The Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Public Policy’s (NU GSPP) mission is to improve the quality of life of people in Kazakhstan and Central Asia by training leaders to improve governance through excellence in teaching, research and executive development that focuses on key policy and leadership challenges.

It aims to become the leading public policy school in Kazakhstan and the region and strives to raise the standards of governance through professional public policy education and research.

Since its launch in 2012, NU GSPP has maintained a strong strategic partnership with the National University of Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. Together we have been working closely to establish NU GSPP as the public policy school of choice in Central Asia. NU GSPP incorporates scientific research into its teaching to provide one of the most innovative and progressive master’s programs in the Central Asian region.

NU GSPP’s degree programs include the Master in Public Policy, Master in Public Administration, and the PhD in Public Policy. Our students who come from the public sector, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector, have the opportunity to spend 2-3 weeks under the Singapore component of our Master programs and up to 3 months in the PhD program.

NU GSPP’s faculty are actively engaged in research in civil service reforms, modernization of the public service, natural resources management, policy analysis, sustainable development solutions, advocacy and consultancy to government institutions and international organizations on a wide range of public policy/administration issues in Kazakhstan and beyond.


Welcome to the Graduate School of Public Policy where we firmly believe that good governance matters in improving the lives of people!

At the GSPP, you will begin an exciting learning journey through a professional public policy education with its distinctive multidisciplinary curriculum that involves both academic rigour in knowledge of public policy analysis and the acquisition of relevant professional skills. You will have a firm grasp and nuanced understanding of both common and unique challenges that policy makers and administrators face around the world

The multidisciplinary education that you receive will provide the strong foundation that will enable you to better understand key factors that contribute to sound public policies and which lead to good governance in a country. You will gain deeper insights into complex current policy issues and challenges and acquire skills that contribute towards creative and efficacious resolution of policy challenges on a local, national or international level. You can be assured that a multidisciplinary public policy education is among the best investments that will prepare and equip you well to handle the heightened uncertainties and rapid changes that characterize the dynamic environment that we live in. By the time you graduate we are confident that in whatever work and career path that you choose to take, you will be better able to make significant contributions towards improving the lives of people in the varied places that you return to.

To ensure an enriching and fulfilling experience at the School, I strongly encourage you to remain actively engaged with both fellow students and faculty to get the best out of the time you spend in the School.

We look forward to walking this important phase of your life journey and in celebrating your achievements with you.

With best wishes, Dr Weng Tat HUI


The Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Public Policy (NU GSPP) has as its mission improving the quality of life of the people of Kazakhstan and Central Asia by training leaders to improve governance through excellence in teaching, research and executive development that focuses on key policy and leadership challenges.


NU GSPP will transform the public sector in Kazakhstan helping it to modernize public sector of the country. In line with the aspirations of Kazakhstan, the NU GSPP will train policy makers and leaders both for that Republic and its neighbours. NU GSPP aims to become a leading school of public policy that will be known for:

  • world class educational standards
  • impactful research with international standing
  • commitment to Kazakhstan

NU Graduate School of Public Policy’s Commitment to Diversity

NU GSPP has a strong commitment to supporting diversity and inclusion as specified in the Nazarbayev University Strategy for 2018-2030. This Strategy recognizes “Embracing diversity – integrated into every aspect of education, research, and community”; “Equal access to education – regardless of race, religion, gender, physical capacity, or socioeconomic status” and “Merit-based institution open to all talented and bright students, faculty and researchers” as the University’s core values.

NU GSPP is devoted to recruiting and strengthening diversity in its Faculty composition. NU GSPP believes that welcoming people from underrepresented backgrounds strengthens intellectual depth and offers multiple perspectives. NU GSPP is currently under-presented with female Faculty and particularly welcomes female applicants to Faculty positions.

NU GSPP is committed to recruit students from public, private, and nonprofit sectors who are pursuing professional advancement from all regions of Kazakhstan. NU GSPP also draws international applicants from across the globe, including Central Asia, Caucasus, Western Europe, East and Southeast Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Some of the NU GSPP programs tend to attract a sizeable amount of Nazarbayev University undergraduate alumni and NU GSPP welcomes applicants from various institutional and disciplinary settings and backgrounds.

Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Public Policy (NU GSPP) has a long-term partnership with the Lee Kuan School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore.

In 2019 QS World rankings NUS is ranked 11th in the world and remains the 1st in Asia.

The LKY School, one of the most dynamic public policy schools in Asia, offers a unique global classroom where students have the opportunity to explore public policy issues, interact with world-class faculty, and network with the future generation of Asian leaders. Although the LKY school was formally launched in 2004, it has inherited a rich legacy left by its predecessor, the Public Policy Program, which started in 1992 in partnership with the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

The LKY School has assisted with the design and development of the NU GSPP’s programs. Its faculty members offer courses and speeches at the NU GSPP every year, and as a part of our courses, students are given a study tour to Singapore.

More information about signing the Long-term Agreement and Partnership Establishment can be found here. In June 2015 the LKY School delegation headed by the Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Professor Kishore Mahbubani visited Astana for a week. During this visit strategic areas and milestones for further collaboration were discussed.

Representatives of two schools, including deans met with the State Secretary of the Republic of Kazakhstan, top management of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Agency for Civil Service Affairs and Anti-corruption. It was stated in the course of the meetings that joint efforts of NU GSPP and Lee Kuan Yew School in the area of civil service reforms, talent management and anti-corruption values’ propaganda will highly contribute to human capital development in Kazakhstan.

In the framework of the visit a Roundtable on modernization of Kazakhstan’s civil service with participants from the President’s Office, Agency for Civil Service Affairs and Anti-corruption and ministries of the Republic of Kazakhstan was held.

Read the article of Professor Kishore Mahbubani following his visit to Astana


The Singapore Component with Nazarbayev University at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (watch video)


We are looking for candidates who share our mission and vision and want to make a difference and contribute to improving the quality of life. If you are looking for multicultural environment, wide range of training and career opportunities and want to be a part of an academic world, consider applying for a job at NU GSPP.

NU GSPP is devoted to recruiting and strengthening diversity in its faculty composition. NU GSPP believes that welcoming people from underrepresented backgrounds strengthens intellectual depth and offers multiple perspectives. NU GSPP is currently under-presented with female Faculty and particularly welcomes female applicants to Faculty positions. 

Benefits for academic staff:

  • Internationally competitive salary;
  • Holiday leave of 56 days per annum;
  • Two flights for the appointee and dependents home per annum;
  • International health insurance;
  • Housing for the appointee and dependents;
  • Assistance for relocation expenses including air fares for the appointee and dependents;
  • Mentorship in teaching and research from senior colleagues from strategic partner- LKYSPP;
  • Faculty exchange program;
  • Funding to conduct preliminary research work.

Benefits for administrative staff:

  • Competitive salary;
  • Holiday leave of 30 days per annum;
  • Premium health insurance;
  • Housing opportunity*;
  • Mentorship and shadowing from senior colleagues from strategic partner- LKYSPP;
  • Training and development.

* Housing allocation for administrative staff is subject to University selection criteria

Job advertisement


Nazarbayev University was launched in 2010 as a premier national and regional university, partnering with some of the most recognized names in international higher education. Admission to NU is highly competitive; the student body is selected from the top high schools throughout the country and region.

The NU campus is located in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, in the heart of the new and ultra-modern Left-Bank region of the city. Incoming faculty will enjoy a cosmopolitan living experience, interwoven with traditional cultural influences in food and entertainment. The social life offers a rich and vibrant atmosphere with excellent clubs and restaurants, theater, music, opera, dancing, museums, modern and traditional bazaar shopping, professional and amateur sports, outdoor recreation, and much more.

The Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Public Policy (NU GSPP), invites applications for the full-time Postdoctoral Scholar position and join our international faculty to share in our vision of becoming the leading public policy school in Central Asia. Initial appointment is on a 2-year renewable contract with a possibility of renewal for up to another 2 years maximum, subject to annual performance reviews. We offer an attractive internationally competitive remuneration package. The review of applications begins in November 2022 and continues until positions are filled.



  • PhD in Public Policy, Public Administration, Economics, Political Science or a related discipline with a public policy focus
  • Relevant academic teaching and research experience: Full Professor – at least 2 years at full professor or 5 years at associate professor level, Associate Professor – at least 2 years at associate professor or 5 years at assistant professor level
  • International research profile – Publications in reputable international peer reviewed journals on policy-relevant topics; success in attracting competitive funding; awards and prizes from relevant professional/academic associations Applications are particularly invited from candidates with an established record of research and teaching in the following areas:
    • Public Management Innovation and Leadership
    • New Technology and Public Policy
    • Urban and Transport Policy
    • Health and Social Policy
    • Crisis and Emergency Management

Required Documents

Application Procedure: Candidates should submit the following documents in electronic form (MS Word or PDF file)

  • Cover letter indicating rank of position applied for
  • Detailed curriculum vitae
  • Names and contact details of three referees
  • Teaching dossier including teaching evaluations
  • Samples of course outlines
  • Brief statement of past and current research


  • A three- and five–year renewable contract
  • Internationally competitive salary
  • Furnished accommodation
  • Two annual home round trip air tickets for faculty member and dependents
  • Education allowance for faculty member’s children
  • International health insurance

Application Procedure:

To apply please click here.



Nazarbayev University (NU) is located in Astana, Kazakhstan. It is a young international, English-medium institution created with the support of leading global university partners. In support of our growing research mission, Nazarbayev University is recruiting several full-time University Postdoctoral Scholars with research aligned to the following areas in the Graduate School of Public Policy:

  • Public Governance Innovation
  • Sustainable Economic Development
  • New Technology and Public Policy
  • Urban and Transport Policy
  • Health and Social Policy

The NU Postdoctoral Scholars program develops future faculty by providing research and teaching opportunities. Successful candidates are eligible to apply for internal research grants and are supported by the mentorship of a senior faculty mentor. The University Postdoctoral Scholars also teach two courses per year in an area relevant to their research discipline and the needs of the School.

NU Postdoctoral Scholars are encouraged to develop international research networks and may apply for Assistant Professor positions at Nazarbayev University and elsewhere. However, please note that all faculty appointments at NU are based on merit, including international research benchmarks, and there is no automatic progression from Postdoctoral Scholar to Assistant Professor.

University Postdoctoral Scholars receive an attractive, internationally competitive remuneration package and are appointed on a 2-year renewable contract with a possibility of renewal for an additional two years (maximum of 4 years in total) subject to yearly performance reviews.

Job Description – Duties and Responsibilities

University Postdoctoral Scholars:

  • conduct research and teach two courses/year as directed by the Department or School, either in their area of specialization or in a subject required by their program of affiliation;
  • undertake a workload based on 80% research and 20% teaching; the 80% research load includes research administration and management duties;
  • disseminate the results of their research;
  • actively collaborate in the research and scholarly activities of relevant research groups; and
  • participate in the support of research students.

Qualifications and Selection Criteria

Applications will be assessed based on the following essential qualifications and selection criteria:

  • a Ph.D. degree from a recognized university;
  • publications in reputable journals and conferences in related areas of expertise;
  • excellent verbal and written communication skills in English;
  • demonstrated understanding of the operational requirements for a successful research project and management of resources;
  • knowledge and application of the principles underpinning successful grant applications;
  • proven ability to identify and fulfill the academic writing requirements for target publications;
  • proven record of working with team members as well as undergraduate and postgraduate students to help build research skills and guide professional development; and
  • academic experience consistent with the NU’s mission as an international research-intensive university.

Additional Information

Salary and benefits: An internationally competitive salary is offered. On-campus accommodation is provided for a modest fee. Health care insurance is available.

Job status: Full-time.

Required Documents for Application

  • Motivation letter
  • Up-to-date CV
  • Two reference letters
  • Copies of qualifications

Shortlisted candidates will be subject to our standard recruitment procedures, which include an interview, background check, and vetting of qualifications. The successful candidates are expected to begin either in January 2023 or August 2023.

How to Apply

Applications should be sent to the Office of the Provost email: before 5 December 2022, 12h00 (Astana time).

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Contact Person & Informal Enquiries about the Post

Eldar Salimov, Senior HR Manager: