Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Research Fellowships 2021-22

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EligibilityPhD applicants
RegionUnited States
AwardVariable awards

About the Program


Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Research Fellowships 2021-22 is designed for Indian scholars who are registered for a PhD programme at an Indian institution. These fellowships are for six to nine months. The selected scholars get a monthly stipend and other benefits. It enables the most outstanding students, academics and professionals in India and the U.S. to study, research and teach in the host country.

  • Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Research Fellowships 2021-22

    To be eligible, the applicant must:

    • Have done adequate research in the relevant field, especially in the identification of resources in India and the U.S.
    • Have registered for his/her PhD at an Indian institution on or before September 1, 2019
    • Upload a published/presented paper or extracts from the Master’s/MPhil thesis in the online application form

    Note: If the applicant is employed, he/she must follow the instructions carefully regarding the employer’s endorsement. If applicable, the applicant can obtain endorsement from the appropriate administrative authority on the FNDR Employer’s Endorsement Form. Applicants with PhD degree or those at the final stage of PhD thesis submission are not eligible.


    The selected applicants will receive the following benefits:

    • J-1 visa support
    • Monthly stipend
    • Accident and sickness program for exchanges as per the U.S. Government guidelines
    • Round-trip economy class air travel, applicable allowances and modest affiliation fees, if any
    • Selected scholars will have opportunities to audit non-degree courses, conduct research and gain practical work experience in suitable settings in the US

    Note: No allowances are provided for dependents. The grant is not sufficient to support family members.

    • CV/resume
    • Academic degree and mark sheets
    • Language test scores
    • Letter of invitation
    • Passport
    • FNDR annexure form
    • FNDR endorsement form
    • PhD registration certificate
    • Writing sample of Master's/MPhil thesis, article or publication
    How can you apply?

    Follow the steps below to apply for the fellowship:
    Step 1: Visit the official web page and create an account.
    Step 2: Provide personal details and click "Continue".
    Step 3: Applicants will receive a pin by email which they need to enter and proceed.
    Step 4: Create a password and log in to the account.
    Step 5: Provide personal, contact and academic information.
    Step 6: Provide information on language skills, study plan, personal statement, university preference, etc.
    Step 7: Upload the required documents.
    Step 8: Fill in grant and additional information and submit the form.

Important Dates

Application Deadline: July 15, 2020, 23:59:59 hrs (IST)
National interviews of shortlisted candidates in Delhi: Last September 2020
USIEF notifies finalists: March-April 2021
Program begins: August-September 2021

Selection Criteria

The selection process involves initial screening of the applications received followed by national interviews conducted in Delhi. After the interview, the final selection is made by USIEF.

Terms and Conditions
  • The applicant will be affiliated to one US host institution for his/her grant. 
  • The applicants can apply for only ONE Fulbright-Nehru fellowship category during a competition cycle.
  • Plagiarism in the application will lead to disqualification.
  • Fulbright-Nehru applications are to be submitted online.
  • Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.
  • Extensions and transfer of visa sponsorship will not be permitted.
  • Applications are invited in the following fields only:
    • Agricultural Sciences
    • Anthropology Bioengineering
    • Computer Science
    • Economics
    • Education Policy and Planning
    • Energy Studies
    • History
    • International Law
    • International Security and Strategic Studies
    • Materials Science (with an emphasis on environmental applications)
    • Mathematical Sciences; Neurosciences
    • Performing Arts
    • Physical Sciences
    • Public Health
    • Public Policy
    • Sociology
    • Urban and Regional Planning
    • Visual Arts and Women’s and Gender Studies

This scholarship is closed for further applications. It is expected to be launched by February, 2021. You can follow this scholarship for further updates.

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