The U.S. Educational Foundation in Nepal (USEF-Nepal or the Fulbright Commission) announces the 2024-25 competition for the Fulbright Foreign Student Program for Nepalese students for Master’s level study in the U.S. Those selected will begin their program in the Fall of 2024. The Program provides all expenses (including travel) for a Master’s degree program of up to two years at selected U.S. universities, in any field except Medicine and Nursing.
Fulbrighters join a network of thousands of alumni serving as leaders across the globe. Through the Fulbright Foreign Student Program, participants enrich their educations, advance their careers—and make meaningful contributions in the U.S. and in their home country.
The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational and cultural exchange program, creating connections in a complex and changing world. Led by the U.S. government in partnership with 160 countries worldwide, Fulbright builds lasting connections between the peoples of the U.S. and the people of other countries around the world, building mutual understanding between nations, advancing knowledge across communities, and improving lives around the world.
Depending upon budget availability, approximately five candidates will be nominated by the Fulbright Board in Nepal for the FFSP. Those selected will begin their program in the Fall of 2024.
Women, minorities, people with disabilities, or otherwise disadvantaged candidates and individuals with limited prior international exposure are encouraged to apply.
All applicants must:
- Possess Nepalese citizenship
- Have at least three years (for men) or two years (for women) of post-bachelor’s degree, full-time, professional work experience in an area directly relevant to the applicant’s chosen field of study as of the application deadline. This experience must be outlined by the professional recommender, verifying your position(s) and years of employment. Even if you have worked at several organizations, you are eligible to apply as long as your work experience at those organizations adds up to the minimum work-duration requirement
- Possess either a four-year bachelor’s degree; or, if the bachelor’s degree was of fewer than four years’ duration, then a Master’s degree is also required, such that the total number of years of formal education equals at least 16
- Students with a three-year bachelor’s degree who have completed only the first year of a two-year Master’s degree program, and Master’s degree students who have cleared all exams but still need to fulfill other university-mandated degree requirements are ineligible to apply. Similarly, students who have two or more two-year/three-year bachelor’s degree but no Master’s degree are ineligible to apply for the Fulbright program
- Demonstrate in post-intermediate degrees (Bachelors and Master’s) a minimum aggregate mark of:
- 54% for students in non-technical fields (Humanities and Social Sciences)
- 62% for students in Science and Technical fields
- The minimum requirements for students under the semester system are: 65% in non-technical fields; 75% in technical fields; or a Cumulative GPA of 3.50/4.00 in either field
- If the grading systems, fields of study or educational systems for the Bachelor’s and Master’s level are different (percentage and GPA grades, non-technical and science/technical fields, yearly and semester systems, etc.), the applicant needs to meet the minimum score requirements separately, not in the aggregate
- Should have sufficient level English proficiency to enable engagement in full-time graduate level study in the U.S.
- Only selected applicants will be required to sit for a TOEFL and the GRE, both of which are mandatory for university applications. The test requirements may be waived for those who:
- have taken a TOEFL in the past 2 years between May 1, 2021 to May 1, 2023 and GRE in the past 5 years between May 1, 2018 to May 1, 2023
- if you have taken an IELTS in the past 2 years between May 1, 2021 to May 1, 2023 you can upload the test score on the application
- Selected candidates MUST sit for both TOEFL and GRE tests. Candidates must acquire 100+ in TOEFL
- A competitive applicant should have the commitment to return to Nepal upon completion of the program. Preference will be given to applicants who have not previously studied in the U.S.
- Be eligible for a non-immigrant J-1 U.S. visa, and not already in possession or in the process of obtaining a U.S. immigrant visa (“green card”). All grantees receive an exchange visitor (J-1) visa which requires that the individuals return to Nepal upon completion of their academic project. Grantees are not eligible for an immigrant visa, for permanent residence, or for a non-immigrant visa as a temporary worker (“H” visa) or trainee, or as an intra-company transferee (“L” visa) to re-enter the U.S. until they have accumulated two years’ residence in Nepal after returning from the U.S. on an exchange visitor visa. This does not preclude the individual from going to the U.S. on other visas during the two-year period
- Applications and materials must be submitted through the online system. No hard copies will be accepted.
- Tuition, living stipend and academic allowances
- Round trip travel
- Health insurance
- J-1 Visa sponsorship
- Earn a graduate degree in a field of your choice from a U.S. university
- Opportunity to experience life in the U.S. and share your culture
- Pre-academic training and enrichment seminars
- Post Degree Academic Training and other post-study opportunities
- Induction into the global Fulbright alumni network
Application Link & Instructions
The online application form and instructions to fill out the application are available below. Click on Create Account to initiate your application.
- The required documents along with the online application and recommendations must be uploaded and submitted no later than 23:59 (midnight) on Monday, May 1, 2023
- You will receive a confirmation email stating that your application has been successfully submitted
- Only successful candidates will be informed via email and/or phone for interviews.
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