Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Research Fellowships

The Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Research Fellowships are designed for Indian scholars who are registered for a Ph.D. at an Indian institution. These fellowships are for six to nine months.

 

Applications are invited in the following fields only: Agricultural Sciences; Bioengineering; Computer Science (with emphasis on cyber security and digital economy); Economics; Education Policy and Planning; Energy Studies; International Law (limited to environmental law, immigration law, and labor law); International Security and Strategic Studies; Materials Science (with emphasis on environmental applications); Neurosciences; Public Health; 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 smart cities and waste management); Women’s and Gender Studies.

 

Affiliation

You will be affiliated to one U.S. host institution for your grant. USIEF strongly recommends all applicants to identify institutions with which they wish to be affiliated and to correspond, in advance, with potential host institutions. If you have secured a letter of invitation from a U.S. institution, please include it as a part of your online application.

 

Grant Benefits

The fellowships provide a monthly stipend, Accident and Sickness Program for Exchanges per U.S. Government guidelines, round-trip economy class air travel, applicable allowances and modest affiliation fees, if any. Selected scholars will have opportunities to audit non-degree courses, conduct research and gain practical work experience in suitable settings in the U.S. No allowances are provided for dependents. The grant is not sufficient to support family members.

 

Eligibility Requirements

In addition to the General Prerequisites:

  • You should have done adequate research in the relevant field, especially in the identification of resources in India and the U.S. You should be registered for your Ph.D. at an Indian institution by August 1, 2015. In your online application form, one of the referees must be your Ph.D. supervisor. S/he must comment on your research work and the usefulness of the fellowship, and indicates the Ph.D. registration date and topic;
  • This grant is intended for Ph.D. students to conduct research essential to their dissertations/thesis. Therefore, your expected Ph.D. thesis submission date should not be earlier than three months after your Fulbright-Nehru grant end date. For example, if May 2018 is your grant end date, you cannot submit your thesis before August 2018. Please indicate the Ph.D. registration date and the expected Ph.D. thesis submission date in the Applicant Annexure;
  • If you are employed, please follow the instructions carefully regarding employer’s endorsement. If applicable, please obtain the endorsement from the appropriate administrative authority on the FNDR Employer’s Endorsement Form. The employer must indicate that leave will be granted for the fellowship period. and
  • You should upload a 'writing sample' such as a copy of an article or paper published/presented or extracts from the M.Phil. thesis in your online application form. Note: These fellowships are for pre-doctoral level research. Applicants with Ph.D. degrees or those at the final stage of Ph.D. thesis submission will not be considered.
     

How to Apply

 

Applications must be submitted online. Click the links below for the following:
FNDR Applicant Instructions

FNDR Applicant Annexure

FNDR Applicant Checklist

FNDR Employer’s Endorsement Form

 

Application Deadline: June 15, 2016

 

 

Timeline and Placement Process

June 15, 2016 Application due date for 2017-2018 awards
Mid-July 2016 Field-specific experts review applications to short-list candidates
Late August 2016 National interviews of short-listed candidates in Delhi
Early September 2016 USIEF notifies principal and alternate nominees that they are recommended. Nominees take TOEFL
Late September 2016

 

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

March-April 2017 USIEF notifies finalists
May-June 2017 Pre-Departure Orientation
July-August 2017 Pre-academic training in the U.S. (if required)
August-September 2017 Program begins

 

IMPORTANT:

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 transfer of visa sponsorship will not be permitted.