PhD Scholarship to Study Central Asian Economics in Europe

Date: 05 September 2014
The Institute of Public Policy and Administration (IPPA) of the University of Central Asia (UCA) and Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) are pleased to announce a partnership to develop Central Asian scholars in the field of Economics. UCA’s Central Asian Faculty Development Programme (CAFDP) is designed to ensure that Central Asian scholars with top international academic credentials are strongly represented among the faculty of the University. CAFDP is now accepting applications for a SIPRI-UCA Scholarship for PhD studies. This scholarship is made possible with support from the World Bank.
One scholarship will be awarded to a Central Asian student admitted to PhD programme for full support of her/his work at SIPRI and PhD studies at a university in Sweden or Germany. Graduates of CAFDP are given preferential consideration for academic appointments in UCA’s Graduate School of Development and/or undergraduate School of Arts and Sciences.
Currently SIPRI and UCA are implementing a research project to evaluate the impact of community-driven development projects on social cohesion in selected regions of the Kyrgyz Republic. The scholarship recipient will be expected to contribute to research activities of this project through quantitative and qualitative data collection, statistical analysis, etc. The applicant is expected to have/acquire strong quantitative analysis skills.
Applicants from Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, and Tajikistan are strongly encouraged to apply.
All interested candidates are invited to submit the following documents to and
  • A detailed and updated CV
  • Personal Statement discussing applicant’s fit to the topic of research, why (s)he is a good candidate, the candidate’s long term plans and understanding of and commitment to the UCA CAFDP goals.
  • Research Proposal, max 4-5 pages.
  • Diploma Transcripts with notarized translations in English.
  • English proficiency certificate.
Application deadline is 15 October 2014.
SIPRI is an independent international institute dedicated to research into conflict, armaments, arms control and disarmament. Established in 1966, SIPRI provides data, analysis and recommendations, based on open sources, to policymakers, researchers, media and the interested public. Based in Stockholm, SIPRI also has presences in Beijing and Washington, DC and is regularly ranked among the most respected think tanks worldwide. For further information about SIPRI, please visit
About the University of Central Asia 
The University is a secular, private, not-for-profit, and self-governing educational institution established in 2000 through an International Treaty by His Highness the Aga Khan and the Presidents of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan, ratified by the respective parliaments, and registered with the United Nations. The Presidents are the Patrons of UCA and His Highness is the Founding Patron and Chancellor. UCA was created to offer an internationally recognized standard of higher education in Central Asia and create knowledgeable, skilled, and creative graduates who will contribute leadership, ideas, and innovations to the transitioning economies and communities of the region.
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