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Fulbright Nehru Masters Fellowships 2017

Deadline: Deadline: Always Open15-Jun-2017
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AwardVisa support, air fare, tuition fee, living cost, accident and sickness coverage
EligibilityBTech/post gradaution (atleast 55%), 3 years work exp
Scholarship provider contact details

United States-India Educational Foundation, 12 Hailey Road, New Delhi 110001, Email:, Phone: 01142090909/23328944, Fax: +911123329718

What is Fulbright Nehru Masters Fellowships 2017?

Fulbright Nehru Masters Fellowships 2017 invites application for outstanding candidates to pursue master degree program from US colleges and Universities. The fellowships are for one to two years in the Arts and Culture Management including Heritage Conservation, Museum Studies, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Higher Education Administration, International Legal Studies, Public Administration, Public Health, Urban and Regional Planning, Women's Studies and Gender Studies. The candidates completed a four years degree course or a master degree course having at least three years' professional work experience and will return and contribute to their communities after completion of the fellowship.

Who can apply for this scholarship ?

  1. The students who have completed four years graduation; post graduation if less than four years graduation courses.
  2. The candidate who possesses leadership qualities.
  3. having at least three years professional work experience.
  4. Committed to return and contribute to their communities.

How can you apply ?

The application can be done online with the following steps:

Step 1: Please go to the website and read all the details click here.

Step 2: Now go to the website to apply online.

Step 3: Click on create an account.

Step 4: Write your email id, create a password, your full name, your address.

Step 5: Click to accept the terms and condition and continue.

Step 6: Proceed to the next step and submit.


Q. How and when do we get information on Fulbright-Nehru and other Fulbright fellowships?
 Announcements inviting applications for Fulbright-Nehru and other Fulbright Fellowships appear in leading dailies in February/March every year. One can also approach USIEF offices in Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Mumbai for information OR access the application material from the USIEF website
Q. Do we submit paper applications or online applications?
 Applicants for the following fellowship categories have to complete an online application. Application instructions can be downloaded from the website Please visit the webpages of these fellowship categories for specific details.

  • Fulbright-Nehru Master’s Fellowships
  • Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Research Fellowships
  • Fulbright-Nehru Postdoctoral Research Fellowships
  • Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Fellowships
  • Fulbright-Kalam Climate Fellowship
  • Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program (application material is likely to be available in April/May 2017)
  • Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program (application material is likely to be available in July or August 2017)

Applicants for Fulbright-Nehru International Education Administrators Seminar need to submit paper applications. For application material write to:
Applicants for Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program need to submit soft copy of the application form. For application material write to:
Q. How many letters of reference/recommendation do I need to submit?
 Depending on the grant category, applicants are advised to request two to three referees to send in their recommendations or complete those online by the application due date. Please read the applicant instructions.
Q. If I am employed, do I need my employer’s approval as part of my application?
 If you are employed, please follow the instructions carefully regarding employer’s endorsement. If you are required to route your application through proper channel, then your application will be considered ineligible without the employer’s endorsement. The employer must indicate that leave will be granted for the fellowship period. Please obtain the endorsement in the specified format from the appropriate administrative authority.
Q. For the Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral, Postdoctoral, Academic and Professional Excellence Fellowships and Fulbright-Kalam Climate Fellowship, does it help to establish contact with potential U.S. host institutions at the time of application? Is it mandatory?
 You will be affiliated to only one U.S. host institution for the entire duration of your grant. USIEF strongly recommends applicants to identify institutions with which they wish to be affiliated and to correspond, in advance, with potential host institutions. If you have secured a letter of invitation from a U.S. institution, please include it as a part of your application.
Q. How long does the review process take?
 The review process takes three to four months after the application deadline. For the Timeline and Placement process, please visit the grant specific webpages on our website
Q. If selected, when can I begin my fellowship in the U.S.?
 For the 2018-2019 cycle, most Fulbright fellows will begin their grants in August/September 2018. Depending upon the fellowship category, some fellows could begin in January 2019. 2018-2019 Fulbright-Nehru fellows have to come into grant status no later than March 31, 2019.
Q. What does the selection process involve?
 Subject experts will review all eligible applications. Applicants recommended by the subject experts will be required to appear for an interview in person with the USIEF National Selection Committee in New Delhi. They will be notified at least three weeks prior to the interview date. Depending on the grant category, the national selection committees meet between August and November.

  • Fulbright-Nehru 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 national selection committees recommend a slate of nominees for further consideration of the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB) in Washington, D.C. Nominees are notified of the outcome typically in March/April.
Q. Are Fulbright-Nehru and Fulbright grants available for attending conferences, seminars and paper presentations in the U.S. and other countries?
 Fulbright-Nehru and Fulbright grants are not for the principal purpose of attending seminars and conferences or for presenting papers.

Q. Who is eligible to apply for the Fulbright-Nehru and Fulbright Fellowships?
 Please see the eligibility criteria listed with respect to each grant category in addition to the General Prerequisites.
Q. Can I avail of a Fulbright-Nehru or Fulbright Fellowship for a project that I want to work on in India?
 No. These grants are offered for study, research, teaching or professional development in the U.S.

Q. What is the duration of the grants?
 It can range from 2 weeks to 24 months depending on the grant category. See individual grant descriptions in the e-brochure or the website.

Q. Is there a preferred age for each fellowship category?
 Fellowship categories do not have age limits/age preferences. Please see individual grant descriptions in the e-brochure or the website.
Q. I had applied for a Fulbright-Nehru/Fulbright fellowship in the past, but did not make it. Can I apply again?
 Yes, you can apply again. Please review the eligibility criteria carefully.

Q. Where can I get information on Indian Fulbright fellows?
 Please visit the “Current Fellows” page on USIEF’s website to learn about our fellows currently in the U.S. and their Fulbright projects.

Q. I am an Indian citizen living outside India. Can I apply?
 The applicant must be residing in India at the time of application. No application will be accepted from Indians residing, working or studying outside of India.

Q. I may be travelling during the listed interview dates. Would it be possible to make a telephone interview?
 If shortlisted for an interview, you must appear in person for the interview at the USIEF office in New Delhi.

Terms and Conditions

Timeline of activities:

June 15, 2017

Application due date for 2018-2019 awards

June-July 2017

Field-specific experts review applications to short-list candidates

Mid August 2017

National interviews of short-listed candidates in Delhi

End August 2017

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

September 2017

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

March-April 2018

USIEF notifies finalists

May-June 2018

Pre-Departure Orientation

July-August 2018

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

August-September 2018

Degree program begins

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