Fellowships for Indian Citizens: 2016-2017

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 U.S. university as a visiting student researcher,
  • Scholars and Teacher Awards for academics, teachers and professionals to teach or conduct research in the U.S., 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 U.S. 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 18,500 grants for Indians and U.S. 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 can help you get in touch with people in your field who will be glad to answer questions. Most fellowships have a July 1, 2015 application deadline.

Screening experts and selection committees look for talented individuals whose projects are important to India and the U.S. 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-U.S. networking during and after the fellowship.

Click here for an e-brochure on 2016-2017 Fulbright Fellowships for Indian Citizens

Click here for a brochure on 2016-2017 Fellowships for Indian Citizens (Downloadable PDF Format

Indian Fulbrighters: Ambassadors of Change -- Click here to view a video where alumni share their Fulbright-Nehru experience

Read tips from current Indian Fulbrighters on the application and selection process