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Call for applications to participate in a Researcher Connect workshop

The British Council and the Professional Development and Engagement Centre at Kazakh – American Free University are pleased to announce a call for applications to participate in the Researcher Connect workshop.

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 on the programme website here:

We are inviting applications from researchers who live in Ust-Kamenogorsk and in East Kazakhstan and Pavlodar oblasts.

The modules of the workshop include the following:

Effective Emails


Persuasive Proposals

 As a result of this initial call for applications, we expect to select up to 20 participants who will be invited to Kazakh-American Free University for a workshop which will be held on 20-22 December 2017.

Applicants must be fluent in English (level B2 Common European Framework of Reference for Languages1).

To apply please complete the online application form at by 11 December, 2017.

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)


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


English language proficiency


After the selection procedure only candidates selected will receive the programme of workshop with venue and time schedule.

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).


The workshop lasts for three days. On completion, participants will receive a certificate to confirm their participation. Please note that travel and accommodation expenses of successful applicants can be partly reimbursed upon request and on individual consideration. 

Contact us

If you have any further questions about the Researcher Connect programme or the call for applicants, please contact





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