GW Elliott School of International Affairs Central Asian Program

The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute North America
SIPRI North America
Central Asia Fellowship Program
Call for Applications 2013

The George Washington University — Elliott School of International Affairs’ Central Asian Program (CAP) and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute North America (SIPRI North America) welcome applications for their Central Asia Fellowship Program.
The CAP-SIPRI North America Central Asia Fellowship Program is intended for young professionals—scholars, government officials, policy experts, human rights and democracy activists—who want to enhance their research and analytical skills and seek to become public policy leaders in their respective countries. More generally, the fellowship program seeks to provide a platform for the exchange of ideas and build lasting intellectual networks between the Central Asian and the US scholarly and policy communities.
Fellows will spend five months in residence at the GW Elliott School and/or SIPRI North America. They are offered a series of tailor-made programs and introduced to US policy and expert communities in both Washington DC and New York. Fellows are required to attend approximately 12 seminars, workshops and training sessions, write one policy brief on the predetermined theme (see description of the theme below) and present their research at two public seminars. Throughout their fellowship Fellows are closely mentored and guided by CAP and SIPRI North America staff.
Four Fellows will be selected in 2013 (two in the Spring and two in the Fall). Fellows will be awarded a monthly stipend of $3,000. Travel to and from Central Asia to Washington DC will also be covered.
Each year fellows will work on a common theme. The theme for 2013 is
Security in Central Asia Post-2014

We ask applicants to focus their research and writing on one of the three aspects of this broader theme or on a topic of your choice related to security in Central Asia post-2014.

1) What are the challenges Central Asian countries face in terms of security? How have these challenges changed over the last decade? Applicants can isolate one or several challenges—such as internal governance and stability, ethnic and religious tensions, radicalization of youth, destabilizing commodity flows, energy security, etc.

2) How do gender relations in the Central Asian countries affect the above? UN Security Council resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security- its relevance for Central Asian security.

3) What impact does the situation in Afghanistan have on Central Asian security? What will be the impact of the anticipated drawdown of international troops from Afghanistan on Central Asian security? What role do outside powers play in the region? What are the opportunities and challenges of regional cooperation?

4) Topic of their choice related to security in Central Asia post-2014.


  • Applicant must be between 25 and 40 years of age.
  • Applicant must be a citizen of any of the five Central Asian countries (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan).
  • Background in government, policy, academia, human rights, or democracy.
  • Academic candidates must possess a Master’s degree and have experience in policy-oriented activities. For non-academics an equivalent degree of professional achievement is expected.
  • Applicant must be fluent in both written and spoken English

Fellows will be selected by CAP and SIPRI North America. Final selections will involve peer review by an Advisory Committee composed of Central Asia experts.
The decision of the jury is final and no appeal is possible. All candidates are informed of the outcome of their applications by e-mail.

Application Procedure
1. A letter of motivation.
2. A concise proposal for a policy paper, written in English, on the proposed theme of security in Central Asia post-2014.
Proposals should be between 700 and 1,000 words and indicate:
• The importance and policy relevance of the topic.
• How the paper/research will advance the policy debates in Washington, DC and Central Asia.
• Methodology, i.e. an explanation of how the Fellow intends to research the issue and build an argument.
• The expected outcome.
3. A résumé of no more than five pages.
4. The names, titles and contact information (email) of two references.
5. A declaration of honor confirming residence in Central Asia.
Materials should be sent in PDF format by email to
Applications for the Spring session (March 1- August 1, 2013)
should be received no later than February 1, 2013.
Applications for the Fall session (August 1 – January 1, 2014)
should be received no later than April 1, 2013.
Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.
Applicants will be notified by email at the end of January – early February for the Spring session and late June for the Fall session.

The Fellowship is funded by the Central Eurasia Project at the Open Society Foundations – NY.

For further information, please contact:
Ms. Masha Keller
SIPRI North America
1111 19th St NW, 12th Fl
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-552-5402