1 Open Study/Research Award
Accepted Degree LevelsBachelor's
Grant PeriodSeptember Start
As unofficial cultural ambassadors, Fulbright Student Researchers live and conduct their research in cities and villages throughout the Kyrgyz Republic. Through their exchange, these Americans create knowledge and form powerful and enduring people-to-people ties with Kyrgyzstani students, colleagues, and community members.
Country Background: the Kyrgyz Republic, sometimes called the "Switzerland of Asia," is one of five independent states in Central Asia. Its citizens have worked to build an open and democratic society, exemplified by a peaceful transfer of power between presidents in December 2011 and October 2017. A country slightly smaller than South Dakota, the Kyrgyz Republic shares common borders with China, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. It is known for its unique felt crafts, traditional oral legends, and rich natural history. The country's topography and wildlife consist of mountainous regions, the world’s largest natural-growth walnut forest, as well as a number of endangered species, including the snow leopard and Marco Polo sheep. The Kyrgyz Republic hosted the Third World Nomad Games in 2018, a celebration of nomadic heritage that gathers artists, athletes, and visitors from around the world to compete in traditional nomadic games such as horse wrestling, kok boru (dead goat polo), and horseback archery.
The academic year begins in September and ends in June, including a winter break. It is preferable to arrive at the end of August to have time to find appropriate accommodation and receive an on-site orientation. Academic institutions are closed during the summer months. If the research includes field studies during the summer, the grantee should plan to begin the grant in January.
Grant length - 10 months.
Applications are welcome from university graduates interested in conducting research in any field. Enrollment in graduate school is not required. Willingness of the candidates to contribute to some of the U.S. Embassy’s activities is an asset. Activities may include participation in public outreach, conversation clubs, recruitment for the Foreign Fulbright program, and the like.
Accepted Degree Levels
Foreign Language Proficiency
Kyrgyz or Russian proficiency is recommended, but not required. Grantees are provided with a stipend to study a local language while in-country as part of their grant benefit.
Fulbright Proposal Types
The U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Section (PAS) will assist in making institutional assignments based on the best and most appropriate match between the interest and expertise of the grantees and the interest of prospective host institutions. An invitation letter may help facilitate placement at that institution, but is not a guarantee of final placement. PAS will decide on the final affiliation. Local institutions must have the capacity to support the work visa of the applicant.
No tuition fee or tuition is required.
Dual citizens of this country are not eligible
Residency in host country permitted in year prior to grant
Research Clearance and Visa Information
Research clearance is not needed, though some archives require official letters from the U.S. Embassy.
Host Universities in the Kyrgyz Republic should be able to provide candidates with a Kyrgyz Work or Student visa; or candidates should be able to receive a five-year visa from the Kyrgyz Embassy in Washington, D.C.
Housing arrangements will be made with the assistance of the Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Embassy or the host organization. Upon arrival, grantees will stay in a hotel for 3-4 days before moving into an apartment or staying with a local family.