PHOTO: ETA 2019 grantees with USEF staff members
The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FSB), a statutory body of educators and public persons appointed by the President of the United States, has overall responsibility for the Fulbright program throughout the world. Acting under the FSB's guidance, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. State Department manages and administers the Fulbright program, both through bi- national organizations such as the Commission in Nepal and by contracting with private institutions in the U.S. In Nepal, the U.S. Embassy’s Public Affairs Officer serves as Chair of the Commission’s Board of Directors.
The Commission for Educational Exchange between the United States and Nepal (also known as the United States Educational Foundation – Nepal (USEF-Nepal) or the Fulbright Commission in Nepal) was established by an agreement between the governments of the United States and Nepal in 1961 to administer educational exchange programs in Nepal. The Commission is headed by an Executive Director who has administrative and managerial responsibility for all of the Commission’s operations. Overall policy is determined by a bi-national Board of Directors consisting of ten members. This board, or a subcommittee thereof, also reviews all applications and selects the American and Nepali Fulbright scholars and students. The board consists of five Americans appointed by the United States Ambassador to Nepal (who is Honorary Chair of the Board of Directors of the Commission in Nepal), and five Nepalis appointed by the Government of Nepal.
The Fulbright program is designed to promote mutual understanding between the people of Nepal and the people of the United States through a wide exchange of knowledge and professional talents shared through educational activities. In addition to bringing American students and scholars to Nepal to lecture and conduct research, the Commission provides Fulbright and other educational grants to Nepali students and scholars for study, research, and lecturing in the U.S. Since 196, close to 700 Nepalis have gone to the United States and close to 600 Americans have come to Nepal under auspices of programs administered by the Commission. Supplementing the Fulbright grant program, the Commission also administers the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship programs, assists with East-West Center programs and other grant programs funded by the Department of State and seeks to support independent educational exchange activities by maintaining educational advising services for Nepali students.
American Fulbright Senior Scholars apply for grants through the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES), whereas American students are initially selected through the Institute of International Education (IIE).
Nepali Fulbright Senior Scholars and students apply for grants through the Commission in Nepal, and their placements in the U.S. are administered by CIES or IIE.
What Is the Fulbright Program?