- About the Program
- Get Engaged Conference
- Projects Funding
- Projects Implementation
- Trainings & Consultations
SIDP advisory commission is the body within the Program, which approves the submitted projects and their budgets, and provides recommendations to improve them. The existence of SIDP advisory commission ensures transparency and avoidance of bias when reviewing the projects.
SIDP supports economic, ecological, and social projects. SIDP does not finance start-ups, research works, completely charitable projects, projects with a political or religious character. Also, the Program does not finance purchase or rent of various equipment (projectors, cameras, etc.) for the projects.
If you want to get funding, then you have to apply to SIDP. If you want to get support in form of consultations and recommendations, you can contact us and let us know when you want to meet.
The project must be implemented in Kyrgyzstan, aim to solve a specific problem, have a clearly defined target audience, and have a limited implementation term. Also, the project coordinator can not be a direct beneficiary of the project. The maximum duration of a project is 1 academic year.
Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information: 1) tell us about yourself 2) tell us about your skills 3) tell us why do you want to volunteer at SIDP? In case there are matching positions at SIDP, the program coordinator will contact you.
Get Engaged is an annual conference organized by Bard College in partnership with Central European University, which gathers students from Bard International Network (AUCA, Al- Quds Bard College, Bard College Berlin, Smolny College of Saint Petersburg State University, European Humanities University) to present their projects, share ideas, network, and participate in professional trainings.
Students have to have projects they have implemented or are implementing. If you do not have a project, start now! Even if you are late this year, you can still apply to Get Engaged in the coming year. And do not forget that you should be doing a project because you truly care about it, and not just because you want to travel.
No, because the conference aims to gather diverse projects, so having two people with the same project does not match the conference’s goals.
Any AUCA student (including NGA) who has implemented a community-based project is eligible to apply.
The SIDP Coordinator shares feedback on each project, but the final decision is always made by Bard Center for Civic Engagement.
Results will be announced on or around December 14, 2019.
All students regardless of their citizenship are allowed to apply to the conference as long as they have implemented/are implementing a project. However, it is important to note that being accepted to the conference does not automatically grant a visa, and it is up to the Hungarian Consulate to approve a visa.
The conference’s main focus is on student projects, so you will be presenting the projects and sharing experiences, feedback, and ideas. You will also have a great chance to network with students from across the Bard College International Network, and participate in professional trainings to expand and improve your projects.
All costs (round flight, transportation fees, meals, accommodation) will be covered by Bard Center for Civic Engagement. You will have to pay for your visa when applying for it, however the fee be reimbursed to you once you arrive to the conference.
Since the conference is held in Hungary, you will need to apply for a visa in Consulate General of Hungary in Almaty, Kazakhstan to participate in the conference. All selected finalists travel to Almaty together with the SIDP Coordinator to apply for the conference.
If you are still working on that project, then yes. Projects have to be recent and continuing ones. So, if you worked on a project once one year ago, and did not do any work afterwards, you cannot apply with that project.
Generally, selected finalists are project coordinators/ leaders of projects. If you were a participant, but contributed to a project – to a great extent -that made a difference in a community, you may apply.
You will always be flying from and back to Bishkek together in a group lead by the SIDP Coordinator, that is why you cannot stay longer in Budapest. Also, for its most part, the conference is strictly scheduled, and you have to arrive on time everywhere and not be late! You can meet your friends (in Budapest) in your free time.
Last year there were 32 applicants from AUCA, and 7 student were selected as finalists. Usually the number of accepted students ranges from 5-7, but might change from year to year upon decision of Bard Center for Civic Engagement.
Approach our student ambassadors Zarlasht Sarmast or Dilshod Hamroboev during their office hours, which are indicated in Contacts
If you have achieved some results in your project, you are eligible to apply (a project should actually be implemented at the moment of application, it is not just an idea).
NGA students should first consult with Zar and Dilshod (see their office hours HERE). If approved, they can apply, and should indicate “First Year” in “Academic Year”. However, they should indicate “NGA” in “Major” question.
Yes, you can consult with our Global Fellows during their office hours. Look up their office hours in Contacts!
Implement a quality and a problem-solving project. And in order to do that, research, prepare, plan accordingly, and start your project as soon as possible! Also, start applying to the conference early on.
Students basically come back loaded with feedback, ideas, inspiration, and resources. Upon return, participants should put all of that in use. Participants can apply for micro grants up to $600 and receive additional funding to continue working on their projects. They also can work with Global Fellows to receive advice and expand their projects.
There will be people from outside the Bard College International Network, who might be willing to support your project. Therefore, students should be ready to present their projects the best they can to attract new donors and more funding.
There is no possibility for students to attend the conference twice. The conference is organized to help students learn new skills and gain knowledge, and even if your project is outstanding, other students should be given a chance to attend too.
Of course, you can contribute by becoming a Global Fellow and consult students from the Network and help with their projects. You can expand your project across the partner institutions. You can also work with students who will just be attending the conference next year, and you can contact the Program Coordinator to learn more ways to be useful and provide support.
It is possible depending on what the products of your projects are and upon approval of Bard Center for Civic Engagement staff. For example, in 2017 a student project coordinator sold the felt products made by the participants of her project, and it went really well.
Most of the time, you will be having free time in the evenings. You will be able to have dinners by yourselves, and organizers will take care of the cultural part of the conference (city tour).
You can contact Global Fellows during their office hours to get the information.
The applications are considered on a year-round basis.
The advisory commission evaluates the project’s general idea, the problem it aims to solve, and its budget. The preference is given to projects of students of non-graduating class with the most justified and effective budgets. It is also an advantage if the expenses of the submitted projects are partially covered by its partners or the local community’s contribution.
It takes them 5 days to decide. Even though the decision-making period is not very long, be aware that it is the money transfer that takes much longer, so plan accordingly with submitting your project package and setting the project time frame.
First, you have to receive the funding. Second, you have to start implementing your project.
The process might take up to 2 weeks.
To provide funding, the Program coordinator has to fill out the financial form and submit it to the AUCA financial office. Depending on the types of expenses your project has, you might have to provide documents, which are necessary to attach to this financial form. Therefore, plan in advance and apply early on so that you have funding when you need it.
Unfortunately, funding is provided only for projects that are implemented in Kyrgyzstan.
When you are about to buy something, it is your responsibility to make sure that all the valid financial documentation will be provided by the seller to you. It is a MUST to collect and keep all the financial documents when you are spending money on your project.
Learn if the seller can provide you with valid documents BEFORE buying anything. If the seller cannot, buy what is needed from another seller.
Depending on the scale of your project, the maximum amount is $2000.
If you spend less money than expected, and you can either redirect savings on other project expenses you might have (after consulting with Program coordinator) or return the remaining money to AUCA in full amount.
You must timely bring all valid financial documents confirming your project expenses. Depending on from who (a company/ a physical person) you are purchasing a good/ service, you might have to provide different types of documentation. To learn more, contact us.
Unfortunately, SIDP does not finance rent or purchase of equipment.
No, SIDP does not support traveling to any conferences.
SIDP does not finance start-ups and businesses. If your project focuses on solving a community problem, you are welcome to apply!
SIDP can provide you with consultations or trainings, however it does not finance research works.
Contact us and get an individual consultation.
Though quite undesirable, it is still possible to withdraw from the Program with a condition that you either replace yourself with a new project coordinator or return the received funding to AUCA in full amount.
SIDP is looking to support long-term projects, not one time events. The maximum duration of a project is 1 academic year.
You have to notify the Program coordinator via e-mail indicating the reason of the withdrawal. After reviewing it, the Program coordinator will confirm the withdrawal.
You do! Depending on a complexity of your project, you have to report 2-4 times a month.
You have to submit 1) a financial report, 2) a post-implementation (PIR) form along with a 3) narrative report and all 4) the media documents (photos, videos, audio).
Yes, you can build your team with students from different universities, however the project coordinator has to be an AUCA student.
To start a project you have to have an idea first. Take time to think and analyze who you are as a person, what you care for, what are some issues that bother you and you would like to take action to change them, do your research, identify a specific problem, and come for a consultation if needed. Contact us!
Yes, it’s better to schedule one because Program coordinator might not be available when you come.
Indicate 1) date 2) time 3) type of training you want to receive.
No, you can always get an individual training. Make sure to contact us before coming though!
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Bard International Network is the network of Bard College partner universities and consists of Al-Quds Bard College for Arts and Sciences in Jerusalem, American University of Central Asia in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic, Bard College in Annandale on Hudson, New York, Bard College Berlin in Germany, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary, European Humanities University in Vilnius, Lithuania, the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences of St. Petersburg State University (Smolny College) in St. Petersburg, Russia
There are trainings on project management, team leadership, soft skills, and tools and instruments. Considering your needs the level of trainings may vary. If you’ve never implemented a project, these trainings will have a beginner lever info, while experienced PM will have more in depth information.