The Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program for Nepali Post-Doctoral Researchers and Senior Artists

Application Form


APPLICATION DEADLINE: 4 p.m. on November 1, 2018


The Nepal Fulbright Commission (also known as the United States Educational Foundation in Nepal, USEF-Nepal) is pleased to announce the grant competition for the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program for Nepali Post-Doctoral Researchers and Senior Artists for academic year 2019-20.

  1. Depending on the availability of funding, USEF/Nepal will provide a grant to one Nepali scholar or artist to conduct post-doctoral research at a U.S. university or to undertake an artistic project at a US university, museum or cultural institution.
  2. The grants are to fund research or an artistic project during the 2019-20 academic year (August/September 2019-May 2020) for a period of up to nine months.
  3. For post-doctoral researchers, the subject of the proposed research must relate directly to Nepal. Research proposals using the given form will be accepted in any field. For artists, the proposed project must have relevance to Nepal.
  4. For post-doctoral researchers, only those scholars who received their doctorate during the years 2004-2015 are eligible to apply.
  5. The following individuals, among others, are ineligible to receive a grant:
    1. Persons holding citizenship or permanent residency in both Nepal and the U.S.
    2. Local employees of U.S. missions abroad who work for the U.S. Department of State are ineligible for grants during the period of their employment and for one year following the termination of employment; members and staff of the Nepal Fulbright Commission, for a period ending one year after the termination of such employment.
    3. Immediate families (i.e., spouses and dependent children) of the U.S. Department of State employees and members and staff of the Commission, for a period ending one year after the termination of such employment. This provision does not disqualify self-supporting members of families living apart from their parents.
  6. Under the U.S. law and applicable regulations, the grantees, upon expiration of their exchange visitor visa sponsorship, are required to reside in Nepal for two years after completion of their Fulbright grant period in the U.S. before they may apply for non-immigrant visas (H and L) as temporary workers, for permanent residence in the United States, or as immigrants. The Fulbright Program requires grantees to return to their home countries when their academic exchange activities in the United States are concluded.
  7. A complete application includes:
    • completed online application form;
    • a fully-developed research or project proposal;
    • detailed curriculum vitae with a passport-sized picture (use the given format);
    • a letter of invitation or appointment from a U.S. university (for post-doctoral researchers) or from a U.S. university, museum or other cultural institution (for artists);
    • three letters of reference; and
    the documentary evidence of the following:
    • a recognized doctoral degree (for post-doctoral researchers); recognized professional standing and substantial professional accomplishments (for artists);
    • a MINIMUM of three years post-doctoral professional experience in Nepal (for post-doctoral researchers); a MINIMUM of five years of experience in the area and at least three years continuous residence in Nepal prior to the grant application (for artists);
    • Nepalese citizenship;
    • a certificate of good health;

    There is no need to include: results of English proficiency tests, course syllabi, evidence of financial support for accompanying dependents, a completed medical history/examination form, or a copy of the passport data page.

  8. The three confidential letters of reference attesting to your scholarly/artistic ability and the significance of your proposal must be directly mailed, hand-delivered, or emailed as scanned documents (email address: by your referees to the following address:

    The Nepal Fulbright Commission/USEF-Nepal
    Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program for Nepali Post-Doctoral
    P.O. Box 380
    Kathmandu, Nepal

    Please remind each of your referees to also send the cover pages (Parts I and II of the Reference Report Form) along with the reference letter. If the letter of reference is to be hand delivered by the referee, the envelope containing the letter should have the signature of the referee across the closed/sealed cover-flap. You may check if the reference letters have come in by calling 444-4780 ext. 26, between 10 a.m. -12 noon, Monday through Friday. The reference letters must reach the Fulbright Commission (USEF/Nepal) by 4 p.m. on November 1, 2018. It is the applicants’ responsibility to ensure that all reference reports have been received within the deadline. Applications which do not include all three reports in the required format will be disqualified.

  9. The application webpage will be closed after 4:00 p.m. on November 1, 2018.
  10. Please check the notice board at the Fulbright Commission (USEF/Nepal) office or the Commission website on December 4, 2018 to see the interview list. Interviews are tentatively scheduled for the second week of December 2018; if you are called for an interview, you must be available during that time.
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