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65 Fulbright-Nehru Open Study/Research Awards

Accepted Degree Levels
Grant Period
9 Months
Grant Period

9 Months

Doctoral candidates can start their grants at any time from July 2019 through March 2020.

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

In India, CLEA awardees first complete three months of intensive language training followed by their Fulbright-Nehru research grant. During the Fulbright-Nehru research grant period, CLEA awardees can continue their language training concurrently for up to two additional months.  (Note:  The CLEA grant duration will be based on availability of funds.)

Pre-Departure Orientation


A virtual Pre-Departure Orientation will be held in summer 2019.  All grantees should plan to participate as a condition of their grants.

Candidate Profile

All disciplines will be considered.

Accepted Degree Levels




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.

Critical Language Enhancement Award

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 five months of 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: No minimum language study is required.

Dates and Timing: CLEA grantees will begin intensive language study after arriving in India and prior to the beginning of their Fulbright-Nehru research grants. Grantees must enter the host country on a research visa issued specifically for their Fulbright-Nehru grant.  The CLEA duration is a minimum of three months and a maximum of five months with at least three months of intensive language study occurring before the Fulbright-Nehru research grant begins.

Fulbright Proposal Types

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 education, a 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 institution/organization.

Applicants are encouraged to identify appropriate host institutions/organizations for their projects and should include a letter of affiliation with their application (if arranged), or the details of the correspondence they have had with their potential host in their Statement of Grant Purpose. The location of the host institution/organization 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 upon final selection for a Fulbright-Nehru grant.

Projects are encouraged in all parts of India, not just the major population centers. Please pay attention to the Security Concerns section for any details concerning particular regions.

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 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. 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.


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


Dependent support is available

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

Priyanjana Ghosh