Fulbright-Nehru Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

These fellowships are designed for Indian faculty and researchers who are in the early stages of their research careers in India. The Postdoctoral Research Fellowships will provide opportunities to talented faculty and researchers to strengthen their research capacities. Postdoctoral fellows will have access to some of the finest resources in their areas of interest and will help build long-term collaborative relationships with U.S. faculty and institutions. These fellowships are for eight to twenty-four months.

Applications are invited in the following fields only: Agricultural Sciences; Applied Economics; Education Policy and Planning; Energy Studies; International Security and Strategic Studies; Public Health Policy and Management; Public Policy (limited to Science and Technology Policy); Science and Technology (limited to bioengineering, climate change sciences, computer and mathematical sciences, and neurosciences); 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); Urban and Regional Planning; Women’s and Gender Studies.


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. The letter of invitation should indicate the duration of your visit, preferably with dates. 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

These fellowships provide round-trip economy class air travel from India to the U.S., a monthly stipend, Accident and Sickness Program for Exchanges per U.S. Government guidelines, a modest settling-in allowance, and a professional allowance. Subject to availability of funds, a dependent allowance and international travel may be provided for one accompanying eligible dependent provided the dependent is with the grantee in the U.S. for at least 80% of the grant period.

Eligibility Requirements

In addition to the General Prerequisites:

  • You should have a Ph.D. degree within the past four years. You must have obtained your Ph.D. degree between July 2011 and June 2015. You are required to upload your Ph.D. degree certificate/provisional Ph.D. certificate in your online application;
  • You must be published in reputed journals and demonstrate evidence of superior academic and professional achievement. Please upload a recent significant publication (copy of paper/article) in your online application; and
  • 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 Employer’s Endorsement Form. The employer must indicate that leave will be granted for the fellowship period. You can download the Employer’s Endorsement Form from the USIEF website.

Note: In your application, you are required to indicate the period in which you can complete your proposed project in the United States. Please determine your grant duration carefully. Should you be selected for a grant, it will be for the period you specified in your application. The duration cannot be changed.

How to Apply

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

Application Due Date: July 1, 2015

Timeline and Placement Process

July 1, 2015 Application due date for 2016-2017 awards
August-September 2015 Field-specific experts review applications to short-list candidates
Mid-October 2015 National interviews of short-listed candidates in Delhi
Late-October 2015 USIEF notifies principal and alternate nominees that they are recommended
December 2015 USIEF forwards applications of recommended candidates to the U.S. for J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB) approval and placement
March-April 2016 USIEF notifies finalists
May-June 2016 Pre-Departure Orientation
August-September 2016 Program begins


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. 

Application received after the deadline will NOT be considered. 

Extensions and transfer of visa sponsorship will not be permitted