Fulbright U.S. Student Program


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50 Fulbright-Nehru Study/Research Grants

Grant Period:

9 months.

Doctoral candidates can start their grants at any time from July through March.

Non-Ph.D. grantees are required to attend a mandatory orientation in Delhi in August before the start of their grants.

CLEA awardees first complete their intensive language training followed by the Fulbright-Nehru study/research grant.

Pre-Departure Orientation:


Grantees will be required to participate in a Pre-Departure Orientation in mid-June 2015 as a condition of their grants.

Candidate Profile:

All disciplines will be considered.

Accepted Degree Levels:


Candidates at all degree levels will be considered.

Foreign Language Proficiency:

Not Required

English will suffice in most cases.  A working knowledge of a modern Indian language may be required for some research projects. 

Additional Information: The Critical Language Enhancement Award (CLEA) is available to grantees to India.

CLEA provides an opportunity for Fulbright U.S. Student Program grantees to receive three to six months of intensive language study in addition to their research or study grants. The award provides a monthly living stipend and tuition reimbursement for grantees to pursue language training in the host country. Application for a Critical Language Enhancement Award is made in conjunction with the Fulbright U.S. Student application.

Accepted Languages: Bangla, Gujarati, Hindi, Marathi, Punjab, Urdu

Prior Language Study: A minimum of one year of prior language study is required for Hindi and Urdu.  For all other approved languages, no minimum language study is required.

Dates and Timing: Grantees may begin language study after arriving in India and prior to the beginning of the Fulbright grant. Grantees must enter the host country on a research visa issued specifically for their Fulbright grant. CLEA duration is a minimum of 3 months and a maximum of 6 months with at least two months of language study occurring before the Fulbright study/research grant begins.

Additional information about the CLEA program can be found here: Critical Language Enhancement Awards

Fulbright Proposal Type:

Independent Study/Research: Yes
Graduate Degree Enrollment: No


According to the Government of India guidelines, each candidate is required to be affiliated with an Indian institution of higher educationa research/training institute, a think tank or a registered non-government organization, as required by the specific project proposed. The candidate will be guided or assisted by an academic supervisor from the affiliating institute/organization.

Applicants are encouraged to identify appropriate host institutions for their projects and may include the details of their correspondence with potential host institutions in their Fulbright-Nehru applications. The location of the host institution should be suitable for the field research site. The United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF) will confirm the proposed affiliation and secure the formal document from the proposed host institution upon final selection for a Fulbright-Nehru grant.

Projects are encouraged in all parts of India, not just the major population centers.

Research Clearance and Indian Visas:

Clearance and a research visa from the Government of India are required for all Fulbright-Nehru assignments. The detailed procedure for obtaining research visas will be communicated to grantees upon selection. Grants cannot be issued for travel to India until proper Government of India approvals and research visas are received.

Archival Research:

Applicants should clearly state in their proposals whether they will need to consult records and/or papers in the National Archives, New Delhi, or in State archives. USIEF will obtain the necessary letter from the U.S. Embassy, which will be required for a scholar’s entry into the archives.

Archaeological Research:

Applicants must state clearly in their proposals whether they will need to visit excavation sites. Selected candidates in this field will be required to fill out a form that USIEF will submit to the Government of India for obtaining special clearance from the Archaeological Survey of India.

Security Concerns:

The Fulbright Commission in India will carefully review all Fulbright proposals for feasibility and security concerns. Applicants must be flexible in response to changing conditions and grantees must comply with all security procedures set in place by the Commission in consultation with the U.S. Embassy in India. For specific information pertaining to Safety and Security, please refer to the U.S. Department of State website for India provided below.  In considering Fulbright research proposals and personal travel, please pay particular attention to the Areas of Instability and the Restricted/Protected Areas sections.  The Fulbright Program will adhere to the warnings listed here.

Change in Marital Status:

All grantees must inform IIE and USIEF of any change in marital status. Candidates who marry after submitting applications must allow at least four months for their spouses to obtain visas.


Dependent support is available. 
A monthly maintenance allowance is payable for one accompanying dependent only.



15 Fulbright-Nehru English Teaching Assistantships

Grant Period:

9 months (July - March).

English Teaching Assistants (ETAs) are required to arrive in late June/early July 2015 to participate in a 3-week long orientation that will include basic language training and culture classes pertaining to the placement city.  Basic instruction in teaching methodologies is also part of the in-country orientation, and will continue throughout the first five months of the program.  ETAs will be teaching in their respective schools from August 2015 through March 2016.

Pre-Departure Orientation:

All grantees will be required to participate in a Pre-Departure Orientation in mid-June 2015 as a condition of their grants.

Candidate Profile :

Applicants should be mature and articulate graduating seniors, recent graduates, or Master’s-level students.  Candidates must be native English-speakers.  Candidates need to be adaptable, flexible, independent, and must enjoy working with children.  Education majors are encouraged to apply, but applicants from all majors are welcome.  Teaching experience is preferred, but not required.

Accepted Degree Levels:


Foreign Language Proficiency:

Not Required

No Indian language skills are required. All instruction is in English. 

Additional Information: ETAs will be given intensive language training in Hindi, Bangla or Tamil during the orientation period in India.  ETAs will also have the option of continuing language studies throughout their time in India.

ETAs are ineligible to be considered for the Critical Language Enhancement Award (CLEA).

Placement Type:

Fulbright-Nehru ETA placements are in New Delhi, Kolkata or Chennai.  ETAs are expected to be present at the school during the entire work day and during exam periods.  Approximately 15-20 hours per week of teaching is expected, plus all class preparation time and additional school-related activities.

The ETAs generally do a mix of co-teaching and independent teaching depending on the requirements of the school as well as the assistant’s background and qualifications. ETAs will assist in teaching conversational English and composition to middle and high school students and often help their students through the formation of and participation in various clubs (debate, drama, sports, among others).

Applications should highlight the applicant’s talents/experience in coaching sports, music, theater, art, and other skills that could be useful for engaging students both in and out of the classroom.

Supplementary Project:

English Teaching Assistant responsibilities will include 15-20 hours per week of actual classroom teaching plus general immersion in other school activities.  Applicants should consider a project or specific activity that they intend to pursue apart from the actual engagement with the schools. Applicants should keep in mind that these activities should be flexible with respect to geographic location, since they will not know where they will be placed. Grantees may pursue a course of study (non-degree), conduct research in topics or issues relative to India, engage in specific volunteer activities, or a combination of these. The Commission will discuss project plans with each grantee when the placement decision is made.

Change in Marital status:

All grantees must inform IIE and USIEF of any change in marital status. Candidates who marry after submitting applications must allow at least four months for their spouses to obtain visas.


Dependent support is available. 
A monthly maintenance allowance is payable for one accompanying dependent only.



I am a....

Current U.S. Student

United States citizens who are currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs are eligible to apply.  All applicants enrolled in U.S institutions must apply through their home campuses.  Find the Fulbright Program Adviser on your campus.

If you are an undergraduate student you would be eligible to apply in your senior year.  If you are a graduate student you are eligible to apply to most countries as long as you will not have a PhD degree on the application deadline.

Non-U.S. Student

If you are a non-U.S. citizen looking to applying for a Fulbright grant to study in the United States you will apply to the Fulbright Program for Foreign Students in your home country.

U.S. Citizen but not a Student

If you are a U.S. citizen, hold a bachelor’s degree, and do not have a PhD degree then you could be eligible for certain awards within the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.  Please review the program summary for the country where you would like to apply.


The Fulbright U.S. Student Program welcomes applications in the creative and performing arts.  Arts candidates for the U.S. Student Program should have relatively limited professional experience in the fields (typically 5 years or less) in which they are applying.  Artists with more experience should consider applying for Fulbright Scholar Program.



U.S. Professor

If you are a U.S. citizen and a professor at a U.S. institution and are interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award you will need to apply through CIES.

Non U.S. Professor

If you are a non-U.S. citizen and a professor interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award to the United States you would need to apply through the Fulbright Commission or U.S. Embassy in your home country.  Find out more information on the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program.