Mentor for Alumni of the U.S.-CAEF Program

American Councils

About the organization

American Councils for International Education is a premier, international nonprofit creating educational opportunities that prepare individuals and institutions to succeed in an increasingly interconnected and rapidly changing world. Through academic exchanges, overseas language immersion, data-driven research, and educational development programs, American Councils designs and administers innovative programs and language assessments that broaden individual perspectives, increase knowledge, and deepen understanding.

The U.S.-Central Asia Education Foundation Program (U.S.-CAEF) is one of the programs administered by American Councils. It is governed by the U.S.-CAEF board of directors and sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. The mission of the program is to encourage the development and growth of a vibrant, open-market, private business sector in Central Asia through business education.


The U.S.-CAEF Alumni Association is currently looking for mentors for the graduates of the U.S.-Central Asia Education Foundation (U.S.-CAEF) Enterprise Student Fellowship Program. U.S.-CAEF Alumni work in international corporations, leading domestic enterprises, and small or medium-sized businesses throughout Central Asia and abroad. Several have demonstrated outstanding entrepreneurial skills and have started their own businesses in often challenging economic environments.

Responsibilities of a mentor:
• Meet with your mentee at least once a month and/or engage in a mentoring activity, either in person or virtually.
• Willingly share your experience and professional success.
• Look for experiences that will stretch and challenge the mentee. (i.e., suggested readings, etc.)
• Remain accessible, committed, and engaged during the length of the program.
• Actively listen to your mentee.
• Provide open and candid feedback.
• Offer encouragement through genuine positive reinforcement.
• Be a positive role model.
• Share “lessons learned” from your own experiences.
• Be a consistent resource and serve as a sounding board.
• Let the Mentorship Program Coordinator know if you would like to have an individual one-on-one coaching session from a professional trainer for your own development.
• Let the Mentorship Program Coordinator know as soon as possible if you are having a problem connecting with your mentee.


Professionals (not required, but preferably in the spheres of finance, business, economics, or related areas) with extensive work experience/established careers eager to commit their time and energy to helping others, providing guidance and advice, and sharing their own experiences to help alumni reach a better work-life balance.

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

U.S.-CAEF is a fully-funded undergraduate academic scholarship program of the U.S.-Central Asia Education Foundation. The fellowships are based on academic merit and financial need and are awarded to qualified students who are citizen residents of the Central Asian countries of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan to study at the American University of Central Asia (AUCA), Bishkek and KIMEP University, Almaty, which are leading Western-style institutions in the region. Over the past 14 years since the program’s inception in 2007, U.S.-CAEF has provided critically important financial support to over 400 outstanding students from all Central Asian republics to study at AUCA, Bishkek, and KIMEP University, Almaty.

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