Selection Process

Experts will review all eligible applications. Applicants recommended by the experts will be required to appear for an interview in person with the USIEF National Selection Committee in New Delhi. 
 

Selection panels will generally use the following criteria to evaluate applications:

  • Academic credentials and professional ability
  • Merit of the proposed Fulbright project
  • Motivation, maturity, leadership and adaptability
  • Ability to contribute as a cultural ambassador beyond the specific field of study
  • Communication skills
  • Commitment to community or national service
  • Relevant professional/work experience
  • Commitment to return to India after completion of the program

 

Decisions taken by the reviewers/committees in connection with the selection process will be final and requests for reconsideration will NOT be entertained.

 

Applicants are encouraged to seek guidance from Fulbright alumni on basic preparation for a Fulbright application such as:

  • familiarity with resources in India before proposing research abroad;
  • a proposal with a clear focus;
  • a sense of how the proposed work is relevant to the Indian context;
  • identification of resources in the U.S.; and
  • the role of an exchange participant as a cultural ambassador of India beyond his/her specific field of study.

 

USIEF offices organize Fulbright mentoring workshops for potential applicants. These workshops guide applicants on the elements of a strong application. Please contact the USIEF office in your region for information on the mentoring workshops.