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Fulbright Foreign Student (Master's) Program 2025-26

Open From: January 16, 2024
Until: April 24, 2024
This scholarship/grant is closed.
Fulbright Foreign Student (Master's) Program 2025-26
KMC Lalitpur

The U.S. Educational Foundation in Nepal (USEF-Nepal or the Fulbright Commission) announces the 2025-26 competition for the Fulbright Foreign Student Program for Nepali students for Master’s level study in the US.

Those chosen will commence their program during the autumn of 2025. This initiative covers all costs for a Master’s degree program lasting up to two years at designated U.S. universities, encompassing all fields except Medicine and Nursing.

Women, minorities, people with disabilities, or otherwise disadvantaged candidates and individuals with limited prior international exposure are encouraged to apply.

The Fulbright Program stands as the flagship international educational and cultural exchange initiative of the U.S. government, fostering connections in a dynamic and evolving global landscape. Subject to budget considerations, around four nominees will be selected by the Fulbright Committee in Nepal for the FFSP. The chosen individuals will commence their program in the autumn of 2025.

Timeline

  • Application Deadine: April 20, 2024
  • Interviews: June 2024
  • Selected candidates take TOEFL and GRE tests: July - September, 2024
  • Selected Candidates start their program in the US: Fall 2025

Documents Required

Application Section Documents required
Academic and Professional Information CV- no more than 2 pages long (See CV format)
Academic Materials Attested* copies of Diplomas/Certificates and Mark sheets/Transcripts (arranged in a reverse chronological order; the most recent at the top and the oldest at the bottom; starting from Graduate, Undergraduate and College.
Unattested academic materials will not be considered
Test Scores TOEFL or IELTS and GRE test score reports (This is not mandatory for the application process)
Study Plan (each essay should be maximum 2 pages or no more than 1500 words) See Study Objective and Personal Statement Guidelines
Study/Research Objective
Personal Statement
Writing Sample (Often required for study in the Humanities or Social Sciences)
Travel Plans Citizenship, National ID or Passport scan
Additional Information-Country Specific Attested SLC/SEE Certificate and Mark sheet
Unattested academic materials will not be considered
Additional Information- Additional Documents Work sample (Often required for study in the Arts or Art-related fields as well as in Communication and/or Journalism)
Recommendations 3 Recommendations: professional and academic references from instructors, professors or work supervisors who know you well

Documents for attestation can be dropped off from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at USEF-Nepal office. You must submit all original academic documents listed below along with clear photocopies. Make sure to photocopy the backside information of your mark sheets.

  1. SLC/SEE: mark sheet and certificate
  2. +2: mark sheet and provisional certificate
  3. Bachelor/Master: TU transcript (if degree is from KU/PU then individual grade sheets are required as well) and provisional certificate.

General Requirements for Entering the Program

  • 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

Ineligibility

  1. Individuals holding master’s degree/s in the U.S.; 
  2. 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; 
  3. Individuals with, or in the process of obtaining, U.S. citizenship or U.S. permanent resident status; 
  4. 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 EssaysAny plagiarism detected in any part of the application will result in immediate ineligibility.

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Contact Details
Contact: 01-5907008, 9851123258, 9863026750  
Email: fulbcomm@fulbrightnepal.org.np 
Facebook: @fulbright.nepal

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