Call for applications to participate in a Researcher Connect workshop

The British Council, JSC Science Fund, and the Center for International and Regional Studies at Gumilyov Eurasian National Universityare pleased to announce a call for applications to participate in a Researcher Connect workshopas part of the Newton – Al-Farabi Partnership Programme. 

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 from the prospectus below or on the programme website here:

We are inviting applications from researchers who live in Astana and Akmola oblast.

As a result of this initial call for applications, we expect to select up to 20 participants who will be invited to the Center for International and Regional Studies at Gumilyov Eurasian National Universityfor a workshop to be held on 17-19 October 2015.

Applicants must be fluent in English.

To apply please complete the attached application form and send it to Dr. Aigerim Shilibekova by 12:00 on October 12, 2015.

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 Professional Development and Engagement Centre 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

Quality assessment criteria



Track Record – research experience (supported by CV)


Motivation to attend the workshop


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


English language proficiency




The workshop lasts three days. On completion, participants will receive a certificate to confirm their participation. Please note that all costs related to any necessary travel or accommodation and daily expenses will need to be covered by participants themselves. The organisers cannot provide any financial support for participants, apart for providing coffee breaks during the workshop.

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 Kazakhstan only speak Russian and/or Kazakh. 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 Kazakhstan 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). However, if you have a qualification you should mention it in the ‘qualification’ section of the application form.

Contact us

If you have any further questions about the Researcher Connect programme or the call for applicants, please toshilibekova_as@enu.kzor


Researcher Connect prospectus

Application form