Central Asian Faculty Development Programme (CAFDP)

International Office

The International Office provides leadership in the pursuit of academic excellence, offering support to Central Asian scholars for Graduate, Doctoral and Postdoctoral studies through the Central Asian Faculty Development Programme (CAFDP) at partner universities.

The academic programme at UCA requires scholars in various disciplines to deliver teaching programmes and conduct requisite research, creating a cadre of Central Asian academics. Each scholar is supported with the understanding that upon graduating they would serve as academic staff at UCA for a minimum of four years.

Phase I (2008 – 2018)

Partner Universities and institutions for this cohort included the Asian Institute of Technology, Carleton University, German Academic Exchange Services (DAAD), Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore, Michigan State University, University of Alberta, University of Bern, University of Cambridge, University of Exeter, and the Cambridge Trust.

Fourteen CAFDP fellows have been affiliated with UCA throughout the region in different capacities as faculty members, researchers and joint teaching and research appointments.

"CAFDP provided me with an opportunity to obtain a quality education in Europe, and to come back to my home region to work at the University of Central Asia with faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds in world class facilities.

UCA holds partnership with leading universities around the world, and CAFDP is one of the best platforms to revive and rejuvenate the intellectual history and cultural heritage of Central Asia."

Ramzan Ali
CAFDP Fellow in 2012 & 2019
UCA Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Previous Fellow Profiles

Kyrgyzstan: CAFDP
MSc Public Policy, National University of Singapore.

Kyrgyzstan: CAFDP 2012
PhD Sports & Recreation, University of Alberta; Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation.

Kyrgyzstan: CAFDP Individual Funding Scheme 2010
PhD Sociology, University of Manchaster; Transnational Family: Ethnography of Livelihood.

AKMATOV, Kubanychbek
Kyrgyzstan: UCA CAFDP 2010
MSc Public Policy, National University of Singapore.

Tajikistan: CAFDP 2010
PhD Sociology, University of Exeter; Girls’ marriage in Tajikistan: Causes and Continuity.

Kazakhstan: CAFDP 2011
PhD Politics, University of Exeter; Extremism and Democracy in Europe.

Kazakhstan: CAFDP Individual Funding Scheme 2009
PhD Anthropology, Cornell University; The Discourse of Material Progress in Kazakhstan's Housing Boom.

Kyrgyzstan: CAFDP 2011
PhD Physics, Technical University of Cottbus; Modeling Gas Cleaning by Electrostatic Precipitation.

Kyrgyzstan: CAFDP 2010
PhD Politics, University of Exeter; State Transformation in Post-Communist Kyrgyzstan.

Kyrgyzstan: CAFDP Individual Funding Scheme 2011
PhD Politics, Kent State University; Political Liberalization and the Rise of Nationalism: The Case of Kyrgyzstan.

GULZAR, Muhammad
Pakistan: CAFDP 2012
PhD Geology, Technical University of Bergakademie Freiberg; Hydrothermal Alteration in the Melang Zone, Shigar Valley, Gilgit-Baltistan.

Tajikistan: CAFDP Individual Funding Scheme 2010
PhD Civil and Envirm Eng, University of Alberta; Optimizing of Composting Technologies.

Tajikistan: CAFDP Individual Funding Scheme 2009
PhD Education, University of Cambridge; Education Response to Labour Market Needs in Post-Soviet Tajikistan.

Kazakhstan: CAFDP 2012
PhD Public Policy, Carleton University; Place Based Decision Making.

Kyrgyzstan: CAFDP 2010
PhD Politics, University of Exeter; Public Finance, Budgeting, and Taxation.

Tajikistan: CAFDP 2011
PhD Public Policy, Carleton University; Country-trade as the Handmaiden of Industry Policy.

Kazakhstan: CAFDP 2010
PhD Sociology, University of Cambridge; Post-Soviet Kazakhstan: In Search of the Symbols of National Identity.

Kazakhstan: CAFDP 2012
PhD Development Studies, University of Cambridge; Evolution of Notion of Childhood: Case of Kazakhstan.

Kyrgyzstan: CAFDP 2008
PhD Geoecology, Technical University of Freiberg; Liquid Wastes of Hydrometallurgical Uraniam Plants in Kyrgyzstan.

Kyrgyzstan: CAFDP 2009
PhD Ecology, University of Hamburg; Effects of Land Use and Vegetation Changes on Soil Erosion of Alpine Grazing Lands in the Fergana Range of Southern Kyrgyzstan.

Tajikistan: CAFDP 2008 & CAFDP Individual Funding Scheme 2011
PhD Environmental Studies, Cornell University and National University of Singapore; Evaluating Water-Energy issues in Central Asia.

Tajikistan: CAFDP 2009
PhD Ethnology, University of Hamburg; Sunni-Ismaili Relationships in the context of Ritual and Daily Activities.

Kyrgyzstan: CAFDP 2011
PhD Ethnomusicology, University of Alberta; Traditional Music of Central Asia.

Tajikistan: CAFDP 2009
PhD Ecology, University of Bayreuth; Adaptation Opportunities to Local Effects of Global Climate Change in the Pamirs by Means of Rehabilitation and Development of Riparian Forest.

Tajikistan: CAFDP 2009 & CAFDP Individual Funding Scheme 2011
PhD Remote Sensing, University of Bern; Assessing Soil Ecosystem Services in Agricultural Lands in Tajikistan.

Tajikistan: CAFDP 2012
PhD Mathematics, Technical University Bergakademie Freiberg; Develop Mathematical Models with Dynamic Multi-criteria Optimization Problems to Improve Agriculture in Tajikistan.

Kyrgyzstan: CAFDP 2010
PhD Human Geography, Free University of Berlin; Population Geography: Geography of Migration in the Kyrgyz Republic.

Kyrgyzstan: CAFDP 2012
MSc Medical Diagnostics, University of Cambridge.

Pakistan: CAFDP 2012
MSc Molecular Biology, University of Kiel.

Tajikistan: CAFDP 2012
PhD Chemistry, Heidelberg University; Chemical composition and Biological Activity of the Essential Oils of Tajikistan Aromatic Plants.

Tajikistan: CAFDP 2008
MSc Public Policy, National University of Singapore.

Kazakhstan: CAFDP 2010
PhD Mathematics, Free University of Berlin; Partial Differential Equations, Compelx Analysis and their Applications.

Tajikistan: CAFDP 2011
PhD Geochemistry, Technical University of Bergakademie Freiberg; Cosmogenic Isotopes Dating.

Kyrgyzstan: CAFDP 2009.
MSc Public Policy, National University of Singapore.

SARIEV, Maqsad
Tajikistan: CAFDP 2012
MSc Chemistry, University of Siegen.

Kyrgyzstan: CAFDP 2008
PhD Economics, University of Giessen; Regional and Micro-level Rural Determinants in Remote Rural Areas of Kyrgyzstan.

Kyrgyzstan: CAFDP 2011
PhD Politics, University of Exeter; The Regime Security of Kyrgyz Foreign Policy.

Kyrgyzstan: CAFDP 2011
PhD Social Anthropology, University of Tübingen, Germany; Between Development, Soviet Science, and Traditional Healing: An Ethnography of Childhood and Health in Kyrgyzstan.

Kyrgyzstan: CAFDP 2011
PhD Physics/Cosmology, University of Cambridge; High Energy Physics and Cosmology.

Kyrgyzstan: CAFDP Individual Funding Scheme 2010
PhD Education, University of Toronto; Mountain Kyrgyz Youth, Education, and Work: A Bourdieusian Analysis.

Phase II (2018 - present)

Current Fellow Profiles

Ramzan ALI
Pakistan: CAFDP 2012 & CAFDP 2019
Post-doctoral training, Wolfson Centre, Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford

PhD Mathematics, Technical University Dortmund; Advanced Numerical Simulation for PDEs on Evolving Surfaces.

Dr. Ramzan Ali is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics with the UCA School of Arts and Sciences. Previously, he was a UCA Central Asian Faculty Development Programme Fellow, Research Associate at Quaid-i-Azam University, PhD and postdoctoral researcher with the Technical University of Dortmund (Germany). He supervised numerous graduate students and taught several courses in mathematics. He serves on editorial boards and actively reviews for various international scientific journals in applied mathematics and computational science. Dr. Ali’s research interests include computational mathematics, biomathematics, fluid dynamics, non-linear partial differential equations, and material sciences. He has presented at various conferences and published number of research articles on numerical schemes for solutions of non-linear partial differential equations. Specifically, his doctoral research focused on developing a numerically stable scheme for simulation of evolving membrane on surfaces. He holds a PhD in Mathematics from the Technical University of Dortmund (Germany), MSc and MPhil, both in Applied Mathematics from Quaid-i-Azam University (Pakistan), and BSc from the University of the Punjab Lahore (Pakistan). He also holds a BEd from Allama Iqbal Open University (Pakistan) focusing teaching of Physics and Mathematics. Dr. Ali is on study leave for the 2019-2020 academic year at the University of Oxford as part of UCA's Central Asian Faculty Development Programme.

Kyrgyzstan: CAFDP 2018
MPhil (Candidate) Development Studies, University of Cambridge

Adina Asanova is currently pursuing a MPhil in Development Studies at the Centre of Development Studies, University of Cambridge. Her main research interests include social dimensions of labour migration; economic inequality and globalisation; and politics of development. Prior to starting graduate studies, Asanova worked at the University of Central Asia’s School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) for over two years. During her work at UCA, she was involved in the curriculum development programme; recruitment and onboarding of SAS members; and academic upgrading initiatives. She also holds Diploma of Specialist in Foreign Languages with Magna Cum Laude honours from the Bishkek Humanities University. In her undergraduate study years, she was an active member of student organisations, initiating and running social development projects.

Kyrgyzstan: CAFDP 2018
PhD (Candidate) in Sustainable Rural Development, Czech University of Life Sciences Prague

Azamat Azarov is currently completing his PhD in Sustainable Rural Development at the Czech University of Life Sciences Prague in the Czech Republic. His research involves small and medium farming system analysis in mountainous regions of Kyrgyzstan. Azarov is a Research Fellow with the University of Central Asia's Mountain Societies Research Institute (MSRI) since 2013. He has been involved in MSRI’s research projects in the fields of Food Security & Farming Systems and Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation in Kyrgyzstan. He is currently involved in MSRI’s research project aimed at introducing and promoting sweet potatoes offering new opportunities to reduce malnutrition and support food security in Tajikistan. Prior to joining UCA, Azarov taught agricultural marketing and provided translation assistance at Kyrgyz National Agricultural University in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. He received his master degree in agricultural economics/management at University of Applied Sciences Weihenstephan-Triesdorf in Germany.

Tajikistan: CAFDP Individual Funding Scheme 2010 & CAFDP 2019
Post-doctoral training, Department of Music, Harvard University

PhD Anthropology, Humboldt University zu Berlin; Music and Identity: Qasaid-khani, the Musical Expression of Social, Cultural, and Religious Identity.

Dr Chorshanbe Goibnazarov is an Assistant Professor with UCA's School of Arts and Sciences, and has a joint appointment in the Cultural Heritage and Humanities Unit as a Research Fellow. He teaches Cultural Landscapes at the Naryn and Khorog Campuses. He joined UCA in 2016 as a Junior Research Fellow and later was promoted to Research Fellow. Prior to joining UCA, he worked as an English teacher in the Health Promotion Training Unit of the Aga Khan Health Service (AKHS) in Tajikistan for six years. He also worked as a Research Assistant in the Secondary Teaching Education Programme, Department of Curriculum Studies at the Institute of Ismaili Studies in London, UK. His doctoral research examined qasaid-khani, a musical performance among the Badakhshani community in Tajikistan and the way music and musical performances express identities. Dr Goibnazarov’s research interests include cultural studies and anthropological approaches to the study of Muslim cultures in contemporary society, with a particular focus on studying folk music, sung poetries, dance performances, material cultures and ritual performances. He also teaches Research Methods Course for postgraduate music students at the National Conservatory of Tajikistan. He holds a PhD in Central Asian and Cultural Studies from the Institute of Asian and African Studies at the Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany, and a Master of Arts in Muslim Cultures from the Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations at the Aga Khan University in London, UK. Ghoibnazarov is on study leave for the 2019-2020 academic year at Harvard University as part of UCA's Central Asian Faculty Development Programme.

Kyrgyzstan: CAFDP 2018
PhD (Candidate) Education, University of Cambridge

Aikerim Kargazhanova is currently doing PhD in Education at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, under the supervision of Professor Eva Barbara Hartmann. Her main area of interest is the knowledge production at higher education institutions. Before starting her PhD., Kargazhanova earned a MPhil in Education, Globalisation and International Development from the Faculty of Education of the University of Cambridge. Kargazhanova also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and International Relations with Magna Cum Laude honours from the Nazarbayev University in Astana (Kazakhstan). After graduation from Nazarbayev University in 2016, Kargazhanova joined the Dubai Business Internships, a 10-month business internship programme run under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. During this period, Kargazhanova worked at the Knowledge and Human Development Authority of Dubai, where she had an opportunity to get involved with the Positive Education Initiative, actively pursued across schools in Dubai, and was part of the team delivering the “Schools of the Future: A Focus on Physical Learning Environment” consulting project.

Kyrgyzstan: CAFDP 2018
Post-doctorate training, University of Cambridge’s Faculty of Education

Dr Roza Kazakbaeva is an Associate Professor of English for Academic Purposes with UCA’s Undergraduate Preparatory Programme. Kazakbaeva has more than 20 years of experience teaching English as a foreign language. She holds a PhD in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and Composition from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining UCA, Kazakbaeva taught at the Kazakh Ablai Khan University of International Relations and World Languages, where she developed and taught courses for the departments of linguistics and cross-cultural communications. She is trained in teaching and curriculum methodology by Seneca College, Canada. Kazakbaeva is on study leave for the 2018-2019 academic year at the University of Cambridge’s Faculty of Education.

CAFDP 2019
PhD, Electrical Engineering, University of Cambridge

Adil Shah will start his PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cambridge in Fall 2019. He is part of the Electrical Power and Energy Conversion group at Cambridge. His main area of interest is modelling of power system devices. Shah earned a master’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology USA. He also holds Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Pakistan. During his undergraduate degree he also spent a semester at Florida State University Tallahassee USA as an exchange student.

Qamargul ESOEVA
University Counsellor, Khorog Campus

Qamargul Esoeva is the University Counsellor based at UCA's Khorog campus. She completed her MED in Global Mental Health and Counselling Psychology from the University of Toronto's Ontario Institute for International Education in Canada. For several years, she worked as UCA’s Student Recruiter in Tajikistan. Prior to joining UCA, she worked at the University of Texas (USA). 

She has received numerous awards including the Teaching Excellence Achievement Programme Award from IREX in Washington, and a Fulbright Assistantship in the Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Programme at the University of Texas. She also holds a Diploma in Teaching English and German Languages from Khorog State University, Tajikistan and a Master of Arts in English from Pune University, India.

The University of Central Asia has an on-going partnership with the Cambridge Trust and University of Alberta.

How to Apply

Applications are now closed for postdoctoral studies at University of Cambridge, Simon Fraser University and the University of Alberta for Fall 2020.

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Eligibility Criteria

  • Citizens of Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan are strongly encouraged to apply. Students from Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and northern Pakistan are also eligible.
  • Higher education degree with an excellent academic record from a recognised university.
  • Interest in a PhD programme in fields reflecting UCA academic listed priorities: Computer Science, Engineering, Communications and Media, Business Management, Earth and Environmental Sciences or Economics.
  • Interest in a career within academia, including research and teaching.
  • Demonstrated competency in the chosen discipline.
  • Additional eligibility criteria of hosting universities can be found on their respective websites.
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