WWF Mingma Norbu Sherpa Memorial Scholarship 2021/22

Open From: February 14, 2022
Until: April 15, 2022
This scholarship/grant is closed.
WWF Mingma Norbu Sherpa Memorial Scholarship 2021/22

WWF, the global conservation organization leading international efforts for a living planet, has instituted WWF Memorial Scholarships to honor the later conservation leaders who lost their lives in the tragic helicopter accident near Ghunsa, Taplejung on 23 September 2006. 

WWF Nepal calls for application for WWF Memorial Scholarships 2021/22 from promising Nepali students who intend to pursue Master and Bachelor Degree in the field of environment and biodiversity conservation in Nepal.

Mingma Norbu Sherpa Memorial Scholarship

To honor the late Mingma Norbu Sherpa’s life-long commitment to help Nepal’s rural poor to improve their livelihoods while living in harmony with nature, WWF has established a memorial scholarship fund that will provide financial assistance to students from remote regions of Nepal who intend to pursue careers in nature conservation. Recognizing the tremendous loss of leadership with Mingma’s untimely and tragic death, through this fund WWF will help build a new generation of conservation leaders to take on the many challenges facing Nepal in preserving its rich natural heritage.

To encourage bright and promising students from Nepal’s rural mountain areas to pursue careers in nature conservation, each year WWF will award a Mingma Norbu Sherpa Memorial Scholarship to a student who has completed 12 years of compulsory education and would like to pursue Bachelor’s Degree in the field of environment and biodiversity conservation in Nepal.

Application Deadline: April 15, 2022


Mingma Norbu Sherpa Memorial Scholarship Application Form


Each scholarship recipient will receive up to Nepali Rupees 569,400 over a period of 4 years to cover tuition, field equipment and field tour fees, living expenses, books, and supplies while pursuing the bachelor’s degree. Scholars will also have the opportunity to interact with WWF staff on conservation projects in Nepal.


Students with Nepali citizenship who have completed their intermediate with science are eligible to apply. Students must be in their first year/semester of study.

Selection Criteria

Mingma Norbu Sherpa Memorial Scholars are selected through a competitive, merit-based process. A selection committee is convened to review applications, interview candidates, and select a pool of finalists. Finalists are chosen based on the following criteria:

  1. Only applicants who have completed +2/intermediate with science will be considered for this scholarship.
  2. Priority will be given to applicants from remote area districts (SLC certificate must be from a remote area district).
  3. Preference will be given to applicants from protected areas of Sagarmatha, Kangchenjunga, Langtang, Manaslu, Makalu Barun, Gaurishankar, Annapurna (Manang and Mustang districts), Rara, Dolpo and Api Nampa.
  4. Applicants will be judged on their academic achievement (SLC & TCL/10+2 or equivalent results) and motivation and commitment to conservation in Nepal and performance during the personal interview. 

Note: The applicant who fulfills all of the above criteria and is considered the most qualified and deserving student by the selection committee will win the Mingma Norbu Sherpa Memorial Scholarship.

Application Instructions

  1. Complete all pages of the application form.
  2. Type your name at the top right corner of each page of the application form.
  3. Sign the "Applicant Agreement" page (Section V of the application).
  4. Application along with two letters of recommendation, your academic transcripts and certificates, citizenship certificate and examination scores

Send your application to:

Mingma Norbu Sherpa Memorial Scholarship
WWF Nepal Program
Baluwatar, Post Box 7660
Kathmandu, Nepal,
Send an email with the subject line “Chandra Gurung Memorial Fellowship 2020/21” to memorialscholarships@wwfnepal.org