European Commission Erasmus Mundus

CASIA Project

CASIA wider objective is the establishment of a sustainable / operational network for academic exchange between Central Asia and European countries with a view to creating centres of excellence.

The Consortium brings a wide range of disciplines together, but focuses on agriculture, life sciences, trans-boundary natural resource management, climate change and environmental practices required for mitigation of consequences of the Aral Sea disaster and finding solutions for increasing competition between CA countries for water, e.g. in a view of agriculture and energy production. The chosen main disciplines are addressing the regional, common needs of four CA -countries involved. The wider objective is very relevant in the context of modernisation of partner Universities and adaptation of their education capabilities towards reformed countries economy in the region.

 Camels near a ship  Ships in the Aral Sea

 The proposed CASIA project aims at the following specific objectives:

  • To enable a larger group of talented CA students to study at EU universities and benefit from already established educational links with EU universities, leading to a degree at an EU university and at the same time to a degree at their home university (Double Degree)
  • To enable BSc, MSc and PhD students from CA to study in another country during their regular study programme at home university
  • To stimulate exchange of BSc, MSc and PhD students between CA and EU
  • To bring together scientists from East and West during joint supervision of  MSc or PhD thesis work
  • To enhance the qualifications of teaching staff, young researchers and administrative staff  from CA-countries and
  • To facilitate the transfer of academic expertise to CA academic institutions, upgrade curricula and to modernize of research methods

101 fellowships are available for candidates from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan within the framework of CASIA grant, from December 2010 till November 2014 (CASIA I).

109 fellowships are available for candidates from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan within the framework of CASIA grant, from September 2011 till July 2015 (CASIA II).

134 fellowships are available for candidates from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan within the framework of CASIA grant, from September 2012 till July 2016 (CASIA III).

Read more in the flyer and in the poster for scholarships.


CASIA Lead applicant is Wageningen University in The Netherlands.

Project Office

Ewa Wietsma-Łącka

Wageningen University
Department of Environmental Sciences
Droevendaalsesteeg 3
6708 PB Wageningen
The Netherlands

tel. +31 317 484829  |  fax. +31 317 419000
email: ewa.wietsma(at)wur.nl