Letter from the Executive Director

 

Dear USEF/Nepal Friends,

Happy 2076! May it bring you health and prosperity!

2076 will bring a number of important transitions at USEF. One big change is relocation to a new office. Our current lease runs out at the end of September. We have several good options, and will notify you as soon as everything is settled.

Another big change is the April 15th departure of three long-serving, dedicated staff members: Ms. Mily Pradhan, Mr. Yamal Rajbhandary, and Mr. Bijaya Gurung. In addition, this year will see the retirement of Basu Manandhar in May. Basu ji has been with the Commission for over three decades. 

All four have given many years of service to USEF Nepal. Through earthquakes, bombings, political turmoil, and many other challenges, they have helped hundreds of grantees and other students, both American and Nepali, find new educational opportunities. And through this work, they have helped advance the development and growth of Nepal and the U.S., and have advanced Fulbright's goal of increasing mutual understanding between the peoples of both countries. 

We thank Mily ji, Yamal ji, Bijay ji and Basu ji for their tremendous contribution and wish them all the best!

Although we will miss all four and struggle without them, USEF remains committed to its mission of providing scholarships and facilitating education exchanges between Nepal and the United States. This work is as important as ever. We hope to maintain their high standards of professionalism and service as we move forward.

I look forward to seeing you in the days and months ahead.

With kind regards,
Tom Robertson, Ph.D.

Events

Date Speaker Title Location
June/July Humphrey Fellowship Competition
July Fulbright Day 2019: Postponed to July Because of home leave of Director Robertson
November, 2019 Fulbright Specialist Competition Deadline. US experts give trainings to Nepali organizations. 4-6 week visit

Beyond Teaching: My Fulbright Experience

Fulbright English Teacher Ms. Chanelle Campbell shares her new experiences she made with her colleagues, host family, principal and students in her school. In addition, she found herself pleasantly stuck in Nepal, not wanting to leave the place she learned to love and call home.

(Click here for full details.)

 


EAC hosts the EducationUSA South Asia Tour, Fall 2018

In September 2018, the EducationUSA Advising Center (EAC) at USEF-Nepal hosted the thirteenth EducationUSA South Asia Tour for U.S. college and university representatives, co-hosted regionally by advising centers in Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.

(Click here for full details.)


USEF Ed Advising Center Moves to Membership Model

The EAC has moved to a small fee-based membership program for premium services, starting April 15. Introductory services will continue to be free. These activities are consistent with best practices from around South Asia.


Chronicle of Higher Education Article Salutes USEF EAC Commitment

In January, 2019, one of the US's top journals on higher education ran an article called "A Long, Lonely Path," about challenges faced by Nepali students who want to study in the U.S. It featured a number of our amazing Opportunity Fund students and also showed our EAC staff's experience and dedication. It clearly demonstrated why our EdUSA center is such a valuable asset to Nepal. 


Workshop for Fulbright Specialist Grant Host Institutions

A half-day workshop on project design and implementation was organized on January 15, 2019 for the five institutions selected to host 2019-2020 U.S. Fulbright Specialists in Nepal. 

(Click here for more details.)


Alumni Experience-Sharing Workshops @USEF
  • “Urban Issues in Nepal” August 28, 2018
  • Workshop Environmental Law,  February 1, 2019

(Click here for full details.)


Recruiting trips for Fulbright Programs

ED Thomas Robertson traveled to different parts of Nepal for information sessions on Fulbright Programs. He conducted information sessions and workshops on application writing, proposal writing, and academic writing.

  1. Biratnagar - January 24-25
  2. Janakpur - 30-31 January
  3. Pokhara - February 12 - 13

Trail Run/Walk with Fulbright/Humphrey Grantees & Alumni 

Several American and Nepali Grantees and Alumni have been regularly participating in the monthly trail runs/walks organized by the KTM Trail Race Series. Hope you will come join us. Very family friendly. See here for more info. http://ktmtrailraceseries.com


Next Year’s Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows 2019-2020

•   Ms. Chandra Hada, Urban Planning and Disaster Preparedness, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, MA.
•   Mr. Badal Pradhan, Educational Leadership, Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA.
(Click here for their profiles.)


Current Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows 2018-2019

•   Mr. Phanindra Prasad Dahal, Communications/Journalism, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona.
•   Mr. Dev Datta Joshi, Law and Human Rights, American University, Washington, D.C.
•   Mr. Lal Bahadur Kunwar, Public Health Policy and Management, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia (for regular HHH program).
•   Mr. Bimal Poudel, Law and Human Rights, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
(Click here for their profiles.)


Meet the 2018-2019 Fulbright U.S. Student Grantees

All six selected candidates are currently in Nepal, working for 10 months on projects on Creative Writing, Neuroscience, Sociology, Medical Science, Economic Development and Musicology.
(Click here for their profiles.) 


2018-2019 Fulbright U.S. Senior Scholar Grantees

Dr. Brook G. Milligan is researching on Conservation Biology at the invitation of the Center for Molecular Dynamics Nepal & the National Trust for Nature Conservation while Dr. Anna M. Stirr is conducting her research in Ethnomusicology at Central Department of Fine Arts, Tribhuvan University, Kirtipur.

Likewise, Dr. Marc Veletzos will do his research in Civil Engineering as a Flex grantee at Kathmandu University, School of Engineering. He will be in Nepal from May-July 2019 and Jan-Feb 2020.
(Click here for their profiles.)


Fulbright U.S. Fulbright English Teaching Assistants (FETs) in Sindhupalchowk for 2018

All six of the FETs in public schools at Sindhupalchowk District.
(Click here for their profiles.)
(Click here for 2018-2019 profiles.)


English Teaching Seminar, Nagarkot April 8-10

Fulbright English Teachers from Sri Lanka and ED Sandarshi of Sri Lanka joined Nepal FETS for a 3-day seminar on teaching methods, education in Nepal, and Nepali society and politics. Several Nepali alumni – Kunti Adhikari, Subhash Nepali, and Dovan Rai – gave excellent presentations. Sri Lanka ED Sandarshi wrote to thank for an “exceptional ETA seminar.”


2019-2020 Fulbright Master’s Program for Nepalese

Four Nepali students have been selected for fall 2019.  They have monthly professional development sessions before leaving.

  • Ms. Chandni Jaishwal, Medical Superintendent at Jajarkot Hospital in Khalanga, Jarjarkot specializing in Public/Global Health. Emory University, Georgia.
  • Mr. Suyog Prajapati, Coordinator and Designer at The Peacock Shop in Dattatraya Square, Bhaktapur specializing in Art History. Rutgers University, New Jersey.
  • Ms. Trishna Rayamajhi, Natural Resource Conservation Assistant at National Trust for Nature Conservation in Sauraha, Chitwan specializing in Wildlife Conservation. Cornell University, New York.
  • Ms. Sachina Sunuwar, Food Security and Livelihood Officer at CARE Nepal, Lalitpur specializing in Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change Adaptation. Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst.

(Click here for their profiles.)
(Click here for 2018-2019 profiles.)


Global Undergraduate Exchange (GLOBAL UGRAD)

Three students from Nepal studied in the U.S. at the undergraduate level for one semester in 2018-2019.
(Click here for 2018-19 profiles.)


2019-2020 Fulbright Nepali Post-Doctoral and Senior Artist Fellowship Program
  • Dr. Shyam Narayan Labh, Professor at Department of Zoology in Amrit Campus, “Expression Analysis of Immune Related Genes.”
  • Dr. Tek Prasad Gotame, Senior Scientist at Nepal Agriculture Research Council, “Molecular Breeding for Heat Stress Tolerance in Tomato.”

(Click here for their profiles.)
(Click here for 2018-19 profiles.)
(Click here for 2017-18 profiles.)


U.S. Specialist Grants Fiscal Year 2018(FY18)

Short-term grants for U.S. experts to give trainings.

  • Dr. Karen Barton, Professor in the Department of Geography & GIS at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colorado while collaborating with the Institute of Crisis Management Studies (ICMS) on a comprehensive municipality-mapping project in Kathmandu.
  • Dr. Keshav Bhattarai, Professor/Geography Coordinator in the School of Environmental Physical & Applied Sciences at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Missouri, was in Nepal at the invitation of the Centre for International Relations at Tribhuvan University.  
  • Dr. Steven Folmar, is currently chair of the Department of Anthropology at Wake Forest University and a member of the Executive Council of the Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies Kathmandu Research Center conducting Academic Research Workshops.
  • Dr. Robert William Malloy, Certified Orthodontist who is currently in Nepal to do trainings and build capacity on dental education at Dhulikhel Hospital (Kathmandu University School of Medical Sciences).

    (Click here for their profiles.)

U.S. Embassy Consular Section Visits USEF’s Ed Advising Center

Starting in the fall last year, the USEF’s EdUSA Advising Center has worked closely with the US Embassy to schedule more visa info sessions by Consular section officers at USEF. For example, in back-to-back sessions on April 18, which both reached full capacity, the center was able to reach 187 students, informing them about US student visa processes and debunking common myths. 


American Fulbrighter to India Gives Workshop on Nepali Script in Nepal

Roopali Kambo, M.F.A., an Associate Professor Graphic Design at Tallahassee Community College visited Nepal for several workshops on Nepali scripts. She worked with Fulbright alum Sujan Chitrakar at Kathmandu University. After her return to India, she wrote “While I had high expectations before coming here to Kathmandu, all my expectations were far surpassed….I think we had a fruitful and mutually beneficial few days. I would highly recommend other Fulbright scholars explore visiting here.” Thanks to Sujan!!


USEF ED Meeting with Study Abroad Directors

On April 11, ED Robertson met with the directors of three US study abroad programs in Nepal. They gave feedback on USEF-organized “Joy of Research in Nepal Day” in February. (They and their students generally found this fun and useful, so we will do it again.) We discussed options for future collaborations, including similar workshops for students in the fall and spring semesters, a workshop for directors to share best practices, and a presentation skills workshop for potential Nepali speakers for their programs. 


USEF Led Workshop on Academic Writing for K’du Boarding and Gov’t Schools

On Friday April 19, USEF led a 3-hour workshop on writing for about 50 Kathmandu based teachers, including several headmasters. We are building a “pipeline” for Fulbright and hoping to better prepare all Nepali students for high achievement. Feedback was very positive: “This session was extremely useful…This will really help to further enhance the ability of our students.” ED Robertson gave a similar workshop for EdUSA representatives from all over South and Central Asia at an April workshop in Delhi.

Announcements


USEF Office Relocation

The US Educational Foundation (Fulbright Nepal) is looking for Kathmandu office space available June/July 2019 and built or renovated to current seismic codes. We need 12-15,000 sq. ft (office) and 10-12,000 sq. ft (parking). (This can be a compound or commercial space.)

Other requirements:

  • Easy accessibility and quiet
  • At least two large rooms (for public library and 800 sq. ft or bigger auditorium)
  • Compliance with local building codes in effect after 1995, or construction with reinforced concrete
  • High quality design and construction; well maintained and attractive grounds
  • Proximity to educational/research/NGO offices or institutions
  • Cultural/historical connections a plus

Proposals should include property location, size of building and land, photos and map, rental price, age of building, construction status (new, rehab, planned).

Submit proposals to fulbcomm@fulbrightnepal.org.np

USEF Alumni Activities


Fulbright Grantees and Alumni in the News
  1. Fulbright Specialist Dr. Keshav Bhattarai gave several interviews on his work as Fulbright specialist, Nepali education and smart cities at:
    Mountain TV: (Link)
    Channel 24: (Link)
    News 24: (Link)

    Dr. Keshav Bhattarai was portrayed in several daily news-portals/newspapers: 
    "Service Learning and Teacher-Scholar Education Model," Lokaantar, June 28 , 2018 (Link)
    “The Road to Prosperity,” Lokaantar, July 25, 2018 (Link)
    “Smart City Initiatives,” The Kathmandu Post, July 20, 2018 (Link)
    “Smart City Operation Challenges and Possibilities,” The Rising Nepal, July 9, 2018 (Link)
  2. Immediate Past President of NAHF Dr. Meen B. Poudyal Chhetri was designated the Impact Story 2017 Runner-Up by the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane, Australia for his leadership and achievements that continue to positively impact Nepal, and specifically for being a member of the team that drafted the Disaster Management Bill.  
  3. Fulbright U.S. Student grantee Ms. Michele Clark received some press coverage at the University of Arizona in Arizona, USA on September 9, 2018, for her Fulbright ecology-related research work in Nepal: (Link)

Fulbright Grantees and Alumni Publications

(A partial list)

  1. Dr. Thomas B. Robertson ”The Right Stuff: What Top American Universities Look for in Students,” The Kathmandu Post, January 27, 2019 (Link)
  2. Humphrey Alum Mr. Sharad Chandra Paudel “Samanata Ko Chokey,” Kantipur, May 21, 2018 (Link
  3. Fulbright alum Dr. William S. Carter, Emeritus Professor University of Findlay, Findlay, Ohio, coauthored two articles: 
    a) Sanjel, S.; Khanal, S.N.; Thygerson, S.M.; Carter, W.S.; Johnston, J.D.; Joshi, S.K., “Exposure to Respirable Silica Among Clay Brick Workers in Kathmandu Valley, Nepal,” Archives of Environmental & Occupational Health, January 15, 2018: (Link)
    b) Sanjel, S.; Khanal, S.N.; Thygerson, S.M.; Carter, W.S.; Johnston, J.D.; Joshi, S.K., “Respiratory Symptoms and Illnesses Related to the Concentration of Airborne Particulate Matter Among Brick Kiln Workers in Kathmandu Valley, Nepal,” Annals of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, March 27, 2017.  (Link)
  4. Fulbright U.S. Student grantee Ms. Lily Clarke “Creating Connections through Fulbright in Nepal,” IIE, April 30, 2018.  (Link)
  5. Fulbright alum Dr. Pratyoush Onta “My Limited ‘Liberal Arts’ Education,” The Kathmandu Post, August 4, 2018(Link)
  6. Fulbright U.S. Student grantee Ms. Jocelyn Powelson “Life and Livelihood in Remote Nepal: Easing the Daily Struggle of Families in a Village Far, Far Away from Kathmandu,” Nepali Times, September 28, 2018 (Link)
  7. Dr. Deepak Chamlagain co-authored two journal articles:  
    1) Wesnousky, S.G.; Kumahara, Y.; Nakata, T.; Chamlagain, D.; Neupane, P., “New Observations Disagree With Previous Interpretations of Surface Rupture Along the Himalayan Frontal Thrust During the Great 1934 Bihar-Nepal Earthquake,” Geophysical Research Letters, March 12, 2018 (Link)
    2) Wesnousky, S.G.; Kumahara, Y.; Chamlagain, D.; Pierce, I.K.; Reedy, T.; Angster, S.J.; Giri, B., “Large Paleoearthquake Timing and Displacement near Damak in Eastern Nepal on the Himalayan Frontal Thrust,” Geophysical Research Letters, August 19, 2017 (Link)
  8. Fulbrighter Ms. Barbara Engebretsen “Myths about NCDs: Shift in Approach Required,” The Himalayan Times, June 13, 2018 (Link)
  9. U.S. Fulbright student grantee Mr. Dane Carlson “Emerging Hybridity and the New Vernacular Landscape,” Landscape Architecture, July 31, 2018 (Link)
  10. Fulbright Visiting Scholar Dr. Ajay Bhattarai “Why Nepal Needs a Central Research Laboratory,” The Kathmandu Tribune, August 11, 2018 (Link)
  11. Fulbright Alumna Ms. Kunti Adhikari “When ‘Oops’ is not Enough,” The Kathmandu Post , December 30, 2018 (Link)
  12. Opportunity Funds Alum Mr. Asmod Karki “Mom, Dad, I’m Coming Home,” My Republica, January 16, 2018 (Link)
  13. Fulbright Nominee Ms. Trishna Rayamajhi "First Record of the Dhole Cuon Alpinus( Mammalia: Carnivora: Canidae) in Barandabhar Corridor Forest, Chitwan, Nepal,” Journal of Threatened Taxa, January 26, 2018 (Link)
  14. Fulbright Senior Scholar program alum Maureen Drdak will present her exhibition “Weeping Banyan” at Contemporary Art Gallery, Taragaon Museum, February 15, 2019 (Link)

Book Launches by Fulbright Alumni
  1. Humphrey alum Sujeev Shakya’s Nepali book “Arthat Arthatantra” published by Nepa-Laya, Himalaya Hotel, Kupondole, Lalitpur, May 12, 2018.
  2. Fulbright alum Dr. Jessica Vantine Birkenholtz (Assistant Professor, Department of Religion University of Illinois) “Narratives of Place: And the Making of Hinduism in Nepal”.
  3. FAAN organized the launch program for Fulbright alumnus and Secretary for Internal Affairs and Law of Province No. 5, Dr. Man Bahadur BK’s book "Eradicating Hunger: Rebuilding Food Regime" at the Commission, August 24, 2018.  
  4. Fulbright Alum Ms. Ashmina Ranjit's book “Silence No Longer - Artivism of Ms. Ashmina Ranjit” was launched at the Hotel Shanker, Kathmandu, October 30, 2018.
  5. Fulbright Nominee Ms. Trishna Rayamajhi distributed her book on "Birds of Parsa National Park," at Chitwan National Park, Parsa National Park and Department of National Park and Wildlife Conservation as an informative handout in the year 2017. 

USEF Alumni Associations
  • Fulbright Alumni Association of Nepal (FAAN).  Connect with FAAN on Facebook. FAAN also conducted Alumni Professional Development Workshop on May 9, 2018 at Fulbright Commission. 
  • Nepal Association of Humphrey Fellows (NAHF)
  • East-West Center Alumni Association Nepal Chapter
  • NESA UGRAD Alumni Association of Nepal (NESAAN).  Connect with NESAAN on Facebook.

(Click here to see brief descriptions, and executive committee information.)


COLLABORATION WITH ALUMNI ASSOCIATIONS

The result of collaboration between FAAN and other Alumni associations conducted several talk programs and panel discussions:    

  • "Disability and Social Inclusion: Overcoming the Barriers,” October 9, 2018.
  • "Ensuring Children’s Rights,” November 16, 2018. 
  • “Nepal’s Development Predicaments through the Lens of Cultural Theory,” November 21, 2018.
  • “Social Inclusion as Human Rights: Space versus Barriers," December 21, 2018.

How to Give Back to Fulbright


If you are an alum of any of our programs, some of the ways in which you can contribute to the Fulbright mission are given here:

  • Help publicize our competitions and encourage people to apply.
  • Give a talk on USEF fellowships at a local campus.
  • Become a Fulbright representative at a local campus.
  • Mentor a grantee (we connect people by subject and city/university).
  • Invite a grantee for a meal or activity.
  • Help with an orientation session for new grantees.
  • Organize an alumni experience-sharing workshop.
  • Meet with Nepali students at USEF’s Advising Center (we especially need people to speak about graduate school in the U.S.).
  • Join FAAN and the other alumni organizations.

Please feel free to contact our office if you wanted to further explore any of the above or additional options.

CONNECT WITH FULBRIGHT COMMISSION


Please write to Fulbright Commission at fulbcomm@fulbrightnepal.org.np if you would like to share your publications, or to inform the Commission of changes in your contact information.

 
USEF - Nepal
PO Box: 380
Gyaneswor, Kathmandu
Nepal

Phone: +977 1 4444779, 4444780
email: fulbcomm@fulbrightnepal.org.np