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USIEF Fulbright Nehru Doctoral Research Fellowship 2021-22 For Indian Scholars

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Organisation : United States-India Educational Foundation USIEF
Fellowship Name : Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Research Fellowship 2021-22
Applicable For : Indians
Application Last Date : 15.07.2020
Website :

USIEF Fulbright Nehru Doctoral Research Fellowship

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.

Related / Similar Fellowship : USIEF Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Research Fellowship 2022-23

Applicable Fields

Applications are invited in the following fields only :
Agricultural Sciences; Anthropology; Bioengineering; Climate Change Sciences; 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.

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 on or before September 1, 2019.

** 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 atleast be 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.

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.

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

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.

Timeline & Placement Process

July 15, 2020Application due date for 2021-2022 awards
Early August 2020Field-specific experts review applications to short-list candidates
End August 2020USIEF informs the applicants about the review outcome
Late September 2020National interviews of short-listed candidates in Delhi
End September 2020USIEF notifies principal and alternate nominees that they are recommended. Nominees take TOEFL.
November 2020USIEF forwards applications of recommended candidates to the U.S. for J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB) approval and placement
March-April 2021USIEF notifies finalists
May 2021Pre-Departure Orientation
July-August 2021Pre-academic training in the U.S. (if required)
August-September 2021Program begins

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