USIEF offers a wide range of exchange opportunities to Indian citizens in three main categories:
Student Awards to pursue a master's degree or attend a US university as a visiting student researcher,
Scholars and Teacher Awards for academics, teachers and professionals to teach or conduct research in the US, and
Professional Development Programs for leadership and skill development.
In addition to providing opportunities for personal, academic and professional growth, Fulbright-Nehru and other exchanges promote mutual understanding between the people of the US and India.
Fulbright-Nehru and other fellowships have, over the years, helped bring the people of India and the United States closer through educational exchanges. USIEF has administered over 18,000 grants for Indians and US citizens. USIEF alumni have demonstrated strong leadership in all walks of life, including agriculture, arts, business, education, environment, humanities and social sciences, media, public health, and science and technology.
Once you find a fellowship of interest, please visit the Current Fulbright Fellows page to learn about recent proposals that have been successful. We also encourage you to talk with Fulbright and other alumni about their experiences in the United States. USIEF staff and our Alumni webpage can help you get in touch with people in your field who will be glad to answer questions. When you are ready to apply, you can download the application material from the USIEF website. Most fellowships have a July 1 application deadline.
Screening and selection committees look for talented individuals whose projects are important to India and the US and who have the ability to be good "cultural ambassadors". The ideal exchange fellow is one who both contributes important work in his/her field and encourages Indo-US networking during and after the fellowship.
The Commission selects scholars through a rigorous review process. Typical grants include a maintenance allowance, roundtrip airfare and a contribution towards tuition fees where applicable. Fulbright scholars receive a high level of support ranging from visa processing and an accident and sickness coverage to a comprehensive pre-departure orientation session. Student grantees also receive additional US-based support from the Institute of International Education and scholars from the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars.