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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 are eligible to apply in the fall of your senior year.  If you are a graduate student, you are eligible as long as you will not have a PhD degree by the application deadline.

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 are eligible to apply. Non-enrolled applicants are encouraged to contact the Fulbright Program Adviser at their most recent alma mater to inquire if the institution can support alumni/ae through the application process. If not, non-enrolled applicants are welcome to apply at “at-large” candidates.

Non-enrolled applicant should have relatively limited professional experience in the fields (typically 7 years or less) in which they are applying. Candidates with more experience should consider applying for the Fulbright Scholar Program.

Please visit the Getting Started page for next steps.

Artist

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 7-years or less) in which they are applying. Artists with more experience should consider applying for the Fulbright Scholar Program.

Creative & Performing Arts projects fall under the Study/Research grant category and are available in all countries where Study/Research grants are offered. 

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U.S. Faculty/Staff/Professionals

If you are a U.S. citizen and faculty or staff at a U.S. institution, or professional interested in applying, please visit the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program.

Non U.S. Citizens

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

India

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65 Fulbright-Nehru Open Study/Research Awards

Accepted Degree Levels
Bachelor's
Master's
Doctoral
Grant Period
9 Months
PDO
Mandatory
Award Profile

The Fulbright-Nehru Student Research grant provides its recipients the opportunity to conduct individually designed research projects in India.

Grant Period

9 Months

Doctoral candidates can start their grants at any time from July 2021 through March 2022.

Non-Ph.D. grantees are required to attend a mandatory orientation in Delhi in mid-August 2021 before the start of their grants.

Pre-Departure Orientation

Mandatory

Virtual Pre-Departure Orientation sessions will be held in May/June 2021.  All grantees should plan to participate virtually as a condition of their grants.

Candidate Profile

All disciplines will be considered.  Applicants must have a well-defined research project and must have demonstrated ability to work independently, have a solid foundation in their subject areas, and have demonstrated high levels of adaptability and maturity.

Accepted Degree Levels

Bachelor's

Master's

Doctoral

Foreign Language Proficiency

Not Required

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

Fulbright Proposal Types

Independent Study/Research: Yes

Graduate Degree Enrollment: No

Affiliation

According to the Government of India guidelines, each candidate will be officially affiliated with a recognized Indian university/institution for their project and will be guided or assisted by an academic supervisor. Therefore, USIEF will confirm final affiliations for candidates awarded Fulbright-Nehru grants. This is part of the official clearance and visa process.

Applicants are encouraged to identify appropriate host institutions for their projects and should include a letter of affiliation with their application. The location of the host institution should be suitable for the field research site.

Research Clearance and Indian Visas

Clearance and a student visa from the Government of India are required for all Fulbright-Nehru grantees. The detailed procedure for obtaining a research visa 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 entrance 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.

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.

Dependents

For all grantees, a monthly maintenance allowance is payable for one accompanying dependent only.

Housing

Housing arrangements will be made with the assistance of the Fulbright Commission, local facilitators and brokers, and the host institutions. 

Dependents

Dependent support is available.

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website

http://www.usief.org.in

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

Priyanjana Ghosh