The European Union (EU) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP), in partnership with the Ministry of Higher and Secondary Special Education of the Republic of Uzbekistan, launched the 2020 application process for education grants for Afghan women to study in Uzbekistan.
Afghan women with high school diploma, complete 12 years of education, can apply for the scholarship if they want to “enhance their professional skills” via the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programme in Agronomy.
The main selection criteria include basic knowledge of English, the fundamentals of biology and chemistry, as well as successful completion of a written English test and interviews with members of the Selection Committee.
The scholarship covers tuition fee, accommodation, travel and monthly stipends in Uzbekistan.
The scholarship programme is funded by the EU and implemented by UNDP. It is a new cross-border initiative that provides an opportunity for Afghan women to study in universities in Central Asia to “enhance their skills and re-invent themselves professionally,” the press release said.
The application process started on July 20 and will last until Aug. 15, 2020 and comprises three stages.
Award winners will have to attend a foundation Uzbek language course, basic English language, and basic courses in Chemistry and Biology during the first year of study.
After obtaining necessary language skills and basic training in biology and chemistry, students will enrol at their TVET programme in Agronomy.
The scholarship will last for three years from September 2020 until May 2023. During this time, students will live and study at the Educational Center for Training Afghan Citizens in Termez, Uzbekistan.