Fulbright-Nehru Master’s Fellowships for Indian Citizens

Designation/Position- Fulbright-Nehru Master’s Fellowships

About- The Fulbright-Nehru Master’s Fellowships are designed for outstanding Indians to pursue a master’s degree program at select 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; International Legal Studies; Public Administration; Public Health; Urban and Regional Planning; and Women’s.

Research/Job area– 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
  • Environmental Science/Studies
  • Higher Education Administration
  • International Legal Studies
  • Public Administration
  • Public Health
  • Urban and Regional Planning
  • Women’s Studies/Gender Studies

Location- US

Eligibility/Qualification- In addition to the General Prerequisites (page 27), the applicants:

  • 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) professional work experience relevant to the proposed field of study by the application deadline;
  • demonstrate experience in leadership and community service;
  • must not have another degree from a U.S. university or be enrolled in a U.S. degree program;
  • if employed, must follow the instructions carefully regarding the 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. The applicant can download the FNMasters Employer’s Endorsement Form from the USIEF website.

Job/Position Description- These fellowships are highly motivated individuals who demonstrate leadership qualities, have completed the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree, have at least three years of 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
  • Accident and sickness coverage per the U.S.
  • Government guidelines.

The Fulbright-Nehru Master’s Fellowships provide no financial support for dependents.

Note- USIEF funding may not cover all costs and the scholar may need to supplement grant benefits with other resources.

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

Last Date for Apply

June 15, 2018

Application due date for 2019-2020 awards

June-July 2018

Field-specific experts review applications to shortlist candidates

Mid-August 2018

National interviews of short-listed candidates in Delhi

End August 2018

USIEF notifies principal and alternate nominees that they are recommended. Nominees take tests (such as TOEFL and GRE)

September 2018

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

March-April 2019

USIEF notifies finalists

July-August 2019

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

August-September 2019

Degree program begins

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