PNST Scholarship for BIRDS-3 Satellite Project for Nepal

Prof. Mengu Cho, the Principal Investigator for BIRDS, gives an overview of the project. 

Since Nepal's official involvement in BIRDS-3 Satellite Project [HERE] and [HERE], official facebook page [HERE], the team has been looking into ways to add more members to the Nepalese team. As of now, there is only one member. A minimum of two is required. For that, close talks with Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) is underway to find creative ways to fund one or more students. 

In the meantime, Kyutech has also been finding ways to fund a student from Nepal. After the Post Graduate study on Nano-Satellite Technologies (PNST) under the UN/Japan Basic Space Technology Initiative (BSTI) Fellowship was renewed this year, Kyutech has decided to award one slot from 3 PhD. or 3 Masters slot to Nepal. This has been done with an understanding with NAST and that NAST pays the satellite hardware costs by February 2018. 

All interested individuals who are under 35 years old and are 10% of their graduating class can follow the link [HERE] for further information. The deadline for application is on 28th January, 2018 for October 2018 intake. Applicants with hands-on experience on embedded systems design are preferred as the team needs someone who can come in and work right away. Please refer to the end of the blog post for criteria. 

NOTE for IOE and Kathmandu University students/staff

Please contact the following responsible personnel while going through with the application:
Prof. Dr. Tri Ratna Bajracharya, Dean of Engineering, Institute of Engineering (IOE)
Prof. Dr. Ramesh Kumar Maskey, Associate Dean of Engineering, Kathmandu University (KU)

NOTE for remaining students
Prof. Dr. Jiba Raj Pokharel, Vice Chancellor, NAST

1) Passion for space and is willing to return to Nepal after completion of studies
2) Bachelor's degree in some field of engineering (civil, electrical, mechanical and so on)
3) Graduated from 10% from their class
4) Hands-on lab work experience specifically on PCB design, embedded programming and CAD preferred as the student will have to build a satellite
5) Under age of 35
6) Living in a non-space faring nation as defined by UN (Nepal is included)

If you have any further questions, feel free to email directly at:


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