Fulbright-Nehru Master’s Fellowships

The Fulbright-Nehru Master's Fellowships is a scholarship program that offers funding for Indian students to pursue a master's degree at selected colleges and universities in the US. The fellowship provides funds for tuition fees, airfare, living expenses, and health insurance for up to two years of study. Recipients of the fellowship will get all their expenses sponsored by the United States - India Educational Foundation (USIEF).

Scholarship details

Offered by

United States - India Educational Foundation (USIEF)

Amount granted


Type of scholarship

Merit & Need based

Level of program



May 17, 2023

International students

Indian students

Official URL

Fulbright Nehru Fellowships


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What are the benefits of this fellowship?

Other than the tuition and additional fees, the Fulbright - Nehru Master’s Fellowships are also beneficial for the following areas of expenses:

  • Living expenses
  • J-1 visa support
  • Round-trip economy class travel to and from the US
  • Sickness coverage

What are the eligibility criteria for the fellowship?

  • Eligible fields of study: Arts and Culture Management including Heritage Conservation and Museum Studies, Economics, 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
  • Have completed the equivalent of a US bachelor’s degree - a four-year bachelor’s, master’s, or PG Diploma
  • At least 55% marks in the last qualified exam
  • Minimum 3 years of work experience (paid, full-time)
  • Should demonstrate experience in leadership and community service
  • Should not have degrees from the US

What is the application process for the scholarship?

The application process is online and involves the following steps:

  • Go to the official website and create an account to start an application.
  • Read the instructions carefully and apply.
  • Have documents to be submitted at hand before applying.

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Application Timeline


Application Deadline

End June

Review of applications

End July

USIEF informs the applicants about the review outcome

End August

Interviews of short-listed candidates

End August

USIEF notifies principal and alternate nominees. Nominees take tests (such as TOEFL and GRE)


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


USIEF notifies the finalists about the FFSB approval


Pre-Departure Orientation


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


Degree program begins

Required documents

The documents required to apply for a Fulbright - Nehru Master’s Fellowship are listed below. Document requirements can vary for different fields of study.

  • CV/ Resume
  • Objective of research/study
  • Personal statement
  • Writing sample
  • Portfolio, if required
  • Academic certificates
  • Work experience proof
  • Three reference letters
  • Agreement with the US university
  • Employer’s endorsement for employed applicants
  • Test scores (IELTS/TOEFL etc., if applicable)
  • FN Masters applicant annexure

How to get selected for the scholarship?

  • The selection process for Fulbright - Nehru Master’s Fellowship involves reviewing the application and an interview.
  • Beneficiaries of the fellowship are selected based on academic merit, the strength of the proposed project, communication skills, etc.
  • A team of experts will review all applications and recommend the top-performing ones.
  • The recommended candidates will appear for an interview with the USIEF National Selection Committee.
  • The selection process will be between June - October

How can you contact the scholarship?

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

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.

Frequently asked questions

Is there any age limit to apply for Fulbright-Nehru Master’s Fellowships?

There is no age limit for Fulbright-Nehru Master’s Fellowships. 

Is the Fulbright-Nehru Master’s Fellowships application online or offline? 

The Fulbright-Nehru Master’s Fellowships application is online.

Which fields of study are eligible for Fulbright-Nehru Master’s Fellowships? 

There is no restriction on the field of study for Fulbright-Nehru Master’s Fellowships. Students can choose an area of study that matches their interests. 

How many letters of reference or recommendations are required for Fulbright-Nehru Master’s Fellowships? 

Depending on the course and grant, students need to submit 2 - 3 letters of reference. 

How long it takes to review the application for Fulbright-Nehru Master’s Fellowships? 

It takes 3 - 4 months after the deadline to review the applications. 

Can students apply again if the application was rejected last year? 

Yes, students can apply for Fulbright-Nehru Master’s Fellowships again if their application was rejected in the previous year. 

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