Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Research Fellowships

Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Research Fellowships

Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Research Fellowships

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The Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Research Fellowships provide opportunities for Indian scholars to pursue their PhD degree in the United States. These fellowships are awarded by United States - India Educational Foundation (USIEF) for a period of up to 6 years and cover tuition and fees, a living stipend, round-trip airfare, and other related expenses. The program aims to encourage scholars to pursue cutting-edge research in various fields, including science, technology, humanities, and social sciences. The fellows also get access to various academic resources and networks to enhance their research capabilities. 

Scholarship details
Offered by United States - India Educational Foundation (USIEF)
Amount granted Variable
Type of scholarship Merit & Need based
Level of program Doctoral
Deadline July 15, 2024
Renewability One-time fellowship
International students Indian students
Official URL Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Research Fellowships

 

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Benefits

Apart from covering the tuition fee, the benefits candidates get through the fellowship are listed below:

  • list items J-1 visa support
  • list items Monthly stipend
  • list items Accident and sickness insurance coverage
  • list items Round-trip economy class travel to and from the US
  • list items Selected students can audit non-degree courses, conduct research, and work as a professional for a fixed time interval.
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    Eligibility criteria

    Applicants must fulfill the following eligibility requirements to apply for the Fulbright - Nehru Doctoral Research Fellowships:

  • list items Have done adequate research in the field of study eligible for the fellowship.
  • list items Registered for Ph. D. on or before November 01, 2023
  • list items The expected Ph.D. submission date must be at least 3 months after the fellowship’s closure date
  • list items Have published or presented papers or extracts from master’s or M. Phil. studies
  • list items Are not in the final stage of Ph.D. thesis submission or didn’t complete Ph. D.
  • list items A letter of recommendation from the Pd. D supervisor
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    Application process

    The application process is online and involves the following steps:

  • list items Visit the official website and create an account to begin the application.
  • list items Login and complete the application. Make sure there are no grammatical errors.
  • list items Upload the documents in pdf format.
  • list items Applicants will receive an email informing a successful application.
  • Apply here for Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Research Fellowships

     

    Application timeline

    September 2024 Review of applications
    October 2024 USIEF informs the applicants about the review outcome
    Late October 2024 Interviews of short-listed candidates
    End October 2024 USIEF notifies principal and alternate nominees. Nominees take tests (such as TOEFL and GRE)
    December 2024 USIEF forwards applications of recommended candidates to the U.S. for J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB) approval and placement
    March/April 2025 USIEF notifies the finalists about the FFSB approval
    May/June 2025 Pre-Departure Orientation
    July/August 2025 Pre-academic training in the U.S. (if required)
    August/September 2025  Degree program begins

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    Selection process

  • list items Fulbright - Nehru Doctoral Research Fellowship selection process comprises reviewing the applications and interviews of selected applicants.
  • list items Academic merit, strength, the relevance of the research project, the learning potential of the applicant, etc., are the major criteria for selection.
  • list items Experts will review the applications and send the best picks to the USIEF selection committee.
  • list items Shortlisted candidates will have interviews with the USIEF National Selection Committee.
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    Contact details

    In India, the USIEF has headquarters in New Delhi and regional offices in Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, and Mumbai.

    Headquarters address:
    United States-India Educational Foundation
    12 Hailey Road
    New Delhi 110 001

    Tel.: +91-11-4209-0909/2332-8944

    Fax: +91-11-2332-9718

    FAQ e-mail:  [email protected]

    Disclaimer: All the information on this page is taken from the website of the United States - India Educational Foundation. Refer to the original site for any changes in the information.

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    Frequently asked questions

    When does the application process for the 2025-2026 begin for Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Research Fellowships?

    Yes. The employer’s letter of endorsement or Support from the Home Institution is mandatory for employed applicants of Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Research Fellowships.

    Are Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Research Fellowships available for attending seminars, conferences, and presenting papers in the US? 

    Attending seminars and conferences and presenting papers in the US are not the primary category of funding for Fulbright-Nehru Fellowships. 

    How long can a student get Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Research Fellowships? 

    Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Research Fellowships are available for 6 - 9 months, depending on the type of grant offered to the student. 

    Can a student apply for Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Research Fellowships after the deadline? 

    No. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered for Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Research Fellowships. 

    Do Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Research Fellowships have an age limit? 

    No. Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Research Fellowships are open for eligible students of all age groups.