Deadline: Friday, March 22, 2019
January 4, 2019, 3:00- 5:00pm
February 8, 2019, 2:00-4:00pm
March 12, 2019, 2:00-4:00pm
The U.S. Educational Foundation in Nepal (USEF-Nepal or the Fulbright Commission) announces the 2019 competition for the Fulbright Foreign Student Program for Nepali students for Master’s level study in the U.S.A. Those selected will begin in August-September 2020.
The Fulbright Foreign Student Program provides all expenses (including travel) for a master’s degree program of up to two years at selected U.S. universities, in any field except medicine and nursing.
Those who completed their S.L.C. or its equivalent degree from rural areas, women, minorities and people from under-served populations are strongly encouraged to apply.
Application Forms & Deadlines:
The online application form and instructions regarding the competition are available at www.fulbrightnepal.org.np/ffsp/. To learn more about the program, come to one of the Question & Answer sessions at the USEF-Nepal office in Gyaneshwor.
Completed online applications, along with the required documents, must be uploaded and submitted no later than 4:00 pm on Friday, March 22, 2019. Incomplete applications or applications received after this deadline will not be considered.
All applicants must:
- 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 date (March 22, 2019). This experience must be documented by letters (or attested copies) from employer(s) that verify 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.
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 level 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 pass the have either:
- a valid CBT TOEFL score of 230 (or iBT TOEFL score of 88, or PBT TOEFL score of 570) or higher, or
- have passed the English language test administered by USEF-Nepal in May 2018.
- 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 degree but no master’s degree are ineligible to apply for the Fulbright program.
- 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”).
All applicants must submit documentary evidence for items No. 1, 2, 4, 5, and 6
Note: Individuals holding master’s degrees equivalent to a U.S. master’s degree are ineligible to apply for the Fulbright Student Scholarship. Individuals who have previously resided in the United States for six months or more during the preceding five years prior to the application submission deadline are ineligible to apply for the Fulbright Student Scholarship. In addition, this competition is not open to: individuals with, or in the process of obtaining, U.S. citizenship or U.S. permanent resident status; 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 (who are ineligible for grants during the period of their employment and for one year following the termination of employment).
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 Essays. Any plagiarism detected in any part of the application will result in immediate ineligibility.
- This application must be completed and submitted online, accompanied by all the required documents that must be uploaded. You will receive a confirmation email stating that your application has been successfully submitted.
Please upload the following documents:
Attestation of photocopies of documents may be made by the issuing institution, USEF-Nepal, Government of Nepal, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu University or a government approved notary public. Please do not upload any extra documents (certificates etc.) other than those mentioned above.
- Attested copies of diplomas/certificates (arranged in a chronological order; the oldest at the top and the most recent at the bottom; starting from SLC or equivalent degree). Certificates in languages other than English must be accompanied by complete English translations.
- Attested copies of marksheets/transcripts for all of the examinations (arranged in a chronological order; starting from SLC or equivalent degree). Transcripts in languages other than English must be accompanied by complete English translations.
- Attested copy/ies (or original) of the proof of the required years of employment (three years for men; one year for women; arranged in a chronological order).
- Copy of Nepali citizenship (no need for English translation).
- Attested copy (or original) of physician’s letter attesting to your good health. The letter should be brief and written not more than 6 months before the application submission deadline, and should be on the physician’s letterhead or a hospital letterhead.
- Attested copy of valid TOEFL score report (only if the test has been taken).