Bolashak Visiting Fellowship Program

Bolashak Visiting Fellowship Program

Young, mid-career, and senior scholars from Kazakhstan who would like to conduct research in Washington, DC and participate in the CAP activities are invited to submit applications for the Bolashak Visiting Fellowship Program.

Selected fellows may be in residence at GW for a period from one month to one year. Some may require up to six months of English language training before the fellowship. During their stay, Bolashak Visiting Fellows are closely mentored and guided by CAP members. They are given office space, computer access, and library privileges. They are expected to participate actively in the intellectual life at IERES, which may include talks, conferences, informal discussions, and other activities.

GWU offers two tracks for prospective Bolashak Fellows:

  • Individual Fellows: Scholars who want to be in residence at GWU for a period of one month to one year for work on a specific research project
  • Non-degree training programs: Scholars, professors, teachers or experts who would like to participate in a 10-week non-degree training program, offered by the CAP, on International Affairs and Public Policy or Education Management. Each Program is offered once a year, usually during the fall.

Selection process

Prospective Fellows should contact CAP with a cover letter prior to the formal application
process at the Center for International Programs in Astana. The letter should mention: a) the desired length of their stay; b) their research topics; c) the intended outcome of their stay (publications, talks, etc); and d) whether language training in English is needed. If initially approved by CAP, then prospective fellows can submit an application to the Center for International Programs.  Once selected by the Center, the Center will provide the scholar with a letter of financial support.

Bolashak Cohorts

Erkin Eleussizov is a research projects manager and expert at the Center for Security Programs. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in GeoraphyEcology from Almaty State University. He has experience in the socio-political, cultural spheres, and worked at the Central Asian Agency of Political Research, Central Asian Press Club, CaspianNews Agency, the Center for Anti-Terrorism Programs, and Kazakhstan’s Political Science Association. His research interests include environmental safety and sustainable development. His current research concentrates on the impact of the climate change to the Central Asia.

Zhibek Ussembayeva, International Sandartization Processes, April-June 2016

Alma Utaubayeva, Pedagogy and Psychology, April-September 2016

Kairat Mussabekuly, U.S. Domestic Policy

Aizhan Arshabayeva, U.S. Foreign Policy

International Affairs

Serik Beissembayev (Social Fund “Centre for Social and Political Studies Strategy”)
Symbolic Boundaries of Ethnic Identity as an Issue for Nationbuilding in Kazakhstan

Zhaslan Nurbaev (Kazakh University of the Humanities and Law, Astana)
Regional Opinion on the Threat of Religious Extremism

Rabiga Baimbetova (Kazakh University of Technology and Business, Astana)
The Assembly of the People and the Management of Interethnic Relations in Kazakhstan

Gulnar Mamasharipova (M.Auezov South Kazakhstan State University, Chimkent)
Kazakhstan-US Relations Today

Mukhtar Baktybekov (Semipalatinsk Institute of Law of Kazakh Humanitarian Law University, Semei)
Kazakhstan’s Development as a Welfare State: Theories and Practices

Sergey Dyomin (Kazakh University of the Humanities and Law, Astana)
Foreign Investments through Joint-Ventures (on the basis on USA and Eurasian Union countries)

Arman Jumabayev (JSC Kazakh Humanitarian Law University)
Countering Economic Crisis in Kazakhstan. A Legal Perspective

Makhabbat Shakhmanova (Kazakh University of the Humanities and Law, Astana)
Establishing and Developing Consumer’s Rights in Kazakhstan


Education Management

Mansiya Kumisbayeva (University of International Business, Almaty)
Establishing and Developing Consumer’s Rights in Kazakhstan

Elmira Sarsenbayeva (Kazakh University of Technology and Business, Astana)
Effectiveness of Training Abroad for Master Students in Kazakhstan

Saltanat Khudaibergenova (Gymnasium 159, Almaty)
Malaysian Language Policy as an example for Kazakhstan?

Raushan Koilybayeva (Almaty Technological University)
How to Organize Student Research

Aigul Askerbek (High School No. 66, Astana)
The Challenges of Teaching Reading in High Schools 

Aizhuldyz Tolegen (High School No. 66, Astana)
How to learn English effectively at an early age?