Dear USEF Friends-

Happy 2075 (a little belatedly)! It has been a great honor and joy to work at USEF. Since starting as the new director in March, 2017, it has been a busy year. One of the real pleasures of my job has been meeting and working with our grantees and alumni. If we have not met already, please come to one of our many events or just stop by the USEF office in Gyaneshwor to say hello.

This newsletter details many our activities from the last year, such as the Fulbright Lecture Series and alumni workshops. We have continued our tradition of selecting excellent fellowship grantees in a fair and rigorous process. One recent highlight:  four of our nominees were selected for Humphrey fellowships!

We have several exciting events coming in the future.

  • June 11, late afternoon: Fulbright Day celebration
  • June 11, day: Alumni Experience Sharing Workshop (more news to come)
  • June/July : Humphrey Fellowship Competition (for mid-career professionals)
  • Fall, 2018: Fulbright Specialist Competition (short term grants for US experts to help     NGOs, government offices, or universities)

One big challenge that awaits us is finding a new home for USEF. Because of increasing rents, we will be leaving our Gyaneshwor office space by September, 2019 for another yet-to-be determined location. We are still looking for a suitable place.

Wherever we are, our mission will remain the same: expanding educational opportunity, promoting rigorous study and research of important issues, and promoting mutual understanding between Nepal and the United States.

For a few more of my thoughts on joining USEF, please follow this link.


Tom Robertson, Ph.D.


Robertson, Why I Joined USEF Nepal, 2017



Date Speaker Title Location
May 9 Alumni Professional Development Workshop: American Style Resumes
May 21 Mr. Michael D. Gordon Art to Calibrate the Mind: Contemporary Landscapes of Thangka and Paubha Painting in Nepal Siddhartha Art Gallery, Baber Mahal Revisited, Tanka Prasad Ghumti, Sadak, Kathmandu
May 18 Dane Carlson Landscape Past, Landscape Future: Hybrid Landscapes of Nepal’s Tibetan Frontier USEF-Nepal Auditorium
May 14 Peter Seifarth Nepali Theatre: Socio-Political Progress Through Movement and Gesture USEF - Nepal
May 11 - 21 Michael Gordon Sacred Survival Siddhartha Art Gallery, Babar Mahal Revisited
June 11 Fulbright Day celebration
July Selection for Nepali Master’s Competition

Theater Performance Directed by US Fulbrighter

‘Witch’ is an entirely non-verbal show conceptualized, and performed by an ensemble under the direction of Peter Seifarth.  The show ran from February 2-10, 2018 at Sarwanam Theatre in Kalikasthan, Kathmandu.

(Click here for Peter Seifart’s interview.)


EducationUSA University Fair Draws Record Crowds

USEF-Nepal’s EducationUSA Advising Center welcomed 2,100+ Nepali students to its University Fair on February 3, 2018 at the Yak & Yeti Hotel.  It was the largest such event in the region in recent years.

(Click here for full details.)

Monthly Lecture and Panel Discussion Series, 2017

In celebration of the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Nepal, USEF organized a lecture and policy discussion event each month in 2017, bringing together the Fulbright alumni, Humphrey alumni and other experts.

(Click here for full details.)

Alumni Experience-Sharing Workshop on Public Education in Nepal

On April 5, 2018, recent alumni organized a workshop for alumni who work in education.  We encourage alumni in other fields to think about organizing other workshops.

(Click here for full details.)



4 New Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows for 2018-19 !

•   Mr. Phanindra Prasad Dahal, Communications/Journalism, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona.

•   Mr. Dev Datta Joshi, Law and Human Rights, American University, Washington, D.C.

•   Mr. Lal Bahadur Kunwar, Public Health Policy and Management, the University of Montana, Missoula, Montana for Long-Term English Language Training, and Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia (for regular HHH program).

•   Mr. Bimal Poudel, Law and Human Rights, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

(Click here for their profiles.)

(Click here for 2017-2018 profiles.)



Meet the 2017-2018 Fulbright U.S. Student Grantees

All five selected candidates are currently in Nepal, working for 10 months on projects on architecture, ecology, painting, environmental studies, and performance art.

(Click here for their profiles.)



2017-2018 Fulbright U.S. Senior Scholar Grantees

One Senior Scholar taught at the Patan Academy of Health Sciences (PAHS) in Lagankhel, Lalitpur, and one conducted research at Kathmandu University in Hattiban, Lalitpur.

(Click here for their profiles.)



5 New Fulbright U.S. English Teaching Assistants (ETAs) in Sindhupalchowk for 2017-2018

All five will teach in public schools.

(Click here for their profiles.)
(Click here for 2016-2017 profiles.)



2018-2019 Fulbright Master’s Program for Nepalis

Five Nepali students will be starting their graduate program in the U.S. in the fall of 2018.

•   Ms. Sanjana Chhantyal, Business Administration, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia.

•   Ms. Medha Joshi, Public Administration-Education, George Washington University, Washington D.C.

•   Ms. Shrsti Mishra, International Education Development, the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

•   Ms. Sahina Shrestha, Journalism-Digital Media, New York University, New York.

•   Ms. Seema Subedi, Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland.

(Click here for their profiles.)

(Click here for 2017-2018 profiles.)



Global Undergraduate Exchange (GLOBAL UGRAD)

Three students from Nepal studied in the U.S. at the undergraduate level for one semester in 2018-2019.

(Click here for their profiles.)



2018-2019 Fulbright Nepali Post-Doctoral Program

Two candidates were selected to participate in this program in the fall of 2018.

•  Dr. Ajaya Bhattarai, Chemistry, Boston College, Boston, Massachusetts.

•  Ms. Sushmita Talukdar, English Literature, California State University, Fresno, California.

(Click here for their profiles)

(Click here for 2017-2018 profiles.)



U.S. Specialist Grants Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17)

Short-term grants for U.S. experts to give trainings.

  • Dr. Patrice Moulton, Professor of Psychology at Psychology at Northwestern State University, Natchitoches, Louisiana in Mental Health at the Institute of Crisis Management Studies (ICMS), Dhumbarahi, Kathmandu.
  • Dr. Mary Hubbard, Head of the Department of Earth Sciences, Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana, in Geoscience at the Department of Geology, Tri-Chandra College in Ghantaghar, Kathmandu.                                          
  • Dr. Melanie McCauley, Physician, Fellow-In-Training at the University of California, San Diego, California, in Infectious and Non-Communicable Diseases and Public at the Central Department of Biotechnology at Tribhuvan University in Kirtipur (two visits; counted as two grants).
  • Dr. James Nye, Bibliographer for Southern Asia at the University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, in Library Science at Madan Puraskar Pustakalaya (MPP) in Patan Dhoka, Lalitpur.

USEF Alumni Associations

  • Fulbright Alumni Association of Nepal (FAAN). Connect with FAAN on Facebook.

    Some of its recent panel discussions were on:
    • “Air Quality Where You Are: The Paradox of a Livable City,” May 3, 2018.
    • "Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience: How Far Have We Come?" April 30, 2018.
    • "Giving Back to Society: The Power of Pushing It Forward," March 29, 2018.
  • Nepal Association of Humphrey Fellows (NAHF)
  • East-West Center Alumni Association Nepal Chapter
  • NESA UGRAD Alumni Association of Nepal (NESAAN). Connect with NESAAN on Facebook.

(Click here to see brief descriptions, and executive committee information. )


USEF Office Relocation


The US Educational Foundation (Fulbright Nepal) is looking for Kathmandu office space available June/July 2019 and built or renovated to current seismic codes. We need 12-15,000 sq. ft (office) and 10-12,000 sq ft (parking).  (This can be a compound or commercial space.)

Other requirements:

  • Easy accessibility and quiet
  • At least two large rooms (for public library and 800 sq. ft or bigger auditorium)
  • Compliance with local building codes in effect after 1995, or construction with reinforced concrete
  • High quality design and construction; well maintained and attractive grounds
  • Proximity to educational/research/NGO offices or institutions
  • Cultural/historical connections a plus

Proposals should include property location, size of building and land, photos and map, rental price, age of building, construction status (new, rehab, planned).

Submit proposals to

Fulbright Grantees and Alumni in the News

Fulbright visiting scholar shares research with FVSU’s College of Agriculture

An account of Fulbright Post-Doctoral Program grantee Dr. Purna Bahadur Nepali’s visit to Fort Valley State University in Georgia in February 2018 can be found in “Fulbright Visiting Scholar Shares Research with FVSU’s College of Agriculture” in the web-newsletter produced by the College of Agriculture, Family Sciences and Technology.

Fulbright Nepali Student alum and Senior Artist Program alum Ms. Ashmina Ranjit was profiled in several news-portals/newspapers

Fulbright Nepali Student alum and Senior Artist Program alum Ms. Ashmina Ranjit was profiled in several news-portals/newspapers:

Fulbright Grantees and Alumni Publications

  1. Fulbright U.S. Student grantee Ms. Michele Clark co-authored an article on Nepal’s invasive plant problem titled “Invaders” in The Kathmandu Post of April 17, 2018.

  2. Fulbright Specialist Program alum Dr. Patrice Moulton authored an article on post-earthquake mental health, “Distress,” The Kathmandu Post, February 25, 2018.

  3. Fulbright Senior Scholar program alum Dr. David Holmberg gave a lecture on “Ethnography, History, Culture: Enduring Oppositions and Creative Dynamism in Nepal” as the Social Science Baha’s Mahesh Chandra Regmi Lecture 2017 on December 11, 2017, at the Hotel Annapurna in Durbarmarg, Kathmandu.

  4. Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program alum Ms. Jessica Vantine Birkenholtz's new book “Reciting the Goddess” has been released.  For details, see link.

  5. Fulbright Nepali Master’s program alum Ms. Kunti Adhikari, Multiple Realities,” The Kathmandu Post, February 10, 2018.

  6. Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Program alum Ms. Hannah E. Haegeland

    • Hannah Haegeland (with Yun Sun), "China and Crisis Management in South Asia," in Investigating Crises: South Asia's Lessons, Evolving Dynamics, and Trajectories, eds. Sameer Lalwani and Hannah Haegeland (Washington, D.C.: Stimson Center, 2018).
    • Hannah Haegeland (with Sameer Lalwani), "Don't Fear Pakistan's Participation in China's New Silk Road,'" Defense One, May 12, 2017.
    • Hannah Haegeland, "Nepal's Pivot to China May be Too Late," The National Interest, May 20, 2016.
    • Hannah Haegeland, "Why India Needs to Make Itself Heard in Nepal," The Diplomat, September 17, 2015.
    • Hannah Haegeland, "What India Loses by Pushing Nepal into Crisis," The Daily O, August 10, 2015.
  7. Fulbright Post-Doctoral Program alum Dr. Surya Raj Niraula and U.S. Fulbright alum Dr. Frederick A. Connell published "Probability Sampling in Matched Case-Control Study in Drug Abuse" in the International Journal of Statistics in Medical Research on February 6, 2018. 

  8. NESA UGRAD alum Mr. Biplob Acharya published an article on "Inclusive Education" in Nepali vernacular newspaper Nagarik on B.S. Magh 9, 2074.

  9. Fulbright U.S. Student grantee Mr. Michael D. Gordon, “Sacred Survival,” in Nepali Times of May 11, 2018.

How to Give Back

If you are an alum of any of our programs, some of the ways in which you can contribute to the Fulbright mission are given here:

  • Help publicize our competitions and encourage people to apply.
  • Give a talk on USEF fellowships at a local campus.
  • Become a Fulbright representative at a local campus.
  • Mentor a grantee (we connect people by subject and city/university).
  • Invite a grantee for a meal or activity.
  • Help with an orientation session for new grantees.
  • Organize an alumni experience-sharing workshop.
  • Meet with Nepali students at USEF’s Advising Center (we especially need people to speak about graduate school in the U.S.).
  • Join FAAN and the other alumni organizations.

Please feel free to contact our office if you wanted to further explore any of the above or additional options.


Please write to Fulbright Commission at if you would like to share your publications, or to inform the Commission of changes in your contact information.

USEF - Nepal
PO Box: 380
Gyaneswor, Kathmandu

Phone: +977 1 4444779, 4444780
Fax: +977 1 4410881