CEHD Research, Pedagogy, and Leadership Long-term Visiting Scholars Program

Program Description

This program is designed as an effective and structured visiting scholars program that supports international scholars from Kazakhstan in building knowledge and capacity in research methods, innovative teaching approaches, and academic leadership.

This is a custom program that includes one-on-one mentoring and collaboration with CEHD faculty, intensive schedule of academic seminars and workshops, on and off campus activities, and individualized time for research planning.

This program is offered within the framework of “500 scholars’ program” of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of Kazakhstan. It is our understanding that you will receive financial support through the “500 scholars fellowship program” and your own personal funds. 

Program dates

August 26, 2024 to July 26, 2025

Visiting scholars standing outside holding a large Kazakhstan flag.
2022 visiting scholars cohort
Marina Zhambylkyzy
We have very interesting and interactive workshops with our mentors, attend their classes and determine our plans for future cooperation. They are encouraging and doing everything to keep us motivated and supported throughout our program. Our collaboration has evolved and strengthened, and we hope it expands into new areas.

Marina Zhambylkyzy

Areas of scientific research

Visiting scholars will be matched one-to-one with faculty experts in their field of study.
The program supports scholars in these areas:

Social Sciences

  • Anthropology – Educational Anthropology
  • State and local government
  • International relations
  • Management in the field of social science
  • Psychology – Child Psychology

Human Sciences

  • Management in the field of humanities
  • Restoration of historical and cultural heritage
  • Philology


  • Inclusive education
  • Research in the field of education
  • Management in the field of education
  • Pedagogy
  • Testology of education
Visiting scholars in classroom with faculty.

Program Structure

Designed as a cohort model with individualized experiences, each scholar will be paired with one CEHD faculty during their time on campus according to their specialty and research interests. As a group they will participate in organized seminars, workshops, field experiences, and projects and will work one-one-one with the assigned faculty mentor to develop an individualized research agenda. Additionally, scholars will prepare and present their research plan.


  • 1:1 faculty mentorship and collaboration in field of study
  • Meetings guided by academic experts designed to support scholars in navigating US higher education, integrate theory to practice, networking,
  • Seminars focused on building research and leadership skills and innovative teaching approaches
  • Directed study: Individualized support on development and preparation of one research plan.
  • Off campus site visits to collaborating university partners to extend the learning environment and gain different perspectives.


  • Certificate of completion
  • Individualized research agenda; including research plan
  • Strategic plan to integrated program content in home institution

Eligibility requirements

  • Citizen of the Republic of Kazakhstan
  • At least 12 months of continuous experience in the chosen field of specialization
  • Degree: PhD, Candidate of Science, Doctor of Science, Masters 
  • Scientific publications 
  • English language proficiency: TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo scores

To apply for the 2024-2025 CEHD Visiting scholars long-term program, please complete the application form following the below link:

If you have further questions, contact: cehdintl@umn.edu.

Additional information

Visiting scholars program FAQ

Can I request to start and complete the program on different dates than August 26, 2024-July 26, 2025? 

No. Our program is designed as a cohort model with individualized experiences. Thus, we are not able to adjust the program start and end dates.

I currently do not have a valid English language proficiency exam. Am I eligible to apply? 

You can complete the application form now. However, your application is only complete once you submit your English level proficiency test (IELTS, TOEFL, or Duolingo). In the application, you will be asked to provide the approximate dates you will take these tests. You will have to email the test results as soon as you have them to be considered for the program. 

Can you provide invitation letters in the areas of scientific research that are not listed on this website?

No, currently we can only support scholars in the areas listed on our website.