Program Eligibility

Global UGRAD is open to all academic fields of study and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, or disability.

The Global UGRAD Program is open to anyone:

  • Over 18 years of age by the start of their program; younger than 25 years old prior to January 2022
  • Applicants must be a citizen of Nepal
  • Applicants must be studying in Nepal
  • Scholarships will be granted to students who currently are enrolled in full-time undergraduate programs only (first or second or third year full-time undergraduate study at the time of application at a registered academic institution in Nepal), having completed a minimum of their first semester of study. Participants must have at least one semester or an equivalent term to complete at their home institutions upon completion of the Global UGRAD Program. Applicants must demonstrate excellent educational standing
  • Applicants should demonstrate leadership potential through academic work, community involvement, and extracurricular activities
  • Has a solid command of written and spoken English (English Language training for some finalists is possible)
  • A TOEFL score is not required at the time of application; however, a TOEFL score is required for participation in the program
  • Preference will be given to those who have had little or NO experience in the United States or outside of their home countries
  • Applicants are required to return directly to their home country after the completion of the program
  • Able to begin studies in the U.S. in January 2022 (selected participants may not defer to a later date)
  • eligible to receive and maintain the U.S. student exchange visa (J-1) required for the program
  • Cleared by a physician to participate in the program


Individuals in the following circumstances are not eligible for the Global UGRAD Program:

  • U.S. citizens and permanent residents of the United States;
  • Individuals currently participating in academic, training, or research programs in the United States;
  • Individuals currently residing or working outside of their home country;
  • Individuals who will complete his or her undergraduate degree prior to January 2022
  • Individuals who are younger than 18 years old or older than 25 years old prior to January 2022
  • Individuals who have participated in an exchange visitor program sponsored or funded by the U.S. government for a period of more than six weeks and who have not fulfilled their two-year home residency requirement by the time of application;
  • Individuals who have applied for U.S. permanent residency in the past three years;
  • Local employees of the U.S. missions abroad who work for the U.S. Department of State during the period of their employment and for one year following the termination of employment;
  • Immediate family members of U.S. Department of State employees for a period of one year following the termination of such employment. This provision does not disqualify self-supporting members of families who live apart from their parents;
  • Persons arrested for, charged with, or convicted of a crime (excluding minor traffic violations); and
  • Current employees of affiliated cooperating agencies/consultants and their immediate family members (spouses, parents, children, and siblings) for a period of one year following the termination of such employment.