Fulbright Scholar Award

All Disciplines (Research)

Application Deadline
closed
Award Code
13384-NP
Activity Type
Research
Research includes activities involving scientific research, qualitative research, quantitative research, and practice-based research, including artistic research. Research can take place in locations such as the laboratory, the field, the archives, or an artist residency. It can be experimental, clinical, or applied. It can include examining policies, systems, theories, methods, interactions, and works of art and music, with the objective to evaluate or develop new knowledge or works. Quantifiable (tangible) outcomes can include publications (books, journal articles, scripts, etc.), conference presentations, artistic and musical compositions, exhibitions, performances, films, and patents.
Degree Requirements
Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) required
Career Profile
Artists
Awards are open to individuals who have more than seven years of experience in an artistic profession.
Early Career Academics
Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of a teacher or scholar for no more than seven years.
Higher Education Administrators and Executives
Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of administrators or executives with a focus on the international dimensions of their campuses.
Mid-Career Academics
Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of a teacher or scholar for more than seven, and less than 13, years.
Professionals
Awards are open to individuals who have more than seven years of experience in a particular profession.
Senior Academics
Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of a teacher or scholar for more than 13 years.

Number of recipients

Up To
2
Award Start Period
July 2023 - May 2024
Award Length
4 months - 5 months or 6 months
Flex Option
Yes
Country
Nepal
Multi-Country/Area Award
No
Disciplines
Projects are sought in all disciplines
Scholars selected for this award can choose to
Advise and/or mentor students
Assist in faculty, curriculum, and/or program development
Conduct a research project designated by the host institution
Conduct a research project of the applicant’s choosing
Conduct a professional and/or artistic project
The applicant can propose any of the listed activities

In addition to being a prestigious academic exchange program, the Fulbright Program is designed to expand and strengthen relationships between the people of the United States and citizens of other nations and to promote international understanding and cooperation. To support this mission, Fulbright Scholars may be asked to give public talks, mentor students, and otherwise engage with the host community, in addition to their primary activities‎.

Award Activity

Conduct research in area of interest. Some host institutions may desire the Scholar to conduct seminars and/or workshops, or to consult on curriculum and faculty development.

Locations Detail

Any appropriate institution

Award Length and Period

Single visit research proposals are six months; Flex grants can be 4-5 months. 

Grants may begin any time after July/August 2023. Grants must be completed by September 30, 2024. Flex grants must be completed by September 30, 2025.

Flex Description

 

 

The Flex Award is designed for scholars who require multiple visits to the host country. This option allows grants to be conducted over two or three short segments. Applicants must select Flex in the application form, and clearly describe their plans for Flex in their project statement, including a project timeline. Flex grantees may be asked to give public talks, mentor students, and otherwise engage with the host-country academic community.

Grant segments are allowed to be conducted in summer months
No
SEGMENTS MAY BE PROPOSED FOR Up to a 2 year PERIOD
2 Segments MAY BE PROPOSED
MAXIMUM LENGTH OF THE TOTAL GRANT IS 5 MONTH(S)
MINIMUM LENGTH OF THE TOTAL GRANT IS 4 MONTH(S)
Special Features

South and Central Asia Fulbright Regional Travel Grant

During their grant period, Fulbright Scholars in the South and Central Asia (SCA) region may apply for a regional travel grant to engage in a variety of activities at institutions in eligible SCA countries (Bangladesh, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Nepal, Republic of the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan).  Activities that U.S. Scholars may engage in include: faculty and student lectures, graduate or faculty seminars, conferences, curriculum development, public lectures, panel presentations, needs assessment, or some combination thereof. Scholars in the arts may be invited to give master classes or recitals, participate in exhibitions or workshops, or consult with cultural institutions. Activities may not include research. This grant will cover travel to and from the destination and lodging may be offered by the hosting institution. Scholars may only apply for this grant once in country on their Fulbright grant. As funds are limited, Scholars are limited to one such travel grant. Before traveling to another country on a Regional Travel Grant, it is important to confirm trip details with the U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Section or Fulbright Commission in that country.

Please Note:  The 2023-24 Fulbright Regional Travel Program will be dependent on global travel conditions.  More information will be provided prior to grant departure.

South and Central Asia Fulbright Midyear Conference

With funding provided by the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the U.S.-India Educational Foundation (the Fulbright Commission in India) invites eligible Fulbright Scholars in the South and Central Asia region to attend the annual South and Central Asia Fulbright Midyear Conference in India (usually held in February or March). The conference is an opportunity for current Fulbright U.S. Scholars who are on their Fulbright grants in the SCA region, at the time of the conference, to gather to discuss each other’s work and educational exchange issues and to invite suggestions for the future development and enhancement of the Fulbright Program. Financial assistance to attend the conference is provided as an additional Fulbright grant benefit.

Please note: The 2023-24 South and Central Asia Fulbright Midyear Conference will be dependent on global travel conditions. More information will be provided prior to grant departure.  

Citizenship/Residency Requirement
Dual citizens of the award country are not eligible to apply for this award.
Permanent residents of the award country are not eligible to apply for this award.
Invitation Requirement
A letter of invitation is required.
Invitation Requirement Additional Information

Applicants who need assistance in identifying an institution with which to affiliate can contact the Fulbright Commission in Nepal for guidance prior to submission of the application: Senior Program Officer Rakchhya Maharjan

Language Proficiency Requirements
None, English is sufficient. However, feasibility of conducting the project must be demonstrated in the project statement.
Additional Language Requirement

Local language fluency sufficient to complete the research project is recommended. For applicants without local language proficiency, feasibility of conducting the project must be demonstrated in the project statement. Completion of the Language Proficiency Report(s) optional. (Please note that hiring local language translators and interpreters is common for researchers in Nepal and USEF-Nepal can assist with recommendations if necessary.)

Additional Qualification Information

Three years of postdoctoral teaching or research experience and associate professor rank or above preferred. For the arts, a terminal degree in the field, recognized professional standing, and substantial professional accomplishments required.

Award Allowances

$3,500 per month

Grantees are responsible for arranging their own housing.

Estimated Travel and Relocation Allowance for Grantee
  • Round-trip international travel arranged by the Fulbright Commission
  • Excess baggage: $500
  • No relocation, dependent, or other allowances are provided for research grants.
  • Flex grants: round-trip travel for each segment of the grant
Estimated Cost of Living

Housing costs vary depending on the location, size and quality of the place- starting from $200 per month for a room with kitchen and more for apartments or houses with amenities. $20 would suffice for day to day expenses for one person if you cook at home. Eating out would cost $30 per meal at a good restaurant. Travel for both Nepalese and foreigners has been made easy due to the advent of ride apps such as Pathao and Tootle. Public transport is much cheaper, but congested. Scholars are advised to live near research or host institution location to reduce commuting.

Special Award Benefits

South and Central Asia Fulbright Regional Travel Grant

During their grant period, Fulbright Scholars in the South and Central Asia (SCA) region may apply for a regional travel grant to engage in a variety of activities at institutions in eligible SCA countries (Bangladesh, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Nepal, Republic of the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan).  Activities that U.S. Scholars may engage in include: faculty and student lectures, graduate or faculty seminars, conferences, curriculum development, public lectures, panel presentations, needs assessment, or some combination thereof. Scholars in the arts may be invited to give master classes or recitals, participate in exhibitions or workshops, or consult with cultural institutions. Activities may not include research. This grant will cover travel to and from the destination and lodging may be offered by the hosting institution. Scholars may only apply for this grant once in country on their Fulbright grant. As funds are limited, Scholars are limited to one such travel grant. Before traveling to another country on a Regional Travel Grant, it is important to confirm trip details with the U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Section or Fulbright Commission in that country.

Please Note:  The 2023-24 Fulbright Regional Travel Program will be dependent on global travel conditions.  More information will be provided prior to grant departure.

South and Central Asia Fulbright Midyear Conference

With funding provided by the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the U.S.-India Educational Foundation (the Fulbright Commission in India) invites eligible Fulbright Scholars in the South and Central Asia region to attend the annual South and Central Asia Fulbright Midyear Conference in India (usually held in February or March). The conference is an opportunity for current Fulbright U.S. Scholars who are on their Fulbright grants in the SCA region, at the time of the conference, to gather to discuss each other’s work and educational exchange issues and to invite suggestions for the future development and enhancement of the Fulbright Program. Financial assistance to attend the conference is provided as an additional Fulbright grant benefit.

Please note: The 2023-24 South and Central Asia Fulbright Midyear Conference will be dependent on global travel conditions. More information will be provided prior to grant departure.  

Final grant amounts will be determined prior to the start of the academic year and are subject to the availability of funds. The United States Department of State and the Fulbright Commission in the host country reserve the right to alter, without notice, participating countries, number of awards and allowances.

Nepal

What is life like for Fulbrighters in your country?

Nepal has undergone tremendous political and social change over the past two decades. Politically, the new federal republic constitution was promulgated on September 20, 2015. According to the Government of Nepal's 2011 Population and Housing Census data, 40.33% of the population comprise of youth between 16-40 years of age!  At this significant juncture in Nepal’s history, the educational system is in need of significant improvement so that it may serve Nepal's population well by meeting international standards. This presents exciting possibilities for teaching, research and collaboration between U.S. and Nepali institutions of higher education. 

Key Nepali educational institutions have partnered with the United States Educational Foundation in Nepal (USEF-Nepal) to provide teaching/research opportunities through the Fulbright program in Nepal. Although the facilities available in most institutions of higher education in Nepal are sparse compared with U.S. institutions, U.S. Scholars generally find colleagues who are eager to collaborate and students who are eager to engage contemporary ideas in their fields.

Patience, flexibility, a spirit of adventure and a sense of humor are among the most important qualities required of Fulbright grantees in Nepal.

Although academic calendars vary across institutions, Fulbright U.S. Scholars have historically arrived in Nepal in either July/August or in January. Applicants are encouraged to inquire about the ideal grant dates for the host institution when requesting an invitation letter.

Housing costs vary depending on the location, size and quality of the place- starting from $200 per month for a room with kitchen and more for apartments or houses with amenities. $20 would suffice for day to day expenses for one person, if you cook at home. Eating out would cost $30 per meal at a good restaurant.

Travel for both Nepalese and foreigners, has been made easy due to the advent of ride apps such as Pathao and Tootle. Public transport is much cheaper but congested. Scholars are advised to live near research or host institution location to reduce commuting.

Scholars with dependents, especially children, tend to live near kindergardens and schools such as The Lincoln School and Ullens School. 

Fulbright grantees generally use one of two clinics of international standard in Kathmandu: the CIWEC clinic, operating since 1982 and the Nepal International Clinic, operated by a Nepali physician who is a U.S. Board certified internist. 

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