Fulbright-Nehru Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

The competition is closed for the 2017-2018 academic year. The next round of competition is likely to be announced in February/March 2017.

 

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; 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 U.S. (limited to anthropology, history, sociology, and visual and performing arts); Urban and Regional Planning (with emphasis on smart cities and waste management); and 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. 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 must have a Ph.D. degree within the past four years. You must have obtained your Ph.D. degree between July 15, 2012 and July 14, 2016. 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 FNPostdoc Employer’s Endorsement Form. The employer must indicate that leave will be granted for the fellowship period. 

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 Deadline: July 15, 2016
 

Timeline and Placement Process

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


Application received after the deadline will NOT be considered. 

Extensions and transfer of visa sponsorship will not be permitted