South Asia and Himalaya Scholarship

The South Asia and Himalaya Scholarship Award is an annual need-based scholarship program. It supports students from the South Asian and Himalayan regions while they study at the Rangjung Yeshe Institute. 

Each scholarship award covers 100% of tuition fees at RYI for the fall and spring semesters for a maximum of 15 credits. No refund of awards for taking less than 15 credits.  

Applications are accepted from November 1 until January 15 each year and awards will be announced by February 28. 

This scholarship is not available for the summer program. 

Eligibility: who can apply?

To apply for a South Asia and Himalaya Scholarship award, a student must:  

  • Be a citizen (passport holder) of Nepal, or another SAARC country, who permanently resides in the Himalayan/SAARC region. This includes ethnic Tibetans holding refugee status.  
  • Have been accepted and enrolled in the BA, MA Preparatory, or MA program, or enrolled for non-credit study at RYI.   
  • Students must take at least 12 credits in each semester for which they receive the scholarship
  • Pass all classes in the fall semester. Failing a class will lead to the forfeiture of the scholarship in the next semester. 

To apply for the South Asia and Himalaya Scholarship, please complete and submit the application form found here.  

Timing and Award Decisions

Applications from eligible students are accepted from November 1 to January 15.  

Award decisions are communicated by February 28. 

Donate to this Scholarship Fund

This scholarship exists due to the generosity of private donors like the Khyentse Foundation. Would you also like to help us support these students? If so, please visit our donation page, or contact us


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