Fulbright-Nehru Academic & Professional Excellence Fellowships 2020-21: Apply by Jul 15: Expired

2020-2021 Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence FellowshipsApplications are invited from eligible Indian candidates for the Fulbright-Nehru Academic & Professional Excellence Fellowships 2020-21.

About the Fellowship:

The Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Fellowships aim to provide Indian faculty, researchers, and professionals the opportunity to teach, conduct research, or carry out a combination of teaching and research at a U.S. institution.

Depending on the U.S. host institution, it is likely that the grantee may contribute towards developing curriculum and conducting workshops and seminars.

These fellowships are for four to nine months. If you are applying for a Flex Award, the minimum length of the total grant is four months and the maximum is six months.

Research Areas:

Applications are invited in the following fields only:

Agricultural Sciences; Anthropology; Bioengineering; Climate Change Sciences; Computer Science (including, but not limited to, cybersecurity, digital economy, quantum computing, artificial intelligence, machine learning and big data analytics); Economics; Education Policy and Planning; Energy Studies; History; International Law; International Security and Strategic Studies; Materials Science (with emphasis on environmental applications); Mathematical Sciences; Neurosciences; Performing Arts; Physical Sciences; Public Health; Public Policy; Sociology; Urban and Regional Planning (with emphasis on smart cities and waste management); Visual Arts; and Women’s and Gender Studies.


Applicants must demonstrate the relevance of the proposed research to India and/or the U.S., its benefit to the applicant’s institution, the feasibility of accomplishing the research goal within the stipulated period, and the need to carry out the research in the U.S.


Indian academics and professionals contribute to the internationalization of the curriculum at their U.S. host institutions and the understanding of recent developments not just in India but globally.

The recipient will be affiliated as a visiting scholar at a U.S. institution and will teach courses individually or team-teach.

Teaching applications are especially welcome.

Research and Teaching

Applicants will carry out a combination of research and teaching activities at the U.S. host institution. They must specify the percentage of the grant for each activity and define this in the project statement.

For instance, if you plan to spend 60 percent of your grant duration for research and 40 percent for teaching, your project statement should demonstrate this allocation. Teaching could include courses (individually or team-taught) or a series of seminars at the U.S. institution.

Flex Awards

Flex Awards are designed for scholars who require multiple visits to the U.S. and for those who find it difficult to leave their home institutions during the academic year.

This option allows grants to be conducted over short segments, preferably during the fall and/or spring semesters. Interested applicants should clearly indicate plans for Flex in their project statement, including a project timeline.

  • Faculty/researchers must have a Ph.D. degree or equivalent published work with at least five years of relevant teaching/research experience;
  • Professionals outside academe must have a master’s degree or equivalent published work with recognized professional standing and at least five years of relevant experience;
  • The applicant should upload a recent significant publication (copy of a paper/article) in the online application; and
  • If the applicant is employed, s/he must follow the instructions carefully regarding Letter of Support from Home Institution. The employer must indicate that leave will be granted for the fellowship period. The applicant must obtain the endorsement from the appropriate administrative authority on the Letter of Support from Home Institution.
Grant Benefits:

The fellowships provide J-1 visa support, a monthly stipend, Accident and Sickness Program for Exchanges per U.S. Government guidelines, round-trip economy class air travel (two round-trip economy class air tickets for Flex), a modest settling-in allowance, and a professional allowance.

Subject to availability of funds, in case of grantees on eight or nine-month grants, a dependent allowance, and international travel may be provided for one accompanying eligible dependent provided the dependent is with the grantee in the U.S. for at least 80 percent of the grant period.

Flex grantees are not eligible for dependent benefits.

Click here to apply.

Application Deadline:

July 15, 2019.


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

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