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The 2020 Fulbright Foreign Student Program


Irrespective of further COVID-19 lock down extensions by the Government of Nepal in the coming weeks, the Fulbright Commission's deadline for the submission of applications for the Fulbright Foreign (Master's) Student Program is April 30th, 2020, since further postponements will pose subsequent delays to the program timeline.

Considering the lack of mobility and closures, the Commission will accept applications without attested documents and physicians letter at this point but will request applicants for them in the future. Please upload clear copies of original documents where required in the application form.

The Commission will continue to monitor the national situation and provide regular updates on our website and on our social media account @fulbright.nepal. Furthermore, you can send us your queries at

Info Sessions:
March 5, 2020, 10:00am- 12:00noon
March 20, 2020, 2:00-4:00pm
April 3, 2020, 2:00-4:00pm

The U.S. Educational Foundation in Nepal (USEF-Nepal or the Fulbright Commission) announces the 2020 competition for the Fulbright Foreign Student Program for Nepali students for Master's level study in the U.S.A. Those selected will begin in August-September 2021.

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.A universities, in any field except medicine and nursing.

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 instructions regarding the competition are available at To learn more about the program, come to one of the Question & Answer sessions at the USEF-Nepal office in Maharajgunj.

Completed online applications, along with the required documents, must be uploaded and submitted no later than 4:00 pm on Thursday, April 30, 2020. Incomplete applications or applications received after this deadline for submission of application will not be considered.

General Requirements for Entering the Program

All applicants must:

  1. Possess Nepali citizenship.
  2. Have at least three years (for men) or two years (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 for submission of application date (April 30, 2020). 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.
  3. Demonstrate in post-intermediate degrees a minimum aggregate mark of:
    • 54% for students in non-technical fields (humanities and social sciences)
    • 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.
  4. Have a high level of competence in speaking, reading and writing English. Eligible applicants will be required to sit for an English test. The test requirement may be waived for those who:
    • have a valid CBT TOEFL score of 230 (or iBT TOEFL score of 88, or PBT TOEFL score of 570) or higher, or
    • have passed the English language test administered by USEF-Nepal in May 2019
  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. Be in excellent health, as evidenced by a letter from a medical doctor.
  7. Be eligible for a non-immigrant J-1 U.S.A visa, and not already in possession or in the process of obtaining a U.S.A immigrant visa (“green card”).

All applicants must submit documentary evidence for items No. 1, 2, 4, 5, and 6


  • Individuals holding master’s degrees equivalent to a U.S. master’s degree;
  • 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;
  • 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 are ineligible for grants during the period of their employment and for one year following the termination of employment

The online application form will be accessible from 4pm on Thursday, February 20, 2020.

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USEF - Nepal / Fulbright Commission
PO Box: 380
Aakriti Marg, Maharajgunj, Kathmandu, Nepal

Phone: +977 1 590 7008