Student Grants

Studying in India can be a meaningful and rewarding experience. India, a land that combines the heritage of diverse cultures with a vibrant economy, offers a chance to explore new ideas and interact with a wide audience. USIEF awards a variety of grants under its Fulbright program for U.S. citizens. You can apply for various Fulbright student grants by visiting the Fellowships for U.S. Citizens section on the website. All Fulbright student grants require a bachelor's degree. Many students apply during their final year of their BA degree so that they can take advantage of the program immediately after graduation.


Other Funding Opportunities


The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

Offers awards for study abroad, for U.S. citizen students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a 2-year or 4-year college or university. Recipients are awarded up to $5,000 to defray the costs associated with studying abroad.


National Security Education Program David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships

Offers awards for study abroad in areas deemed critical to national security. The program is open to undergraduates who participate in a study abroad program that includes language study for at least one semester.


National Security Education Program David L. Boren Graduate Fellowships

Offers awards to enable U.S. graduate students to pursue specialization in area and language study or to add an international dimension to their education. Applicants design their own programs and may combine domestic language and cultural study with overseas study for a minimum of one semester and a maximum of six semesters.


American Institute of Indian Studies Fellowships

For nearly 60 years, the American Institute of Indian Studies has provided funding to pre- and post-doctoral scholars and artists in pursuit of knowledge about India.

  • Junior Fellowships are for graduate students conducting research for their doctoral dissertations in India.
  • Senior Long- and Short-term Fellowships are for those holding the PhD degree.
  • Performing and Creative Arts Fellowships are available to accomplished practitioners of the arts to conduct their projects in India.

Approximately 35 fellowships are awarded each year.

For information about AIIS/Ashoka University Research and Teaching Fellowships click here.



Critical Language Scholarships

Critical Language Scholarships for Intensive Summer Institutes are part of a U.S. government interagency effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical need foreign languages. Scholarship recipients - U.S. citizen undergraduate, Master's and Ph.D. students and recent graduates - receive funding to participate in beginning, intermediate and advanced level summer language programs at American Overseas Research Centers and affiliated partners.


Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange & Study (YES) Abroad


American high school students in YES Abroad program spend one academic semester or year living with a host family and attending high school abroad.


AIF Clinton Fellowship - AIF


The William J. Clinton Fellowship for Service in India is an immersive, 10-month volunteer service program matching young professionals with development organizations. Fellows work on scalable and sustainable development projects in the fields of education, livelihoods, and public health.


Through collaboration and capacity-building, Fellows, AIF and civil society leaders form dynamic partnerships to capacity-build, exchange knowledge and skills, and share a mutual passion for advancing social and economic development. Fellows serve on an annual basis from September 1st to July 2nd with development organizations across India.