Contest for Journalists “Sustainable development and addressing statelessness in Central Asia”


This initiative aims to support quality, convincing and impactful reporting of importance of addressing statelessness in Central Asia to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.


The contest is open for proposals of media projects on the topic of sustainable development and addressing statelessness in Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan submitted by individual media professionals (for example, freelance journalists, writers, videographers, photographers, graphic designers and other content creators) or media organisations that are based and work in one of the countries mentioned above. The contest is open for participants of 18 and above.

Application process

Interested applicants should submit the following:

  • Competed application form
  • Comprehensive proposal for their media project, including the theme, format, target audience, language (Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Turkmen, Uzbek, English or Russian), media outlet and/or other platform on which the project will be published (e.g. news portal; blog, TV channel, radio station etc.); estimated timeline and expected results/impact (e.g. reach, engagement, views, visits, increased awareness etc.). Please use this template for project proposal. The proposal should be submitted in PDF format as an attachment to the application form.
  • Detailed budget outlining the estimated costs for the proposed project, including production, travel (if applicable), and other relevant expenses, should be included in the application. Please use this template for budget. Maximum amount to be awarded to one application – 2,000 USD. The budget should be submitted in PDF format as an attachment to the application form.

Applicants are also encouraged to provide examples of their previous works relevant to the topic of the competition, social issues or human rights reporting.

Proposals should be submitted in English or Russian languages. Proposed media projects could be implemented in one of the following languages: Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Turkmen, Uzbek, Russian or English.

Applications should be submitted online.

Update: Deadline for applications: 15 October 2023

Final decisions will be communicated to the selected applicants via email by 29 October 2023.

Selected media projects must be implemented and completed by 31 December 2023.

Detailed description of the contest is available here: UNHCR media contest on statelessness

By participating in this contest, you agree with its conditions.

If you have additional questions regarding the contest, please contact Yelena Sim, UNHCR, at: [email protected].


Contest results

The contest is closed. Selected participants:

  • Shoyira Nusratova, Uzbekistan
  • TRVC Maral TV, Kyrgyzstan
  •, Uzbekistan
  • Cabar.Asia, Kazakhstan
  • Farogat Khurramova, Uzbekistan
  • Manshuq Media, Kazakhstan