Call for Applications

The 2015 Central Eurasia Leadership Alliance/Academy (CELA), Istanbul Turkey.

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The Central Eurasia Leadership Alliance/Academy (CELA) is an ambitious, multicultural initiative, promoting regional cooperation and fostering the development of tomorrow’s most forward-thinking, mid-career leaders in the Caucasus, Central Asia and Afghanistan.

Applicant Basic Requirements:

  • – Age range between 28-42.
  • – Citizens of Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
  • – Working in the professional sectors of business, government, civil society and media.
  • – Proficient in English.

After submitting your form, the next step would be for Country Selection Committees to consider your credentials and contact you to arrange an interview. If accepted, further instructions will be provided by CELA staff.

The participation fee for 2015 is $2,000. It partially covers your participation in the Academy (accommodation, food, and program) the rest is subsidized by CELA. Participants are responsible for their own travel and visa expenses to and from Istanbul, Turkey. Accepted participants must make a non-refundable deposit of $500 by June 1 2015. The remaining $1,500 must be paid by July 1 2015.

Please send completed application form & CVs to two email addresses: (this is a collection point for the CELA Selection Committee) AND (this allows the CELA staff to track applications’ status). In the subject line of your e-mail, please write: CELA 2015, your first name, your last name, your country of citizenship. If you have inquiries or require clarifications, please write to CELA Network Manager Zarina Chekirbaeva (

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Central Eurasia Leadership Alliance/Academy

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