The 2017 Fulbright Foreign Student Program
The 2017 competition for the Fulbright Foreign Student Program will start February 23, 2017. Those selected would begin their Master’s-level studies in the U.S. beginning August-September 2018.
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.
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 detailed information, instruction and eligibility regarding the competition will be made available after 4:00 pm Thursday, February 23, 2017. Interested persons are encouraged to complete the online application from the link provided below. If you have any questions, come to one of the Question & Answer sessions on Friday, March 3, at 4:00 p.m. or on Friday, March 10 at 2:00 p.m. at the USEF-Nepal office in Gyaneshwor. Applications must be submitted online no later than 4:00 pm Thursday, March 23, 2017. Incomplete applications or applications received after this deadline will not be considered.
General Requirements for Entering the Program
All applicants must:
1. Possess Nepali citizenship.
2. Demonstrate in post-intermediate degrees a minimum aggregate mark of: 54% for students in non-technical fields (humanities and social sciences), and 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.
3. Have a high level of competence in speaking, reading and writing English. (Applicants who pass the first screening will be required to sit for an English test during the application process. The English language test requirement during the selection process may be waived for those who pass the initial screening and have either: 1) a valid CBT TOEFL score of 230 (or iBT TOEFL score of 88, or PBT TOEFL score of 570) or higher, or 2) have passed the English language test administered by USEF-Nepal in April 2016.
4. Be under 40 years of age as of the application submission deadline (March 23, 2017).
5. 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.
6. Work requirement: Applicants must have at least three years (for men) or one year (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 23, 2017). 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.
7. Be in excellent health, as evidenced by a letter from a medical doctor.
8. 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”).
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).
(All applicants must submit documentary evidence for items No. 1, 2, 5, 6 and 7)
The online application form will be accessible from 4pm on Thursday, February 23, 2017.
USEF - Nepal
PO Box: 380
Gyaneswor, Kathmandu, Nepal
Phone: +977 1 4444779, 4444780
Fax: +977 1 4410881
It is important to visit official website (link found below) for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.
Official Scholarship Website link below:
The 2017 Fulbright Foreign Student Program