Apply Now! DEADLINE EXTENDED: The Central Asian Journalism Summer Institute

Apply Now! DEADLINE EXTENDED: The Central Asian Journalism Summer Institute

June 3, 2019

The American University of Central Asia will host the inaugural Central Asian Journalism Summer Institute between July 15 and August 9, 2019, in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Weeks one, two and four will take place at AUCA Campus in Bishkek, and week three will be held at one of the guest houses in Issyk-Kul, East of Kyrgyzstan.

Training modules include Media Literacy, Data Journalism, and New Media Technologies. The Summer Institute will be conducted in English.

Please be informed that the application deadline has been extended to Friday, June 7, 2019, 5:00 pm Eastern U.S. time.

The Central Asian Journalism Summer Institute provides early-career journalists and journalism students with the skills they need to launch successful careers in journalism and media. The Summer Institute will provide an interactive curriculum to develop participants’ skills in areas such as data journalism, digital media, social media, and storytelling. The program will also strengthen participants’ knowledge of ethics in journalism, source verification, and disinformation. The Summer Institute is open to participants from across Central Asia and aims to develop a cross-regional network of Central Asian independent journalists and media organizations. Participants will collaborate together during the training and upon their return home continue to engage with a broader network of regional journalists, including through the GOViral network.

The scholarship for this program provides international travel to and from the Summer Institute, lodging, local transportation, a meal stipend, accident insurance, and program materials. Meridian will only consider applicants who are willing to participate in all four weeks of the Summer Institute.


We’d like to see more applicants for the Summer Institute of Journalism, which will train 40 next-generation journalists at AUCA Bishkek from July 15 to August 9.

Below is more info about the program:

Application & Selection
Eligibility & Selection Requirements
Between 18 and 30 years of age
Senior in a university journalism program or early career journalist
English language ability preferred though not required
Commitment to a future career in journalism and networking across the region will be evaluated through their essays/statements
Commitment to participate in the full month of the Summer Institute
No stated requirement or preference for independent vs. state media
Application & Selection Timeline
May 6 – Application Launch
June 7 – Application Deadline

Participant Cohorts
All participants will take part in morning lectures in English
Afternoon practice groups will be divided as follows:
Russian-only speakers grouped together
Remaining English speakers divided into groups that include a mix of gender and country

The announcement page is here.

The page includes links to both applications, which can also be accessed directly through these links:




If you have any questions please feel free to contact Aizhana Dzhumalieva

Academic Director of Journalism and Mass Communications department 

Tel.: +996 312 915000 (ext. 437)

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