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About the FLEX Program

The Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) Program is a United States Department of State-sponsored program for secondary school students from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Ukraine. The program provides merit-based scholarships for students to travel to the United States, live with a host family, and attend a U.S. high school for a full academic year.

FLEX was established in 1992 and funding is provided through the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The program was created from the conviction of former Senator Bill Bradley that the best way to ensure long-lasting peace and understanding between the U.S. and the countries of Eurasia is to enable young people to learn about the U.S. and Americans firsthand, and to teach Americans about their countries.

The primary goal of the FLEX program is to improve mutual understanding and develop and strengthen long-term relationships between citizens of the United States and other peoples and countries. The State Department supports exchanges for secondary school students from over 50 countries through FLEX and other academic year programs. Since the program’s inception in 1993, over 26,000 students have participated in the FLEX program.



Students must meet all of the following criteria in order to be eligible for this program in fall 2020:

  1. Be a citizen of Tajikistan;
  2. Be born after 15 February 2003 and before 31 December 2004
  3. Be studying in grade 11;
  4. Have grades of good or excellent;
  5. Be able to speak English well;
  6. Not have lived in the U.S. for 3 or more months in the last five years.

Students with disabilities should contact the FLEX Program to learn more about special eligibility criteria that benefit them.


How to apply



When FLEX participants return, the program isn’t over. On the contrary, their return marks the beginning of a new life full of opportunities and experiences because FLEX participants return as members of the active FLEX alumni family!

FLEX alumni have a chance to implement their skills and knowledge they have acquired in the United States and help their communities. The FLEX Alumni Coordinator supports FLEX alumni to find friends with similar interests and attain their goals — personally and professionally. FLEX alumni have opportunities to participate in professional development seminars and trainings, volunteer activities, social events and holiday celebrations. These opportunities are the first steps to becoming the Future Leaders of Tajikistan!


FLEX alumni are eligible to join the U.S. State Alumni website, which is designed for alumni of U.S. government-sponsored programs, including FLEX. Here they can find out more about job and grant opportunities, as well as connect with other alumni. Among other things, the website has a calendar of upcoming alumni events.


The FLEX Alumni Coordinator keeps track of the contact information for alumni in order to keep them up-to-date on volunteer and development opportunities and to distribute the quarterly alumni newsletter called The Bradley Herald (


Upcoming alumni events are posted on the FLEX Alumni Tajikistan Facebook community. Alumni success stories can also be found there as well as on this website.


To learn more about upcoming events or to connect with the FLEX alumni community about volunteer opportunities, please contact the FLEX Alumni Coordinator at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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The American Councils for the international education declare the beginning of carrying out the new program "Empower Access".

The Empower Access (EAP) program is regionalno the focused program of a professional exchange, both for individual persons, and for the organizations which are directly working with people with limited opportunities. This program is financed by US State department and Bureau for education and culture. In Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan and Tajikistan the EAP program is administered by the American Councils for the International Education: ASPRYaL / AKSELS. No more than 15 participants from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan and Tajikistan will visit the USA where within one month they will pass training in the American accepting organization, studying such questions as, management of NGO and strengthening of potential, the practician in the field of art, adaptive technologies, sports management, inclusive education, policy and the legislation, improving initiatives and promotion. Besides, the EAP program will give opportunity to 15 Americans to pay reciprocal visit to the countries of participants.

Program purposes:

• support, both individuals, and the organizations in their work with people with limited opportunities;

• promotion of policy and programs in interests of people with limited opportunities;

• assistance to healthy civil society that will allow individuals and the organizations working with people with limited opportunities, to exchange the best practices and to promote intersectoral cooperation within a bilateral professional exchange;

• ensuring advantage of the exchange program to people with violations of functions of sense organs, physical defects, and also to their families;

• creation and expansion of system of interaction of individuals and the organizations working with people with limited opportunities;

• creation of common language for development of practical decisions for common problems and cares.

Criteria for participation in the program:

• to have nationality and to live in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan and Tajikistan (applicants have to live in the country of their nationality);

• to have the corresponding experience and to show readiness to work with people with limited opportunities;

• to show leadership skills and skills of collaboration;

• to have desire and ability to develop and carry out short mutual projects for participants of the USA in reply;

• to know English at high level. For all semifinalists, ITP TOEFL examination will be carried out. In the presence of certificates of the official TOEFL test (a lowest passing score 500 - paper option, 60 - the Internet option) or the IELTS test (6 or above), you can provide us your certificate.

Deadline for submission of the questionnaire on the program on December 10, 2012.

The questionnaire is filled in in a mode of the online program on a site:, or

you can download here paper version of the questionnaire and a recommendatory form.

Behind additional information, please, follow the link or address on an e-mail address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phones: 221-21-03,221-17-95


 U.S. – Central Asia Education Foundation Enterprise Student Fellowship Program


The U.S.-Central Asia Education Foundation Enterprise Student Fellowship Program is an academic scholarship program funded by the U.S.-Central Asia Education Foundation and administered by the American Councils for International Education.

The Enterprise Student Fellowship program provides financial need-based scholarships to academically qualified students of Central Asia for undergraduate level studies in business administration at the American University of Central Asia (AUCA), Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic and KIMEP University, Almaty, Kazakhstan and in economics (in a limited number of cases) at AUCA.

For more information, please visit program website:


Open World Leadership Centerat the Library of Congress

Open World Program

Program Overview

 The Open World Program was established by the U.S. Congress in 1999 at the initiative of two prominent scientists and political and civic leaders of Russia and the United States – Academician Dmitri Sergeevich Likhachev, and Librarian of Congress Dr. James Billington. Open World aims to promote mutual understanding between Tajikistan and the United Statesby enabling Tajik leaders to meet with their American counterpartsand share with them ideas and expertise in the subjects and issues most important to both sides.

Open World is the only exchange program in the U.S. legislative branch, and annual funding is provided by Congress. Thus, applying to and participating in the Open World program is free of charge for all nominees and participants. OpenWorld is managed by the Open World Leadership Centera U.S. legislative branch agency located at the Library of Congress.Dr. James H. Billington chairs the Center’s governing Board of Trustees. Open World Center’s offices are situated in the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Embassy in Dushanbe. Two American non-profit organizations work for the Open World Program on a contractual basis. They are American Councils for International Education (administrative and logistical support) and Project Harmony Inc. (alumni programs).

The Open World Program targets for participation leaders who are governmental officials of all levels, educators, business and public sector leaders. The most appropriate nominees are talented leaders who are relatively young but have already demonstrated strong professional and leadership skills, and should be open to learning American experience and to maintaining professional and personal communication with their U.S. counterparts after their return to Tajikistan.

A typical delegation has five members, which enables to make a visit more extensive and effective. All participants are actively engaged in the experience sharing and observations of their American counterparts’ work. Professional programs are made particularly for every delegation, and emphasize participants’ interests and preferences. Usually participants stay with the host families in order to provide Tajik delegates with an opportunity to learn about American family and community life. The American hosts in turn have the opportunity to hear about the new Tajikistan from the people who are helping to shape it.

Since 2007, Open World Program has hosted 190 leaders from all regions of Tajikistan.

You can find more detailed information on the program on a site:

Our Contacts:
American Councils for the International Education
Dushanbe. Tolstoy 86
Tel:221-21-03; 224-14-57

Contact persons:
Annora Akbarova (Coordinator of the program); e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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