US-CAEF Enterprise Student Fellowship Program
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

Q: What is the US-CAEF Enterprise Student Fellowship program?
A: US-CAEF Enterprise Student Fellowship program is a financial-need based scholarship program for academically qualified citizen residents of Central Asia to obtain an undergraduate business education, that due to financial hardship would otherwise not have been able to do so. The universities presently participating in the Student Fellowship program are: the American University of Central Asia (Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic) and the Kazakhstan Institute of Management, Economics, and Applied Research (Almaty, Kazakhstan).
Competition is open to all candidates demonstrating both financial need and academic merit. Based upon individual need assessment, Fellowship awards will range from partial tuition to full-tuition (including transportation, living expenses and academic costs) support.
US-CAEF program is funded by the U.S. Central Asia Education Foundation and administered by American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS.

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US-CAEF students at AUCA

Q: Who is eligible for the US-CAEF Enterprise Student Fellowship program?
A: The US-CAEF program does not discriminate on the basis of ethnic origin, age, race, color, gender, religion or disability. Persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Competition for the Fellowships is merit and need-based and open to anyone who meets the following requirements:

  • A citizen of, with permanent residency in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan or Uzbekistan
  • Proficient in spoken and written English at the time of application.
  • Able to demonstrate academic excellence, financial need, and professional aptitude and leadership potential in the field of business.
  • Able to begin the academic program at the start of the 2014-2015 academic year established by the university.
  • Able to receive and maintain all necessary immigration documentation.
  • Committed to returning to (or remaining in) their home country after completion of the program, to contribute to its business community and economic growth.

Q: What does the US-CAEF selection process look like?

A: The selection process begins following the application deadline (February 11, 2014).  All applications are then reviewed by U.S. admissions experts (Round 1). Semifinalists are selected based on applications based on demonstrated financial need, academic merit, and two essays regarding the students’ financial need and a general statement. Semifinalists are then given a TOEFL exam and interviewed by American Councils staff and independent business consultants (Round 2).

The final selection decisions are made directly by the US-CAEF Board of Directors. American Councils office in Washington D.C. office forms the Selection Committee, which provides the Board of Directors with the list of recommended finalists. During the US-CAEF Board of Directors meeting, the final decision is made and the list of finalists is prepared.

Q: When does the Round 1 begin?
A: American Councils is pleased to announce the 2014 US-CAEF Enterprise Student Fellowship Program in October 2012. The deadline for application submission is February 11, 2014. By submitting the application with all supporting documents on time, the candidates are considered as participants of the Round 1 of competition. The results of the Round 1 will be known in March 2014.
Q: Where can I get the application form?
A: The 2014 application form can be downloaded from American Councils website ( or a paper copy can be picked up from American Councils office at 187, Sydykov str., office №29. Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic. US-based (FLEX) applicants will complete the online application available on US-CAEF website (
Q: When does the Round 2 take place?
A: Only selected semifinalists will be invited for the Round 2 (TOEFL and interview), which will take place in March-April 2014. All US-based candidates must take an official TOEFL test in the States and provide its results, once requested.
The list of selected finalists will be announced in June-July 2014.
Q: Do I need to take entrance exams to AUCA or KIMEP?
A: All candidates MUST take AUCA or KIMEP entrance exams in order to be accepted at the university; it is a separate process from applying for US-CAEF program in order to get a scholarship.
In order to be considered for US-CAEF program, all candidates must be admitted to the selected university with the first (spring) cohort. It is the candidates’ responsibility to check the dates of entrance exams and take them on time.
Q: How should I plan applying for US-CAEF program and taking entrance exams to University?

A: Below is a draft timeline for candidates to make sure they do not miss the deadlines:

October 2013

US-CAEF program is announced open;
Application forms are available online and at the American Councils offices in Bishkek and Almaty

October 2013-
January 2014

Candidates complete the US-CAEF application forms
and collect all supporting documents

December 2013

Candidates check the dates of entrance exams

February 2014

US-CAEF application deadline (1st round)

March 2014

Results of Round 1are announced

March-April 2014

TOEFL and Interview for semifinalists (2nd round)

June-July 2014

Results of Round 2 are announced

August 2014

School starts

Q: If I’m not selected as US-CAEF 2014 finalist, can I apply again next year?
A: Applicants not chosen for fellowships are strongly encouraged to apply again next year. US-CAEF program is a multi-year program and additional fellowships will be offered next year. However, please note that US-CAEF scholarship is given only to the first-year students; no continuing students may apply.
Contact Information:
Rabiya Baisubanova, US-CAEF Program Specialist
Tel.: 0 (312) 91 09 89