General Prerequisites

The applicant:

  • should be a responsible Indian citizen who can contribute to a full and fair picture of the culture and civilization of India, and thereby help to promote understanding and friendship between the peoples of the United States of America and India;
  • must be residing in India at the time of application. No applications will be accepted from Indians residing, working or studying outside of India;
  • should have a high level of academic/professional achievement;
  • must demonstrate proficiency in the English language to undertake the proposed project/program and adjust to life in the U.S. The applicant may be required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL);
  • if shortlisted for an interview, must appear in person for interview at the USIEF office in New Delhi;
  • must inform USIEF well in advance if s/he needs to travel abroad (e.g. conference) during the application cycle (July 2016 – June 2017);
  • must be eligible for leave, if employed;
  • must be in good health;
  • must not be applying for or holding permanent residence (green card) in the United States; and
  • must give an undertaking to return to India on the completion of the fellowship.

Note: Preference will be given to candidates who have not had extensive recent U.S. experience. Some fellowship programs may have prerequisites and guidelines in addition to those described above. Please review the eligibility criteria for specific fellowships carefully.