The EBF provides no-interest, emergency awards To Turkmen students.  

The goal of this program is to enable already resourceful students to remain enrolled in university by allowing them to overcome short-term financial obstacles to completing their education.  


Please note that the Education Bridge Fund is not intended to support students to pay full tuition.

Please note that Education Bridge Fund does not provide any emergency support to students attending conferences. The only exception is made to students and scholars who are Chairing a Panel, Presenting a Research Paper or Giving a Speech to the conference attendants.  Supporting conference documents outlining the student's role must be sent to Arzuw Foundation, together with letters of recommendations.  The financial support provided under this category is a zero-interest loan and is constituent upon the availability of funds.



Please read through the eligibility requirements and the FAQs before submitting your application.  

Who is eligible?

  • Applicants must be current citizens of Turkmenistan.

  • Applicants must be undergraduate students enrolled in full-time studies at a college or university accredited by a recognized regional/international body outside of Turkmenistan.

  • Applicants must have completed at least their freshman (first) year of studies before applying.

Transfer of grants and loans:

Students are responsible to have a PayPal account set up in order to receive the funds from Arzuw Foundation. Exceptions are made for students residing in Turkmenistan and other countries in Central Asia. 

Application Timeline

The Education Bridge Fund Committee reviews applications quarterly. Applications received on or after the deadline will be reviewed during the next quarter.  

Application Deadline      Notification Deadline*

Summer: August 1st                                    August 15th

Fall: November 1st                              November 15th

Winter: February 1st                                February 15th

Spring: May 1st                                         May 15th

*this is an approximate date


Who reviews applications for the Education Bridge Fund?

Committee of five volunteers for the Arzuw Foundation reviews all applications and determines who receives an award.

Is this award a scholarship?

No, this is not a scholarship but rather an award to deal with emergency financial situations. All awards are a combination of a grant and a no-interest loan.  However, the exact proportion of the award that is a loan is determined by the committee based on the student's financial situation.  For example if a student is approved for a $500 award, the committee may decide that 50% of the loan is a grant ($250 would not have to be repaid) and the other 50% is a no-interest loan ($250 would have to be repaid).  No student will receive an award that is 100% grant.  

Can I receive this award more than once?

No, students are only eligible to receive this award one time.  

What do you mean by an "emergency"?

We are somewhat flexible in how we define an emergency but generally we believe an emergency to be an unforeseen and usually unavoidable situation that creates a temporary financial obstacle for a student to pay for their education.  Examples of this may include (but are not limited to): a parent loses a job and is unable to contribute to the student's tuition, unexpected school fees, a medical emergency that impacts a student's ability to pay for school, inability to work over the summer to earn money for school, etc.  

How long do I have to repay the loan portion of the award?

If you are offered an award, you will work directly with the Education Bridge Fund Committee to determine an appropriate repayment plan that meets your needs and the needs of the Arzuw Foundation.  There is no set rule that is applied to every student who receives an award as we strive to be flexible to meet the needs of the students we serve.

How are decisions made about who receives an award?

All applications are evaluated on both need and merit.  You don't have to be a straight A student to receive an award, but a student with failing grades is unlikely to receive an award.  

I'm in graduate school, can I apply?

Generally, no.  But exceptions can be made in unique circumstances. 

Application Process

Please fill out online (Google forms) application and attach the necessary supporting documents within the form.  

Once your application is submitted, we kindly request that you do not email us to check the status of your application, this will only slow down the review process.  All applicants will be notified of their status after all applications have been reviewed for that quarter.   


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