1 Open Study/Research Award
Accepted Degree Levels
Grant PeriodSeptember Start
Grant Length10 Months
The aim of the Study/Research Awards to Kazakhstan is to strengthen educational and cultural relations between the United States and Kazakhstan.
The Study/Research Award gives U.S. student researchers the unique opportunity to carry out research in numerous fields related to the country's historical past or dynamic present day political, economic, or cultural developments. Student researchers may also study unique aspects of Kazakhstan's geography, environment, and other technological specializations.
Kazakhstan is the 9th largest country in the world with rich natural resources, a transitioning economy, and a multiethnic population. Kazakh and Russian are two major languages spoken in Kazakhstan and English is becoming a third official language.
The academic year begins in September and ends in June, with a winter break.
Grantees will be required to participate in a mandatory In-Country Orientation in Astana at the end of August or early September, 2024. Grantees should arrive 1-2 days prior to the start of the orientation. The Public Diplomacy Section of the U.S. Embassy will arrange for airport pickup and make hotel reservations for all grantees.
The Fulbright Program is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Applicants should consider submitting a proposal that includes regular engagement with local universities in their area of subject matter expertise and/or other sustained cultural outreach activities in addition to their research/study.
Accepted Degree Levels
Foreign Language Proficiency
Knowledge of the Russian or Kazakh language is recommended. Language proficiency commensurate with the nature of the proposed project is expected prior to commencing the grant. Applicants without relevant language skills should include in their proposals plans for language study before arriving in Kazakhstan. Soon upon arrival in the cities of their grant assignment, these grantees should start taking intensive Russian or Kazakh language classes. Regardless of language ability, all grantees are provided with a stipend to study a local language while in-country as part of their grant benefit.
Fulbright Proposal Types
Letter recommended but not required at deadline
All Fulbright researchers in Kazakhstan must have an affiliation with a local university or educational institution. Applicants are encouraged to arrange affiliations and submit letters of invitation. Otherwise, they may indicate preferences for affiliation. When applicants do not indicate a host institution preference, the Public Diplomacy Section of the U.S. Embassy will seek the most appropriate placements based on research fields and university availability.
No affiliation or tuition fees are required.
The Public Diplomacy Section of the U.S. Embassy will work with grantee host institutions to find suitable lodging options. Upon arrival, grantees will choose their housing arrangement out of the available options. Grantees are also encouraged to make their own housing arrangements whenever possible.
Research Clearance and Visa Information
Research clearance is not needed, although some archives and libraries may require official letters from the U.S. Mission (Embassy & Consulate) in Kazakhstan.
The U.S. Mission in Kazakhstan will provide grantees and their dependents with diplomatic notes to apply for Kazakh visas. However, the U.S. Embassy cannot guarantee visa support for dependents in case visa regulations are changed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan.