51 Fulbright-Nehru Open Study/Research Awards
Accepted Degree LevelsBachelor's
Grant PeriodFlexible Start
The Fulbright-Nehru Student Research grant provides its recipients the opportunity to conduct individually designed research projects in India.
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.
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.
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kalden Shringla: Kalden@usief.org.in
United States-India Educational Foundation
Fulbright Proposal Types
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.