The representative from U.S. Embassy New Delhi, Matthew Asada and Ngodup Tsering, Tibetan education minister in-exile held a joint press conference in Dharamshala yesterday and announced the name of six finalists and five alternates for the 2018-19 “Tibetan Scholarship Programme”. The Tibetan Scholarship programme was established in 1987 through legislation to educate future Tibetan leaders. Since then 435 Tibetans have attended US universities under its auspices, including Lobsang Sangay, the current President of Central Tibetan Administration. The programme is administered by a New York-based non-governmental organization, The Tibet Fund in close partnership with the department of education of exile government and US Embassy New Delhi and Kathmandu. The applicants for the programme have to clear certain tests before getting admitted to U.S Universities. Students from only Tibetan refugee community in India and Nepal are eligible to apply for this two-year graduate fellowship in more than a dozen fields, including business, computer science and many more.Each year approximately six students are selected contingent upon funding.
Upon their return, they must serve the Tibetan community for a minimum period of two years and may join the Tibetan Scholarship Programme Alumni Association.