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Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Research Fellowships 2020-2021 by  United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF)

Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Research Fellowships 2020-2021 by United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF)


A scholarship worth INR (Multiple awards)

What is Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Research Fellowships 2020-2021?

Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Research Fellowships 2020-2021, USA is designed for Indian scholars who are registered for a Ph.D. 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.


Who is offering this scholarship?

This scholarship is being offered by the United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF).


Who can apply for this scholarship?

To be eligible, the applicant must:

  • Be at pre-PhD degree level
  • 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 Ph.D. at an Indian institution by September 1, 2018
  • Upload a 'writing sample' such as a copy of an article or paper published/presented 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 Ph.D. or final year of Ph.D. are not eligible.


What are the benefits?

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 U.S.

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


How can you apply?

Follow the steps below to apply for the fellowship:

Step 1: Visit the web page link here 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.


What are the documents required for the Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Research Fellowships 2020-2021?

  • CV/resume
  • Academic degree and mark sheets
  • Language test scores
  • Letter of invitation
  • Passport
  • FNDR annexure form
  • FNDR endorsement form
  • Ph.D. registration certificate
  • Writing sample of Master's/MPhil thesis, article or publication


What are the important dates?

May 15, 2019, 23:59:59 hrs (IST) - Application deadline

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 the 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


Terms and Conditions

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


Contact details

United States-India Educational Foundation

12 Hailey Road

New Delhi 110 001





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