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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, will hold a bachelor’s degree by the award start date, and do not have a PhD degree, then you are eligible to apply. 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.

The Getting Started page will provide information on eligibility and next steps.


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. 


U.S. Professor/Administrator

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

To support your students in applying for a U.S. Student Program award, please connect with the Fulbright Program Adviser at your institution.

Non U.S. Citizens

If you are a non-U.S. citizen interested in applying for a Fulbright Award 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.


51 Fulbright-Nehru Open Study/Research Awards

Accepted Degree Levels
Grant Period
Flexible Start
Award Profile

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

Grant Period
Flexible Start

9 Months

Doctoral candidates can start their grants at any time from July 2022 through March 2023.

Non-Ph.D. grantees are required to attend a mandatory orientation in Delhi in mid-August 2022 before the start of their grants.

Pre-Departure Orientation


Virtual Pre-Departure Orientation sessions will be held in May/June 2022.  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, have demonstrated high levels of adaptability and maturity, and the ability to serve as a cultural ambassador.

Accepted Degree Levels
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.

Critical Language Enhancement Award

The Critical Language Enhancement Award (CLEA) provides an opportunity for Fulbright U.S. Student Program grantees to receive intensive language study in addition to their research grants. The award provides tuition reimbursement for grantees to pursue language training in the host countries. Application for CLEA is made in conjunction with the Fulbright U.S. Student application. However, being awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student grant does not guarantee receipt of CLEA since review of each award is conducted separately and is contingent upon several factors. For additional information and requirements on the award, please see Critical Language Enhancement Award details.

Acceptable Languages: Bangla/Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Marathi, or Urdu.

Prior Language Study: Prior language study is not required.

Dates and Timing: 3-6 months, with a minimum of 3 months of intensive language training before grant can be combined with concurrent studies, up to 6 months total.

Approved Programs: Please contact USIEF.

Critical Language Enhancement Award Team: 

Neeraj Goswami:

Kalden Shringla:

United States-India Educational Foundation

Fulbright Proposal Types
Independent Study/Research: Yes
Graduate Degree Enrollment: No
Letter recommended at deadline

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.

Affiliation Fees/Tuition

Dual citizens of this country are eligible

Residency in host country permitted in year prior to grant

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 student visa will be communicated to grantees upon selection by USIEF. Grants cannot be issued for travel to India until proper Government of India approvals and student 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 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 6-8 weeks for their spouses to obtain visas.


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


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

Dependent support is available
Fulbright Program Management Contact
Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website
Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact