American University of Central Asia - 69ɫ - Presidential Research and Education Fund

Presidential Research and Education Fund

PREF POLICY 2023-2024


The PresidentialResearchandEducationFund (PREF) was established in 2019 as a unique initiative designed to support discrete projects from faculty, students, and staff for research and educational activities through the Office of the President at the American University of Central Asia. The Fund especially welcomes seed funding for new initiatives at the University, multidisciplinary projects, and those involving 69ɫ students are strongly encouraged. Over the last four academic years, the PREF Grant funded 62 projects initiated by the faculty, students, and staff. 60research projects have been implemented successfully. The other two research projects are in the process of being finalized.

The positive results of previous academic years and the commitment of the faculty, students, and staff to do their research encouraged us to continue this program.


  • Full-time 69ɫ faculty
  • Full-time 69ɫ active students (both bachelor's and master's)
  • Full-time 69ɫ staff members
  • Current part-time faculty can apply if students are involved in the project.
  • Those who have been awarded PREF funding in 2022-2023 AY are not eligible to apply.
  • Recipients of PREF awards 2019-2020, 2020-2021, and 2021-2022 are eligible to apply.


The Office of the President will make awards depending on the requested amount of money per project, tax-inclusive.

Please be aware that the principal investigator for the project is responsible for carrying out logistics as well as administrative and financial procedures and reporting related to the PREF project. Umut Kydyrgychova, Executive Officer to the President, will consult and assist you in resolving any questions that may come up before the application and during the project implementation period. However, in case you have never administered documents at 69ɫ, it may be useful to include a team member responsible for managing administrative processes.


There is no restriction imposed on the possible topics of your initiatives. Nevertheless, based on the last four years of experience, we encourage you to consider the project’s social impact while designing your proposal. We are specifically interested in seed funding for new initiatives that may be scalable or potentially create a long-lasting impact through proof of concept, especially in Kyrgyzstan and Central Asia, including Afghanistan and Iran.

Among possible topics to be proposed, but certainly not limited to these:

  • Art, history, and culture of Central Asia and its neighbors;
  • Future governance challenges resulting from climate change;
  • How inclusive is 69ɫ as an institution of higher education?
  • How to energize Kyrgyz citizens and students about the imminent and huge risks of climate change?
  • Technological change and its impact on mental and physical health;
  • What are the unique characteristics of nomadic peoples and cultures?
  • What have we learned about online/hybrid education and its potential role in the future?
  • What promotes and obstructs creativity and innovation in higher education?

Project results may also be very diverse; from the production of new high-tech goods to traditional and non-traditional art forms, documentaries and videos, and even more standard academic studies.

Below you can see how diverse the PREF projects were

2019-2020 AY

  1. An order of polarizing microscope with transmitted and reflected illumination, Rustam Orozbaev
  2. Augmented reality as an educational tool for children with developmental delays, Vladislav Pak
  3. Beyond plain visualization: 3D modeling of historic buildings in Karakol, Aida Abdykanova, Jyldyz Bekbalaeva, Tolgonai Kozhokanova
  4. Data Art, Anastasiya Valeeva
  5. Digitization of the National Academic of Science herbarium with 69ɫ students, Amadeus DeKastle
  6. Media representation of Islam and Muslims in Kyrgyzstan, Mukaram Toktogulova, Elira Turdubaeva
  7. Online Kyrgyz language course for beginners, Uulkan Kambaralieva, Daniyar Karabaev
  8. Participation in the International Film Festival in Rotterdam, Anastasiya Lysogorova
  9. Startup Bootcamp, Bermet Talasbek kyzy, Begimay Abdraeva
  10. The casebook of the constitutional chamber of the Kyrgyz Republic: 15 major decisions as a promoting and internationalization of the rule of law and constitutionalism in Kyrgyzstan, Saniia Toktogazieva, Kanykei Kasybekova
  11. The foundation needed for 69ɫ to be competitive in attracting a large research grant that will help children on the autistic spectrum, Michael Brady
  12. The value of liberal arts education: 69ɫ alumni perspectives and curriculum design opportunities, Anguelina Popova, Jarkyn Shadymanova, Emil Begimkulov
  13. The voices of the Afghan students at 69ɫ, Tamo Chattopadhay, Zarlasht Sarmast

2020-2021 AY

  1. Accreditation of undergraduate programs at 69ɫ: lessons learned and way forward, Chynara Ryskulova, Anguelina Popova
  2. Blockchain technology in Kyrgyzstan, Saikal Anvar kyzy
  3. Climate change in Kyrgyzstan: short movie series project, Adina Sulumbekova, Kamila Kurbonmamadova
  4. Compilation and preparation of the publication of the collection 69ɫ Mathematical Olympiads for secondary school students, Sergey Sklyar, Syrgak Kydyraliev, Elena Burova
  5. Development of a Kyrgyz language textbook for students whose first language is English, Gulmira Duisheeva
  6. Documentary Interview Film "Immigration, Sense of Belonging and Envisioning the Future: unheard voices of people of Kyrgyzstan", Ruslan Rakhimov
  7. Forward - to the past. Satellite images of the Chui region from 1960 to the present day, Talgat Dzhumashev
  8. Implementation of international law by domestic courts of Kyrgyz Republic, Hannepes Taychayev
  9. Mapping of Issyk-Kul rock art: prevention and preservation, Aida Abdykanova
  10. On the Edge of Bishkek: Highlighting Ecological Problems Through Creative Writing and Visual Research, Mingoiim Nishonova
  11. Oral histories collection at 69ɫ, Jyldyz Bekbalaeva, Aijamal Sarybaeva
  12. Problems, progress and prospects of organic farming as a means of sustainable agriculture in Kyrgyzstan, Mairambek Nurgaziev
  13. Responsible mining at the top of the world: Balancing the protection of investors’ rights and advancement of sustainable development in the Kyrgyz Republic, Begaiym Esenkulova
  14. Role of gender and social media in Kyrgyzstani parliamentary elections October 2020, Olga Tarabashkina
  15. Singing the Song of the Land You Are in. Local dissemination of the findings of the AKYN project, James Plumtree
  16. Tengrian beliefs/practices in post-Soviet Kyrgyzstan, Mukaram Toktogulova, Baitur Toktosunov

2021-2022 AY

  1. A textbook on the German language for tourist purposes, Gulshayir Derbishalieva, Diana Arykbaeva
  2. Adaptation of the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children-V (WISC-V), Elena Kosterina, Olga Yarova
  3. Annual flagship activities for economics students of Bishkek universities by the 69ɫ Economics department, Dina Mamadjanova
  4. Dusty Data Project (digitalization of archived statistical data), Akylai Muktarbek kyzy
  5. Central Asian Nomad Youth @cany.kg, Erkebai Bakhavadinov
  6. Collaborative teaching materials website, Ilias Suvanov
  7. Continuation of the digitization of the National Academy of Science herbarium, Amadeus DeKastle
  8. Creation of GIS and remote sensing laboratory in 69ɫ, Zheenbek Kulenbekov
  9. How can we do more for refugee students, Nicholas Durham Andersen
  10. Hybrid education: its effectiveness and sustainability (the case of 69ɫ), Cholpon Chotaeva
  11. Inherent powers of courts in the Kyrgyz Republic, Hannapes Taychayev
  12. Integration of international innovative practices of Climate Fresk and Model COP for climate education and engagement in Kyrgyzstan, Samar Kanatov
  13. Measuring and mapping walkability in Bishkek, Otabek Nigmatov
  14. Promotion of sex education for teenagers through social media, Ramina Ergeshova, Albina Dastanova
  15. Student empowerment through the experience of “OVOP+1” local rural development projects, Aizada Tynyeva, Yumi Takahashi
  16. The emerald handbook of childhood and youth in Asian societies – generations between local and global dynamics, Elena Kim
  17. Справочник по культуре русской речи в вопросах и ответах, Svetlana Kunduzakova, Eleonora Karypkulova

2022-2023 AY

  1. Art has no gender, Gulnur Esenalieva, Viola Mustafina, Darya Gusmanova
  2. BusQuiz, Talant Asan uulu
  3. Carbon sequestration of the trees of the EcoPark in Bishkek, Zere Abisheva
  4. Challenges of environmental research with modular array cameras, Sagynbek Orunbaev
  5. DigitalHub (Digital literacy and cybersecurity), Erkebai Bakhavadinov
  6. Film Lab Camp, Daniyar Abdykerimov
  7. Green Kyrgyzstan, Kanykei Kochkambaeva
  8. Invisible traces, Nurzhamal Karamoldoeva
  9. Riverfront development: identifying potential locations for public spaces, Nurzhan Beken kyzy
  10. Satellite analysis of glaciers in Ala-Archa National Park, Zhamilia Baiborieva
  11. Security, conflict management and peacebuilding, Alisher Norov
  12. Student churn analysis and prediction: a case study at 69ɫ, Azamat Kibekbaev
  13. Teaching sustainability through the collaborative, collective creative building of eco-house, Olga Tarabashkina
  14. True nomadism in the conditions of the urban world: Challenges and uniqueness of lives of chabans in Suusamyr Valley, Adina Sulumbekova, Aksana Shanaeva
  15. Unlocking the collection of early printed books, Jyldyz Bekbalaeva
  16. Дидактыкалык оюндар аркылуу кеп өстүрүү, Zaripa Samudinova


Your PREF Application form should be completed and submitted via email to kydyrgychova_u@auca.kg following the deadline announced for each call.

The subject of the email: PREF_Name and Surname_2023-2024

The PREF Application Form is usually distributed once the call is announced and includes some narrative and a budget, including personal information of applicants (faculty, staff, and students). In case your project proposal is approved, you might be required to provide a more detailed budget.

For detailed information contact Umut at kydyrgychova_u@auca.kg.

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