Fullbright-Nehru Doctoral Research Fellowships in the US FOr Indian Scholars

Level of Study: PhD

Deadline: July 15, 2021

Start-Date: August/September 2022


The Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Research Fellowships offered by the United States – India Educational Foundation are designed for Indian scholars who are registered for a PhD at an Indian institution. These fellowships are for pre-doctoral level research offered for Indian citizens to pursue their doctoral research. Interested applicants can apply for the scholarship before the deadline and the applicant will be affiliated to one U.S. host institution for his/her grant.

Subject of Study: Agricultural Sciences; Anthropology; Bioengineering; Chemistry; Computer Science (including, but not limited to, cybersecurity, digital economy, quantum computing, artificial intelligence, machine learning and big data analytics); Economics; Education Policy and Planning; Energy Studies; Geography (including GIS and Geology); History; Language and Literature; Materials Science (with emphasis on environmental applications); Mathematical Sciences; Neuroscience; Performing Arts; Physics; Political Science (including, but not limited to, International Security and Strategic Studies); 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.

Duration of the Scholarship: The duration of the scholarship id for six to nine months


Students selected for Fullbright-Nehru doctoral research fellowships offered by USIEF are benefited with

  1. J-1 visa support
  2. Monthly stipend
  3. Accident and Sickness Program for Exchanges per U.S. Government guidelines
  4. Round-trip economy class air travel
  5. applicable allowances and modest affiliation fees, if any


Eligibility Requirements:

To be eligible to apply for the doctoral research fellowships applicants has to

  1. Check the General Prerequisites to check the eligibility criteria.
  2. The applicant should have done adequate research in the relevant field, especially in the identification of resources in India and the U.S.
  3. Applicant must be registered for Ph.D. at an Indian institution on or before November 2, 2020. On the online application form, one of the recommendation letters must be from the Ph.D. supervisor
  4. 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 the Fulbright-Nehru grant end date
  5. The applicant must upload a copy of original published/presented paper or extracts from the Masters’/M.Phil. thesis on the online application form (not exceeding 20 pages).

How to apply:

  1. Applicants must submit an online application form.
  2. It is important to read the application instructions before applying to the fellowship.
  3. Applicants must refer to the FNDR Applicant checklist provided on the official website before submitting the scholarship.
  4. Applicants must complete FNDR Applicant Annexure and FNDR Employer’s Endorsement Form (Please download from the official website) and upload on the online application form.

Assessment Process:

Field-specific experts review applications to short-list candidates in early August 2021 and USIEF informs the applicants about the review outcome in early September 2021. Interviews will be held for the shortlisted candidates and USIEF notifies finalists in March/April 2022.


Email: dr@usief.org.in


Applicants can visit the official website to know more details about different scholarships offered to Indian citizens by USIEF.

Check out the eligibility criteria before applying for the scholarship.

Here is the link for frequently asked questions for further clarifications.


The United States – India Educational Foundation (USIEF) promotes mutual understanding between the nationals of India and the U.S. through the educational exchange of outstanding scholars, professionals and students. Since its inception, USIEF has awarded approximately 20,000 Fulbright, Fulbright-Nehru, and other prestigious grants and scholarships in almost every academic discipline.

Tapping the talent of Fulbright students and scholars, USIEF holds dozens of academic or professional workshops each year. In addition to fellowship support, USIEF services include advising Indian citizens on higher education opportunities in the U.S. USIEF also consults with Indian and U.S. universities interested in developing linkages and exchanges. United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF) offers a fresh perspective in educational advising, fellowship support and facilitating academic dialogue between the U.S. and India.

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