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WWF NEPAL MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIPS
WWF Nepal's Memorial Scholarships were established following the tragic loss of some of Nepal's finest conservation leaders in an ill-fated helicopter accident on 23 September 2006 in eastern Nepal (Ghunsa, Taplejung). The mishap took place, as conservation dignitaries returned from the successful handover of the Kangchenjunga Conservation Area to the local communities for management. 

September 23 has since been instituted as "National Conservation Day" by the government of Nepal in honor of the 24 individuals that lost their lives, while also annually commemorating their commitment to preserve Nepal's rich natural heritage. 

Recognizing the tremendous loss of leadership in conservation, WWF Nepal established the Memorial Scholarship Fund to assist students who wish to pursue careers in conservation. Through this fund WWF Nepal hopes to build a new generation of conservation leaders that takes forward Nepal's conservation legacy.

SCHOLARSHIPS

  1. Chandra Gurung Memorial Fellowship
  2. Nepal Conservation Memorial Scholarship
  3. Mingma Norbu Memorial Scholarship
  4. Jennifer Headley Memorial Scholarship
  5. Jillian Bowling Schlaepfer Memorial Scholarship
 
The scholarships are provided to Nepali students, for both graduate (4 years) and post graduate studies (2 years) in any university in Nepal.

SCHOLARSHIPS AND ELIBILITY

The Nepal Conservation Memorial Scholarship is awarded to promising students who wish to pursue a Bachelor's Degree in environment and biodiversity conservation in Nepal. 

The scholarship is available to Nepali citizens who have either applied, secured admission, or started classes at a university in Nepal.

Eligibility Criteria 
- Applicant must be a citizen of Nepal
- Applicant must be between the age group of 17 to 21
- Applicant must have applied or be admitted to a bachelor’s degree program in a conservation related field at a university in Nepal
- Applicant must be in their first year/semester of study
- Preference will be given to applicants from ethnic/indigenous minority and Dalit groups

In honor of the 24 conservation heroes who lost their lives in the tragic helicopter accident of 23 September 2006, and their commitment to preserving Nepal's rich natural heritage.

The Chandra Gurung Memorial Fellowship is awarded to conservationists and/or promising students to pursue a Master’s degree in the field of environment and biodiversity conservation in Nepal. 

The fellowship is available to Nepali citizens who have either applied, secured admission, or started classes at a university in Nepal. 
 
Eligibility Criteria
- Applicant must be a citizen of Nepal
- Applicant must be between the age group of 24 to 30
- Applicant must have applied or be admitted to a master’s degree program in a conservation related field at a university in Nepal
- Applicant must be in their first/year semester of study

In honor of the late Chandra Gurung and his life-long commitment to conservation.

The Mingma Norbu Sherpa Memorial Scholarship is awarded to students from Nepal’s rural mountain areas (preferably Sagarmatha, Kangchenjunga, Langtang, Manaslu, Makalu Barun, Gaurishankar, Annapurna, Manang, Mustang, Rara, Dolpo and Api Nampa), who intend to pursue careers in nature conservation. 

The scholarship is available to students who wish to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in the field of environment and biodiversity conservation in Nepal, with priority given to socio-economically disadvantaged applicants, who have either applied, secured admission, or started classes at a university in Nepal.

Eligibility Criteria 
- Applicant must be a citizen of Nepal
- Applicant must have completed their +2/intermediate with science
- Applicant must be between the age group of 17 to 21
- Applicant must have applied or be admitted to a Bachelor’s Degree program in a conservation related field at a university in Nepal
- Applicant must be in their first/year semester of study
- Priority will be given to applicants from remote/ mountain area districts (SLC certificate must be from a remote area district)

In honor of the late Mingma Norbu Sherpa and his life-long commitment to help Nepal’s rural poor and improve their livelihoods. 

The Jennifer Headley Memorial Scholarship is awarded to promising female students who wish to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in environment and biodiversity conservation in Nepal. 

The scholarship is available to female students from Nepal who have completed their higher secondary education and either applied, secured admission, at a university in Nepal.
 
Eligibility Criteria 
- Applicant must be a female Nepali citizen 
- Applicant must be between the age group of 17 to 21
- Applicant must have applied or be admitted to a bachelor’s degree program in a conservation related field at a university in Nepal
- Applicant must be in their first/year semester of study

In honor of Jennifer Headley and her life-long commitment to conservation

The Jillian Bowling Schlaepfer Memorial Scholarship is awarded to students who wish to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in the field of environment and biodiversity conservation in Nepal,.

The scholarship is available to Nepali citizens who have completed their higher secondary education and either applied, secured admission or started classes at a university in Nepal.

Eligibility Criteria 
- Applicant must be a citizen of Nepal
- Applicant must be between the age group of 17 to 21
- Applicant must have applied or be admitted to a bachelor’s degree program in a conservation related field at a university in Nepal
- Applicant must be in their first/year semester of study

In honor of Jillian Bowling Schlaepfer and her life-long commitment to conservation

When do the scholarships open for application? 
The applications for scholarships open between January and March every year.
 
How do I apply for the Scholarship?
- Download the application form 
- Fill out the application form in MS Word / digitally
- Email the scanned copies of the required documents along with completed application form to memorialscholarships@wwfnepal.org
- Applications without required documents will not be considered
- If shortlisted, appear for an interview
 
Am I eligible to apply?
The Memorial Scholarships are open to students who are citizens of Nepal, currently employed in or intend to pursue careers in nature conservation. Please check each scholarship category for detailed eligibility criteria.
 
When will the results be released?
- The results will be released within 2 months after the application deadline.
- Only shortlisted candidates will be informed of further processes.
 
How do I know about the status of my application?
You will get to hear about the status of your application within 2 months of your submission. You can write to memorialscholarships@wwfnepal.org to find out more.
 
Can I re-apply for the Scholarship in the future?
Yes. WWF Nepal only accepts students pursuing their first year/ semester bachelor’s or master’s studies are eligible to apply. However, applicants who do not get through for scholarships for a Bachelor's Degree may re-apply for a Master's scholarship at a later date.
 
Where will the interviews be held for the shortlisted candidates?
The shortlisted candidates will be interviewed at WWF Nepal office, Baluwatar, Kathmandu or via Zoom.

APPLICATIONS - CLOSED
WWF Nepal is currently not accepting applications for the WWF Nepal Memorial Scholarships. 

Applications for the scholarships will open between January and March every year.