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Are you a responsible Indian Citizen interested in helping to promote a peaceful and cordial relationship between India and America?

Then apply for the Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Research Fellowships 2022-2023 where you get the opportunity to conduct your Doctoral research and gain useful work experience.

Application Deadline: July 15 2021

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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.

Eligibility

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.

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Application Instructions

Applications must be submitted online at: https://apply.iie.org/ffsp2022

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

Please refer to FNDR Applicant Checklist before submitting the application.

In addition, you must complete and upload the following documents on your online application:

FNDR Applicant Annexure

FNDR Employer’s Endorsement Form

About the Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Research Fellowships

The Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Research Fellowships are designed for Indian scholars who are registered for a Ph.D. at an Indian institution. These fellowships are for six to nine months.

  • Applications are invited in the following fields only:

Agricultural Sciences; Anthropology; Bioengineering; Chemistry; Computer Science (including, but not limited to, cyber security, digital economy, quantum computing, artificial intelligence, machine learning and big data analytics); Economics; Education Policy and Planning; Energy Studies; Geography (including GIS and Geology); History; Language and Literature; Materials Science (with emphasis on environmental applications); Mathematical Sciences; Neuroscience; Performing Arts; Physics; Political Science (including, but not limited to, International Security and Strategic Studies); Public Health; Public Policy; Sociology; Urban and Regional Planning (with emphasis on smart cities and waste management); Visual Arts; and Women’s and Gender Studies.

Key Dates and Order of Program

Application Deadline: July 15, 2021, 23:59:59 hrs (IST)

  • July 15, 2021 Application due date for 2022-2023 awards
  • Early August 2021 Field-specific experts review applications to short-list candidates
  • Early September 2021 USIEF informs the applicants about the review outcome
  • Late September 2021 National interviews of short-listed candidates
  • End September 2021 USIEF notifies principal and alternate nominees. Nominees take TOEFL.
  • November 2021 USIEF forwards applications of recommended candidates to the U.S. for J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB) approval and placement
  • March/April 2022 USIEF notifies finalists
  • August/September 2022 Program begins

Experts will review all eligible applications. Applicants recommended by the experts will be required to appear for an interview in person with the USIEF National Selection Committee in New Delhi.

Selection panels will generally use the following criteria to evaluate applications:

  • Academic credentials and professional ability
  • Merit of the proposed Fulbright project
  • Communication skills
  • Commitment to community or national service
  • Need to conduct research in the U.S.
  • Outcomes, Potential Impact and Benefits
  • Motivation, Seriousness of Purpose, Maturity, Leadership, Cultural Adaptability
  • Ability to contribute as a cultural ambassador beyond his/her specific field of study

    Experts will review all eligible applications. Applicants recommended by the experts will be required to appear for an interview in person with the USIEF National Selection Committee in New Delhi.

    Selection panels will generally use the following criteria to evaluate applications:

    • Academic credentials and professional ability
    • Merit of the proposed Fulbright project
    • Communication skills
    • Commitment to community or national service
    • Need to conduct research in the U.S.
    • Outcomes, Potential Impact and Benefits
    • Motivation, Seriousness of Purpose, Maturity, Leadership, Cultural Adaptability
    • Ability to contribute as a cultural ambassador beyond his/her specific field of study
  • The scholarship program would take place in the United States.

Networking and Partnership Opportunities

  • The applicant will be affiliated to one U.S. host institution for his/her 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 an applicant has secured a letter of invitation from a U.S. institution, s/he must include it as a part of the online application.
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