Call for Applications: Oxus Fellowship Program

The Oxus Society for Central Asian Affairs invites applications for a 12-month Fellowship Program as part of a project called “Promoting Knowledge-Driven Solutions by Strengthening Partnerships between Academics and Activists in Central Asia.” The fellowship program will provide mentoring and training on research and advocacy for academics and activists . Selected fellows will attend a series of workshops on research design, writing policy briefs and running advocacy campaigns with renowned international experts.  

The Program will start with a three-day kick-off event and continue with scheduled workshops and mentorship support – all held in virtual format and in the Russian language. The project lasts 12 months and covers Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. Fellows will produce policy briefs on topics listed below: 

Kazakhstan Kyrgyzstan Uzbekistan
Issue 1 Media literacy Urbanization and pollution Disability rights
Issue 2 Labor rights Education Gender-based violence

It is anticipated that the applicants will be selected based on their experience in civic activism or academia, and will be currently living in one of the countries mentioned above. The project will end with an in-person presentation of the final results  and networking event in Bishkek or Almaty if circumstances with the Covid-19 pandemic allow.  

Application requirements:

  • Experience with activism, civil society or academia (be enrolled in a PhD program, work at a university or think tank);
  • Expertise or work experience in media literacy or labor rights (Kazakhstan), urbanization or education (Kyrgyzstan) and disability rights or gender-based violence (Uzbekistan);
  • Fluency in Russian;
  • Citizen or residency in Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan or Kazakhstan.

We anticipate that the activists and academics will have a variety of backgrounds and levels of experience. 

To apply, please send your CV and Expression of Interest form to

The deadline for applications is November 18, 2021.