Call for applications to participate in a Researcher Connect workshop

    The British Council and the American University of Central Asia (AUCA) are pleased to announce a call for applications to participate in the Researcher Connect workshop. 

    Researcher Connect is a series of short interactive learning modules for researchers at any stage of their career and from any academic discipline. It is a professional development course that focuses on the development of excellent communication skills in international, multi-cultural contexts. You can find more information about Researcher Connect on the programme website here:

    We are inviting applications from researchers who live in Bishkek and neighbouring area.

    The workshop will include the following modules:

    Know Your Audience

    Persuasive Proposals

    Academic Collaboration

    As a result of this call for applications, we expect to select up to 20 participants who will be invited to American University of Central Asia for a workshop which will be held on 4, 5, 6 December 2017.

    Applicants must be fluent in English (level B2 Common European Framework of Reference for Languages[1]).

    To apply please complete the online application form at by 28 November, 2017.

    Only applications in English will be accepted.

    How will we score your application?

    Applications will be checked for eligibility and then scored by a panel of experts from the British Council and the AUCA according to the criteria below.

    Eligibility criteria

    -       The application is complete and includes the applicant’s CV

    -       The application is in English

    -       The application was submitted by the deadline




    Track Record – research experience (supported by CV)


    Description of the long term impact expected through the participation in the workshop


    English language proficiency




    After the selection procedure only candidates selected will receive the programme of workshop with venue and time schedule.

    Equal Opportunities

    The British Council is committed to equal opportunities and diversity in all its activities and this includes the avoidance of any bias in the assessment of applications due to gender, disability, racial or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, or religious belief.  Participants’ selection undertaken by workshop organisers must not contravene this policy.  Extra support to enable participation of early career researchers with special needs will be given.


    Many researchers in Kyrgyzstan only speak Russian and/or Kyrgyz. Why do I need to speak English to participate in a Researcher Connect workshop?

    -       Researcher Connect was developed to help researchers meet the demands of an increasingly competitive global market, where the ability to communicate research effectively is paramount to success. Given that one of the main aims of the training is to help researchers from Kyrgyzstan communicate and connect with researchers in the UK and elsewhere, Researcher Connect is only delivered in English.

    How will you assess my level of English?

    -       We will assess your English by looking at your application and CV. We do not require a qualification in English (for example, IELTS, TOEFL).


    The workshop lasts for three days. On completion, participants will receive a certificate to confirm their participation.

    Dr Dilyara Woodward

    Contact us

    If you have any further questions about the Researcher Connect programme or the call for applicants, please contact Elira Turdubaeva via phone: 915 000 (ext.437) or email: Этот адрес электронной почты защищён от спам-ботов. У вас должен быть включен JavaScript для просмотра.


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