Call for Applications for HPAIR Asia Conference 2019 in Nur-Sultan (Astana), Kazakhstan

Deadline:  Early Round Deadline – April 28, 2019; Regular Round Deadline – May 26, 2019; Late Round Deadline – June 16, 2019
Open to: current undergraduate students, graduate students, and young professionals
Venue: 16  –  20 August 2019 | Nur-Sultan (Astana), Kazakhstan


This year’s HPAIR Asia Conference will be held in Nur-Sultan (Astana), Kazakhstan’s dynamic capital city. 

Central Asia is a thriving and dynamic region, and Nur-Sultan (Astana) is leading it forward. As the former host city of the World Expo 2017, and the future host city of the WTO Ministerial Conference 2020, Nur-Sultan is positioned as Central Asia’s burgeoning hub of international diplomacy, trade, and cultural exchange. HPAIR is now part of this historic moment.

The Harvard College Project for Asian and International Relations (HPAIR), is a recognized student-run organization of the Harvard University Faculty of Arts and Sciences. HPAIR organizes Harvard University’s largest annual student conferences in the Asia-Pacific region. Since 1991, we have continuously gathered a growing pool of international students from top universities, renowned academics, business professionals, and political leaders to engage in our rigorous educational events.

Today, HPAIR has significantly expanded to offer two annual conferences. Through plenary sessions, panels, keynotes, workshops, and case studies, the conferences provide valuable opportunities for discussion about challenges and trends in the international landscape. Continuing its tradition of academic excellence, the HPAIR Harvard Conference is a 3-day academic program in mid-February that seeks to create a rigorous forum for dialogue and exchange.

Delegates will benefit from gaining a broader exposure to issues spanning multiple arenas, including political, social, economic, cultural, and business. As the world becomes more globalized as well as commercialized, the boundary between business and other aspects of society is increasingly less rigid. The Harvard Conference seeks to capture this phenomenon and help delegates understand its impacts on the future of international relations.

Over the summer, HPAIR also hosts the HPAIR Asia Conference, a 5-day conference in mid-August that strives to bring dialogue to a local country in that Asia-Pacific region. 

In addition to its international conferences, HPAIR aims to promote understanding of the economic, political, social, and cultural issues facing the Asia-Pacific region within the Harvard community by organizing panels and other events on Harvard’s campus.


Current undergraduate students, graduate students, and young professionals are eligible to apply to the conference. In addition, recent college graduates who obtained an undergraduate or a graduate degree in the the past 5 years are eligible to apply to HPAIR conferences.

Cost & Scholarship

The Scholarship Application will be available until April 28, 2019, at 11:59 PM EDT (UTC – 4) on the portal.

In order to apply for a scholarship, applicants must submit both the Delegate Application and the separate Scholarship Application by the Early Round deadline (April 28, 2019, at 11:59 PM EDT (UTC – 4)).  Due to time constraints, HPAIR will not be able to consider any applicant for a scholarship if either of the applications is late.

In order to be awarded a scholarship, an applicant must successfully complete the following steps: 

  1. Delegate Application: Submit the Delegate Application on the portal by the Early Round Deadline (April 28, 2019, at 11:59 PM EDT (UTC – 4)).
  2. Scholarship Application: Submit the Scholarship Application on the portal by the Early Round Deadline (April 28, 2019, at 11:59 PM EDT (UTC – 4)).  The Scholarship Application is made of two essay questions that provide applicants the opportunity to explain their need for financial aid to attend the conference and their academic and/or professional pursuits.
  3. Document Submission: Soon after the Scholarship Application closes, applicants will be asked to collect and submit a budget of their expenses to attend the conference and financial documents (recent tax returns and bank account statements).  Applicants will have roughly 1.5 weeks to submit these documents.
  4.  Interview: Scholarship applicants will hear in mid-May whether they have been selected for a 20-30 minute scholarship interview with the HPAIR staff member in charge of reviewing their application.  This interview will provide applicants with the opportunity to further elaborate on their financial need, reasons to attend the conference and their academic/professional pursuits.
  5. Final Decisions: Final scholarship decisions will be released by the end of May.

HPAIR offers a mix of partial and full scholarships that can cover registration fees, transportation costs, and/or other incidental costs.  

Each applicant’s circumstances will be evaluated individually, and awards will cover each scholar’s financial need to attend the conference, as determined by HPAIR through the submission of a budget and financial documents.  Scholarships take the form of a reimbursement of costs via an online transfer or a check at the conference.

In addition to the financial award, all HPAIR scholars receive the following benefits:

  • Free accommodation during August 15-20 at a hotel nearby the conference venue
  • A scholarship certificate
  • A special Scholars Reception to meet other scholars and HPAIR staff.
  • The opportunity to be featured on HPAIR social media platforms and to publish written work through HPAIR’s website. 


  • Early Registration: June 15 at 11:59 PM EDT (UTC – 4)*
  • Regular Registration: July 6 at 11:59 PM EDT (UTC – 4)
  • Late Registration: July 15 at 11:59 PM EDT (UTC – 4) or 500 registrations, whichever occurs first

*Early Registration period is only for delegates who submit the Delegate Application by the Early Round deadline.

In order to apply, register HERE.

If you have any questions, check the FAQ section or please write to:

The official web-page.