“Forty Years after Helsinki: New (and Old) Challenges for Central Asia” Almaty, Kazakhstan – 7-9 July2015

Call for Applications

OSCE Central Asian Youth Network (CAYN)


“Forty Years after Helsinki: New (and Old) Challenges for Central Asia”

Almaty, Kazakhstan – 7-9 July2015

The Organization for Security and Co‑operation in Europe’s (OSCE) Programme Office in Astana, Kazakhstan is pleased to invite students currently enrolled in universities in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, including students from Mongolia and Afghanistan studying at Central Asian universities to submit applications for a competitive application process to attend the OSCE Central Asian Youth Network Forum and Seminar. The events will be hosted by the OSCE Programme Office in Astana and held the summer of 2015 in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Dates will be determined soon.

The seminar will bring together promising students from Central Asian OSCE participating States to improve their critical thinking skills and share perspectives on existing threats to security inthe region. The seminar also aims to stimulate creativity and encourage a co-operative approach among students from countries in the region. Seminar participants will be selected based on the quality of their application (including an essay)[1] and their community involvement.

The seminar’s working languages are English and Russian; applicants must be fluent in both.

CAYN alumni are also encouraged to apply. There are 10 funded places reserved for them. The candidates will be chosen based on their proposed substantive contribution to the event. CAYN alumni present in Almaty at the time of the seminar, are also encouraged to join CAYN2015 (prior registration is required).

Successful candidates will be invited (all expenses paid) to attend the seminar in Almaty to participate in panel discussions, interactive exercises, and outdoor activities with their fellow Central Asian students, CAYN alumni, and seminar facilitators. We look forward to welcoming you to Almaty!

CAYN 2015 Student Application:


CAYN 2015 ALUMNI Application:


DEADLINE: 15 April, 2015 (Earlier submissions are encouraged)

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[1]How we evaluate your essay: We expect a highly original personal perspective on the assigned topic. We will look for an ability to challenge existing assumptions, a coherent presentation of arguments, a clear structure, and intelligent comments. Anti-plagiarism rules apply to all worksreceived.