The United States-India Educational Foundation, USIEF, provides exchange opportunities and scholarships to students, teachers and scholars, and for those who seek programs to enable professional growth. Student Awards are awarded to students who plan to pursue a Master’s degree in the US, or as a visiting student researcher. The Scholars and Teacher Awards are for academicians, teachers, and professionals to teach or research in the US and the Professional Development Programs are to inculcate values like leadership and to develop strong set of skills.
You can apply for any ONE Fulbright-Nehru fellowship in one year.
A) Fulbright-Nehru Master’s Fellowships
This fellowship is designed for Indians residing in India who want to pursue a Master’s degree programme in the following areas:
The fellowship will be granted to individuals who demonstrate excellent leadership qualities and show high self-motivational skills. The period of the fellowship is between one and two years. You should have completed the Indian equivalent of an American Bachelor’s degree, have worked for at least three years in the field you are applying for, and have the commitment to return to India and give back with increased vigour and zeal.
The fellowship provides the below benefits:
B) Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Research Fellowships
This fellowship is granted to Indian scholars who have registered for a Ph.D programme in an Indian institution and this fellowship is for a period of 6-9 months and is only for pre-doctoral level research. You’re not eligible if you already have a Ph.D or are in the final stage of the Ph.D thesis submission.
The fellowship provides the below benefits:
The grant is insufficient to support family members.
C) Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Fellowships
This is a 4-9 month fellowship which provides Indian teachers, researchers, and professionals with the opportunity to teach, carry out research, or a combination of both researching and lecturing at an institution in the US. Contributing to curriculum development and seminars may even take place, depending upon the institution. You will only be affiliated to ONE institution, and so, you will have to identify which one you wish to be affiliated to. Correspond in advance, and if you secure an invitation letter from the institution, include it with your online application.
The recipient of this fellowship will be affiliated as a visiting scholar at an institution in the US, and will teach either individually or as part of a team, for either a semester or an academic year.
If you’re applying as a researcher, you must show the relevance of the research to India and/or the US, the benefit it provides to the institution, a timeline that shows the feasibility of achieving the goals of the research within the stipulated time, and the importance of why this research has to be done in the US.
Lecturing and Research
You can apply for a fellowship that combines lecturing and researching. While applying, your project statement should show the allocation, like if you plan to spend 55% of your grant researching and 45% on teaching. Teaching can be done as a series of seminars, or you can teach individual or team courses.
D) Fulbright-Nehru Postdoctoral Research Fellowships
This fellowship is for Indian teachers and researchers, and provides and opportunity to strengthen research capacities by building long-term collaborative relationships with faculty in the US and by giving access to resources.
You will only be affiliated to ONE institution, and so, you will have to identify which one you wish to be affiliated to. Correspond in advance, and if you secure an invitation letter from the institution, include it with your online application.
The fellowships C & D provides the below benefits:
The fellowships B, C & D will be considered only in the following fields:
E) Fulbright-Nehru International Education Administrators Seminar
This fellowship is targeted at mid-level to senior level faculty and administrators from institutions of education in India and aims to provide opportunities to experience in institutions in the United States. The official announcement for this will be made in the second half of 2017.
Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Fellowships
Fulbright-Nehru Postdoctoral Research Fellowships
All applications must be done only online. Unless specified otherwise, the application form must be completed and sent as an e-mail attachment. You should also keep a printed copy of the application and sign it. If you are not employed, forward the signed copy to the USIEF office closest to you. If you are employed, you should forward the signed copy, (including enclosures) through the appropriate administrative authority In case you are employed by the central or state government, the application must be forwarded through the cadre controlling authority.
United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF),
12, Hailey Road, New Delhi – 110001
Telephone: (011) 42090909
For Master’s related queries, write to [email protected]
For application material and fellowship details, write to Dr. Sudarsan Dash, Senior Program Manager at [email protected]
For any other information, write to [email protected]sief.org.in.
Elizabeth Joseph has a Bachelors degree in Computer Science and Engineering and dabbles in poetry and article writing.