Human Capacity Development Program (HCDP)
The Human Capacity Development Program (HCDP) is a scholarship program that began in 2010 by the Kurdistan Regional Government. The program consists of 5 phases; for each phase the KRG will allocate US$100 million. In accordance with the needs of the Kurdistan Region, the KRG Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MoHE) will award at least 1,000 scholarships per year until 2014 for students to pursue master’s and doctoral degrees at leading international universities in North America, Europe, Australia, Asia, and the Middle East.
The HCDP aims to:
- Train a highly skilled young generation in various fields, especially science and engineering, which will advance the Kurdistan Region and Iraq more broadly;
- Build and develop human resources capable of leading the restructuring of Kurdistan’s higher education system;
- Promote excellence in advanced research and improve knowledge transfer at Kurdish universities by establishing linkages with leading international universities.
The KRG Representation to the U.S. is available to provide general guidance about studying and living in the U.S. and address any issues related to the HCDP Scholarship. HCDP students interested or already studying in theUnited Statesas well as U.S. universities interested in receiving HCDP students should contact the KRG-US for more information:
Mr. Karwan Zebari
Director of Congressional & Academic Affairs
Ms. Michelle Grajek
Director of Political & Diplomatic Affairs
In 2011, within the framework of the KRG’s HCDP, the MoHE, in collaboration with AMIDEAST agreed to send 100 students to theUnited Statesto study Masters and PhD programs. Students will be able to take English Language and Test Preparation courses and the TOEFL and GRE exams in the Kurdistan Region before they travel to the U.S. to begin their studies. If you are a current HCDP recipient, you may apply for the AMIDEAST – KRG Program by contacting the local AMIDEAST contact in Erbil:
To contact AMIDEAST in Erbil:
Mr. Chris Ludlow
Cell: +964 750 790 7331
To access the AMIDEAST application, please click here.
To access application procedures for the AMIDEAST application, please click here.
To access a list of the required documents for the AMIDEAST application, please click here.
EducationUSA is a global network of hundreds of advising centers supported by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S Department of State. EducationUSA Iraq has advising centers in Baghdad and Erbil, providing services to students across the country. Increasing the number of Iraqi students studying in the United States supports the cultural goals of the Strategic Framework Agreement between the Government of Iraq and the U.S. Government.
To contact EducationUSA in Baghdad:
Ms. Janet Deutsch
EducationUSA Adviser Iraq
U.S. Embassy Baghdad