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Fulbright Nehru Fellowships for Indian Citizens 2021-2022: Applications Open

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The United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF) promotes mutual understanding between the people of the United States and India through academic and cultural exchange programs. Since 1950, the Fulbright Program has sponsored Indians from all walks of life to gain a greater understanding of U.S. society, culture, and values and to foster a deeper appreciation of India amongst their American colleagues. USIEF is pleased to announce Fulbright Nehru and other Fulbright Fellowships for the academic year 2021-2022.

Fulbright-Nehru Fellowships

1. Fulbright-Nehru Master’s Fellowships 2020

The Fulbright-Nehru Master’s Fellowships are designed for outstanding Indians to pursue a master’s degree program at select U.S. colleges and universities in the areas of Arts and Culture Management including Heritage Conservation and Museum Studies; Economics; Environmental Science/Studies; Higher Education Administration; International Affairs; International Legal Studies; Public Administration; Public Health; Urban and Regional Planning; and Women’s Studies/Gender Studies.

Eligibility
  • must have completed an equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree from a recognized Indian university with at least 55% marks. Applicants must either possess a four-year bachelor’s degree; or a completed master’s degree, or a full-time postgraduate diploma from a recognized Indian institution, if the bachelor’s degree is of less than four years’ duration;
  • must have at least three years’ full-time (paid) professional work experience relevant to the proposed field of study by the application deadline;

For full eligibility details, visit the website link below.

Grant Benefits

The fellowship will provide the following benefits:

  •  J-1 visa support;
  • Round-trip economy class air travel from fellow’s home city to the host institution in the U.S.;
  • Funding for tuition and fees,* living and related costs; and
  • Accident and sickness coverage per U.S. Government guidelines.

The Fulbright-Nehru Master’s Fellowships provide no financial support for dependents.

How to apply
  1. Applications must be submitted online at: this page.
  2. Please carefully review the FNMaster’s Applicant Instructions before starting your online application
  3. Please refer to FNMaster’s Applicant Checklist before submitting the application
  4. In addition, you must complete and upload the following documents on your online application:  
    FNMaster’s Applicant Annexure

    FNMaster’s Employer’s Endorsement Form (if applicable)

Application Due Date: May 15, 2020, 23:59:59 hrs (IST)

Click here for full details.

2. Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Research Fellowships

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.

Applications are invited in the following fields only: Agricultural Sciences; Anthropology; Bioengineering; Climate Change Sciences; Computer Science (including, but not limited to, cyber security, 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.

Eligibility
  • applicant should have done adequate research in the relevant field, especially in the identification of resources in India and the U.S. Applicant must be registered for his/her Ph.D. at an Indian institution on or before September 1, 2019. On the online application form, one of the recommendation letters must be from the Ph.D. supervisor that comments on the applicants’ research and need for the fellowship, and must indicate the Ph.D. registration date and topic;
  • This grant is intended for Ph.D. students to conduct research essential to their dissertations/thesis. Therefore, the expected Ph.D. thesis submission date should atleast be three months after Fulbright-Nehru grant end date. For example, if May 2022 is the grant end date, applicant cannot submit his/her thesis before August 2022. Please indicate the Ph.D. registration date and the expected Ph.D. thesis submission date in the Applicant Annexure. The applicant can download the Applicant Annexure from the USIEF website;
  • If the applicant is employed, s/he must 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. The employer must indicate that leave will be granted for the fellowship period. The applicant can download the FNDR Employer’s Endorsement Form from the USIEF website; and
  • the applicant must upload a published/presented paper or extracts from the Master’s/M.Phil. thesis on the online application form.

Note: 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.

Grant Benefit

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, applicable allowances and modest affiliation fees, if any.

Selected scholars will have opportunities to audit non-degree courses, conduct research and gain practical work experience in suitable settings in the U.S. No allowances are provided for dependents. The grant is not sufficient to support family members.

How to apply
  1. Applications must be submitted online at: this page.
  2. Please carefully review the FNMaster’s Applicant Instructions before starting your online application
  3. Please refer to FNMaster’s Applicant Checklist before submitting the application
  4. In addition, you must complete and upload the following documents on your online application:  
    FNMaster’s Applicant Annexure

    FNMaster’s Employer’s Endorsement Form (if applicable)

Application Deadline: July 15, 2020, 23:59:59 hrs (IST)

Click here for the official website.

3. Fulbright-Nehru Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

These fellowships are designed for Indian faculty and researchers who are in the early stages of their research careers in India. The Postdoctoral Research Fellowships will provide opportunities to talented faculty and researchers to strengthen their research capacities. Postdoctoral fellows will have access to some of the finest resources in their areas of interest and will help build long-term collaborative relationships with U.S. faculty and institutions. These fellowships are for eight to 24 months.

Applications are invited in the following fields only: Agricultural Sciences; Anthropology; Bioengineering; Climate Change Sciences; Computer Science (including, but not limited to, cyber security, 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.

Grant Benefit

These 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, a modest settling-in allowance, and a professional allowance.

Subject to availability of funds, 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 per cent of the grant period.

Eligibility
  • the applicant must have a Ph.D. or a DM degree within the past four years. S/he must have obtained Ph.D. degree between July 16, 2016 and July 15, 2020. The applicant is required to upload his/her Ph.D. or DM degree/provisional certificate on the online application;
  • the applicant must be published in reputed journals and demonstrate evidence of superior academic and professional achievement. S/he must upload a recent significant publication (copy of paper/article) on the online application; and
  • If applicant is employed, please follow the instructions carefully regarding Letter of Support from Home Institution. If applicable, please obtain the endorsement from the appropriate administrative authority on the FNPostdoc Letter of Support from Home Institution. The employer must indicate that leave will be granted for the fellowship period. The applicant can download the FNPostdoc Letter of Support from Home Institution from the USIEF website. Candidates working under government-funded projects are also required to get endorsement from their affiliating institutions in India.

Note: In the application, the applicant is required to indicate the period in which s/he can complete the proposed project in the United States. The applicant must determine grant duration carefully. Should s/he be selected for a grant, it will be for the period specified in his/her application. The duration cannot be changed.  

How to apply
  1. Applications must be submitted online at: this page.
  2. Please carefully review the FNMaster’s Applicant Instructions before starting your online application
  3. Please refer to FNMaster’s Applicant Checklist before submitting the application
  4. In addition, you must complete and upload the following documents on your online application:  
    FNMaster’s Applicant Annexure

    FNMaster’s Employer’s Endorsement Form (if applicable)

Application Deadline: July 15, 2020, 23:59:59 hrs (IST)

Click here for the official website.

Contact

For Chandigarh, Delhi, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, and Uttar Pradesh:
Phone: 011 4209 0909
E-mail: ip@usief.org.in

For Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, and Puducherry:
Phone: 044 2857 4275
E-mail: usiefchennai@usief.org.in

For Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, and Telangana
Phone: 040 4033 8300/2438
E-mail: usiefhyderabad@usief.org.in

For Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Jharkhand, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tripura, and West Bengal
Phone: 033 3984 6310
Fax: 033 2288 1636
E-mail: usiefkolkata@usief.org.in

For Chhattisgarh, Goa, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, and Daman and Diu
Phone: 022 2262 4603
E-mail: usiefmumbai@usief.org.in

Click here for the detailed brochure and here for the official website.

 

 

 

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