NAC-NU Central Asia Studies Program Call for Papers

In the framework of the newly launched NAC-NU Central Asia Studies Program, GW’s Central Asia Program (CAP), Nazarbayev University and the National Analytical Center (NAC) are happy to announce the first research topic: China’s OBOR project and its impact for Central Asia.


To promote research on this topic, the NAC-NU Central Asia Studies Program will fund 15 research papers. Papers should present a relevant and innovative analytical framework to discuss the impact of China’s OBOR project on Central Asia. Papers should be written in English only and be between 5,000 and 6,000 words.


Each of the 15 selected authors will receive a fee of US$2,500 after submission of the paper and its acceptance by the Advisory Board. Final papers will be published online.


Authors will then be invited to present their paper at a workshop to be organized at Nazarbayev University in Astana in spring 2017.


The authors of the two best papers will be offered a one-month fellowship at GW’s CAP to work on their paper and submit it to a peer-reviewed journal (a stipend of US$3,500, plane ticket and US visa fees are covered).


The application is open to all those working in academia and research institutions. Citizens from all countries are invited to apply.

Please submit through the application portal, in English only:
  • A CV
  • A one page summary of the proposed paper
  • Deadline for proposal submission: January 27, 2017
  • Results announced: February 9, 2017
  • Papers to be submitted: March 31, 2017
  • Workshop: April (date to be decided)
  • Fellowship at GW: June 2017

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