Delegation of the European Union to Kazakhstan

EU announces II Annual Media Contest «EU – Kazakhstan: strengthening media partnership»

29/03/2019 - 05:44
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NUR-SULTAN –The Delegation of the European Union to Kazakhstan together with the Centre of enhancing media competence with the support of the Ministry of Information and Social Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan is announcing a media contest for professional study tour for Kazakhstani journalists "EU – Kazakhstan: strengthening media partnership". The EU-Kazakhstan Media Contest seeks to enhance people-to-people links and raise awareness of the European Union among the media community in Kazakhstan.

Following the contest results, 4 winners will be selected to take part in a week-long study tour to get acquainted with the EU institutions (the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union, the European Commission, the European External Actions Service) and the media pool in Brussels. The winners will also attend the midday press briefings of the European Commission and will get the opportunity to get the insider view on the EU institutions mechanism. In addition, the winners will visit Bishkek, Republic of Kyrgyzstan, to attend the EU-Central Asia Ministerial meeting.

Moreover, all winners after the completion of the study tour will receive the recommendation letters and certificates on behalf of the EU Delegation to Kazakhstan, Information and Social Development Ministry and Kazmedia School.

The contest will be held by the following stages:

  • Applications are submitted by 25 April 2019 COB. The applicant should send the requested application form with all related media materials and links attached. 
  • Selection of the candidates by the competent jury and the organizing committee, the award of scholarships in accordance with the requirements for the study tour by 10 May 2019.
  • Study tour will be held by the end of June 2019 in line with the approved programme. The duration of the tour is 1 week, taking into account the travel time.

Applications must include:

Applicants are invited to submit a sample of their work, in Kazakh, Russian or English (published in 2018-2019), focusing on European Union-Kazakhstan cooperation issues. In terms of format, the work may be either written (a news story or opinion piece) or audio-visual.

The jury will pay particular attention to journalistic qualities and talent, including rigorous research, factual accuracy and creativity.

In order to be eligible, participants must be:

  • Citizens of Kazakhstan
  • Minimum 4 years work experience in the field of journalism and media
  • Present staff member of the media outlet
  • Between the ages 18-50
  • English language skills would be an asset

To participate in the contest, it is necessary to fill out the application form and send it to in PDF or DOC format. Please attach the material (printed article, special report, video diary, documentary, etc.) to the application form. If the application specifies a link to download video material, the potential applicant must guarantee free access to it until the end of the contest and candidates selection period.

The application form is available on Kazmedia medischool website.


On 2 April 2018, the EU Delegation to Kazakhstan announced its first media contest to mark the 25th anniversary of EU-Kazakhstan diplomatic relations. Following the jury's voting, six winners were awarded a one-week training in the city of Brussels (Belgium). The program envisaged visits to the European institutions as the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union, the European Commission, the European External Action Service and an introduction to the work of the journalist pool in Brussels.

The winners of the first media contest:

• Askarov Arsen, "KazTAG" international agency, Astana;

• Askhozhina Olga, Radio "Astana", Astana;

• Bektleuova Oryngul, regional branch of  "Qazaqstan" channel, Atyrau;

• Yerbolat Mukhamedzhan, "Atameken Business Channel", Astana;

• Moskalenko Danil, "Atameken Business Channel", Astana;

• Tazhiyeva Gulnar, "Aiqyn" Newspaper, Almaty.

*The winners of the first media contest are not allowed to participate in the competition.

For further details please contact Manager Ms Ainur Myrzagaliyeva +7 (7172) 757879 or Ms Elnara Bainazarova, Press and Information Officer of the EU Delegation to Kazakhstan: + 7 (7172) 974567, e-mail: