MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIPS



APPLICATIONS OPEN!

Applications for the Memorial Scholarshps 2021-22 is now open. 

WWF MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIPS

On September 23, 2006, Nepal and the world lost some of its finest conservation leaders in a tragic helicopter accident in Ghunsa, Taplejung in eastern Nepal. They were the leading conservation personalities with decades of experiences, battling conservation challenges in Nepal and outside. These leaders, for the other conservationists of the world, have set an example to follow.

The leaders were returning from a successful conservation act; the handing over of Kangchenjunga Conservation Areas to the local community, when the mishap took place. From then, September 23 is celebrated as the National Conservation Day in Nepal. It will be celebrated each year to honor those conservation heroes and will always be remained in the heart of Nepalese.

To honor those 24 individuals who lost their lives in the tragic helicopter crash and their constant commitment to preserving Nepal’s rich natural heritage, WWF established the Memorial Scholarship Fund that will assist students who wish to pursue careers in conservation. Recognizing the tremendous loss of leadership in conservation, through this fund WWF will help build a new generation of conservation leaders to ensure the future of nature conservation in Nepal.

APPLICATIONS FOR 2021-22 NOW OPEN!

 
WWF, the global conservation organization leading international efforts for a living planet, instituted the WWF Memorial Scholarships in honor of the late conservation leaders who lost their lives in a tragic helicopter accident near Ghunsa, Taplejung on 23rd September 2006. WWF Nepal calls for applications for WWF Memorial Scholarships 2021/22 from promising Nepali students who intend to pursue careers in the field of nature conservation.  Students may put in their applications for more than one scholarship based on relevancy and criteria listed below.
CHANDRA GURUNG MEMORIAL FELLOWSHIP 2021/22
The Chandra Gurung Memorial Fellowship was instituted in honor of late Dr. Chandra Prasad Gurung, for his life-long commitment and remarkable contribution to biodiversity conservation in Nepal. 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 Nepalese citizens who have either applied, secured admission, or started classes (2021/22 session) at a university in Nepal. 
 
2. NEPAL CONSERVATION MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP 2021/22
In honor of the 24 conservation heroes who lost their lives in the tragic helicopter accident of 23rd September 2006 and their commitment to preserving Nepal's rich natural heritage, WWF Nepal awards the Nepal Conservation Memorial Scholarship 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 (2021/22 session) at a university in Nepal.
 
3. MINGMA NORBU SHERPA MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP 2021/22
In honor of Mingma Norbu Sherpa and his life-long commitment to conservation, WWF Nepal awards the Mingma Norbu Sherpa Memorial Scholarship to promising students to pursue a Bachelor's Degree in the field of environment and biodiversity conservation in Nepal. The scholarship aims to encourage bright and promising students from Nepal's rural mountain areas; primarily Sagarmatha, Kangchenjunga, Langtang, Manaslu, Makalu Barun, Gaurishankar, Annapurna (Manang and Mustang districts), Rara, Dolpo and Api Nampa, to pursue careers in biodiversity conservation. The scholarship is available to Nepali citizens, with priority given to socio-economically disadvantaged applicants, who have either applied, secured admission, or started classes (2021/22 session) at a university in Nepal.
 
4. JENNIFER HEADLEY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP 2021/22
To honor Jennifer Headley and her life-long commitment to conservation, WWF Nepal awards the Jennifer Headley Memorial Scholarship to promising female students to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in environment and biodiversity conservation in Nepal. Female students from Nepal who have completed their higher secondary education and either applied, secured admission, or started classes (2021/22 session) at a university in Nepal are eligible to apply.
 
5. JILLIAN BOWLING SCHLAEPFER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP 2021/22
In honor of Jillian Bowling Schlaepfer and her life-long commitment to conservation, WWF Nepal awards the Jillian Bowling Schlaepfer Memorial Scholarship to promising students to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in environment and biodiversity conservation in Nepal. The scholarship is available to Nepali citizens who have completed their higher secondary education and has either applied, secured admission or started classes (2021/22 session) at a university in Nepal.
 
Detailed information and application forms can be downloaded from www.wwfnepal.org. Interested applicants are requested to send an application letter, a completed application form and all supporting documents to the email address listed below by 17:00 hours on 15 April 2022. Emails without the required documents will not be entertained. Hard copies may also be submitted at WWF Nepal Office, Baluwatar or at any of the following project offices:
 
Terai Arc Landscape 
Kohalpur-10, Kalikanagar, Sundartole, Banke
Tel: 081 – 541752/753
 
 
Applications should be addressed to:
memorialscholarships@wwfnepal.org OR
WWF Nepal, PO Box 7660, Baluwatar, Kathmandu, Nepal
(Please write the name of the scholarship applied for on the envelope and/or email subject

 
Name of Scholarship Level Duration (Years) No. of Scholarships Institution
Chandra Gurung Memorial Fellowship Master’s Degree in Environment, Biodiversity Conservation and related fields 2 1 Any University of Nepal
 
Nepal Conservation Memorial Scholarship Bachelor's of Science (BSc) in Natural Resource Management/ Forestry/
Environment Science
4 1 Any University of Nepal
Mingma Norbu Sherpa Memorial Scholarship Bachelor's of Science (B.Sc.) in Natural Resource Management/ 
Forestry/Environment 
Science 
4 1 Any University of Nepal
Jennifer Headley Memorial Scholarships for Girls Bachelor's of Science (B.Sc.) in Natural Resource Management/ 
Forestry/Environment 
Science 
4 1 Any University of Nepal
Jillian Bowling Schlaepfer Memorial Scholarship Bachelor's of Science (B.Sc.) in Natural Resource Management/ 
Forestry/Environment 
Science 
4 1 Any University of Nepal