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The Fulbright Program forms a vital link academic, professional, personal between the United States and more than 155 countries. Since the program was created by Senator J. William Fulbright in 1946, the Fulbright Program has grown into the premier U.S. international educational exchange program in the world. In more than sixty years, Fulbright has provided opportunities to over 300,000 American and international scholars and students.
The binational United States - India Educational Foundation (USIEF) was among the earliest of the Fulbright Commissions or Foundations. On February 2, 1950 Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and U.S. Ambassador to India Loy Henderson signed a bilateral agreement to implement and administer a country Fulbright Program on behalf of the partner governments.
Since its inception, USIEF has awarded approximately 9,600 Fulbright grants funded by the U.S. Department of State in a full range of academic disciplines. USIEF has also administered 8,600 other awards, including the U.S. Department of Education's Fulbright-Hays Fellowships, for a total of around 18,000 awards in the last 64 years.
On July 4, 2008 the U.S. and India signed a historic new Fulbright agreement making India a full partner with the United States in the governance and funding of the Fulbright Program. USIEF now awards Fulbright-Nehru scholarships under the agreement, which also permits private sector support for the program. The increase in exchanges under the agreement has allowed for the development of new and innovative programs, such as the Fulbright-Nehru English Language Teaching Assistant Program for recent American college graduates, the Fulbright-Nehru International Education Administrators Program for Indian and American higher education professionals, and the Fulbright-Nehru Distinguished Chair for full professors with a prominent record of scholarly accomplishment and substantial teaching experience.
Thanks to the new agreement, the Fulbright-Nehru Program has tripled in funding and the number of grantees since 2008. India now has the largest U.S. Fulbright scholar program, which provides over 70 grants to U.S. Scholars to research and teach in India each academic year.
With the new Fulbright-Nehru agreement in place, USIEF has also been working to further increase U.S.-India education cooperation through support of the Office of U.S. - India Higher Education Cooperation. The office supports activities to facilitate higher education collaboration and research partnerships, and administers the prestigious Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative grant program.
USIEF is also a strong supporter of educational advising and plays an important role in the EducationUSA network. Our expertise on the higher education systems in both countries and on the interests and needs of Indian students has been recognized by U.S. higher education institutions as crucial to their efforts to promote their institutions to Indian students. With increased support from the U.S. State Department, USIEF has been able to expand the scope of the EducationUSA offices in India to ensure that we are able to reach a wider audience of Indian students eager for accurate, comprehensive information and guidance on studying in the U.S.
USIEF is also instrumental in promoting opportunities for young Americans to study in India. USIEF hosts the annual Association of U.S. Academic Programs in India (AUSAPI) conference which brings together study abroad directors for workshops and meetings. USIEF was also instrumental in supporting an IIE project on study abroad capacity building in India.
USIEF has a rich history of over sixty years of promoting mutual understanding through educational and cultural exchanges. We look forward to continuing to build bridges and to supporting our future leaders through the variety of programs we administer.
United States - India Educational Foundation
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