Ms. Meera Subramanian   
Fulbright-Nehru Project Title: "Elemental India: Dispatches from the Global Environmental Front"
Field of Study: Study of India
Home Institution in US: At-Large, MA
Host Institution in India: TERI University, Delhi  
Start date/Month in India: October 2013
Duration of grant: Five months

Brief Bio:
Ms. Meera Subramanian is an award-winning journalist whose writing has appeared in Nature, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Virginia Quarterly Review, Audubon and Smithsonian, as well as internationally in India, France, Italy, Russia and South Africa. Her essays have been anthologized in Believer, Beware: First-Person Dispatches from the Margins of Faith (Beacon Press, 2009), and The Best Women’s Travel Writing, volume 7 and volume 8 (Travelers’ Tales, 2011, 2012 and 2013), and she serves as an editor for Killing the Buddha, an online literary magazine about religion, culture and politics. She earned an MA in journalism from New York University and a BA in cultural anthropology from University of Washington. She is a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists, National Association of Science Writers and the South Asian Journalists Association. Her work can be found at

During her Fulbright fellowship, Ms. Subramanian will travel across India to research and report on five nonfiction stories based on the five elements (earth, water, fire, air and ether). Meeting the people who are creatively confronting India’s staggering environmental challenges, she’ll return with stories both hopeful and cautionary that could provide a map forward for global communities facing similar ecological crises in the years to come. Her work will culminate in a series of articles and a narrative nonfiction book, Elemental India to be published by Public Affairs (USA) and HarperCollins (India).