4 Open Study/Research Award
Accepted Degree Levels
Grant PeriodJuly Start
Grant Length10 Months
The Fulbright U.S. Student Research grants offer an opportunity to conduct individually-designed research projects in Nepal.
Mid-July through mid-May. Grantees must make their travel plans through the Fulbright Commission and should arrive in time to attend the mandatory mid-July orientation meetings in Kathmandu.
All disciplines will be considered. Applicants must have a well-defined research project and must have a demonstrated ability to work independently, have a solid foundation in their subject area/s, 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
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. Health-related research projects cannot involve patient contact.
Grantees undertaking health-related research should start the approval process prior to arriving in Nepal and also be prepared to devote time to that process at the beginning of the grant period.
For students who are unaffiliated with a graduate program at the time of application, it is 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.
Students must be aware that permits for conducting research in Nepal government-designated restricted areas are costly and not covered by the Commission. They should come prepared to bear this cost.
Foreign Language Proficiency
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 significant plans for language study in their proposals. Regardless of language ability, grantees may undertake language study while in country, since an allowance for continued language learning is included in the grant.
Fulbright Proposal Types
Letter required for independent study or research at deadline
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 Nepalese faculty or graduate students when appropriate. The Fulbright grant is not meant to support internships at organizations in Nepal. Rather, it is meant to support independent research.
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.