Grantee Profiles

S. No.Title
1 4 New Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows for 2018-19 !
2 4 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows for 2017-18!
3 Meet the 2017-2018 Fulbright U.S. Student Grantees
4 2017-2018 Fulbright U.S. Senior Scholar Grantees
5 2017-2018 Fulbright English Teaching Assistants in Sindhupalchowk
6 2016 - 2017 U.S. Fulbright English Teaching Assistants Grantees
7 2018-2019 Fulbright Master’s Program for Nepalis
8 2017-2018 Fulbright Master’s Program for Nepalis
9 2018-19 Global Undergraduate Exchange (GLOBAL UGRAD) Grantees
10 2018-2019 Fulbright Nepali Post-Doctoral Program
11 2017-2018 Fulbright Nepali Post-Doctoral Program
12 2018-2019 Fulbright Global Scholar Dr. Barbara Engebretsen

4 New Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows for 2018-19 !


Mr. Phanindra Prasad Dahal      

Mr. Phanindra Prasad Dahal is a bilingual journalist with the BBC’s Nepali Service. He covers political and social affairs. Recently, he investigated post-earthquake recovery and reconstruction, exposing inefficiencies in international aid and highlighting the need for disaster-resilient infrastructure. Last year, he was one of the fifteen journalists selected by the United Nations to cover its General Assembly.

While pursuing the Humphrey Fellowship, he plans to study data and digital journalism. Through the program, he hopes to gain knowledge of cutting edge technology that will enable him to make innovations in news media and journalism. 

Mr. Dahal grew up in southern Nepal, publishing school newsletters, dreaming of becoming a real journalist. While pursuing higher education in Kathmandu, he worked in local FM stations and then moved to one of Nepal’s leading dailies, The Kathmandu Post. Over the past decade, he has produced stories on Nepal’s peace process, national security, and Nepal’s UN peacekeepers abroad, among others.

He has a master’s degree in political science and is fond of sports and travelling.

Mr. Dev Datta Joshi       
Law and Human Rights

Mr. Joshi is a leading expert in the area of disability rights, and has published extensively in the area. His particular areas of interest are inclusive education, legal capacity, access to justice, and de-institutionalization of persons with disabilities. He has been working for the National Human Rights Protection Forum for Disabled-Nepal (NHRPFDN) for over a decade as a Senior Disability Rights Lawyer. 

While on the Humphrey Fellowship, he is interested in studying inclusive education and disability law (especially mental disabilities law), the Americans with Disabilities Act, legal representation of clients with mental disabilities, the interaction between people with disability and criminal justice system, and the relationship between disability and international human rights.

Mr. Joshi has obtained five post-secondary degrees, including two post-graduate degrees, one of which is an LLM from the Centre for Disability Law and Policy at the National University of Ireland (Galway). His LLM dissertation focused on inclusive education for children with disabilities, drawing on field research he undertook in rural and remote far western Nepal.

As a disability rights lawyer, he has conducted relevant work in favor of persons with disabilities, such as combating involuntary sterilization of women with disabilities, establishing the first audio library in Nepal for visually impaired students, and removing discriminatory terms from Nepalese legislation, especially those concerned with women with intellectual disabilities. In addition, Mr. Joshi has practiced law in Nepal, taking cases to the Nepalese Supreme Court and helping make landmark jurisprudence regarding disability rights.

Mr. Lal Bahadur Kunwar  
Public Health Policy and Management

Mr. Lal Bahadur Kunwar is the Deputy Director of the Community Health Care Program at Possible (formerly Nyaya Health) in Accham, where he designs, oversees, and implements household-based health care programs through a network of Community Health Workers (CHWs) to increase health care access at the household level for patients with chronic diseases and patients who need maternal, neonatal, and child health care. 

During the Humphrey program Mr. Kunwar hopes to better understand global health with an international perspective and hone both his qualitative and quantitative research skills in public health.

Mr. Bimal Poudel
Law and Human Rights     

Mr. Bimal Poudel is a Registrar of High Court Patan in Province No. 3 of Nepal. He has previously worked at the Supreme Court of Nepal, National Judicial Academy, various Courts of Appeal and the Office of the Attorney General in various capacities for more than thirteen years.

Mr. Poudel completed his master’s degree in law from Tribhuvan University Nepal in 2002. In 2006-07, he was awarded the NUFFIC Scholarship to pursue master’s degree in international business and trade law from Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands. As a Chevening scholar, he earned an LLM in international human rights law from the University of Essex in United Kingdom in 2011-12.

He is keen to study the American legal system, judicial reforms, access to justice by needy people, and strengthening the rule of law. 


4 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows for 2017-18!


  1. Ms. Bindu Shrestha
    Urban and Regional Planning (HHH-LTE), Associate Professor at Kathmandu Engineering College in Kalimati, Kathmandu

    US Placement: Her pre-academic program was at the University of California, Davis; and her Humphrey placement is at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge.
  2. Ms. Nilima Thapa Shrestha
    Urban and Regional Planning, Urban Planner at Kathmandu Valley Development Authority in Anamnagar, Kathmandu.

    US Placement: Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


Meet the 2017-2018 Fulbright U.S. Student Grantees


Through this grant, selected U.S. students spend 10 months conducting research in their areas of interest in Nepal.  All five selected candidates are currently in Nepal, working on architecture, ecology, painting, environmental studies, and performance art.


1.  Mr. Dane Graham Carlson (Architecture)

M.A. in Landscape Architecture from Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Project: "Landscape Past, Landscape Future: Cultural Landscape on the Himalayan Frontier."



Trained as a landscape architect, Dane Carlson is engaged in landscape design, mapping, and research.  His recent work includes a mapping methodology for humanitarian responders and resiliency-building landscape design proposals in Syangja and Sindhupalchok districts.  He holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture with Honors from Ball State University and a Master of Landscape Architecture II with Distinction from Harvard University. 

His practice REALMS explores the capacity of place-based knowledge and practice to inform resiliency building in the physical environment. REALMS operates in hinterlands where place-based practices remain, utilizing anthropological field methods to inform design practice.  It is built through collaborative processes founded in the agency of people and place, using local resources and working within existing systems of worship, transhumance, and beyond.  It also recognizes the importance of cultural memory and sacred meaning in the function and continued viability of hinterland landscapes.

As a Fulbright scholar, Dane will continue to develop this model of research and design practice in Upper Mustang, including study of field methodologies from anthropology and ethnography.  Through immersive site study over the course of 7 months, his research will document the practices, forms, and beliefs that define this landscape.  It will also explore the emergence of conflicts between place-based practices and contemporary infrastructures with the ultimate intention of building design proposals which emphasize the necessary role of the ancient within the contemporary landscape.



2.  Ms. Michele Diane Clark (Ecology)


Ph.D. candidate in Environmental Life Sciences at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona.

Project: "Evaluating the Social and Ecological Consequences of an Invading Vine Species in Nepal."



Forests are an integral part of rural livelihoods, especially in Nepal. I am a plant ecologist interested in the biology, management and perceptions of these invasive species. I am passionate about understanding the local and global drivers of plant invasion and its influence on rural livelihoods, resource availability and biodiversity.

Primarily, I study rapidly growing invading vines and dense toxic shrubs in the Chitwan Valley of Nepal. I plan to conduct social research to understand perceptions and attitudes towards invasive species and ecological research to understand their environmental effects. I aim to coordinate ecologically and culturally appropriate management techniques to help land managers find solutions towards controlling the spread of invading plants.

I am currently pursuing my PhD in Environmental Life Sciences at Arizona State University. Though I have lived in several places across the U.S., I call Reno, Nevada my home. 

I love being outdoors, hiking, camping and spending time with my family. I enjoy listening to new music and going to concerts. I am a novice ukulele player and an awful singer. I have travelled extensively throughout South America and am proficient in Spanish and working hard to learn Nepali. I would like to become a children’s book author to teach kids and parents about plants, conservation, and the environment.



3.  Mr. Michael Gordon (Painting)

M.F.A. in Studio Practice from California College of the Arts in San Francisco, California.

Project: "Between the Sacred and the Sold: Thangka Painting in the Contemporary Market."



Michael Gordon grew up in Denver, Colorado. When he turned eight, a family friend gave him a copy of Steve Hagen’s Buddhism Plain and Simple, and he was hooked. Meditation and art remain the two constants in his life, and he is thrilled to pursue them both in Nepal.

During his undergraduate studies, Michael double majored in English Literature and Studio Art at Dartmouth College. He played lacrosse, rugby, and ran two student organizations working to provide educational access to under-resourced students around the country. During his junior year, he took a term off to study buddhism and teach English in Nepal. After graduating, Michael taught English in Bogotá, Colombia and Denver, Colorado.

Over the past two years, Michael completed his Master of Fine Arts at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. Through his program, he refined both his craft and concept. His work examines the interdependence of consumerism, productivity, and commodity fetishism. Thanks to the Fulbright Scholarship, Michael will spend the next year studying the complex socio economic, cultural, and philosophical landscape of traditional Buddhist Thangka paintings as a microcosm of art’s role as both sacred and sold.



4.  Ms. Jocelyn Ann Powelson (Environmental Studies)

B.A. in Chemistry and Environmental Studies from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.

Project: "Examining Climate Change Adaptation Solutions For Implementation By Women In Nepal."



Jocelyn grew up in Richmond, Virginia with her older brother and sister. She attended Dartmouth College in New Hampshire and graduated in June, 2015 with bachelor’s degrees in Chemistry and Environmental Studies. Jocelyn has always had curiosity to explore the world; during her time in college, she seized opportunities to study, work, and travel in 8 foreign countries. After graduating, Jocelyn spent 9 months in Nepal, interning with Helen Keller International and Save the Children, conducting a qualitative research study on gender and nutrition. She returned to the US for the summer of 2016 and spent 4 months backpacking from Canada to Mexico along the Pacific Crest Trail (4300km!).

Jocelyn has been back in Nepal since February 2017 and is currently working at the International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), a mountain and environment research institute based in Kathmandu and working throughout the Hindu Kush Himalaya. From a very young age, Jocelyn has always been a passionate environmentalist, but through her experiences abroad, she has developed a much more nuanced view of human-environment interactions and now desires to further explore the field of sustainable development.

For her Fulbright project, Jocelyn will be based in a community in the mountain region studying climate change adaptation and gender. Jocelyn is a passionate outdoorswoman, and in her free time, she can be found mountain biking, trekking, climbing, or trail running. She also enjoys sharing her love of the outdoors with others, and is particularly excited to introduce more Nepali women to outdoors sports.



5.  Mr. Peter Duncan Seifarth (Performance Art)

B.F.A. in Theater Arts from Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Caroline.

Project: "Nepali Theatre: Sociopolitical Progress Through Movement and Gesture."


Peter Seifarth is an actor, director, and theatre maker from the South Eastern United States. He began his theatre studies at an early age with his high-school’s circus program. He received his B.F.A in physical theatre from Coastal Carolina University, and graduated from the year long physical theatre program at Accademia dell’Arte in Arezzo, Italy. During his year in Italy, he met Nepali theatre artist, Roshan Mehta, another year long student of the program. They lived together, trained, and created five shows, performing for a variety of Italian audiences. Peter is also a co-founder of Panda Head Theatre, a company that aims to transcend lingual and cultural barriers through physically focused theatre.

As a 2017-2018 Fulbright recipient, Peter will spend a year in Nepal working alongside Roshan Mehta to research contemporary Nepali physical theatre.

He will observe, train with, and direct Nepali theatre artists to understand how they successfully use physicality and non-verbal communication in theatre to express complex issues.


2017-2018 Fulbright U.S. Senior Scholar Grantees


1. Dr. Betsy Lynn Fine

Teaching/Research Grant, 5 months (Adolescent Medicine)

Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington.

Project: "Adolescent Health Curriculum for a Pediatric Post-Graduate Medical Education Program in Nepal."

Host: Patan Academy of Health Sciences in Lagankhel, Lalitpur.

My Fulbright project is to collaborate with the faculty of the Patan Academy of Health Sciences (PAHS) to develop an Adolescent Medicine curriculum for a Pediatric post-graduate program. PAHS is a new medical school with the mission of recruiting and training physicians for rural practice in Nepal and the curriculum will specifically address the medical needs of teens in rural communities.

My medical training was at George Washington University School of Medicine where I received my MD.  During my senior year I worked in Pediatrics in the Ivory Coast which kindled my interest in global health. Following a Family Practice Residency at Swedish Hospital in Seattle, Washington I spent two years fulfilling my National Health Service commitment at a Community Health Center giving me the opportunity to work in a clinic for rural and underserved patients.  Subsequently I taught for 18 years at the Tacoma Family Medicine (TFM) Residency, an affiliate of the University of Washington. TFM’s mission is to train family physicians for practice in rural and underserved locations. Having developed an interest in adolescent health, I obtained additional certification in Adolescent Medicine and joined the faculty of the Pediatric Residency at Madigan Army Medical Center where I worked until my retirement in January, 2016.

I continue to teach in a volunteer capacity at the Seattle Children’s Hospital Department of Adolescent Medicine and am active in our national organization, the Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine. Since 2005, I have participated in a disaster relief organization, nycmedics, with whom I have deployed to multiple disaster areas including Haiti, Pakistan and most recently Nepal.



Dr. Randall Bluffstone,

Research Grant, 6 months (Land Economics)

Professor, Department of Economics, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon.

Project: "Research on The Nepal Community Forestry Program in Light of Climate Change Initiatives."

Host: School of Arts at Kathmandu University in Hattiban, Lalitpur

Randall Bluffstone is Professor of Economics and Director of the Institute for Economics and the Environment at Portland State University. From 2008 – 2011 he served as chair of the Department of Economics.  His research and teaching interests focus on environmental and resource economics, including climate change, energy, pollution control and deforestation in low-income countries.  He is the author of several papers, book chapters and three edited books, most recently Forest Tenure Reform in Asia and Africa: Local Control for Improved Livelihoods, Forest Management, and Carbon Sequestration with Elizabeth J. Z. Robinson, which was published in 2015.  He has received research funding from a variety of sources, including the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, USAID and Sida.

Professor Bluffstone is associate editor of the journal Forest Economics, a research associate of the Environment for Development (EfD) Initiative, which supports environmental and natural resource economics research in 9 countries and cocoordinates the EfD Forest Collaborative. In 2006/2007 Bluffstone lived in Ethiopia and conducted research on land use and forestry. Prior to coming to Portland State, he taught at the University of Redlands and until September 1999 was deputy director of the International Environment Program at the Harvard Institute for International Development (HIID) at Harvard University. While at Harvard, Bluffstone directed HIID’s environmental policy program in Central Asia and from 1994 to 1997 served as senior environmental policy advisor to the Government of Lithuania. Bluffstone received his Ph.D. in economics from Boston University in 1993 and from 1983 to 1985 was a Peace Corps volunteer in Nepal.


2017-2018 Fulbright English Teaching Assistants in Sindhupalchowk


Five U.S. grantees are currently working as English Teaching Assistants in government schools in Sindhupalchowk district.

1. Ms. Bhabika Joshi

B.A. in English from the University of Texas at Austin.  She will be pursuing a Master’s degree in Special Education and Speech Language Pathology. She hopes to do her Master’s in non-profit management and work for non-profit organizations.

Bhabika Joshi is a graduate student at Vanderbilt University studying Applied Behavior Analysis and Special Education. Her research focus is neurodevelopmental disorders, specifically autism.  She graduated from the University of Texas with two degrees in English and Communication Sciences and Disorders. She will complete her Master's degree in 2020. Her hobbies include hiking, dogs, and eating Nutella out of the jar.



2. Ms. Chanelle Campbell

B.A. in applied Linguistics and Teaching English as a Foreign Language from Georgia State University.

Growing up in Jamaica, Chanelle Campbell developed an early interest in cultures and languages and gravitated towards opportunities that allowed her to uncover her curiosities. After migrating to the United States, she enrolled in Georgia State University’s Applied Linguistics Program. During her undergraduate studies, she participated in a course that required volunteering to teach community ESL. There she found her passion for working with refugees. She received a B.A. in Applied Linguistics with a TEFL Certification from Georgia State University with the highest honors. She was later nominated and awarded Most Outstanding Undergraduate for the Applied Linguistics Department.



3. Ms. Ellen Zempel

B.S. in Communication Disorders and Environmental Studies from Truman State University.  She hopes to pursue her Master’s degree in communication disorders with an emphasis on bilingualism.

Ellie Zempel is from St. Louis, Missouri, and studied Communication Disorders and Environmental Sciences at Truman State University. She currently attends graduate school in St. Louis and studies Speech-Language Pathology.  She hopes to one day work with children in either a hospital or school as a bilingual Speech-Language Pathologist, and help kids communicate successfully in whatever language they speak! 


4. Mr. Andrew Weller

B.S. in Chemistry from the College of Holy Cross, Ohio. He plans to pursue a degree in medicine upon his return to the U.S.

Drew Weller is from Cincinnati, Ohio. He attended the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts where he received his degree in Chemistry in the health advising program. He was the Co-Chair of the Spring Break Immersion Program, a fall orientation leader, a chemistry lab research assistant, and a volunteer tutor for all four years. In Nepal, he looks forward to understanding a new people and place.



5. Ms. Grace Wright

B.S. in Mathematics with a concentration South Asian Studies from Bates College. She plans to pursue a Master’s in Education after she returns to the U.S.

Grace Wright is from Amherst, MA and is a 2016 graduate of Bates College with a B.S. in Mathematics. She studied in Nepal for one semester with SIT. Grace has tutored high schoolers in math, instructed in Nordic skiing and youth lacrosse, worked with Peruvian English language learners, and became certified in TEFL. She has led hiking trips in the Rocky Mountains for kids and also directed an afterschool program in Williston, VT. She is very much looking forward to the opportunity to return to Nepal and teach in a meaningful capacity.


2016 - 2017 U.S. Fulbright English Teaching Assistants Grantees


2016 - 2017 U.S. Fulbright English Teaching Assistants Grantees

Six grantees from the U.S. worked as English Teaching Assistants in government schools in Dhading and Nuwakot districts from April 2017 to January 2018.

Mr. Henry Ashworth

B.A. in Biochemistry and philosophy from Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, Florida.
Host: Shree Secondary School, Dhadhing.

I was lucky to be born and raised in Ventura, California, where I found a love for any activities that involve the wilderness or water. An early memory is sliding down a wave on my dad’s back, boogie boarding.  I recently graduated from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida, were I majored in biochemistry and philosophy. I worked there as an RA, CrossFit trainer, and chemistry tutor and volunteered on campus as an Emergency Medical Technician. Academically I have an interest in public health and medicine which was sparked by two uncles passing away from AIDS when I was a kid. Besides anything related to dihydrogen monoxide, I enjoy talking about food, Calvin & Hobbes, surreal and Russian literature, geology, and philosophy. Jokes, good or bad, are always of interest.

I took my first trip to Nepal this last January to see if I would like to pursue a Fulbright experience there. After my first few days of helping out in a school I knew I would love to immerse myself for another ten months.  Besides teaching English I will be working to implement a small-scale public health program, ideally working with NELTA.



Ms. Julia Broach

B.A. in Anthropology and minor in Visual Arts from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland.
Host: Shree Chawdre Public School, Nuwakot.

I grew up in Wilton, Connecticut. I graduated from Johns Hopkins in 2015 with a major in anthropology and a minor in visual arts. I conducted my honors thesis on children’s notions of self and moral development. I led the JHU Amnesty International chapter, volunteered with the Healthy Community Initiative teaching nutrition classes to elementary school children in Baltimore, and participated in the JHU track and field and cross country teams. During my junior year, I studied abroad in Nepal through the Cornell Nepal Study Program. I worked for a month with an arts organization in Marpha Village and became very interested in the recent reforms made to the Nepali education system. After graduating, I worked at a high school in rural Japan for one year through the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme. I taught English Expression classes and led the high school English Speaking Society. I continued studying visual arts through printmaking and painting courses at a Shimane University affiliated program. I am interested in engaging students through creative arts. I plan to pursue my PhD in cultural anthropology.


Ms. Anna Cantrell

B.S. in Mathematics Education from the University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho.
Host: Shree Bageshwori School, Nuwakot.

Hi all! My name is Anna Cantrell. I grew up on a ranch near a small Idaho town called Bruneau along the Snake River. My parents were, and still are, extremely hard workers. My brother, sister, and I had many freedoms and responsibilities as kids. Our weekends and summers were often full of long, chore-filled days, but we also had many unforgettable adventures both at home and in remote and beautiful locations within southern Idaho’s deserts and mountains. Along with my siblings, I was very involved with sports and extracurricular activities while in high school. I then attended the University of Idaho where I earned a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education with a math and English endorsement. After graduating, I moved to McCall, Idaho, a ski town located on Payette Lake, and taught for two years at Meadows Valley K-12 School in New Meadows, a neighboring town. The average grade size at Meadows Valley is only 10 students, so I taught a variety of grades and subjects and also coached volleyball and track. Most students are defined by a low socioeconomic status and have broken, unstable home-lives. I faced many challenging situations in those two years and, thus, was able to learn and grow professionally and personally. I also formed many unforgettable bonds with students and other staff members. I said goodbye to Meadows Valley with a heavy heart, but I am welcoming this new adventure with joy.



Ms. Catherine Klapheke

B.S. in Industrial and Labor relations and minor in Inequality Studies and Music from Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.
Host: Bhairavi School, Nuwakot.

I am a native of Syracuse, NY, and currently reside in Washington, DC. I attended Cornell University where I studied Industrial and Labor Relations with minors in Inequality Studies and Music and concentrations in Labor Statistics and Disability Studies. My interests in teaching English, Nepali language and culture, the global disability rights movement, women’s rights come from my experiences during college. I interned as a Global Service Learning Scholar with the Government of India’s Society for the Elimination of Rural Poverty in Andhra Pradesh. I also researched barriers to employment for women and people with disabilities around the world through Cornell’s Employment and Disability Institute. Currently, I am the lead teacher of beginner and literacy English classes to refugees at Hogar Immigrant Services and also help manage the center’s weekend operations. I also have worked in HR Analytics in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors. In my spare time, I enjoy playing the double bass in the Symphony Orchestra of Northern Virginia, hiking, and rock climbing. 



Ms. Max Silverman

B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies (Sociology, Politics, and Education) from Bates College, Lewiston, Maine.
Host: Ranabhubaneswori Secondary School, Nuwakot.

Max Silverman graduated from Bates College with Interdisciplinary Studies major in Sociology, Politics and Education. His community work has centered around issues of educational injustice and mental health activism. He developed and coordinated the Auburn College Access Mentor Program for two semesters, and has worked as educational support for marginalized students in aspirations programs, academic support programs, and classrooms throughout Maine and New York. He founded and led Bates’ chapter of mental health organizing and advocacy group Active Minds, delivering a TEDx talk on mental health and public perception. He wrote a community-based education senior thesis on masculinity, depression, and access to mental health supports among boys in high school and, in tandem with this work, he taught 11th grade English as a year-long student teacher at Lewiston High School. This coming spring, he will embark on a Fulbright ETA grant to Nepal. In the interim, he is currently interning with the Youth Mental Health Project and working as a part-time teacher in Maine.



Ms. Lucia Zerner

B.A. in Anthropology and Asian Studies from Pitzer College, California. 
Host: Satyawati school, Dhadhing.

Although I was born in China, I grew up in New York City and think of it as home. After finishing high school I moved to Southern California and studied Anthropology and Asian Studies. Following undergraduate school I returned to the East coast to pursue my interests in education and youth programing. I look forward to coming to Nepal in the Spring as a Fulbright ETA!


2018-2019 Fulbright Master’s Program for Nepalis


1. Ms. Sanjana Chantyal

Sanjana Chantyal (Business Administration, Remittances). Sanjana has a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Banking and Insurance from ACE Management Institute. Currently, she works as a Relations Manager at J. J Trader. She is interested in examining the migration issues in Nepal and also what role migration plays towards the economy of the US. She is planning to do her Master’s in Business Administration with a focus on microfinancing and consultancy.




2. Ms. Shristi Mishra

Shristi Mishra (International Education Development). Shristi is currently teaching at Ace School and is working on writing a book on the subject of “Occupation, Business and Technology” for grades 6,7 and 8. She is also the co- founder of an organization called “The Storytellers” which brings accomplished individuals from various fields to talk about their life story. Shristi wants to pursue her Master’s in International Education Development.



3. Ms. Sahina Shrestha

Sahina Shrestha (Journalism, Digital Media). Sahina is the online editor of Himalmedia and was working as a reporter prior to it.  Sahina is the recipient of the Center for Investigative Journalism Fellowship and was also awarded the Nepal Bidya Bhusan 'GA' (2014) by the Ministry of Education, Government of Nepal. Sahina wants to study digital journalism.




4. Ms. Seema Subedi

Seema Subedi (Public Health). Seema has a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health and is working toward her Master’s degree in Gender Studies. She has 3 years of working experiences in different public health organizations and has worked in the far-western region of Nepal. Seema wants   to pursue a Master’s degree in Public Health focusing on sexual, reproductive and maternal health.




5. Ms. Medha Joshi

Medha Joshi (Public Administration, Education). Medha was a fellow for Teach for Nepal and taught English to under priveledged students at a public school in Lalitpur.   While teaching, she also managed to secure funding grant to build a science lab for her school. Medha has a Bachelors’ degree in Business Administration and is completing her Masters in Rural Development. She wants to pursue a Masters’ in Public Administration.


2017-2018 Fulbright Master’s Program for Nepalis


Five Nepali students are currently studying at the graduate level in various universities in the U.S. 

  1. Mr. Roshan Khatri
    Public Health, Acting Medical Superintendent and Medical Officer at Dolakha District Hospital in Jiri, Dolakha.
    US Placement:  The University of Washington in Seattle, Washington.
  2. Mr. Sanjaya Mijar
    Veterinary Epidemiology, Veterinary Officer in the District Livestock Services Office in Bardiya.
    US Placement:  The University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri with a full tuition waiver. 
  3. Ms. Bhrikuti Rai
    Digital Journalism, Reporter at Panos South Asia in Jawalakhel, Lalitpur.
    US Placement: 10-month program in digital journalism, Columbia University, New York.
  4. Ms. Dipti Sherchan
    Anthropology, Researcher at Democracy Resource Center – Nepal in Jhamsikhel, Lalitpur.
    US Placement: The PhD program at University of Illinois in Chicago, Illinois (with Fulbright funding for the first two years).
  5. Ms. Sujana Timilsina
    Civil Engineering, Hydropower Engineer in the Department of Electricity Development, Ministry of Energy, Kathmandu.
    US Placement:  Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado.


2018-19 Global Undergraduate Exchange (GLOBAL UGRAD) Grantees


1. Ms. Dibina Rijal

Dibina Rijal is currently studying Bachelor of Business Studies (BBS) in Shankerdev Campus.

She is interested in going to the U.S. to explore the diverse courses available in the Universities. She wants to study social entrepreneurship and believes that the U.S. Universities can provide her the best idea in that field.

Her interests are public speaking, volunteerism and leadership exploration. She wants to know different people, cultures, creeds and the way of living. She wants to explore the leadership practices in the U.S. and get acquainted with leadership skills/practices and different cultures.



2. Ms. Jyoti Karki

Jyoti Karki completed her secondary and high schooling from Pokhara and is currently studying law in Pokhara.

She wants to learn about the education system in the U.S. and explore how the federal and national laws are regulated in the U.S.

She believes in advocating for people and wants to be a criminal lawyer in the future. Her motto is “not to be afraid to advocate for things that one feels is right.” She believes that one has to believe in themselves first before others believe in them.



3. Mr. Bhim Tamang 

Bhim Tamang is a young, dedicated and result oriented person. He belongs to one of the indigenous groups of Nepal. Currently he is in his final year of undergraduate studies and is majoring in English and Social Work at St. Xavier’s College.

He wants to sharpen his rational faculty and hone his skills and technique through exposure to international practices. In the future he wants to build his future in Social work.

His interest in Music and songs helps him connect with people of different age groups.


2018-2019 Fulbright Nepali Post-Doctoral Program


This program sends senior Nepali scholars/artists to spend up to nine months in the U.S. either conducting post-doctoral research at an American university or other research institutions, or undertaking an artistic project at a U.S. university, museum or cultural institution.


1. Dr. Ajaya Bhattarai

Dr. Ajaya Bhattarai is an assistant Professor of Chemistry of M.M.A.M.C., Tribhuvan University, Biratnagar, Nepal. He has received his M.Sc. degree in Physical Chemistry from Tribhuvan University in 1998 and Ph.D. degree in Polymer Chemistry from North Bengal University, India in 2010. He has been working in Tribhuvan University since 2002. Dr. Bhattarai has visited University of Warsaw, Poland for Post doctorate research in Nanomaterials as well as Surface Chemistry in 2013.

His current research interest is in theoretical work, particularly computer simulations. He will do post-doctoral research work in “Theoretical Studies on Glass-Forming Liquids” at Boston College. The research in US is important for him because of the availability of computer facilities and opportunity to meet the various scientists in the academic institutions in the Boston area who are working in the theoretical field.



2. Dr. Susmita Talukdar

Dr. Susmita Talukdar has been a teacher since 1993. Presently she is a Professor of English at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Science, and a Program Coordinator of M.A. in English at Padmakanya Campus, TU. She completed her Ph.D. from University of North Bengal with a grant from UGC, Nepal.

Her research interest focuses on broad issues connected with women, minorities, culture, and diversity, through an interactive and participatory pedagogical strategy of looking through literature into the immediate and beyond. For her forthcoming project on ''Diversity and Women'' she will go to California State University, Fresno, to explore how comparative literary analysis of women's narratives can initiate a cross-cultural dialogue through participatory lectures, and interaction between.


2017-2018 Fulbright Nepali Post-Doctoral Program


Dr. Purna Bhadur Nepali, Coordinator for Resilient Livelihood and Sustainable Food Security in Dan Church, 9 months (Agriculture)

Project:  “Reorienting Political Economy of Agrarian Transformation in Nepal with special focus on Marginalized Community.”

US Placement: Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts.


2018-2019 Fulbright Global Scholar Dr. Barbara Engebretsen


Barbara J. Engebretsen, PhD

2018-2019 Fulbright Global Scholar in Nepal and Ethiopia

HEARTS Initiative: Engaging Student Health Clubs to Address Hypertension in Ethiopia, Nepal, and Nebraska


Engebretsen has a BA in Liberal Studies from the University of California, Riverside, a PhD in Physiology from Colorado State University, and is a teaching physiologist at Wayne State College in Nebraska. Past-President of the Nebraska Physiological Society, she received the WSC Teaching Excellence Award in 2015. Born of a growing interest in health disparities and the paradoxical prevalence of non-communicable diseases in developing countries, she first traveled to Ethiopia and Nepal in 2015. This three-country collaboration seeks to bridge the combined cultural, social, and biological wisdom of colleagues in each country, to understand and address the problem of increasing rates of hypertension and NCDs at its root. Engaging capable secondary school students with multiple partners, we aim to educate, equip and empower students and communities to increase understanding of the prevalence, consequences, pathophysiology and risk factors of hypertension and non-communicable diseases. Together, we hope to promote grass roots healthy behaviors, and generate a sustainable global pro-health movement.

If interested, the development and progress of this project beginning in 2015 has been blogged on the Facebook Page: Wayne State College in Ethiopia and Nepal:


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