Fulbright-Nehru Awards enable the most outstanding students, academics, and professionals in India and the U.S. to study, research, and teach in the host country.
Indian scholars are selected through a rigorous application and interview process. Once selected, awardees receive support navigating the visa processing and securing health insurance, as well as a comprehensive pre-departure orientation.
The Commission is also the first point of contact for U.S. citizens coming to India on a Fulbright Fellowship. USIEF organizes programs and support throughout the year including an arrival orientation in August and an annual Fulbright Review Conference in March.
About the Fellowship
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.
Areas of Study
- Arts and Culture Management including Heritage Conservation and Museum Studies
- Environmental Science/Studies
- Higher Education Administration
- International Affairs
- International Legal Studies
- Journalism and Mass Communication
- Public Administration
- Public Health
- Urban and Regional Planning
- Women’s Studies/Gender Studies
Who Is It For?
The Fellowship is for:
- 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.
- Must have completed an equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree from a recognized Indian university with at least 55% marks.
- Applicants must either possess a four-year bachelor’s degree or a completed master’s degree; or a full-time postgraduate diploma from a recognized Indian institution if the bachelor’s degree is of less than four years’ duration;
- Must have at least three years’ full-time (paid) professional work experience relevant to the proposed field of study by the application deadline;
- Should 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; and
if employed, should follow the instructions carefully regarding the employer’s endorsement.
If applicable, 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.
How to Apply?
- Applications must be submitted online via the link given at the end of this post.
- Please carefully review the FNMaster’s Applicant Instructions before starting your online application
- Please refer to FNMaster’s Applicant Checklist before submitting the application
- In addition, you must complete and upload the following documents on your online application:
- FNMaster’s Applicant Annexure
- FNMaster’s Employer’s Endorsement Form (if applicable)
- Application Instructions
- Applicant Checklist
- Master’s Applicant Annexure
- Employer’s Endorsement Form [If Applicable]
- Complete details of the Fellowship