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Sunday, July 9, 2017

Fulbright-Nehru Master's Fellowships for Indian Nationals -2018-19

The Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Fellowships aim to provide Indian faculty, researchers, and professionals residing in India the opportunity to teach, conduct research, or carry out a combination of lecturing and research at a U.S. institution. Depending on the U.S. host institution, it is likely that the grantee may contribute towards developing curriculum and conducting workshops and seminars. These fellowships are for four to nine months. If you are applying for a Flex Award, the minimum length of the total grant is four months and the maximum is six months.

Applications are invited in the following fields only:

Agricultural Sciences; Bioengineering; Climate Change Sciences; Computer Science (with emphasis on cyber security and digital economy); Economics; Education Policy and Planning; Energy Studies; International Law; International Security and Strategic Studies; Materials Science (with emphasis on environmental applications); Neurosciences; Public Health; Public Policy; Study of India (limited to anthropology, history, sociology, and visual and performing arts); Study of the United States (limited to anthropology, history, sociology, and visual and performing arts); Urban and Regional Planning (with emphasis on waste management and smart cities); and Women’s and Gender Studies.

Applicants must demonstrate the relevance of the proposed research to India and/or the U.S., its benefit to the applicant’s institution, the feasibility of accomplishing the research goal within the stipulated period, and the need to carry out the research in the U.S.

Grant Benefits

The fellowships provide a round-trip economy class air ticket (two round-trip economy class air tickets for Flex), a monthly stipend, Accident and Sickness Program for Exchanges per U.S. Government guidelines, a modest settling-in allowance, and a professional allowance. Subject to availability of funds, in case of grantees on eight or nine month grants, a dependent allowance and international travel may be provided for one accompanying eligible dependent provided the dependent is with the grantee in the U.S. for at least 80% of the grant period. Flex grantees are not eligible for dependent benefits.

Eligibility Requirements

In addition to the General Prerequisites:
Faculty/researchers should have a Ph.D. degree or equivalent published work with at least five years of relevant teaching/research experience;
professionals outside academe should have a Master’s degree or equivalent published work with recognized professional standing and at least five years relevant experience;
you should upload a recent significant publication (copy of paper/article) in your online application; and
If employed, at the time of submitting the application, please follow the instructions carefully regarding employer’s endorsement. The employer must indicate that leave will be granted for the fellowship period. Please obtain the endorsement from the appropriate administrative authority on the FNAPE Employer’s Endorsement Form. 

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted online at:
Please carefully review the FNAPE Applicant Instructions before starting your online application
Please refer to FNAPE Applicant Checklist before submitting the application. 
In addition, you must complete and upload the following documents on your online applicaiton: 

Application Due Date: July 17, 2017, 23:59:59 hrs (IST)

Timeline and Placement Process
July 17, 2017                             Application due date for 2018-2019 awards

August 2017  :Field-specific experts review applications to short-list candidates

End-October 2017 :National interviews of short-listed candidates in Delhi

Novemberr 2017:USIEF notifies principal and alternate nominees that they are recommended

December 2017 : USIEF forwards applications of recommended candidates to the U.S. for J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB)  approval and placement

March-April 2018  :          USIEF notifies finalists
May-June 2018  :      Pre-Departure Orientation
August-September 2018   :       Program begins


You can apply for only ONE Fulbright-Nehru fellowship category during a competition cycle.

Plagiarism in the application will lead to disqualification.

Unless otherwise specified, Fulbright-Nehru applications are to be submitted online.

Applications received after the deadline will NOT be considered.

Extensions and transfers of visa sponsorship will not be permitted.