International scholarship “Bolashak”: order of participation

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“Bolashak” International Scholarship is a scholarship introduced by the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan for full-time training of citizens in the leading foreign higher education institutions so that they can get master's degrees, doctor of philosophy (PhD) degree, doctor's degree or residency training while working individuals whose job categories are determined by the Republican Committee for Training of Specialists Abroad can undergo internship in foreign organizations.   

The scholarship was introduced in 1993 by the Order of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan N. Nazarbayev. The “Bolashak” International Scholarship has become a kind of warranty for successful career and professional fulfillment of alumni.    

Who can become a holder of “Bolashak” International Scholarship?

Any citizen of the Republic of Kazakhstan applying for the following can become the program pasrticipant:

  • getting master`s degree, doctor of philosophy (PhD) degree, doctor's degree;
  • residency training;
  • internship.

One should note that “Bolashak” International Scholarship is awarded once only for undergoing of internship, getting each degree (master`s degree, doctor of philosophy (PhD) degree, doctor's degree) or residency training.  

Individuals who have not used a scholarship awarded previously and those who have not started training or internship have a single opportunity to participate in competition for “Bolashak” scholarship award provided that there is no debt owed to the Administrator.

In total, 1055 scholarships have been allocated for training under the Bolashak program in 2022. Among them, 555 scholarships are distributed among master's, residency, doctoral, internship programs in 7 categories. 500 scholarships have been allocated for the "Scientists" internship category.

Enrollment procedure under “Bolashak” program

1st stage. Determining a category for enrollment

Kazakhstani citizens can enroll for the following programs under “Bolashak” International Scholarship: master's degree program, residency, doctoral program or internship.

The following individuals can enroll for the above educational programs:

  • civil servant for an internship;
  • engineering and technical workers for an internship;
  • self-admitted applicant for academic studies;
  • applicant from rural localities;
  • teachers of secondary, technical and vocational education organizations for internships;
  • employees of the agro-industrial complex for an internship;
  • employees of the sphere of culture, tourism and sports for an internship;
  • employees of mass media for internships;
  • medical workers for internships;
  • medical workers for internships;

It should be noted that there are certain requirements for each category.

Candidates for a master`s degree

Candidates from rural areas:

Candidates for a doctor`s degree and residency training

If you participate under “Internship” category

2nd stage. Preparing the required documents

Candidates for a master`s degree:

Candidates for master`s degree from rural areas:

Candidates for doctor`s degree and residency training:

Candidates for internship:

Those who want to study under the “Bolashak” Program can submit the required documents via e-Gov Portal using the service called “Acceptance of documents for participation in competition for awarding of the “Bolashak” International Scholarship of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan”. 

Step 1.

Comply with requirements

Step 2.

Collect package of documents

Step 3.

Submit documents within the stated terms via e-Gov Portal

Step 4.

Undergo competitive selection consisting of 3 rounds:

1st round: Comprehensive testing;

2nd round: Personal interview with the members of Independent Expert Commission;

3rd round: Session of the Republican Committee for Training of Specialists Abroad

Step 5.

After getting a scholarship, a scholar or his/her trustee should contact Legal Service Department of “International Programs Center” JSC (hereinafter: the Company) within 90 calendar days from the moment of scholarship award and conclude a training contract with the Company as well as an indemnity contract.        In case of failure to conclude the contracts within the terms, a scholar is deprived of the status of the international “Bolashak” scholarship holder.   

Last update: 19.05.2022