Kula Culture Library
Jhamsikhel, Lalitpur

Writing and Research begins

Writing and Research, our 1-year Advanced Diploma

Our new 1-year Advanced Diploma begins January 18th, 2020. Applications are open now, and students will be admitted on a rolling basis. To begin the application process, please submit your name, contact details, CV, and a short statement of purpose below.

If you have any questions in the meantime, please don't hesitate to contact either of us.

Looking forward to seeing you!
Peter and Dhirendra

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Application Information

Please view the instructions below for more information. Applications will be collected in two parts. You may complete Part 1 now by filling out the form below.


Part 1 - Statement of Interest (available now)


  • Name and Contact Information
  • Statement of Purpose (200 words or less)
  • Recent CV

You may submit your Statement of Interest by filling out the form below.


Part 2 - Comprehensive Assessment (after review of Part 1)


  • Writing Sample (any genre)
  • Letters of Reference (optional)
  • Interview with our Admissions Team
  • Financial Aid Request Form (if applicable)

We will send you instructions for this second part after we have reviewed your Statement of Interest, submitted below.

Program Details

1-year Professional Post-Graduate Diploma

Build the skills to empower your passion

This one-year Advanced Diploma program is designed to empower you with the skills most important to the new knowledge economy: writing, research, and critical thinking. You'll be challenged to push yourself in a rigorous and supportive environment, and you'll leave with a new capacity to make change in the world.

Applicants must have a bachelor's or master's degree at the program start. We are committed to building a dynamic and diverse group, and we encourage people of all backgrounds, ages, nationalities, and identities to apply.


Program Principles

  • Liberal arts teaching philosophy
    Discussion-based classes, tightly integrated with project-based exploration of practical skills

  • World class, student-focused learning
    Internationally accomplished faculty committed to engaged mentorship and closely-supervised independent projects

  • Supportive infrastructure
    Saturday classes designed for working people; two peaceful study environments, including a retreat campus just outside Kathmandu on a rural hillside; modern learning tools for communication and collaboration.

  • No barriers to talent
    Need-based financial aid for qualified students


Course Structure

Semester 1 (12 credits): January – May

  • Discussion-based courses
    • History of Social Thought (3 credits)
    • Contemporary Social Writing (3 credits)
  • Project-based courses
    • Critical Applications and Methods (3 credits)
    • Research Project Design (3 credits)

Semester 2 (12 credits): August – December

  • Contemporary Social Theory (3 credits)
  • Advanced Writing Workshop (3 credits)
  • Field Methods (3 credits)
  • Supervised Capstone Project (3 credits)


Admissions Process

Applications are now open. To begin the admissions process, please submit your name, contact information, CV, and short statement of purpose at the form found here: https://theopen.institute/events/writing-and-research-2020-spring

We are committed to maintaining the best student-to-teacher ratio of any similar program in Nepal. Consequently, we expect the application process to be very competitive. For best chance of admission, please apply early.

Course fees: 200,000 NPR per semester
We have an extensive need-based financial aid program available. Cost will not be a barrier to admitted students.

(Please note that the above-listed fee is fully inclusive, including all taxes, course materials, library fees, meals each Saturday, and all expenses on group field trips.)



To request a seat in this program, please fill out the form below. We'll get back to you shortly.
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In 200 words or less, please describe your professional goals and how you hope this program will help you to achieve them.