Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Research Fellowships for Indian Citizen

Designation/Position- Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Research Fellowships

About- 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.

Research/Job area– Agricultural Sciences; Anthropology; Bioengineering; 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; 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; and Women’s and Gender Studies.

Location- USA

Eligibility/Qualification- 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.

In addition to the General Prerequisites

applicant should have done adequate research in the relevant field, especially in the identification of resources in India and the U.S. Applicant should be registered for Ph.D. at an Indian institution by August 1, 2017. In the online application form, one of the recommendation letters should be from the Ph.D. supervisor that comments on applicant’s research work and the usefulness of the fellowship, and indicates the Ph.D. registration date and topic;

this grant is intended for Ph.D. students to conduct research essential to their dissertations/thesis. Therefore, the expected Ph.D. thesis submission date should not be earlier than three months after the FulbrightNehru grant end date. For example, if May 2020 is the grant end date, applicant cannot submit the thesis before August 2020. Please indicate the Ph.D. registration date and the expected Ph.D. thesis submission date in the Applicant Annexure. The applicant can download the Applicant Annexure from the USIEF website;

if the applicant is employed, please follow the instructions carefully regarding employer’s endorsement. If applicable, please obtain the endorsement from the appropriate administrative authority on the FNDR Employer’s Endorsement Form. The employer must indicate that leave will be granted for the fellowship period. The applicant can download the FNDR Employer’s Endorsement Form from the USIEF website; and

the applicant should upload a ‘writing sample’ such as a copy of an article or paper published/presented or extracts from the Masters’/M.Phil. Thesis in the online application form.

Note-These fellowships are for pre-doctoral level research. Applicants with Ph.D. degrees or those at the final stage of Ph.D. thesis submission will not be considered.

Job/Position Description-

How to Apply- Applications must be submitted online. Please visit the Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Research Fellowships webpage at for fellowship details and application instructions.

Last Date for Apply

June 15, 2018

Application due date for 2019-2020 awards

Mid-July 2018

Field-specific experts review applications to shortlist candidates

Late August 2018

National interviews of short-listed candidates in Delhi

Early September 2018

USIEF notifies principal and alternate nominees that they are recommended. Nominees take


Late September 2018

USIEF forwards applications of recommended candidates to the U.S. for J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB) approval and placement

March-April 2019

USIEF notifies finalists

July-August 2019

Pre-academic training in the U.S. (if required)

August-September 2019

Program begins

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