Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program for Nepali Post-Doctoral Researchers and Senior Artists

2019-08-04 - 2019-11-01

Post-Doctoral Fellowships

Scholarships to Study in USA

2019-20 Competition Deadline: November 1, 2019

The Nepal Fulbright Commission (USEF/Nepal) announces the competition for the 2019-20 Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program for Nepali Post-Doctoral Researchers and Senior Artists for academic year 2019-20. Depending on the availability of funding, USEF/Nepal will provide grants to up to two Nepali scholars to conduct post-doctoral research at a U.S. university and/or Nepali artists to undertake an artistic project during the 2019-20 academic year for a period of up to nine months.

The award aims to provide an opportunity to collaborate with U.S. counterparts, to forge links between local and U.S. academics and/or artists, to build lasting ties between the two countries through collaborations and to share the experiences and learning gained in the U.S. with local counterparts.

For post-doctoral research projects, the subject of the proposed research should relate directly to Nepal. Applicants should have already established contact with and solicited expression of interest from the U.S. university where their research is to be conducted. Women and scholars residing/teaching outside the Kathmandu Valley are strongly encouraged to apply.

For artistic projects, the project should be based at a U.S. university, museum or other cultural institution. Project proposals using the prescribed form will be accepted from artists in music, theatre, writing, painting, design, or photography. Applicants should have already established contact with and solicited expression of interest from a U.S. university, museum or other cultural institution where their artistic project is to be conducted.

General Requirements:


You must possess all of the following qualifications:

  1. Citizenship or permanent resident status qualifying you to hold a valid passport issued in Nepal. Persons selected for a Fulbright grant will be required to submit a copy of their passport data page to the Fulbright Commission. Persons applying for or holding permanent residence in the United States are not eligible. Persons who are citizens of both a partner country and the United States are also ineligible. Fulbright Scholars enter the United States on an Exchange Visitor (J-1) visa under a U.S. Department of State program and are subject to the two-year home-country residency requirement associated with the J-1 visa. NOTE: Scholars/Artists and their dependents who have held J visas with sponsorship of more than six months are not eligible to reenter as J-1 researchers or artists for 12 months following the program sponsorship end date. In addition, scholars/artists who have previously held a J visa in the professor or research scholar category are not eligible for sponsorship again in those two categories for a period of 24 months following the program sponsorship end date.
  2. Doctoral degree (for researchers) or equivalent professional training or experience at the time of application (for artists). For professionals and artists outside academe, recognized professional standing and substantial professional accomplishment is expected.
  3. A detailed statement of proposed activity for research and/or an artistic project at a U.S. institution. The proposed project should contribute to the development of knowledge in your field and must be feasible within a maximum period of nine months in the United States.
  4. Proficiency in English appropriate to the proposed project. You may be required to take an English proficiency examination.
  5. Sound physical and mental health. Those selected for a Fulbright grant are required to submit a Medical History and Examination Report before their grants can be finalized.

In addition, you should note the following conditions affecting review and selection of candidates:

  1. Applicants will be considered without regard to race, religion, sex, age, and/or physical impairment.
  2. Preference is given to those without recent experience in the United States.
  3. Applicants should be representative and responsible citizens who can contribute to a full and fair picture of the culture of their own countries and thereby contribute to understanding between the people of the United States and their country. They should also demonstrate the cross-cultural sensitivity and flexibility needed to adjust successfully to the life in the United States.


Please visit http://usefnepal.org/postdoc for details instruction and application form online.

 For grantee profiles, see 

2018 - 19 Nepali Post-Doctoral Researchers

2017 - 18 Nepali Post-Doctoral Researcher