Fulbright Fellowships for Indian Citizens: General Prerequisites

The applicant:

  • must 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 not be residing in U.S. during recruitment and placement cycle (January 2021-July 2022);
  • must 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.;
  • there will be an interview round for shortlisted candidates;
  • must inform USIEF well in advance if s/he needs to travel abroad (e.g. conference) during the application cycle July 2021 – June 2022;
  • 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.


IMPORTANT:Material misinterpretation (e.g. plagiarism) at any time during the application or grant period is grounds for selection withdrawal or grant termination, as well as ineligibility for future participation.