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Afghanistan Research Initiative

The University of Central Asia (UCA) is pleased to launch the Afghanistan Research Initiative (ARI), which aims to sustain the research and capacity gains made in Afghanistan over the last decade and continue producing knowledge critical to the country's present and future. The initiative will support promising young Afghan scholars to gain admission to doctoral programmes, offer fellowships to students in doctoral studies, promote knowledge creation through a small grants programme, deliver courses that build research capacity, and host a digital platform for exchanging information to help forge a research community as an asset for the future.

A programme of UCA’s Graduate School of Development, ARI is supported by a three-year grant from the International Development Research Centre and Aga Khan Foundation Canada. 

The University of Central Asia is a private, not-for-profit, secular, regional university founded in 2000 through an International Treaty signed by the Presidents of Tajikistan, the Kyrgyz Republic, and Kazakhstan, and His Highness the Aga Khan, ratified by their respective parliaments and registered with the United Nations.  The Graduate School of Development is the home for multidisciplinary research on Central Asia's social, economic, and cultural development. The Afghanistan Research Initiative is based at the University’s main office in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic.
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