Central Asia-Azerbaijan Fellowship Program

The George Washington University – Elliott School of International Affairs’ Central Asia Program (CAP) welcomes applications for its Central Asia-Azerbaijan Fellowship Program.

The Central Asia-Azerbaijan Fellowship Program (CAAFP) is intended for young professionals – scholars, government officials, policy experts, human rights and activists – who want to enhance their research and analytical skills and seek to become public policy leaders in their respective countries. More generally, the fellowship program seeks to provide a platform for the exchange of ideas and to build lasting intellectual networks among the Central Asian, Azerbaijani, and U.S. scholarly and policy communities.

CAAFP fellows will spend five months in residence at GW, where they will participate in tailor-made programs and be introduced to U.S. policy and expert communities in both Washington, DC and New York. Fellows are required to attend seminars, workshops and training sessions, to write one policy brief on a predetermined theme, and to present their research at two public seminars. Throughout their fellowship, fellows will be mentored by program faculty affiliates.


Applications are now closed, check back in Spring 2019 for new calls

Fall 2018 CAAFP Fellows

Aigoul Abdoubaetova researches the growing gap in educational opportunities in Kyrgyzstan. As a visiting fellow at The George Washington University she will focus on the new phenomenon of private educational institutions in the country and young people’s socio-cultural resilience to inequality. She is Programme Manager of the MA in Politics and Security Program at the OSCE Academy in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, and has over nine years of professional experience working in higher education administration. Previously, Aigoul worked for a number of non-profit organizations specializing in the areas of youth, international adoption, and other social issues. She holds an MA degree in International Studies from the University of Oregon, and BA in Foreign Languages from Osh State University.


Snezhana Atanova researches national identity in urban space in Turkmenistan as a visiting fellow at The George Washington University. She is PhD candidate at INALCO. Her thesis focuses on nationalism and cultural heritage in Central Asia. She recently finished an IFEAC fellowship devoted to national identity in everyday life in Kyrgyzstan and Turkmenistan. She was previously awarded a Carnegie fellowship in 2017, where she explored national identity through the nation branding initiatives of Russia and Central Asian countries. She earned a Master’s degree in International Communication from the University of Strasbourg in 2012, and a Master’s degree from the National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations (INALCO) in 2015.

Sahib Jafarov is a domestic policy researcher, focusing on Islam, ethnic and religious conflicts, social movements, bifurcated ethnicities, and urbanization. He is currently a visiting fellow at The George Washington University, researching the effects of Arab tourism on urban development, social inequality, and cultural-mental diversity in Baku. Sahib has been a leading research fellow at the Center for Strategic Studies (CSS) in Baku since 2011, managing projects on marginalized groups. He is also the lead researcher and author of policy reports on religious radicalism in Azerbaijan, divided ethnicities, and other compelling topics. He holds an MA in Public Policy from King’s College, London in 2015; an MA in National Security from Baku State University (Azerbaijan) in 2010, and a BA in Political Science from the Academy of Public Administration (Azerbaijan) in 2003.


Daniyar Kosnazarov’s research interests include youth, social media, and popular culture. As a visiting fellow at The George Washington University, his research focuses on the values and higher education expectations of Kazakhstan’s Generation Z. Daniyar is also the Editor-in-Chief of Steppe, an independent digital media outlet in Kazakhstan covering technology, entrepreneurship, education, leisure, and art. He is experienced working for both the government and private think tanks of Kazakhstan, and previously worked as Chair of the Department of Strategic Analysis at Narxoz University, evaluating strategy implementation. He previously was awarded an MA in International Relations and Regional Studies, Tsukuba University (Japan) 2012, and a BA in International Relations, Selcuk University (Turkey), 2009.


Previous CAAFP Fellows and Their Publications