South Asia and Himalaya Scholarship

The South Asia and Himalaya Scholarship award is a need-based scholarship program awarded annually. It is primarily intended to support students from the South Asian and Himalayan regions while they study at RYI. Awards are announced in July for two consecutive semesters of study starting in the fall. This scholarship is not available for the summer program. 

Each scholarship award will cover 100% of tuition fees at RYI for the Fall and Spring semesters maximum for 15 credits. No refund of awards for taking less than 15 credits. 

Eligibility: who can apply?

In order 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 or MA program, the MA Prep program, or the Non-Degree program at RYI.  
  • Pass all classes in the fall semester. Failing a class will lead to the forfeiture of the scholarship in the next semester. 
  • Be able to demonstrate that they have financial needs in order to meet the costs of studying at RYI. 
  • Be enrolled in and attend classes for a minimum of 12 credits (Note: failure to pass any class during the fall semester will render a student ineligible for the award in the spring.) 

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 April 3 to April 30. 

Decisions related to scholarship awards are made by RYI’s financial aid committee in June. Applicants are notified of the committee’s decision by July.

As a condition of receiving a scholarship, successful applicants are required to prepare one 250-word article with suitable images per semester, two in total per year, for publishing on RYI’s student blog

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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