Dear Friends and Colleagues:

I am delighted to introduce the first edition of the new e-newsletter from the United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF). This quarterly newsletter will highlight major USIEF events and announcements, and showcase current Fulbrighters' stories and alumni accomplishments.

I hope you enjoy reading the newsletter. Please let us know if you would like to contribute any announcements to the next edition. We also regularly highlight Fulbright stories and accomplishments on our Facebook page, so we encourage you to send us more so we can share them with friends and prospective Fulbrighters.  On behalf of everyone at USIEF, we want to wish our 2017-18 Fulbrighters the very best in the coming academic year. We look forward to hearing about your experiences.

Best wishes,
Adam Grotsky
Executive Director

Indian Fulbrighters: Ambassadors of Change
Deepak Dogra received the Fulbright-Nehru Master's Fellowship in 2010 to pursue a degree in Public Administration at Harvard Kennedy School. He currently heads the operations of Room to Read - India which operates in eight states across the country.
Poornima Sardana received the Fulbright-Nehru Master's Fellowship in 2014 to pursue a degree in Museum Studies at New York University. She is currently working on her own project, Museum Sutra, to integrate research and performance in the discipline of museum studies.
Rohit Tak, an architect and urban designer from Pune, received the Fulbright-Nehru Master's Fellowship in 2014 to pursue a degree in Urban Design at the University of California, Berkeley. Currently he is working as a Project Associate for Road Safety and Transportation at the World Resources Institute, Mumbai.
Current Fulbright-Nehru Grantees in Action

Sanchet Sharma
2016-2017 Fulbright-Nehru Master's fellow at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Sanchet Sharma is pursuing his Fulbright-Nehru Master's program in Higher Education Administration at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor with a special focus on disability studies. He is gaining insights into college and university administration, state and national public policy agencies, government offices, higher education systems offices, professional associations, and accrediting agencies.

"A highlight of my Fulbright program was an opportunity to create a podcast for the Disability and Design course with my classmate. We designed the content, conducted informational interviews and ethnographic research, and transcribed and edited the video clip for the podcast," said Sanchet.

Upon returning to India, he is keen to work with intergovernmental research organizations, the non-profit sector, universities, schools, and corporations to play a broader interdisciplinary role in the practice and research of disability and higher education in India.

Lisa Koetke
2016-2017 Fulbright-Nehru Student Researcher at Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun, Uttarakhand

Lisa Koetke recently graduated from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, with a bachelor's degree in biology and environmental studies. She is currently in India as a Fulbright-Nehru Student Researcher at the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun, Uttarakhand.

Lisa is using a micro-histological examination of dung samples to study the diet overlap between livestock (goats and sheep) and wild ungulates (blue sheep, Himalayan tahr, musk deer, and/or serow) in the Indian Himalayan region to determine how they compete for food. During the project, she has spent many weeks trekking through the mountains to collect pellet samples of each herbivore species.

"As I everyday interact with the people around me, I learn about Indian culture, wildlife management and human-nature relationships in India. These opportunities to share and discuss with people from a different background have helped me develop a more global and open-minded perspective on life, and have inspired me to set a personal goal of continuing global communication on environmental topics throughout my career," said Lisa.

124 Indian Fulbright scholars prepare to depart for the U.S.

USIEF has awarded 96 Indian Fulbright-Nehru and 27 other Fulbright Fellowships for the 2017-2018 academic year. The students and scholars selected for this prestigious program will study, conduct research and teach at U.S. universities in a wide range of disciplines including agriculture, anthropology, education, environmental studies, history, international security and strategic studies, public health, urban and regional planning, and women studies among others.

Six scholars have been selected for the inaugural cohort of the Fulbright-Kalam Climate Fellowship program. The fellowship aims to build long-term capacity to address climate change related issues in India and the United States. The selected scholars are from different parts of India including underserved areas of Northeast India and Jammu & Kashmir.

The 2017-18 cohort (pictured above) participated in a two-day pre-departure orientation which was held from May 24-26, 2017 in Hyderabad.
Over 160 U.S. scholars will visit India on Fulbright grants

USIEF will welcome 137 U.S. Fulbright-Nehru and 27 other Fulbright students and scholars to India during the 2017-18 academic year to conduct research or teach at Indian universities, NGOs and schools. This year USIEF placed 24 English Teaching Assistants at schools throughout the country. For the first time, USIEF expanded the program beyond the major metros to include three new cities - Bolpur, Dehradun and Jaipur.

In June, USIEF held a pre-departure orientation in Washington, D.C. for the Fulbright-Nehru student researchers and ETAs (pictured above).
FLTAs from India will teach Hindi and Bangla at U.S. campuses

Eleven Indian citizens have been selected as Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistants (FLTAs). In addition to teaching Hindi and Bangla at U.S. colleges and universities, the FLTAs will take classes in their academic disciplines.

The U.S. universities that are hosting FLTAs from India this year are: Indiana University; Ohio University; University of Montana; University of Texas; New York University; University of Hawaii at Manoa; University of Kansas; Brown University; University of California, Davis; University of Utah; and University of Notre Dame.
Alumni News

Application deadlines are approaching for the following fellowships:

  • Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program, September 1, 2017

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