Fulbright Nehru Doctoral Research Fellowships for Indian Citizen

United States-India Educational Foundation is accepting applications for Fulbright Nehru Doctoral Research Fellowships. The Fellowship designed for Indian scholars who are registered for a Ph.D. at an Indian institution. These fellowships are for six to nine months under the U.S. host institution for the grant.

The United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF) (formerly known as the United States Educational Foundation in India) is an international foundation dedicated to higher education in India and the United States. Its primary focal points include administering the Fulbright Program to Indian and American students, faculty and professionals; encouraging the international engagement of Fulbright scholars; advising students in India of higher education opportunities in the United States; and linking higher education institutions in the US and India. You can also apply for Fully Funded DAAD Scholarship 2020-2021 in GermanyUniversity of London Ph.D. Scholarship UK 2020 | Ph.D. in the UK

Fulbright Nehru Doctoral Research Fellowships Details

Organization United States-India Educational Foundation
Eligible Country Indian Citizens
Study Level PhD
Deadline 15 July 2020

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Fellowship Research Area

  • Agricultural Sciences
  • Anthropology
  • Bioengineering
  • Computer Science (including, but not limited to, cyber-security, digital economy, quantum computing, artificial intelligence, machine learning & big data analytics)
  • Economics
  • Education Policy and Planning
  • Energy Studies
  • History
  • International Law
  • International Security and Strategic Studies
  • Materials Science (with emphasis on environmental applications)
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Neurosciences
  • Performing Arts
  • Physical Sciences
  • Public Health
  • Public Policy
  • Sociology
  • Urban and Regional Planning (with emphasis on smart cities and waste management)
  • Visual Arts
  • Women’s and Gender Studies.

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Duration of Fulbright Nehru Fellowship

The duration of fellowships is for six to nine months.


  • The applicant will be affiliated to one U.S. host institution for the grant.
  • USIEF strongly recommends all applicants to identify institutions with which they wish to be affiliated and to correspond, in advance, with potential host institutions.
  • If the applicant has secured a letter of invitation from a U.S. institution, please include it as a part of the online application.

Grant Benefits

The fellowships provide J-1 visa support, a monthly stipend, Accident and Sickness Program for Exchanges per U.S. Government guidelines, round-trip economy class air travel, applicable allowances and modest affiliation fees, if any. Selected scholars will have opportunities to audit non-degree courses, conduct research and gain practical work experience in suitable settings in the U.S. No allowances are provided for dependents. The grant is not sufficient to support family members


July 15, 2020 Application due date for 2021-2022 awards
Early August 2020 Field-specific experts review applications to short-list candidates
End August 2020 USIEF informs the applicants about the review outcome
Late September 2020 National interviews of short-listed candidates in Delhi
End September 2020 USIEF notifies principal and alternate nominees that they are recommended. Nominees take TOEFL.
November 2020 USIEF forwards applications of recommended candidates to the U.S. for J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB) approval and placement
March-April 2021 USIEF notifies finalists
May 2021 Pre-Departure Orientation
July-August 2021 Pre-academic training in the U.S. (if required)
August-September 2021 Program begins

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How to Apply for Fellowship:

The process of this Fellowship is online. Please check the link below to apply online or check the official announcement of the scholarship.

Step 1:

Applications must be submitted online:  https://apply.iie.org/ffsp2021

Step 2:

Please carefully review the FNDR Applicant Instructions before starting your online application.

Step 3:

Please refer to FNDR Applicant Checklist before submitting the application.

Step 4:

In addition, you must complete and upload the following documents on your online application:
FNDR Applicant Annexure
FNDR Employer’s Endorsement Form

Click Here to Check the Official Announcement

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