Programs for Nepali Citizens
Opportunities for Nepali students and scholars to study or conduct research in the United State are announced in the newspapers, radio and on this website. The competitions are nation-wide and open. Selections are made by the Fulbright Commission's bi-national Board of Directors after an intensive review of applications, English language screening, and interviews.
Near East & South Asia Undergraduate Exchange Program (NESA UGRAD):
The Near East and South Asia Undergraduate Exchange Program (NESA UGRAD) is a part of the Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD Program), a scholarship program managed by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State for emerging student leaders from underrepresented sectors around the world. The program in Nepal commenced during the 2009-2010 academic year, with three students going to State University of New York (SUNY) Cobleskill, New York. We've had a total of 13 candidates attend programs at various universities since then. Participants engage in one year of undergraduate, non-degree studies at a diverse network of accredited two- and four-year institutions. Participants engage in local community service projects and take part in cultural enrichment activities. Host institutions provide participants with academic skill development classes. NESA UGRAD is administered by American Councils for International Education on behalf of the U.S. Department of State.
Fulbright Student (Masters-Level) Awards:
The Fulbright Student Scholarship Is sponsored by the United States Department of State and was established in 1946 by the U.S. Congress to "enable the government of the United States to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries." Since 1953, when the program began in Nepal more than 450 Nepali students have received Fulbright grants. Since 1961, the Fulbright Program with Nepal has been administered by a binational organization known as the Commission for Educational Exchange Between the United States and Nepal (USEF Nepal). The Fulbright Program in Nepal continues to support Nepal’s efforts at democratization and economic liberalization through the exchange of students and scholars in critical fields such as law, political science, journalism, the humanities, and business administration.
Fulbright Post-Doctoral Research Program:
The Nepali Fulbright Post-Doctoral Research Program is part of the prestigious worldwide Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program and provides grants to Nepali citizens to undertake post-doctoral level research in the United States. These grants are for no more than six months in duration and they provide important opportunities for Nepali scholars to: develop collaborative research relationships with U.S. scholars; enhance their scholarly publications and other contributions with research conducted in the U.S.; establish professional contacts in their fields; and to make long-lasting linkages with colleagues and institutions in the U.S. The Fulbright Post-Doctoral Research Program in Nepal allows Nepali Scholars an opportunity to pursue scholarly work without interruption over the six month period of the grant in the U.S. By doing research, providing guest lectures, and pursuing other scholarly interests in a completely different environment, scholars return to Nepal professionally stimulated and personally invigorated.
Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program:
The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program is a non-degree program which brings mid-career professionals from developing countries to the United States for one academic year of graduate study and related practical, professional experiences. Fellowships are granted competitively to professional candidates who can demonstrate a commitment to public service in the government, NGO, or private sectors and potential for national leadership. The Humphrey Program also offers a Long Term English language training opportunity to facilitate the participation of candidates from non-elite populations, rural areas, minority groups and others who may be excellent “Humphrey Material” but are lacking the necessary language skills. Selection from Nepal for the Humphrey Fellowship program constitutes a nomination; selected candidates must further compete in a worldwide selection process.