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Fulbright Scholarships: An Opportunity for Nepali students to Study or Conduct Research in US

Posted Date: 11 Dec, 2010

Category: Scholarships

Fulbright Scholarships: An Opportunity for Nepali students to Study or Conduct Research in United States

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. 

The Fulbright Program is an international educational exchange program established in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Senator J. William Fulbright. Its purpose is to increase mutual understanding and peaceful relations between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright program emphasizes scholarly interchange and academic excellence with awards based on open competition.

Although the Commission for Educational Exchange between the United States and Nepal was established in 1961, the first Fulbright Scholarships were awarded to Nepalis and to Americans to go to Nepal in the 1950s. Since that time, more than 500 Nepalis have studied, done research or taught in the US under Commission auspices, and more than 300 Americans have come to Nepal to teach and conduct research. The Fulbright Program supports graduate study and post-doctoral research in the US for Nepali junior and senior scholars. The program also funds American students and professors to do research or lecture at universities in Nepal. Annually, the Fulbright Commission sponsors 8-10 American Fulbrighters and sends about an equal number of Nepali grantees to the US.

Grantees are selected on the basis of their academic excellence, professional qualifications and potential in a wide range of disciplines and specializations. Binational members of the Nepal Commission's Selection Review Committees select grantees through a stringent selection procedure continuing over more than a year and involving several stages of screening, evaluation interviews and counseling.


Fulbright Student (Masters-Level) Awards

Grants of a maximum of two-year duration are awarded to Nepali students in any field except Medicine, Engineering and Agriculture to pursue masters degrees in the United States. Each year the Nepal Fulbright Commission awards from four to six such scholarships to Nepali students through a nationwide competition. Watch for the Fulbright Competition announcement in February. Notices are usually advertised in the daily newspapers like Kathmandu Post, The Himalayan Times and is also posted on and Commission's website.



Fulbright Science and Technology Ph.D. Award

Fulbright Science and Technology Ph.D. scholarship is a worldwide program, and is designed to be among the most prestigious international scholarships in science and technology. Grantees will be enrolled for PhD study at top U.S. universities in the fields of science, technology, or engineering. Eligible fields include: Aeronautics and Astronomics/Aeronautical Engineering, Astronomy/Planetary Sciences, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Sciences/Engineering, Engineering (electrical, chemical, civil, mechanical, ocean, and petroleum), Environmental Science/Engineering, Geology/Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Information Sciences/Engineering, Materials Science/Engineering, Mathematics, Neuroscience/Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Oceanography, and Physics.



Fulbright Post-Doctoral Research Program

Periodically, the Nepal Fulbright Commission makes two or three Post Doctoral grants to Nepali academics who wish to conduct research at US universities. The grants are usually for six months of residence in the US. The Post Doctoral grants are not always offered every year, but when they are, the competition is usually announced in September, and notices are usually published in the daily newspapers like Kathmandu Post, The Himalayan Times and is also posted on and the Commission's website.



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