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Student Civic Engagement Fellows Program


The Student Civic Engagement Fellows Program (SCEF) places undergraduate and masters students studying at AUCA with civil society organizations and human rights organizations operating throughout the Kyrgyz Republic. Student Fellows are selected on a competitive basis, taking into account their prior community engagement experience, passion and motivation, and knowledge and capacity to meaningfully impact the specific partner organization and project on which they will work. Fellows undergo a series of interactive trainings and workshops on community mobilization, social norm and behavior change, project management and design, and professional communication - as well as monthly check-ins and reflection sessions with CCE staff.


Partner CSOs and HROs benefit from the dedicated, trained support they receive from their Student Fellows and, if needed, from CCE staff. Partner organizations are expected to give Student Fellows meaningful responsibilities, direct involvement in their community mobilization and civic engagement efforts, and midpoint and endpoint feedback on student performance. SCEF’s vetted partner organizations also receive priority access to the CCE’s trainings, workshops, and conferences on civic engagement in the Kyrgyz Republic.


How To Apply to SCEF

For Students: You can apply to SCEF by sending the below documents to by September 1, 2019. Be sure that the title of your email is “SCEF Student Application”:

  1. A completed application form (see below);
  2. Your resume;
  3. (If applicable) a letter from your proposed CSO/HRO partner that confirms its intent to work with you;
  4. At least two references, preferably one being academic and one professional.


Students are welcome to find CSO/HRO partners on their own and jointly develop a vision for their Civic Engagement Fellowship with their partner. For students who do not already have a CSO or HRO partner, CCE staff will work with you and our vetted partner organizations to identify a project or opportunity of mutual interest and benefit. The CCE may also make periodic calls for student applications if vetted CSO/HRO partners have an immediate need. Student application materials can be submitted in English, Kyrgyz, or Russian.


For CSOs and HROs: You can apply to be in our roster of vetted partner organizations, meaning that we will recruit and train SCE Fellows to work with your organization - both on a semester by semester basis and if immediate need arises. Once we receive a letter of interest from you (see below), we will contact you to conduct interviews with your relevant leadership and key project staff and conduct at least one site visit to your organization. This vetting process is so that we can build a closer partnership with you and better understand if and how SCE Fellows can contribute to your work.


To launch the vetting process, please send a letter of interest to that includes the following information:

  1. An overview of the specific civic engagement or community development project that student fellows will be engaged in;
  2. A description of what specific activities the student fellows will undertake and responsibilities they will have;
  3. A description of any risks or sensitivities that may be involved in the student fellows’ work (and how you will work with the CCE to mitigate and address these risks and sensitivities);
  4. The name and contact information of the individual who will manage the student fellow(s) at your organization.


Appendix A: Student Civic Engagement Fellows Application Form

Class year:
Contact details:
Date of application:

Do you already have a partner CSO or HRO with which you plan to work (circle one)?

Is the CSO/HRO that you plan to work with one of the CCE’s vetted partner organizations? (Please note that this does not impact the likelihood of your acceptance as a fellow, but may shorten the time to launch your project).

If you do have a partner CSO or HRO with which you plan to work, please write the name of the organization and of the person who will manage your work, along with his or her contact information (leave blank if you do not have a partner organization):

What civic engagement area or human rights issue do you plan to work on (e.g. environmental protection, gender equality, civic space, etc.)? How will the work you do directly support the needs of the community where you will be engaged and benefit the partner CSO/HRO with which you will work (if applicable)? Please include references to relevant data sources to support your ideas about community needs. (Up to 300 words).

Describe in clear, concrete terms the activities you plan to undertake to meet those needs. (Up to 300 words).

What special skills, knowledge, and capabilities will you contribute to this work? (Up to 300 words).

Students who have a partner CSO/HRO: Don’t forget to include a letter of support from your partner organization that verifies its interest in working with you and the nature of the project you will undertake together.

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