ISET-Nepal invites application for ABISHKAR FELLOWSHIP 2018

What is Abishkar?

The Abishkar fellowship supports undergraduate students in Nepal further their creative learning. It provides financial support in undertaking innovative activities that address Nepal’s social, economic and environmental challenges. The fellowship enables students to inculcate analytical and communication skills that will contribute to their professional growth.

Activities supported

  1. Design and prepare eco-friendly technology and/or models that use local materials/knowledge
  2. Research papers
  3. Preparation of documentary, animations and photo story
  4. Photography/photo exhibition
  5. Conferences, roundtables and workshops
  6. Awareness building

Thematic areas

  • Climate change adaptation and resilience building
  • Agriculture, forest and food security
  • Water management
  • Urbanization and low carbon energy systems
  • Disaster risk reduction/Disaster management
  • Environmental pollution, mitigation and health
  • Information and communication technology
  • Solid and liquid waste management
  • Basic services, infrastructure and housing
  • Heritage and conservation
  • Gender equity and social inclusion

Who can apply? (All criteria must be fulfilled)

  • Undergraduate students (Individual/group)
  • Nepali citizen (each applicant)
  • Below 25 years of age (each applicant)
  • Studying in any discipline in Nepali universities/colleges

Required Documents 

  • Concept note (details attached at end)
  • Curriculum vitae with contact address, email and phone number (for each applicant)
  • Recommendation letter from relevant departments as well as supervisors/instructors in official letter head (recommendation can be addressed to entire group)
  • Digital copy of student’s university/college ID card and citizenship certificate (for each applicant)

Concept Note Format

It should be no more than 8 pages (including all illustrations) type written in Times New Roman 12 font (double or single spacing) including the followings:

Cover page (1 page)

  • Title
  • Name of the applicant/s
  • Name of supervisor (if applicable)
  • Institutional affiliation (University/College)
  • Email address and phone number
  • Date of submission

Project description (5-7 pages)

  1. Introduction
  2. Rationale: Justification of the concept
  3. Objectives
  4. Methods
    • Site description (if relevant)
    • Tools
    • Models/Design to be developed (if relevant)
  5. Expected output and outcomes
  6. Working calendar
  7. Tentative budget breakdown with justification
  8. References

The selection process will include review of the concept note as well as an interview for shortlisted candidates. The extended date of submission is June 15, 2018. Send your proposal to and cc it to