Fulbright scholarship for Indian students
The Fulbright-Nehru Master’s Fellowships are designed for outstanding Indians residing in India to pursue a master’s degree program at selected U.S. colleges and universities in the areas of Arts and Culture Management including Heritage Conservation and Museum Studies; Environmental Science/Studies; Higher Education Administration; Public Health; Urban and Regional Planning; and Women’s Studies/Gender Studies.
These fellowships are for highly motivated individuals who demonstrate leadership qualities, have completed the equivalent of a US bachelor’s degree, have at least three years professional work experience, and are committed to return and contribute to their communities. The fellowships are for one to two years
The fellowship will provide the following benefits:
- J -1 visa support
- Round-trip economy class air travel from fellow’s home city to the host institution in the U.S.;
- Funding for tuition and fees*, living and related costs; and
- Accident and Sickness Program for Exchanges per U.S. Government guidelines.
* USIEF funding may not cover all costs and the scholar may need to supplement grant benefits with other resources.
The Fulbright-Nehru Master’s Fellowship program provides no financial support for dependents.
In addition to the General Prerequisites, the applicants should
- have completed an equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree from a recognized Indian university with at least 55% marks. Applicants should either possess a four-year bachelor’s degree or a completed master’s degree, if the bachelor’s degree is of less than four years’ duration;
- have at least three years’ full-time (paid or voluntary) professional work experience relevant to your proposed field of study at the time of application;
- have demonstrated experience in leadership and community service;
- not have another degree from a U.S. university or be enrolled in a U.S. degree program; and
- If you are employed, please follow the instructions carefully regarding employer’s endorsement. If applicable, please obtain the endorsement from the appropriate administrative authority on the FNMasters Employer’s Endorsement Form. The employer must indicate that leave will be granted for the fellowship period.
Eligible Fields of Study
Each applicant should choose one field of study that matches his/her chief area of interest. The following field descriptions are illustrative and applicants should note that individual academic host institution programs of study may differ in course offerings, subspecialties, and academic requirements.
- Arts and Culture Management including Heritage Conservation and Museum Studies: The study of all aspects of art and culture management, including arts administration, heritage conservation and museum studies, management of profit and not-for-profit art institutions, among others. These fellowships are not for pursuing graduate degrees in fine or applied art and design or art history, but for the management of arts.
- Environmental Science/Studies: The study of the environment in all its complexities. Subspecialties include: environmental toxicology, natural resource management, pollution prevention, environmental law, environmental engineering and environmental policy analysis, among others.
- Higher Education Administration: The study of all aspects of higher education administration including policy planning and management, student affairs, academic affairs, admissions and enrollment management, curriculum design, learning assessment, financial management, alumni and community relations, internationalization of higher education, quality assurance, use of technology in higher education, among others.
- International Legal Studies: The study of all aspects of international legal studies including business law, commercial and trade law, employment and labor law, environmental law, global health law, human rights, intellectual property rights and law, international organizations, securities and financial regulations, litigation law, and tax law, among others.
- Public Health: The study of all aspects of public health including biostatistics, environmental and occupational health, epidemiology, health law, bioethics and human rights, health policy and management, public health delivery systems, international health, and reproductive, maternal and child health, among others.
- Urban and Regional Planning: The study of all aspects of urban and regional planning, including infrastructure, transportation policy and planning, water and sanitation, town and rural planning, land use, housing and real estate development, and waste management, among others.
- Women’s Studies/Gender Studies: The study of issues relevant to women, feminism, and gender including development, health, history, education, sexuality, law, and policy, among others.
Important Note: Business Administration and Public Administration are not eligible fields for 2015-2016 Fulbright-Nehru Master’s Fellowships. USIEF will not fund master’s degrees in Business Administration (MBA), Public Administration or Public Policy (such as MPA/MPP or MA/MS in Public Administration or Public Policy).
Timeline and Placement Process
|May 15, 2019||Application due date for 2020-2021 awards|
|Mid-June 2019||Field-specific experts review applications to short-list candidates|
|Mid-August 2019||National interviews of short-listed candidates in Delhi|
|End-August 2019||USIEF notifies principal and alternate nominees that they are recommended. Nominees take tests (such as TOEFL & GRE)|
|October 2019||USIEF forwards applications of recommended candidates to the U.S. for J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB) approval and placement|
|March-April 2020||USIEF notifies finalists|
|May-June 2020||Pre-Departure Orientation|
|May-June 2020||Pre-academic training in the U.S. (if required)|
|July-August 2020||Degree program begins|
Placement of successful candidates is done by the Institute of International Education (IIE), New York. Recommended applicants do not need to apply to U.S. institutions on their own. IIE/Fulbright Program will apply to four different institutions on their behalf, taking into consideration the candidates’ preferred institutions and the candidates’ competitiveness. If a recommended candidate has previously applied to U.S. institutions and has requested a deferral from the institution, the candidate must notify USIEF immediately.
How to Apply
Applications must be submitted online. Click the links below for the following:
- Masters Applicant Instructions
- Masters Applicant Annexure
- Masters Applicant Checklist
- Masters Employer’s Endorsement Form
- Application Due Date: May 15, 2019 [Deadline Over]IMPORTANT: You can apply for only ONE Fulbright-Nehru fellowship category during a competition cycle.Plagiarism in the application will lead to disqualification.Unless otherwise specified, Fulbright-Nehru applications are to be submitted online.
Applications received after the deadline will NOT be considered.
Transfer of visa sponsorship will not be permitted.