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Fulbright – Nehru Doctoral Research Fellowships for Ph.D. students: Apply by June 15: Expired

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The Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Research Fellowships are designed for Indian scholars who are registered for a Ph.D. at an Indian institution. These fellowships are for six to nine months.

The fellowship is organized by ‘United States-India Educational Foundation’. You will be affiliated to one U.S. host institution for your grant. These fellowships are for pre-doctoral level research. Applicants with Ph.D. degrees or those at the final stage of Ph.D. thesis submission will not be considered

Applications are invited in the following fields only:

  • Agricultural Sciences
  • Bioengineering
  • Computer Science (with emphasis on cyber security and digital economy)
  • Economics
  • Education Policy and Planning
  • Energy Studies
  • International Law
  • International Security and Strategic Studies
  • Materials Science (with emphasis on environmental applications)
  • Neurosciences
  • Public Policy
  • Public Health
  • Study of India (limited to anthropology, history, sociology, and visual and performing arts)
  • Study of the United States (limited to anthropology, history, sociology, and visual and performing arts)
  • Urban and Regional Planning (with emphasis on smart cities and waste management); and Women’s and Gender Studies.

Perks/ Benefit:

The fellowships provide a monthly stipend, Accident and Sickness Program for Exchanges per U.S. Government guidelines, round-trip economy class air travel, applicable allowances and modest affiliation fees, if any.

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Selected scholars will have opportunities to audit non-degree courses, conduct research and gain practical work experience in suitable settings in the U.S.

Eligibility Requirements

  • You should have done adequate research in the relevant field, especially in the identification of resources in India and the U.S.
  • You should be registered for your Ph.D. at an Indian institution by August 1, 2016. In your online application form, one of the referees must be your Ph.D. supervisor. S/he must comment on your research work and the usefulness of the fellowship, and indicates the Ph.D. registration date and topic;
  • This grant is intended for Ph.D. students to conduct research essential to their dissertations/thesis. Therefore, your expected Ph.D. thesis submission date should not be earlier than three months after your Fulbright-Nehru grant end date. For example, if May 2019 is your grant end date, you cannot submit your thesis before August 2019.
  • If you are employed, please follow the instructions carefully regarding employer’s endorsement. If applicable, please obtain the endorsement from the appropriate administrative authority on the FNDR Employer’s Endorsement Form
  • You should upload a ‘writing sample’ such as a copy of an article or paper published/presented or extracts from the M.Phil. thesis in your online application form.

For further information on the eligibility criteria click here.

How to Apply

  1. Applications must be submitted online on this link.
  2. Please carefully review the FNDR Applicant Instructions before starting your online application.
  3. Please refer FNDR Applicant Checklist before submitting the application.
  4. In addition, you must complete and upload the following documents on your online application: FNDR Applicant Annexure FNDR Employer’s Endorsement Form

Timeline and Placement Process

  • June 15, 2017:Application due date for 2018-2019 awards
  • Mid-July 2017: Field-specific experts review applications to short-list candidates
  • Late August 2017: National interviews of short-listed candidates in Delhi
  • Early September 2017: USIEF notifies principal and alternate nominees that they are recommended. Nominees take TOEFL
  • Late September 2017:USIEF forwards applications of recommended candidates to the U.S. for J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB) approval and placement
  • March-April 2018: USIEF notifies finalists
  • May-June 2018: Pre-Departure Orientation
  • July-August 2018: Pre-academic training in the U.S. (if required)
  • August-September 2018: Program begins

Last day to apply: June 15, 2017, 23:59:59 hrs (IST)

Contact details:

United States-India Educational Foundation
12 Hailey Road, New Delhi 110 001
E-mail: info@usief.org.in
Tel.: +91-11-4209-0909/2332-8944
Fax: +91-11-2332-9718

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