Junior Research Fellow/Research Fellow, Cultural Heritage and Humanities Unit

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
23 Mar 2020
End of advertisement period
07 Apr 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

Department: Cultural Heritage and Humanities Unit (CHHU), Graduate School of Development
Duty station: Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Deadline: 07 April 2020
Reports to: Head of CHHU
Deadline: April 7, 2020 (open until filled)

Summary of Position and Key Responsibilities

The University of Central Asia seeks to fill in a full-time position at Cultural Heritage and Humanities Unit, Graduate School of Development. In your role as a Junior Research Fellow or Research Fellow, you will be contributing to CHHU’s research and publication projects in cultural heritage and humanities of Central Asia by focusing on Kyrgyzstan.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Contribute to CHHU’s objectives, projects and activities through research and advancement of its publication series;
  • Conduct research that captures existing knowledge and/or generates new knowledge to be published in various outlets, including in Kyrgyz and Russian language publications to maximize dissemination to critical audiences;
  • Write awareness of funding sources and active proposal to secure grants for research;
  • Enhance CHHU’s outreach activities by developing and implementing creative approaches to the preservation, development and dissemination of knowledge about the heritages of Kyrgyzstan/Central Asia to wider audiences;
  • Contribute to CHHU’s educational programmes by developing certificate courses on  Central Asian cultural heritage and arts management;
  • Assist in CHHU’s outreach activities including archival collections, guest/public lectures, book launches, workshops, trainings and other activities;
  • Present papers at international and regional conferences.

Required Qualifications and Experience

  • MA or PhD degree in humanities;
  • Have an appropriate record of publications;  
  • In-depth understanding of Kyrgyz/Central Asian cultural heritages, traditions and history;
  • At least 3 years of research experience and project development/implementation in the context of cultural heritage preservation and dissemination;
  • Wide network of national, regional and international scholars, cultural institutions and practitioners, and other entities active in the sphere of culture – government bodies, civil society organizations, media, etc. in Kyrgyzstan/Central Asia;
  • First-hand experience in design and implementation of creative/innovative projects on cultural heritage of Kyrgyzstan/Central Asia;
  • Good interpersonal and communications skills;
  • Responsiveness, good attention to details, organized and systematic approach to work.


  • Fluency in spoken and written Kyrgyz, Russian, and English
  • Knowledge of Kazakh and other languages of Central Asia will be an asset.

How to Apply

Please submit an up-to-date resume including list of published work (if applicable), together with at least three references and contacts who can attest to your teaching/research experience to the AKDN Career Centre. 

For more information about CHHU please visit: https://www.ucentralasia.org/Research/CulturalHeritageAndHumanitiesUnit/EN

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.