV, Kuban
UCA CAFDP 2010, Kyrgyz Republic

BAKHTIBEKOVA, Zulfiya
UCA CAFDP 2010, Tajikistan

BISSENOVA, Alima
UCA CAFDP Individual Funding Scheme 2009, Kazakhstan

DOOLOTKELDIEVA , Asel
UCA CAFDP 2010, Kyrgyz Republic

ISOBAEV, Pulat
CAFDP, Individual Funding Scheme 2010, Tajikistan

JONBEKOVA, Dilrabo
CAFDP Individual Funding 2009, Kyrgyz Republic

SHUPEYEVA, Bibinur
CAFDP 2010, Kazakhstan

KARALAEVA, Elima
CAFDP 2010, Kyrgyz Republic

KUDAIBERGENOVA, Diana
CAFDP 2010, Kazakhstan

KULENBEKOV, Zheenbek
CAFDP 2008, Kyrgyz Republic

KULIKOV, Maksim
CAFDP 2009, Kyrgyz Republic

LASHKARIEV, Amrisho
CAFDP 2009, Tajikistan

SAGYNBEKOVA, Lira
CAFDP 2010, Kyrgyz Republic

MUSLIMSHOEVA, Bunafsha
CAFDP 2009, Tajikistan

NAZARMAVLOEV, Farrukh
CAFDP 2009 & CAFDP Individual Funding Scheme 2011, Tajikistan

SYDYKOV, Aslan
CAFDP 2009, Kyrgyz Republic

TILEKEYEV, Kanat
Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Public Policy & Administration, CAFDP 2008, Kyrgyz Republic

AITIEVA, Medina
CAFDP Individual Funding Scheme 2010, Kyrgyz Republic

BEIMENBETOV, Serik
CAFDP 2011, Kazakhstan

KHUJAMKULOV, Ismoil
CAFDP 2011, Tajikistan

MUKHTAROVA, Kanykei
CAFDP 2011, Kyrgyz Republic

SULAIMONOVA, Vasila
CAFDP 2011, Tajikistan

YAR-MUKHAMEDOV, Danial
CAFDP 2011, Kyrgyz Republic

TULEBAEVA, Baktygul
CAFDP 2011, Kyrgyz Republic

TOKTOMUSHEV, Kemel
CAFDP 2011, Kyrgyz Republic

DUKENBAEV, Askat
CAFDP Individual Funding Scheme 2011, Kyrgyz Republic

ZHOLDOSHALIEVA, Rakhat
CAFDP Individual Funding Scheme 2010, Kyrgyz Republic

SARIEV, Maqsad
CAFDP 2012, Tajikistan

GULZAR, Muhammad
CAFDP 2012, Pakistan

SHAHIBZADA, Muhammad
CAFDP 2012, Afghanistan

LALDJEBAEV, Murodbek
CAFDP 2008 & CAFDP Individual Funding Scheme 2011, Tajikistan

SARKULOVA, Nargiza
CAFDP 2012, Kyrgyz Republic

ALI, Ramzan
CAFDP 2012, Pakistan

SABOIEV, Rizo
CAFDP 2012, Tajikistan

SHOKAMOLOVA, Sitora
CAFDP 2008, Tajikistan

CHECHEIBAEV, Amanbek
CAFDP 2011, Kyrgyz Republic

ABDYKADYROVA, Aisulu
CAFDP 2012, Kyrgyz Republic

KULAKHMETOVA, Anel
CAFDP 2012, Kazakhstan

GOIBNAZAROV, Chorshanbe
CAFDP Individual Funding Scheme 2010, Tajikistan

SHAROPOV, Farukh
CAFDP 2012, Tajikistan

AZAROV, Azamat
CAFDP, 2018

JUNUSSOVA, Madina
CAFDP 2012, Kazakhstan

SHABDOLOV, Alisher
CAFDP Individual Funding Scheme 2012, Tajikistan
(Tajikistan): CAFDP Individual Funding Scheme 2012, PhD Human Geography, University of Bern; Potentials and Constraints of a Common Pool Resource Management for Sustainable Water Governance in a Mountain Irrigation System of the Tajik Pamir.


Phase II (2018 - present)

The University of Central Asia has an on-going partnership with the Cambridge Trust since 2018.

How to Apply

Applications are closed for the current cycle.

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Eligibility Criteria

  • Citizens of Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan, are strongly encouraged to apply. Students from Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and northern Pakistan are also eligible.
  • Higher education degree with an excellent academic record from a recognised university.
  • Interest in a PhD programme in fields reflecting UCA academic listed priorities.
  • Interest in a career within academia, including research and teaching.
  • Demonstrated competency in the chosen discipline.
  • Additional eligibility criteria of hosting universities can be found on their respective websites.
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