Engaged Faculty Fellowship Program

Kathryn S. March

Kathryn MarchA 2014 Engaged Faculty Fellow, Kathryn March is a professor emerita in the Department of Anthropology and Department of Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs in the College of Human Ecology. Read her faculty profile for more information.

The Story

The Cornell-Nepal Study Program (CNSP) is a joint program established in 1993 by Cornell University and Tribhuvan University—the national university of Nepal—and administered by Cornell Abroad.  Students coming both through Cornell Abroad and Tribhuvan work with faculty from both universities to prepare for and undertake field research projects and/or internships on topics in the sciences, engineering, humanities, arts, and social sciences in Nepal.  The semester or year program is located in the medieval town of Kirtipur, on the edge of the Kathmandu Valley and adjacent to the national Tribhuvan University campus.  Students live and eat in Nepali-style residences with Nepali roommates who are also students at the University and in the Program.  US-side students are both undergraduate and graduate students; Nepal-side students are all master’s-level.  The Program Houses sponsor a variety of enrichment and social activities, including cultural exchange nights, films, dance and yoga classes, local excursions and host family placements. Each semester of work culminates in 4 weeks of full time field research or internship.  Students have done research projects and internships in many disciplines on a wide variety of topics.

I wish that there had been programs like these available when I was a student.  When I began working in Nepal in 1973, it was very different—in many ways—but especially in the possibilities for meaningful collaborative work with Nepalese counterparts and peers.  Seeing the growth and transformation among, as well as the outstanding work by, the nearly 200 Nepalese and 200 American students who have been involved in CNSP to date has been one of the most rewarding aspects of my career.

The Strategy

  • Establish, develop and maintain mutually beneficial collaborative relationships between Cornell and Nepal at multiple levels—from the national to the local—and in various institutions—including government, academy, village council & households
  • Generate and operate activities with the input of all these stakeholders in ways that focus equally upon specific research and/or project outputs and, as well, upon generalized capacity building, both individual and institutional
  • Train and support student and peer involvement from both Nepal and Cornell in a wide range of disciplines.
  • Provide opportunities for scholarly and practitioner exchange among Cornell and Tribhuvan colleagues, as well as with local community members.

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