Bikas Udhyami Scholarship

Bikas Udhyami and Padhna Jane has launced the Bikas Udhyami Scholarship! Scholarships are going to be awarded to two brilliant Master's students who demonstrate leadership potential and community involvement in innovative ways.

Padhna Jane (eng. Let’s Study) is a free online educational platform serving as a gateway for young Nepali to access higher-education opportunities in Nepal and abroad. Developed by Bikas Udhyami, a social innovation hub, the platform helps students to easily find Technical and Vocational Education and Training Institutions (TVET), colleges, universities and scholarships in Nepal, Australia, Japan and USA. Padhna Jane also provides information and tips on the application process, migration requirements and living abroad.

Bikas Udhyami is a social innovation hub led by young Nepali professionals from different backgrounds who share an entrepreneurial spirit when it comes to seeking ways to do development differently. Collectively we bring together expertise on a wide range of issues including governance, economic development, environment, human rights, labour migration, gender and social inclusion, and media and technology to identify and implement innovative solutions to address Nepal’s development challenges.

Through the platform Padhna Jane aims to:

  1. Connect young Nepali with diverse higher education opportunities.
  2. Improve equal access to educational funding for poor and marginalized communities.
  3. Facilitate the ease of applying for higher-education and scholarships in Nepal and abroad.
  4. Enable students to better prepare themselves for the job market upon graduation.

In keeping with these principles, the Bikas Udhyami Scholarship is awarded to brilliant students who show great potential in leadership and innovation. The Scholarship ensures that students who need financial assistance get support to pursue their higher education. We believe that every student can be a changemaker - and personal finance should not be a hindrance.

The Bikas Udhyami Scholarship is awarded to two Masters students studying any field, preferably development studies, sociology, economics, business, or statistics. The Scholarship amount is maximum Rs.50,000 for the entire Masters program. Preference is given to students at public institutions affiliated with any recognized University in Nepal.

Note that your application should include:

  • Completed application form
  • CV
  • Essay (maximum 500 words on the topic “How are you contributing to your community in innovative ways?”)
  • Two reference letters
  • Admission letter/admission form/marksheet - Applicants can be about to start their masters, in their first semester or in their second semester. Applicants are not eligible if they are in their third or fourth semester.
  • Bachelor’s certificate or transcript
  • Citizenship certificate

Only fully completed applications will be reviewed by the selection committee.

Deadline: November 15, 2017 (Kartik 29, 2074)

Application forms are available in English and Nepali in the links below. All applicants should send their application to padhnajane@bikasudhyami.com OR drop it off in person at the Bikas Udhyami office in Chakupat.

ImportANT dOCUMENTS:

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FAQ

Do I qualify to become a Bikas Udhyami Scholar?

You need to meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Enrolled in a Masters program, latest in your second semester. Applicants are not eligible if they are in their third or fourth semester.
  • Studying at a public institution, affiliated to any Nepali university
  • Minimum 3.2 GPA or 55% or B+ average in Bachelor’s degree
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Examples of leadership and community involvement

How can I apply?

You need to send the following documents to padhnajane@bikasudhyami.com:

  • Completed application form
  • CV
  • Essay (maximum 500 words on the topic “How are you contributing to your community in innovative ways?”)
  • Two reference letters
  • Admission letter/admission form/marksheet for Master’s degree
  • Bachelor’s certificate or transcript
  • Citizenship certificate

What do I need to do to maintain it?

There are two main requirements to maintain your scholarship:

  • You have to maintain a minimum 3.2 CGPA or 55% or B+ average
  • You have to participate in Bikas Udhyami’s Young Development Entrepreneur Apprentice program.

Can students who live outside Kathmandu also apply?

Yes, students living anywhere within Nepal can apply for the Bikas Udhyami Scholarship. The Apprenticeship can be done online and in the local community.