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 region while they study at RYI. Awards are made in the spring 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 RYI and Kathmandu University registration, admission, and examination fees.
  • 80% of tuition fees at RYI for the fall and spring semesters.
  • 100% of all required class materials, for example, texts, textbooks, and course readers.
  • Specialized English language support, particularly for essay-writing.

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 need in order to meet the costs of studying at RYI.

The application for a South Asia and Himalaya Scholarship award is integrated in the degree program application form and open while program applications are accepted. Find out when to apply here

Timing and Award Decisions

Eligible, currently enrolled RYI students don’t have to apply each year newly, but will automatically be considered for the next academic year after completing their course registration for the upcoming semester. New students may apply for a South Asia and Himalaya Scholarship award as part of their program application. 

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 . Students who are applying during late program admission period will be considered for a South Asia and Himalaya Scholarship award and  notified prior to the start of the semester, given that funding is still available.

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 numerous private donors, Tsadra Foundation, and 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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