Eligibility for Doctoral Degree Programme

Who is Eligible?

Applicants should be/have:

  1. Nepali nationals
  2. between the ages of 30 and 45 (both inclusive) as of April 1st, 2020.
    (should be born between April 2nd, 1974 and April 1st, 1990)
  3. at least 5 years of work experience in Civil Service at the time of applications
  4. gazetted civil servants (Under Secretary and above) currently employed in following organizations
    • All ministries
    • All agencies under ministries
    • All constitutional bodies
    • All other institutions and authorities
    • All courts
    or civil servants (Level 9 and above) originally recruited by the federal government and deputed/adjusted to 7 provincial and 753 local governments.
  5. hold a master’s degree (including universities in Nepal).
  6. returned to and served for the country for certain years (involving actual work and/or research preparation) set by civil service act after completion of Master’s course.
  7. in good health.
  8. sufficient English language ability to pursue a doctor’s degree

Applicants should not be/have:

  1. serving in the military.
  2. previously acquired a doctoral degree after studying abroad on a scholarship awarded by the Government of Nepal or any other development partners.
  3. currently receiving, or planning to receive, another scholarship to acquire doctoral degree through the assistance by the Government of Nepal or any other development partners.


  1. Applicants must be expected to complete the course within, and not exceeding three (3) years.
  2. Applicants have clear understanding of the objective of the JDS Program and desire to contribute to the development of Nepal upon return to Nepal after completing the study
  3. Applicants’ research theme should be relevant to the Development Issues of Nepal referred to in the framework of Sub-Programmes and Components of JDS as below.
  4. Applicants should receive a recommendation from the supervisor of his/her current duty office. (Reference Letter should contain evaluation of applicant’s performance at work and relevance of his/her research theme to his/her career.)
  5. Applicants should have an acceptance from the expected academic adviser(s) of the applying university. (Please see “Acceptance from the Expected Academic Advisor”)
Sub-Programme & Component
Sub-Programme Component
Social and economic infrastructure and mechanism development which directly lead to economic growth and the national livelihoods improvement
Economic Policy
Industrial Development Policy
Infrastructure Development
Governance enhancement and basic framework development for democracy
Development of Human Resource and Administrative Capacity of Civil Servants
Building of International Relations
Improvement of Legal and Judicial System

Application Documents:

Please contact JDS Project Office for obtaining application guidelines and application forms.

Inquiry: You will find answers to several frequently asked questions here.