FAQ 2018-05-02T09:29:47+00:00
What is SIDP advisory commission? 2018-05-02T09:15:37+00:00

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.

What kind of projects does SIDP support? 2018-05-02T09:16:09+00:00

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.

How can I apply for funding? 2018-05-02T10:30:33+00:00

If you already have a project idea, fill out the project description, budget, and Program (if needed) templates, and send documents to sidp@auca.kg. If you do not have any ideas yet, but really want to implement a project, contact us and get an individual consultation.


Do I always need to apply to SIDP to get a support? 2018-05-02T11:04:50+00:00

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.

What are the requirements to projects? 2018-05-02T11:05:47+00:00

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. 

Can I volunteer at SIDP? 2018-05-16T14:50:47+00:00

Send an e-mail to sidp@auca.kg 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.

How can I get a training from SIDP? 2018-05-16T14:52:22+00:00

Contact us via e-mail or Facebook page beforehand, since the Program coordinator might not be available when you come.

What is the Get Engaged conference? 2018-05-02T09:20:40+00:00

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.

What should I do to go to the Conference? 2018-05-02T11:08:21+00:00

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.

My friend and I (also a student of AUCA) did a project together. If we apply to Get Engaged, can we go together? 2018-05-02T09:22:20+00:00

No, because the conference aims to gather diverse projects, so having two people with the same project does not match the conference’s goals.

What are the eligibility criteria to participate in the conference? 2019-10-14T12:28:04+00:00

Any AUCA student (including NGA) who has implemented a community-based project is eligible to apply.

Can I apply for the conference if I am a senior? 2019-10-14T12:28:41+00:00


Who selects the participating students? 2019-10-14T12:31:11+00:00

The SIDP Coordinator shares feedback on each project, but the final decision is always made by Bard Center for Civic Engagement. 

When can I apply for the conference? 2019-10-14T12:34:09+00:00

Get Engaged 2020 is now open! Click here to access the application form. Applicants from AUCA are highly encouraged to consult with AUCA Global Fellows – both are Get Engaged alumni – Zarlasht Sarmast and Dilshod Hamroboev before applying. You can look up their office hours in Contacts section.

When will the results arrive? 2019-10-14T12:40:59+00:00


Results will be announced on or around December 14, 2019.

Are non-Kyrgyzstani AUCA students allowed to apply for the conference? 2019-10-14T12:43:07+00:00

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. 

What will we do at the conference? 2018-05-02T09:26:16+00:00

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.

Is the conference free? All costs are covered or we need to pay something ourselves? 2019-10-14T12:44:00+00:00

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.

Do I need to apply for a visa to attend the conference? 2019-10-14T12:46:01+00:00

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 I implemented my project more than one year ago, can I still apply with this project? 2018-05-02T09:30:32+00:00

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.

If I participated in a project or was one of the organizers, may I use this project to apply for the conference? 2019-10-14T12:49:13+00:00

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. 

Can I stay longer in Budapest or visit my friends? 2019-10-14T12:50:05+00:00

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.

How many applicants are there are from AUCA? How many of them are usually accepted? 2019-10-14T12:51:49+00:00

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.

If I want to ask more questions, whom can I address? 2019-10-14T12:53:03+00:00

Approach our student ambassadors Zarlasht Sarmast or Dilshod Hamroboev during their office hours, which are indicated in Contacts

If my project is only at the beginning stage now, am I still eligible to apply? 2019-10-14T12:56:21+00:00

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).

Are NGA students eligible to apply? I did not see “NGA” year at the application form. 2019-10-14T12:59:01+00:00

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.

Can I consult with SIDP regarding our applications? (questions about essays, etc.) 2019-10-14T13:00:06+00:00

Yes, you can consult with our Global Fellows during their office hours. Look up their office hours in Contacts!

What are some tips for me to increase the chances of being accepted to the conference? 2018-05-02T11:13:04+00:00

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.

What happens with the participants after the conference? 2018-05-02T09:43:59+00:00

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.

Can I get more funding for my project at the conference? 2018-05-02T09:44:41+00:00

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.

Can I apply for Get Engaged twice with different projects / How can I go to the conference again? 2018-05-02T09:45:25+00:00

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.

Are there any ways I can still be useful for the Bard Network after the conference is finished? 2018-05-02T09:46:57+00:00

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.

Can I get some products of my project to sell at the conference? 2019-10-14T13:02:03+00:00

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. 

Will we have some free time to walk around the city, shop and/or get to know each other? 2018-05-02T10:08:04+00:00

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).

If I want to know how other Get Engaged conferences were held or who participated, how can I get this information? 2019-10-14T13:03:24+00:00

You can contact Global Fellows during their office hours to get the information.

Where can I get information about the project application deadlines? 2018-05-02T10:09:32+00:00

The applications are considered on a year-round basis.

What are the criteria of the SIDP advisory commission when approving the project budgets? 2018-05-02T10:10:50+00:00

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.

How long does it take the advisory commission members to make a decision? 2018-05-02T10:12:03+00:00

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.

What are the next steps in case my project is approved? 2018-05-02T10:12:22+00:00

First, you have to receive the funding. Second, you have to start implementing your project.

How long does it take to receive the funding if my project was approved? 2018-05-02T10:12:38+00:00

The process might take up to 2 weeks.

What is the process of receiving the funding if my project was approved? 2018-05-02T10:13:01+00:00

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.

I am an international student, can I get funding to implement a project in my home country? 2018-05-02T10:13:18+00:00

Unfortunately, funding is provided only for projects that are implemented in Kyrgyzstan.

Do I need to collect any documents when I spend money on something? 2018-05-02T11:17:39+00:00

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.

What if the seller does not provide any documents? What should I do? 2018-05-02T10:14:17+00:00

Learn if the seller can provide you with valid documents BEFORE buying anything. If the seller cannot, buy what is needed from another seller.

What is the maximum amount I can apply for? 2018-05-02T10:14:36+00:00

Depending on the scale of your project, the maximum amount is $2000.

What if I spend less money than expected? Can I redirect the savings elsewhere? 2018-05-02T10:14:57+00:00

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.

How do I report on all the funds received from SIDP? 2018-05-02T11:19:25+00:00

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.

I need some equipment for the project, is it possible to get funding for it from SIDP? 2018-05-02T10:16:40+00:00

Unfortunately, SIDP does not finance rent or purchase of equipment.

Do you support traveling to some conferences or abroad? 2018-05-02T10:16:57+00:00

No, SIDP does not support traveling to any conferences.

If I have a business idea, will SIDP support me? 2018-05-02T10:17:42+00:00

SIDP does not finance start-ups and businesses. If your project focuses on solving a community problem, you are welcome to apply!

I need to do a research as part of a class assignment, can I get SIDP support on that? 2018-05-02T10:21:44+00:00

SIDP can provide you with consultations or trainings, however it does not finance research works.

I want to do something good, but do not have any project ideas, what shall I do? 2018-05-03T12:42:51+00:00

Contact us and get an individual consultation.

Is it possible for me to stop the implementation of my project if I have already received the funding? 2018-05-02T10:22:57+00:00

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.

How long should the project be? 2018-05-02T10:24:20+00:00

SIDP is looking to support long-term projects, not one time events. The maximum duration of a project is 1 academic year.

How do I withdraw from the Program? 2018-05-02T10:24:39+00:00

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.

Do I have to report to the Program coordinator during the project implementation? If yes, how often? 2018-05-02T10:24:54+00:00

You do! Depending on a complexity of your project, you have to report 2-4 times a month.

What documents have to be submitted upon completion of the project? 2018-05-02T11:00:06+00:00

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).

Can I do projects with students from other universities? 2018-05-02T10:28:04+00:00

Yes, you can build your team  with students from different universities, however the project coordinator has to be an AUCA student.

How can I start the project? 2018-05-02T10:28:51+00:00

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!

Should I schedule a meeting before coming? 2018-05-02T11:23:30+00:00

Yes, it’s better to schedule one because Program coordinator might not be available when you come.

What should I write in the e-mail when scheduling a meeting? 2018-05-02T10:55:45+00:00

Indicate 1) date 2) time 3) type of training you want to receive.

If I want to get a training, do I have to wait until a there is a group of students? 2018-05-02T11:24:26+00:00

No, you can always get an individual training. Make sure to contact us before coming though!

Where can I get information about group trainings? 2018-05-02T10:56:48+00:00

This info will be posted on our Facebook page.

Do I have to sign up for a group training? 2018-05-02T10:57:08+00:00

Yes, e-mail your name, ID, program and year of study to sidp@auca.kg

What is Bard International Network? 2018-05-16T14:44:36+00:00

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

What kinds of trainings can I receive? 2018-05-02T10:55:01+00:00

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.