USEF Nepal provides a fully-funded Fulbright Scholarship for Master’s Level and Global Undergrad Exchange Fellowship (UGRAD) for Nepalese students to study in the universities of the USA. They are discussed below.
1. Master’s Level Award
A maximum of 2-year duration grants is awarded to Nepali students in any field except medicine to pursue a master’s degree in the United States. Each year the Nepal Fulbright Commission (USEF Nepal) awards 4 to 6 such scholarships through a nationwide competition. Generally, the announcement is made in February and interviews conducted in June.
The Fulbright scholarship includes all expenses including travel for up to 2 years.
• Possess Nepali citizenship.
• Required Percentage/ Grading = aggregate mark of 54% for students in non-technical fields (humanities and social sciences), and 62% for science and technical fields. ( For students under the semester system 65% in nontechnical 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 level are different (percentage and GPA grades) 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.
• Possess either a four-year bachelor’s degree; if the bachelor’s degree was of fewer than four years duration, then a master’s degree is also required,(Total number of formal education must be equal to 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 degree but no master’s degree are ineligible to apply for the Fulbright program.
Applicants must 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 date. If you worked at different organizations your aggregate total working time is counted.
• Be in excellent health, as evidenced by a letter from a medical doctor.
• 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”).
After nomination by the Commission, the nominee is expected to achieve a PBT TOEFL score (or equivalent) of at least 580 and take the GRE General Exam. Test vouchers for standardized tests will be provided for all nominees.
2. Global Undergrad Exchange Fellowship (UGRAD)
It is a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State. It will provide 1-semester scholarships to undergraduate students of any field for study in the U.S. but they cannot choose their host institution.
• a citizen of Nepal;
• currently enrolled in first, or second, or third full-time undergraduate study at the time of application at a registered academic institution in Nepal.
• Part-time students or correspondence are not eligible;
• Is between the ages of 18-25;
• Is able to receive and maintain a J-1 visa;
• Is committed to returning to his/her home country after completion of the program; and
• Is proficient in spoken and written English at the time of application.
Fulbright Scholarship is one of the best programs available for students in Nepal. We highly recommend applying for it if you meet the required eligibility.
For More Information:
USEF-Nepal (Fulbright Commission)
Maharajgunj, Kathmandu, Nepal
Phone: +977 1 590 7008