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 Nepali students for Master’s level study in the US.
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.
The Fulbright Foreign Student Program provides all expenses (including travel) for a Master’s degree program of up to two years at selected US universities, in any field except Medicine and Nursing.
Women, minorities, people with disabilities, or otherwise disadvantaged candidates and individuals with limited prior international exposure are encouraged to apply.
- Application Deadine: May 1, 2023
- Selected Candiates will be informed: June, 2023
Those who completed their SLC or its equivalent degree from rural areas, women, minorities and people from under-served populations are strongly encouraged to apply.
You can get full details about the program here: Fulbright Scholarships Program
General Requirements for Entering the Program
All applicants must:
- Possess Nepali 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 filing deadline. This experience must be documented by letters (or attested copies) from employer(s) that verify the applicant’s position(s) and years of employment. Even if you 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 degrees but no Master’s degree are ineligible to apply for the Fulbright program.
- Demonstrate in post-intermediate degrees 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 levels 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.
- Have a high level of competence in speaking, reading and writing English. Eligible applicants will be required to sit for an English test. The test requirement 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, 2017 to May 1, 2022
- 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
- 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”)
- 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. See 10
- 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
- Individuals holding master’s degree/s in the U.S.;
- Individuals who have previously resided in the U.S. for six months or more during the preceding five years prior to the application submission deadline;
- Individuals with, or in the process of obtaining, U.S. citizenship or U.S. permanent resident status;
- Employees of USEF-Nepal and local employees of U.S. Mission in Nepal who work for the U.S. Department of State, and their spouses and dependent children are ineligible for grants during the period of their employment and for one year following the termination of employment
To learn more about the program, join on the Question & Answer session and Information Session organized virtually.
Application Form Instructions
- Read these instructions carefully. Complete the application carefully and correctly and submit within the deadline. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. The application forms from previous years should not be used, nor the questions asked in the application, especially on the electronic version, deleted or altered.
- All responses, including dates, in the application must be in English. Double check for correct spelling and grammar. Write “Not Applicable” or “N/A” in places where the information requested is not applicable to you.
- For question no. 4, your proposed field of study must be a recognized discipline for advanced study, not a professional job specialty.
- Under “name of degree” clearly state I.A., I.Sc., I.Com., B.A., B.Com., etc., so we know exactly which degrees you have received. Give the name and location of the schools, colleges or universities from which you graduated. For major subject, give your major field. Do not list all the subjects you studied. The duration of the course is the number of years the course is supposed to run; not how many years it took you to complete the degree. Check an appropriate box next to the duration (or write the duration in the given box if it is different from the available options); and also mention in one of the columns whether the degree was completed under the semester system or yearly system. You should not convert your grades from GPA to percentage figures, if the normal grading system at your place of study is GPA/CGPA, and your GPA or percentage figures should not be rounded up.
- Give a description of your employment, including job title and your job duties. (ONLY 3-5 main responsibilities)
- Your statement of purpose and personal essay must not only include excellent content but also be well structured, effectively organized, properly punctuated, and smoothly written. Many candidates are eliminated because of weak essays! Each essay should be no longer than the space provided. (Remember, longer is not necessarily better.) Please see the Tips for Excellent Essays. Any plagiarism detected in any part of the application will result in immediate ineligibility.
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