UCA and DAAD Joint Scholarship Programme now Accepting Applications

Date: 23 October 2020
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The University of Central Asia (UCA) in partnership with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), is pleased to announce that the joint scholarship programme can now be found on the DAAD website.


The scholarships are for students wishing to pursue their Doctoral studies in the following fields: Computer Science, Engineering, Communications and Media, Business Management, Earth and Environmental Sciences, or Economics. The fields reflect the taught majors and research interests in the School of Arts & Sciences, the Graduate School of Development and the School of Professional and Continuing Education.

Applicants from Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan are strongly encouraged to apply. Students from Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and northern Pakistan are also eligible. 

While the application and selection process for these scholarship programmes may vary based on discipline and institution of choice, all applicants are required to meet UCA’s eligibility criteria and eventually confirm admission at a German university. The application will therefore follow a two-step process. Applicants may wish to informally discuss their interest by sending their documents to UCA by 13 December 2020. 

Selected candidates will then be required to apply and upload their full PhD application and documents on the DAAD portal, details of which may be found here. 

Admission to a recognised German university for their doctoral studies starting in 2021 will also be required for the final DAAD submission. The final DAAD submission deadline for applications is February 1, 2021.

These scholarships are part of UCA’s ongoing Central Asian Faculty Development Programme (CAFDP) designed to ensure that scholars from the region are strongly represented in UCA’s faculty. Scholarship recipients will be required to work for four years at the University of Central Asia after the completion of their studies in Germany. 

This partnership between UCA and DAAD builds on the quality and is aimed to enhance the academic quality of UCA’s future faculty.

UCA Eligibility Criteria and Application Process deadline 13 December 2020 

UCA’s Eligibility Criteria

All applicants will first be required to meet the eligibility criteria that includes: 

  • Citizens of Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan are strongly encouraged to apply. Students from Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and northern Pakistan are also eligible. 
  • Interest in a Doctoral programme in fields reflecting UCA academic listed priorities
  • Interest in a career within academia, including research and teaching
  • Demonstrated competency in chosen discipline by submitting:
  • A detailed current CV
  • Personal Statement describing desired field of study, why you believe you are a good candidate for the scholarship, what your long-term goals are and your understanding of and commitment to the mission of UCA (maximum 2 pages).
  • A detailed research proposal (maximum 5 pages). 
  • Degree and Diploma certificates and Transcripts 
  • Ultimately, candidates will have to secure or submit evidence of admission to a German university for a doctoral programme with a named supervisor from the university.

For more information, email cafdp@ucentralasia.org.

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