48 months
23500 USD/year
23500 USD/year
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The Eurasian Studies program at Nazarbayev University is designed to train versatile and internationally competitive scholars by combining a core curriculum of key concepts in the humanities and social sciences, with practical training in necessary writing and research techniques, as well as rigorous subject-specific training across at least two disciplines

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Key Features

The Eurasian Studies program at Nazarbayev University is the first interdisciplinary, English-medium doctoral program in the Humanities and Social Sciences in Central Asia. It is designed according to the highest international standards and taught by highly-qualified faculty, but at the same time is adapted to the educational, social and intellectual environment of Kazakhstan and the wider region.

Our program combines a core curriculum of key concepts in the humanities and social sciences, practical training in necessary writing and research techniques and ethics, and rigorous subject-specific training across at least two disciplines. Students have the space, time and flexibility they need to write a doctoral thesis that makes an original contribution to the field. Funding opportunities for research abroad and co-supervision by NU and non-NU experts enables our students to develop a truly international profile.

We train students to become versatile and internationally competitive scholars on the Eurasian region. Graduates from this doctoral program share a range of qualities and abilities, as well as field-specific skills that make them both “interdisciplinary” and “flexible.” Truly interdisciplinary research demonstrates a solid grounding in one discipline and sufficiently deep training in one or more others, which enables the scholar to build real bridges between various disciplines. Graduates of this program combine strong disciplinary and interdisciplinary training with a first-hand knowledge of the region, a command of the primary and secondary sources consistent with world-class scholarship on this region of the world, knowledge of requisite research languages and excellent academic English

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Eurasia
  • Critical Issues in Eurasian Studies
  • Proseminar in Eurasian Humanities OR Proseminar in Eurasian Social Sciences
  • Dissertation Research 
  • Discipline 1 Elective 
  • Advanced Academic Writing

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


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Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • an undergraduate degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in a relevant discipline;
  • a Master’s degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline or a PhD degree or equivalent (if applicable) in a relevant discipline.
  • a competitive CGPA in applicant’s Master’s (or equivalent) degree. 
  • strong reading, analytical, and mathematical skills (as appropriate to the focus of the applicant’s research) as demonstrated by GRE test. 
  • high motivation and strong interest in the Program as outlined in a personal statement (250-500 words);
  • strong academic writing ability as demonstrated in a writing sample (academic paper, essay, published article);
  • relevant research interest and knowledge of research subject as demonstrated in a written research proposal (1500-2000 words);
  • Minimum two confidential letters of recommendation written within the last two years 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    23500 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 23500 USD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    23500 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 23500 USD per year during 48 months.

KZT 9,235,500

Living costs for Nur-Sultan

151250 - 222349 KZT /month
Living costs

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