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The U.S. Embassy, Kabul - Afghanistan

Afghan Students Scholarship Program

FALL 2015

U.S. Embassy Kabul Scholarship to the American University of Central Asia (AUCA)

American University of Central Asia (AUCA) is accepting applications for the Afghan Students Scholarship Program, funded by US Embassy in Kabul, and administered by American Councils for International Education. Through this program, AUCA will provide merit-based scholarships for citizens of Afghanistan (primarily female applicants) to study at one year preparatory program and 4-years undergraduate program at the fully-accredited American University of Central Asia.

The program will provide the 30 female and 10 male finalists from Afghanistan with:

  • Tuition and mandatory academic fees to attend the American University of Central Asia;

  • Room and Board;

  • Monthly Stipend;

  • Visa sponsorship for the duration of study in Kyrgyzstan;

  • Roundtrip travel from home to host university once per academic year;

  • Medical insurance; and

  • Pre-departure orientation

Application deadline – April 25, 2015

The U.S. Embassy, Kabul - Afghanistan

Afghan Students Scholarship Program

Fall 2015
The Afghan Students Scholarship Program is funded by the U.S. Embassy and run in partnership with the American University of Central Asia (AUCA) and American Councils for International Education (ACIE). The program provides merit-based scholarships to academically qualified students of Afghanistan to study at one year preparatory program and 4 years undergraduate program at American University of Central Asia (AUCA). The duration of study is 5 years. A total of 40 (30 female and 10 male) full fellowships will be awarded for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Eligibility Requirements

The Afghan Students Scholarship Program does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national and ethnic origin, or disability. Competition is merit-based (primarily focused on female applicants) and open to anyone who is:

  • A citizen/resident of Afghanistan at the time of application & during the selection process;

  • The recipient of a high school diploma by the time of application;

  • Proficient in spoken and written English at the time of application;

  • Able to demonstrate academic excellence, professional aptitude, and leadership potential;

  • Able to begin the academic program in September 2015;

  • Committed to returning to Afghanistan after completion of the program to contribute to its development.

Individuals in the following circumstances are NOT eligible:

  • U.S. citizens and permanent residents of the United States;

  • Spouses of U.S. citizens and permanent residents of the United States;

  • Individuals currently participating in academic, training or research programs outside of Afghanistan;

  • Individuals currently residing or working outside Afghanistan;

  • Employees, officers, or directors of the Afghan Students Scholarship Program or American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS, their spouse, children, sibling, or a person in a committed relationship with an employee.

  • Current and past recipients of U.S. Embassy funded scholarships are ineligible to apply.  For example, if you are a current/past U.S. Embassy AUAF scholar or PROMOTE scholar, you are ineligible for the Afghan Students Scholarship Program at AUCA. 

American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS, an international non-profit organization, believes in the fundamental role of education in fostering positive change for individuals, institutions, and societies. American Councils advances education and research worldwide through international programs that provide the global perspective essential for academic and professional excellence. Founded in 1974 as an association for area and language professionals, American Councils has focused its expertise on academic exchange, professional training, distance learning, curriculum and test development, and delivery of technical assistance, research, evaluation, and institution building.

Please complete this application on computer

hand written forms will not be accepted

Personal Information

Please type or print neatly in English
Applicant Name




First name

Middle Name

Last (Family) Name

Home Address

Street Address:








Postal Code:




Home Phone:


Cell Phone:




Biographical Information

Date of Birth:








Male Female


Pashtun Tajik Hazara Uzbek Turkmen
Others      __________

Current Location (City & Province):


Country of Citizenship:


City of Birth:


Country of Birth:


Have you graduated from high school?

(Yes or No)


Are you currently in college or university?

(Yes or No)

If yes, what year?


Are you a current or past recipient of U.S. Embassy scholarship?

(Yes or No)

If yes, please explain.


Educational Information


Name of College/University:


Major (if currently a university student):


Start Date:


End Date:


High School

Name of High School:


Student or Graduated?


Start Date:


End Date:


Academic Achievements/Accomplishments

Please list, provide a date, and describe any awards or honors you have received.

Non-Academic Achievements

Please indicate any awards or accomplishments outside of the school/university (for example, volunteer work, civic work, social services, community service).

Essays - IMPORTANT: Both essays are required

Please write two essays addressing the following topics. Essays should be typed in 12 point font; single spaced or may be handwritten neatly. Each essay should be between 400-600 words and must be attached separately with your application.

Statement of Purpose

Write a clear and detailed essay explaining your reasons for applying to this program. Explain how your background has prepared you to study at the American University of Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan, and your specific area of interest, how participating in this program will help you achieve your professional and personal goals, and how this will contribute to the development of your home country.

Personal Essay

Choose one of the topics below and respond with a short essay between 400-600 words.

  1. Describe a difficult choice that you have had to make in your life. How did you reach your decision? Why was it difficult?

  1. Discuss one global issue that is of concern to you. What is your view of this issue? What role can you play in addressing this issue?

Emergency Contact Information

First Name


Last Name


Relationship to You








Recruitment Information

Provide information about how you heard about the AUAC Scholarship Program

Please indicate how you learned about the program (check all responses that apply). This information will not be used in the evaluation of your application and will not appear when you print your application.

American Councils Office:

U.S. Embassy:

Lincoln Centers:

US Educational Advising Center:

Your Workplace:

Your School/University:





Please Describe


I certify that the information given in this application is complete and accurate to the best of my knowledge. The US Embassy/American Councils reserves the right to verify all of the information indicated in this application. In the event that there is a discrepancy, or information is found to be false, the application will be declared invalid and the application ineligible.
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