Dharamshala: The final Interview selection for Tibetan Scholarship Program was held today at Gangchen Kyishong. This year, 31 candidates have been shortlisted for the final interview, of which 6 will be selected for the TSP 2020. The Tibetan Scholarship Program is administered by the U.S Department of State through a cooperative agreement with the Tibet Fund, a non-profit, New York-based educational and cultural institution. The program was inaugurated in 1988.
The objective of the TSP is to provide and enhance an administrative infrastructure for the Tibetan refugee community in India and Nepal by supporting and training a cadre of younger, mid-level leaders. The TSP is cross-disciplinary. It introduces grantees to current thought and American models in education, law, political science, public health, medicine, business administration, fields that have been deemed germane to the administration of a self-governing community. Since its inception in 1988, the Tibetan Scholarship Program earlier known as Fulbright scholarship has benefited about over 450 Tibetans. The alumni are now serving in 91 different institutions.
“The Tibetan Scholarship Program (TSP) is one of the most important scholarship programs for the Tibetans in exile, and it has produced more than 450 graduates in different field of studies over the last 31 years. These graduates have served the Central Tibetan Administration and many are still serving in the various departments under CTA and different organisations in Tibetan communities,” said the Department of Education. The program receives an annual grant of approximately $500,000 from the U.S Department of State to administer the program and contribution of $110,000 each year from the Tibet Fund.