American University of Central Asia - AUCA - Research


Until 2015, CASI’s research support comprised a set of activities designed to stimulate AUCA home-grown research and disseminate that research through public seminars or publications. CASI supported research projects belonged to various fields in the social sciences and humanities and focused on Central Asia. 

Faculty Research Grants

Faculty research grants were subject to an annual call for proposals. Research proposals were expected to contribute to the development of both Central Asian Studies and innovative research-based courses focused on the region. Until 2015, research proposals were evaluated by CASI’s Steering Committee. Successful applicants discussed their findings at CASI’s workshop and other local and international scholarly venues. A list of faculty research supported by CASI is available at and From 2016, Faculty Research Grants are managed by AUCA Research Office. 

Student Research Grants

Besides funding AUCA faculty, until 2015, CASI also provided small fellowships for students completing their senior theses, as long as the topics were related to Central Asia. Senior students were also required to present the outcome of their research at a CASI seminar. A list of senior students' research supported by CASI is available at and   

Visiting Scholars

The Central Asian Studies Institute (CASI) hosts scholars who conduct research on Central Asia through its Visiting Scholars program. The research projects may be in any discipline and represent a part of a dissertation, a scholarly article or book.  Priority is given to PhD candidates who are at the data gathering or analysis stages of their project.

CASI’s visiting scholars receive administrative and research assistance as well as access to AUCA new campus and its facilities. During their stay in Kyrgyzstan, they are welcome to join the various research events organized or coordinated by the Institute and get to know the community of local and foreign scholars working on Central Asia. Visiting fellows present their research at CASI's public seminar and report their research results at the end of their stay. All expenses related to travel, accommodation and so on must be covered by the visiting fellows.

How to Apply

Interested scholars are invited to fill out the FORM by this LINK and email a short bio and a brief (no more than 1000 words) research proposal to CASI will respond within one week. 

Questions on the affiliation of visiting scholars can be addressed to Aida Konokbaeva, CASI Coordinator,    


Until 2016, the activities of the Central Asian Studies Institute were supported by USAID



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