University of Central Asia, Central Asian Faculty Development Programme PhD scholarship programmes for the 2011-2012 academic year

Date: 18 February 2011

The University of Central Asia (UCA) is pleased to announce its Central Asian Faculty Development Programme’s (CAFDP) scholarships for PhD studies in Ethnomusicology and in Mountain Tourism at its partner institution, the University of Alberta (Edmonton, Canada). The partnership comes under the aegis of the agreement between the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) and the University of Alberta to increase global engagement and to promote equitable human advancement and social justice throughout the world.

The CAFDP provides scholarships to candidates on the understanding that they are interested in a career at the University of Central Asia and will be expected to work as researchers or teaching faculty at the Graduate School of Development and/or the undergraduate School of Arts and Sciences upon completion of their studies.

All applicants are required to meet the eligibility criteria put forth by UCA’s CAFDP and the admission criteria of the University of Alberta, particularly the Department of Music and the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation respectively. Applicants from Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan are strongly encouraged to apply. Application forms and further information about UCA and the University of Alberta can be obtained by e-mailing

All application documents must be received by Tuesday, 15 March 2011.

University of Alberta, Canada
The University of Alberta’s vision since its inception more than 100 years ago has been to be one of the world’s great universities for the public good. It offers more than 110 master's degrees and 60+ doctoral programs in over 300 research areas. The graduate degrees are delivered through 70+ departments/academic units across campus.

The Department of Music is home of the Canadian Centre for Ethnomusicology including folkwaysAlive!, an innovative collaboration with the Smithsonian Institute involving the application of computing technology in music research. The ethnomusicology faculty members have a strong record of published research and graduate supervision, with special areas of expertise in the musical cultures of Central Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and West Africa. The ethnomusicology teaching offerings and research environment provide an ideal setting for students interested in the cross-cultural study of music, with an emphasis on core issues such as music and power, socially grounded music performance, methodology and practice of field research, music and religion, music and media, the political economy of music, and music in documentary filmmaking.

The Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation is Canada's leading faculty in the study of physical education and recreation. It offered the first doctoral program in the Commonwealth with the original PhD students graduating in 1969. With 43 faculty members, 1000 undergraduate and approximately 140 graduate students, it provides a dynamic learning environment. Of the 140 graduate students approximately 30% are international students and 40% are registered in the PhD program. The Faculty’s vision is “to inspire the human spirit through meaningful achievements in physical activity, sport and leisure that impact the health and quality of life in all levels of society.” Work being done by Faculty members in the realm of tourism and mountain environments is positioned within this vision. Proximity to Canada’s Rocky Mountains and a strong collection of faculty members with mountain based research interests makes the University of Alberta a preferred institution for the study mountain based tourism.

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