CEHD Research and Pedagogy

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 and innovative teaching approaches.

This is a custom program that includes, 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 1, 2023 to December 23, 2023

Visiting scholars group on campus.
2022 visiting scholars cohort
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What I will miss when I return to my country is definitely the people we met in Minnesota. From the very first day we were surrounded by care and attention. Wherever I went, I received very helpful advice and a warm welcome. I have met extremely supportive and generous people at the university, student centers, rental office, parks, grocery stores, bus stations, churches and mosques.

Azhar Mankhanova

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 participate in organized seminars, workshops, field experiences, and projects and will work individually to develop an individualized research plan. Additionally, scholars will prepare and present their research plan.


  • Meetings guided by academic experts designed to support scholars in navigating US higher education, integrate theory to practice, networking,
  • Seminars focused on building research 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
  • Final report

Eligibility requirements

  • Citizen of the Republic of Kazakhstan
  • At least 12 months of 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

Next steps: 

For more information about this program, please contact Zhuldyz Amankulova at amank005@umn.edu.

If you are interested in applying to the program, please fill out this form.