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USIEF Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Research Fellowship 2020-21

Organisation : United States-India Educational Foundation USIEF
Fellowship Name : Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Research Fellowship 2020-21
Applicable For : Indians
Application Last Date : May 15, 2019
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USIEF Nehru Doctoral Research Fellowship

Applications for Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Research Fellowship 2020-21 are open now.

Related / Similar Fellowship :
Fulbright Nehru Doctoral Research Fellowship 2021-22

The Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Research Fellowships are designed for Indian scholars who are registered for a Ph.D. at an Indian institution. These fellowships are for six to nine months.

Eligibility Requirements

In addition to the General Prerequisites
** Applicant should have done adequate research in the relevant field, especially in the identification of resources in India and the U.S. Applicant must be registered for his/her Ph.D. at an Indian institution by September 1, 2018.

** This grant is intended for Ph.D. students to conduct research essential to their dissertations/thesis. Therefore, the expected Ph.D. thesis submission date should not be earlier than three months after Fulbright-Nehru grant end date

** If the applicant is employed, s/he must follow the instructions carefully regarding employer’s endorsement. If applicable, please obtain the endorsement from the appropriate administrative authority on the FNDR Employer’s Endorsement Form. The employer must indicate that leave will be granted for the fellowship period; and

** The applicant must upload a ‘writing sample’ such as a copy of an article or paper published/presented or extracts from the Master’s/M.Phil. thesis in the online application form.

Note :
These fellowships are for pre-doctoral level research. Applicants with Ph.D. degrees or those at the final stage of Ph.D. thesis submission will not be considered.

Fields of Study

Applications are invited in the following fields only :
Agricultural Sciences; Anthropology; Bioengineering; Computer Science (including, but not limited to, cyber security, digital economy, quantum computing, artificial intelligence, machine learning and big data analytics); Economics; Education Policy and Planning;

Energy Studies; History; International Law; International Security and Strategic Studies; Materials Science (with emphasis on environmental applications); Mathematical Sciences; Neurosciences; Performing Arts;

Physical Sciences; Public Health; Public Policy; Sociology; Urban and Regional Planning (with emphasis on smart cities and waste management); Visual Arts; and Women’s and Gender Studies.

How to Apply?

Just follow the below steps to apply for the Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Research Fellowship 2020-21

Steps :
Step 1 : Applications must be submitted online at
Step 2 : Please carefully review the FNDR Applicant Instructions before starting your online application.

Step 3 : Please refer to FNDR Applicant Checklist before submitting the application.
Step 4 : If you are a Registered User enter your Email id and password for Login

Step 5 : New User please click on the “Create an Account” and fill the required details to complete the registration
Step 6 : After complete your registration, fill the remaining details to apply for the fellowship.

Step 7 : In addition, you must complete and upload the following documents on your online application
** FNDR Applicant Annexure
** FNDR Employer’s Endorsement Form

Timeline & Placement Process

May 15, 2019 Application due date for 2020-2021 awards
Mid-June 2019 Field-specific experts review applications to short-list candidates
Late August 2019 National interviews of short-listed candidates in Delhi
Early September 2019 USIEF notifies principal and alternate nominees that they are recommended. Nominees take TOEFL.
October 2019 USIEF forwards applications of recommended candidates to the U.S. for J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB) approval and placement
March-April 2020 USIEF notifies finalists
July-August 2020 Pre-academic training in the U.S. (if required)
August-September 2020 Program begins

Grant Benefits

** The fellowships provide J-1 visa support, a monthly stipend, Accident and Sickness Program for Exchanges per 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 U.S.
** No allowances are provided for dependents. The grant is not sufficient to support family members.

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