On-Demand Youth Leadership Program: Nepal-STEM

Student Application

The On-Demand Youth Leadership Program (ODYLP): Nepal-STEM is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), administered by Legacy Internationalthat brings together approximately 16 youth participants (ages 15-18) and  two adult mentors from Nepal for a three-week U.S.-based exchange focused on empowering young women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.


Youth applicants must:

  • Be young women between 15 and 18 years old by May 1, 2024;
  • Have at least one semester left at their current school upon return home;
  • Be a citizen of Nepal.  (Note: Individuals with dual U.S. citizenship are not eligible for this program);
  • Be living in Nepal at the time of the exchange and during the follow-on component;
  • Have proficiency in English;
  • Demonstrate interest in youth leadership development;
  • Demonstrate initiative, strong communication skills, and an energetic, positive attitude;
  • Have the ability to work cooperatively in a team and be open to various opinions and perspectives;
  • Commit to the follow-on application of community-based project (e.g., peer education workshop or service project); and
  • Have permission from parent(s) or legal guardian(s) to participate in the program.

Please note that preference will be given to individuals who:

  • Have not previously traveled to the United States.
  • Have not participated in any in-person ECA-funded program in the United States within the past three years or accepted a scholarship for an upcoming U.S. Government-funded exchange program.
  • Family members of U.S. Embassy or Consulate staff, or U.S. Department of State employees are not eligible.

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There is NO application fee.

The United States Government will pay for all travel to and from the United States, and all program-related costs for selected participants.

Application deadline is February 5, 2024 at 12:00pm (noon) Eastern Daylight Time

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