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Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Fellowships 2016

Deadline: 15-Jul-2016

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AwardAirfare, monthly stipend, accident and sickness program, settling-in allowance, professional allowance.
EligibilityFaculty, researcher, professional with relevant teaching and research experience
CountryIndia
Scholarship provider contact

United States-India Educational Foundation
12 Hailey Road
New Delhi 110 001
E-mail: info@usief.org.in
Tel.: +91-11-4209-0909/2332-8944
Fax: +91-11-2332-9718

Description

The Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Fellowships aim to provide Indian faculty, researchers, and professionals residing in India the opportunity to teach, conduct research, or carry out a combination of lecturing and research at a U.S. institution. Depending on the U.S. host institution, it is likely that the grantee may contribute towards developing curriculum and conducting workshops and seminars. These fellowships are for four to nine months. If you are applying for a Flex Award, the minimum length of the total grant is four months and the maximum is six months.


Applications are invited in the following fields only: Agricultural Sciences; Bioengineering; Climate Change Sciences; Computer Science (with emphasis on cyber security and digital economy); Economics; Education Policy and Planning; Energy Studies; International Law ( limited to environmental law, immigration law and labour law); International Security and Strategic Studies; Materials Science (with emphasis on environmental applications); Neurosciences; Public Health; Study of India (limited to anthropology, history, sociology, and visual and performing arts); Study of the United States (limited to anthropology, history, sociology, and visual and performing arts); Urban and Regional Planning (with emphasis on waste management and smart cities); and Women's and Gender Studies.

Research

Applicants must demonstrate the relevance of the proposed research to India and/or the U.S., its benefit to the applicant's institution, the feasibility of accomplishing the research goal within the stipulated period, and the need to carry out the research in the U.S.

Lecturing

Indian academics and professionals contribute to the internationalization of the curriculum at their U.S. host institutions and the understanding of recent developments not just in India but globally. The recipient will be affiliated as a visiting scholar at a U.S. institution, and will teach courses individually or team-teach.
 

Lecturing applications are especially welcome.

Eligibility

The applicant:

  • should 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 be residing in India at the time of application. No applications will be accepted from Indians residing, working or studying outside of India;
  • should 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. The applicant may be required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL);
  • if shortlisted for an interview, must appear in person for interview at the USIEF office in New Delhi;
  • must inform USIEF well in advance if s/he needs to travel abroad (e.g. conference) during the application cycle (July 2016 – June 2017);
  • 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.

FNAPE PREREQUISITES AND ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

The Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Fellowships aim to provide Indian faculty, researchers, and professionals residing in India the opportunity to teach, conduct research, or carry out a combination of lecturing and research at a U.S. institution. Depending on the U.S. host institution, it is likely that the grantee may contribute towards developing curriculum and conducting workshops and seminars. These fellowships are for four to nine months.

The applicant:

  • should 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 be residing in India at the time of application. No application will be accepted from Indians residing, working or studying outside of India;
  • should have a high level of academic/professional achievement;
  • should demonstrate proficiency in the English language to undertake the proposed project/program and adjust to life in the U.S.;
  • if shortlisted for an interview, must appear in person for interview at the USIEF office in New Delhi;
  • must inform USIEF well in advance at ape@usief.org.in if s/he needs to travel abroad (e.g. conference) during (July 2016 – June 2017);
  • should be eligible for leave, if employed;
  • should be in good health;
  • should not be applying for or holding permanent residence (green card) in the United States; and
  • should give an undertaking to return to India on the completion of the fellowship.

Preference will be given to candidates who have not had extensive recent U.S. experience.

In addition to the above, please note the following:

  • faculty/researchers should have a Ph.D. degree or equivalent published work with at least five years of relevant teaching/research experience;
  • professionals outside academe should have a Master’s degree or equivalent published work with recognized professional standing and at least five years of relevant experience;
  • you should upload a recent significant publication (copy of paper/article) in your online application; and
  • if you are employed, please follow the instructions carefully regarding employer’s endorsement. The employer must indicate that leave will be granted for the fellowship period. Please obtain the endorsement from the appropriate administrative authority on the FNAPE Employer’s Endorsement Form. You can download the FNAPE Employer’s Endorsement Form from the USIEF website.

Fields of Study

Applications will be considered only in the following fields:

  1. Agricultural Sciences
  2. Bioengineering
  3. Climate Change Sciences
  4. Computer Science (with emphasis on cyber security and digital economy)
  5. Economics
  6. Education Policy and Planning
  7. Energy Studies
  8. International Law (limited to environmental law, immigration law and labor law)
  9. International Security and Strategic Studies
  10. Materials Science (with emphasis on environmental applications)
  11. Neurosciences
  12. Public Health
  13. Study of India (limited to anthropology, history, sociology, and visual and performing arts)
  14. Study of the United States (limited to anthropology, history, sociology, and visual and performing arts)
  15. Urban and Regional Planning (with emphasis on smart cities and waste management)
  16. Women’s and Gender Studies

How to apply?

REGISTER ONLINE

  • All applications must be completed online at: https://apply.embark.com/student/fulbright/scholars/30/
  • If this is your first application, you must register as a new user. Click Create an Account under the New User.
  • If you are a re-applicant, you must create an account using a new email id and password.
  • Your email address is your User ID. Keep your User ID and Password in a safe place. While you cannot change your User ID, you can change your password by clicking on “Update Account” (top of the application Homepage). On the registration screen, click “Change Password” in the lower left corner.
  • You are not required to complete this application in one sitting. You can re-enter at any time and edit your application before you submit it. However, please remember that 40 minutes of inactivity will automatically log you out. You will have to log in again to resume your application.
  • Once you submit your application, you can NO longer make any changes to it.
  • Responses to questions on the application must adhere to established character limits.
  • Review the entire application before submitting it. The application should be free of grammatical and spelling errors.

Once you have created an account, your email address is your User ID.  Please follow these steps:

Please select Non-US/Non-Canadian from the drop down menu for “State/Province.”

Preliminary Questions: Complete the following preliminary questions before proceeding with the application form:

Preliminary 1: Do you have or are you applying for U.S. Permanent Residency?

If you have or are applying for U.S. permanent residency, you are ineligible for the Fulbright program.

Preliminary 2:  Home Country/Country Applying from?

You must be an Indian citizen residing in India at the time of application. No application will be accepted from Indians residing, working or studying outside of India

If you are invited for an interview, you have to appear in person before the selection committee. Interviews over the internet or the telephone are not permitted.

Preliminary 3: Program?

Select “Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program” from the drop down menu.

Preliminary 4: Category of Grant?

Select the appropriate option from the dropdown menu.

Lecture – If the primary purpose of your project is to teach a course (individually or team-teach) for either a semester (4 months) or an academic year (9 months).

Research – If the primary purpose of your project is to conduct research

Lecture/Research – If your project will combine research and teaching

Do not choose any other option from the dropdown menu.

More Information

Application Deadline: July 15, 2016
Timeline and Placement Process

July 15, 2016 Application due date for 2017-2018 awards
August 2016 Field-specific experts review applications to short-list candidates
End-October 2016 National interviews of short-listed candidates in Delhi
Novemberr 2016 USIEF notifies principal and alternate nominees that they are recommended. Nominees take TOEFL
December 2016

 

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

March-April 2017 USIEF notifies finalists
May-June 2017 Pre-Departure Orientation
August-September 2017 Program begins
 

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