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 will be considered only in the following fields: Agricultural Sciences; Education, especially technology-enabled learning, skill building, and faculty development; Energy Studies; International Trade Economics; Public Health Policy and Management; Science and Technology (limited to bioengineering, climate change sciences, computer and mathematical sciences, and neurosciences); Strategic Studies; Study of India (limited to language/literature/linguistics, history, and visual and performing arts); Study of the United States (limited to language/literature/linguistics, history, and visual and performing arts); and Women’s and Gender Studies, especially public policy for gender parity.

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, the applicants:

  • 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 at least one year prior to the date of application. In your online application form, you should upload a letter from your Ph.D. supervisor that comments 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/theses. 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 2016 is your grant end date, you cannot submit your thesis before August 2016. Please indicate the Ph.D. registration date and the expected Ph.D. thesis submission date in the FNDR 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 your 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:

Application Due Date: July 1, 2014
 

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.


Transfer of visa sponsorship will not be permitted.