This scholarship would not be possible without the tremendous support of Lincoln University Christchurch and WWF Nepal-US. A very special thanks to Lisa Choegyal and all the GHF scholarship selection committee over the years for picking these special individuals from pools of talented candidates.

To learn more about the Mingma Norbu Sherpa Memorial Scholarships at Lincoln University, New Zealand please click here.

2016 MNS Masters Scholarship – Pratigya and Krishna

Pratigya Silwal is from the Nepal district of  Lalitpur and has worked 3 years with Livelihoods and Forestry Programme (LFP) and CARE Nepal. She is pursuing a masters in Sustainable Natural Resource Management at Lincoln.

Krishna Gurung is from the Nepal district of Ghandruk (Annapurna) and has worked with the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) from 1999 to 2014. He was based in Jomsom since 2001. He is pursuing a masters in Tourism Management.

2014 MNS Masters Scholarship – Doma and Ujjwal

Doma Sherpa is from the SoluKhumbu region of Nepal. She has a MS in Environmental Management and worked for the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) in Kathmandu. At Lincoln, she completed her masters degree in  Natural Resource Management and Ecological Engineering which was offered jointly with BOKU. Her thesis was on “How to share the potential benefits of REDD+? The case of Nepal”. 

Ujjwal Meghi comes from the Shankhuwa Sava district, a remote eastern mountain region of Nepal and belongs to the Gurung ethnic community. He completed a BS in Environmental Science and Intermediate degree in Science. At Lincoln, he completed a masters degree in  Resource Studies. He is currently working with the Wildlife Department for South Asia Wildlife Enforcement Network in the Department of National Park & Wildlife Conservation (Nepal).

2013 MNS Masters Scholarship – Ana and Laxmi

Ana Nath Baral completed his masters degree in Applied Science at Lincoln. Ana did his his thesis on the Impacts of wildlife tourism on poaching of Greater One-horned Rhinoceros in Chitwan National Park, Nepal. He currently works for the Ministry of Forest and Soil Conservation in the Department of National Park & Wildlife Conservation (Nepal).

Laxmi Gurung completed her masters degree in Parks Recreation & Tourism Management at Lincoln. Laxmi worked in New Zealand before returning to Nepal where she is now the section officer at the ministry of peace and reconstruction for the Mustang district.

2010 MNS Masters Scholarship – Anu Lama

Anu Lama completed her masters thesis on the subject of vulnerability of nature-based tourism to climate change in the Annapurna Conservation Area. In 2011, Anu won the Humboldt International Climate Protection Fellowship. After graduating from Lincoln, Anu worked for the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development in Nepal on short term contract. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Germany. 

2010 MNS Masters Scholarship – Salina Poudyal

Salina Poudyal is the first Mingma Norbu Memorial Scholarship recipient. She completed her masters degree in Environmental Policy and is currently work towards a PhD at Lincoln University.