Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Nepal


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6 Open Study/Research Awards

Award Profile:

The Fulbright U.S. Student Research grants offer an opportunity to conduct individually designed research projects in Nepal.

 


Grant Period:

10 months


Mid-July through mid-May. Grantees should arrive in time to attend the mandatory mid-July 2017 orientation meetings in Kathmandu, and must make their travel plans through the Fulbright Commission.


Pre-Departure Orientation:

Mandatory


Grantees will be required to participate in a U.S. based Pre-Departure Orientation in June 2017 as a condition of their grants.


Candidate Profile:

All disciplines will be considered.  Applicants must have a well-defined research project and must have demonstrated ability to work independently, have a solid foundation in their subject areas, and have demonstrated high levels of adaptability and maturity. Since university library holdings in Nepal are limited and local faculty supervision is generally not available, grantees usually work without close supervision.

 


Accepted Degree Levels:

Bachelor's
Master's
Doctoral


Foreign Language Proficiency:

Recommended - Novice
1 year of college-level study, or the equivalent, prior to commencing the grant


Additional Information: Nepali or another local language (e.g., Bhojpuri, Maithili, Newari, Tibetan) language proficiency commensurate with the nature of the proposed project is recommended. Applicants without Nepali or relevant local language skills should include plans for language study in their proposals. Regardless of the grantee’s language ability, the Fulbright Commission provides initial language instruction during the week-long in-country orientation period and highly recommends that grantees continue language study throughout their grant periods.


Fulbright Proposal Types:

Independent Study/Research: Yes


Graduate Degree Enrollment: No


Affiliation:

Applicants are required to identify appropriate host institutions for their projects and to include Affiliation Letters with their Fulbright applications. 

Affiliations may be with local or international non-governmental organizations, university departments, or other institutions. Fulbright grantees do not enroll in university courses, but may find it productive to work with Nepali faculty or graduate students when appropriate. The Fulbright grant is not meant to support internships at organizations in Nepal, but rather it is meant to support independent research.


Special Application Instructions:

For students undertaking health-related research, their projects must be approved by the Nepal Health Research Council, which acts as the only Institutional Review Board in Nepal. This process can be completed after the grantee arrives in Nepal, but grantees undertaking health-related research should be prepared to devote time to that process at the beginning of the grant period.

For students who are un-affiliated with a graduate program at the time of application, it would be important to address in the application measures expected to be taken to ensure the protection of human subjects, if the research project involves human subjects.  

As part of the selection process, the Commission will invite a limited number of Semi-Finalists to participate in interviews via Skype.  Please note that an invitation to an interview is a further step in the selection process, not a guarantee that the Semi-Finalist will be selected for the grant in Nepal.

 


Security Concerns:

The Fulbright Commission in Nepal will carefully review all Fulbright proposals for feasibility and security concerns. Applicants must be flexible in response to changing conditions and grantees must comply with all security procedures set in place by the Commission in consultation with the U.S. Embassy in Nepal.


Dependents:

Dependent support is not available


6 English Teaching Assistant Awards

Award Profile:

The Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Grant provides participants the opportunity to assist in the teaching of English in Nepali government schools and immerse in the local culture through the home stay aspect of the program. The Nepal Fulbright ETA program seeks applicants who are able to be flexible while functioning in an under resourced school environment and who are eager to immerse in local culture through the home stay experience.


Grant Period:

10 months

The 2017-2018 Fulbright English Teaching Assistant program in Nepal will commence in March 2018 in order to align with the Nepali academic year. English Teaching Assistants will arrive in March to participate in an orientation that will include Nepali language training and technical training for one month prior to their placements with English teachers in Nepali government schools. ETAs will be working in their respective schools from April through December.


Pre-Departure Orientation:

Mandatory


Grantees will be required to participate in a Pre-Departure Orientation in June 2017 as a condition of their grants.


Candidate Profile:

Applications are welcome from articulate and flexible graduating seniors, recent graduates or Master’s students who demonstrate a high level of maturity, an excitement about cultural immersion in Nepal and the initiative to assist English teachers at the elementary, or lower or higher secondary level.

Since all living arrangements for ETAs are in village home stays with Nepali families, and school placements are in rural Nepali government schools with Nepali counterpart teachers, candidates must possess an excitement about cultural immersion in Nepal. Candidates must be native English-speakers and without dependents.

Candidates with degrees in English, Education, or TEFL/applied linguistics are preferred, but candidates from all majors are welcome to apply. Previous teaching/tutoring experience is preferred. Facilities in most Nepali public schools are extremely limited, especially so in rural schools where ETAs are placed; therefore, applicants must demonstrate flexibility, resourcefulness and the ability to adapt well.


Accepted Degree Levels:

Bachelor's
Master's


Foreign Language Proficiency:

Not Required


Additional Information: The month-long, in-country orientation includes intensive language instruction and the grant includes an allowance for continued language learning, which is encouraged by the Commission, as proficiency in Nepali language or other local languages is very beneficial for the grantee.


Placement Type:

School placements are in rural Nepali government schools with Nepali counterpart teachers.


Special Application Instructions:

As part of the selection process, the Commission will invite a limited number of Semi-Finalists to participate in interviews via Skype.  Please note that an invitation to an interview is a further step in the selection process, not a guarantee that the Semi-Finalist will be selected for the grant in Nepal.

 


Nature of Assignment:

Nepal ETAs assist English teachers, providing a native-speaker’s presence in their placements at rural Nepali government schools, where the need for English language support is the highest. They are placed with co-teachers who are members of the Nepal English Language Teachers' Association (NELTA) and have local NELTA focal persons who provide local-level support and suggest non-school-based English language activities. NELTA focal persons are also open to suggestion about additional extra-curricular activities that may strengthen the NELTA organization's district-level branches or that may otherwise provide support for improving English language instruction and speaking in the local community. Nepal ETAs in the past have engaged in a broad range of creative school-based and community-based activities which have included students, school teachers, NELTA members and others.

The Nepali academic calendar is quite different from the American academic calendar and there are extended periods of school closure in October/November and December. ETAs take any personal vacation time during the Dashain or winter school vacation periods and NELTA assists ETAs in planning activities for other periods of extended school closure.


Housing:

Housing arrangements will be made with the assistance of the Fulbright Commission, the host schools, and the NELTA focal persons. All ETAs are placed in homestays for the length of the grant period and the homestays are an important feature of the Nepal ETA program, providing opportunities for cultural immersion and language learning, otherwise difficult to achieve.


Dependents:

Dependent support is not available


Fulbright-Clinton Public Policy Fellowship

Award Profile:

The Fulbright-Clinton Public Policy Fellowship affords participants the opportunity to serve in professional placements in foreign government ministries or institutions and gain hands-on public sector experience while also carrying out an academic research/study project. You can read more detailed information about the Fulbright-Clinton Public Policy Fellowship and application guidelines.


Grant Period:

10 months


Pre-Departure Orientation:

Mandatory


All Fulbright-Clinton Fellows will be required to participate in a Pre-Departure Orientation during the summer of 2017 in Washington, DC as a condition of their grants.


Candidate Profile:

Candidates for the Fulbright-Clinton Fellowships must:

  • Be U.S. Citizens
  • Have a Master’s with an area of focus that is applicable to public policy, or a JD degree OR be currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program prior to the grant period which will commence in Fall 2017. Candidates who hold a doctoral degree at the time of application are not eligible.
  • Have at least two years of full-time, professional work experience in policy-related fields.
  • Meet the language proficiency requirement

Candidates who meet the eligibility requirements from all applicable public policy areas and academic backgrounds are encouraged to apply and will be eligible for selection and placement.

To learn more, read the profiles of the current Fulbright-Clinton Fellows.


Accepted Degree Levels:

Master's
Doctoral


Foreign Language Proficiency:

Recommended - Novice
1 year of college-level study, or the equivalent, prior to commencing the grant


Additional Information: Fulbright-Clinton Fellows will be required to effectively carry out a position in a foreign government ministry seamlessly. Meeting the language requirements is critical for completing the daily requirements of the professional placement. Applicants should also keep in mind that they will be living and need to function in the local economy.


Fulbright Proposal Types:

Independent Study/Research: No


Graduate Degree Enrollment: No


Affiliation:

Unlike the traditional Fulbright program, candidates should not affiliate with an in-country host institution during the application process. Candidates must not seek their own placements at this stage and must not submit any letters regarding placements/affiliations with their applications. Candidates who do not follow these guidelines may be deemed ineligible.


Application Process:

Applications will be accepted from March 31, 2016 – October 11, 2016. Please make sure you carefully review the Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship overview and application FAQs before you apply.


Questions:

If you have questions about the Fulbright-Clinton Fellowships, please email Jermaine Jones.


Dependents:

Dependent support is available


I am a....

Current U.S. Student

United States citizens who are currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs are eligible to apply.  All applicants enrolled in U.S institutions must apply through their home campuses.  Find the Fulbright Program Adviser on your campus.

If you are an undergraduate student you would be eligible to apply in your senior year.  If you are a graduate student you are eligible to apply to most countries as long as you will not have a PhD degree on the application deadline.

Non-U.S. Student

If you are a non-U.S. citizen looking to applying for a Fulbright grant to study in the United States you will apply to the Fulbright Program for Foreign Students in your home country.

U.S. Citizen but not a Student

If you are a U.S. citizen, hold a bachelor’s degree, and do not have a PhD degree then you could be eligible for certain awards within the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.  Please review the program summary for the country where you would like to apply.

Artist

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program welcomes applications in the creative and performing arts.  Arts candidates for the U.S. Student Program should have relatively limited professional experience in the fields (typically 5 years or less) in which they are applying.  Artists with more experience should consider applying for Fulbright Scholar Program.

Creative & Performing Arts projects fall under the Study/Research grant category and are available in all countries where Study/Research grants are offered. 

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U.S. Professor

If you are a U.S. citizen and a professor at a U.S. institution and are interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award you will need to apply through CIES.

Non U.S. Professor

If you are a non-U.S. citizen and a professor interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award to the United States you would need to apply through the Fulbright Commission or U.S. Embassy in your home country.  Find out more information on the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program.