The BMKF Scholarship Program

Promoting higher education for women in Nepal

The Bo M. Karlsson Foundation annually awards higher education scholarships to underprivileged women in Nepal for undergraduate study, including bachelor’s degree and trade school programs. In addition to academic and leadership potential, candidates are selected based on various factors that limit their access to higher education. BMKF scholars include women who belong to marginalized castes and indigenous groups, have a disability, or live in rural areas that are vulnerable to human trafficking or natural disaster.

BMKF awards vary according to student need. Scholarships typically cover tuition and living expenses, including exam fees, books, and uniforms, as well as room, board, and transportation if needed. Once selected, a scholar may apply to renew her award each year until she graduates, as long as she remains in good academic standing.

Mentorship and professional development

In addition to financial awards, the BMKF Scholarship Program provides ongoing mentorship and support. Throughout the year, scholars convene for special events, including visits to Kathmandu, meetings with NGO leaders, computer literacy training, fieldwork opportunities, and volunteer projects. Our goal is to help each young woman develop the skills and confidence to pursue an independent livelihood and help make a difference in her community and country.

Sponsor a BMKF Scholar

Whenever possible, BMKF scholars are matched with individual sponsors who may choose to provide financial support only, or to also correspond with and mentor students. BMKF sponsors describe their sponsorship “investment” as a powerful, inspirational experience that allows them to make a difference not only for these resilient young woman, but also for their families, communities, and society in Nepal. Read BMKF sponsor stories >

2016-17 BMKF Scholarship Awards

BMKF is seeking Nepalese women candidates for the 2017-16 BMKF Scholarship Program. This year’s application period starts in August.
Application Deadline: TBD


BMKF invites all qualified Nepalese women to apply for a scholarship, including women from different castes, ethnic groups, and regions, and women with disabilities.

Are you a student?

For more information or assistance, please contact our program coordinator in Kathmandu, Nepal:

Ms. Neema Sherpa
Email: neemarsp@gmail.com
Cell: + 9860808279