Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Research Fellowships for Indian Citizen

India-U.S. Collaborative Vision Research Program Funding Opportunity-2020

Designation/Position- Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Research Fellowships

USIEF invites application for Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Research Fellowships from eligible and interested candidates

About- 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.

Research/Job area

Agricultural Sciences; Anthropology; Bioengineering; Chemistry; Computer Science (including, but not limited to, cyber security, digital economy, quantum computing, artificial intelligence, machine learning and big data analytics); Earth Sciences; Economics; Education Policy and Planning; Energy Studies; History; Language/Literature/Linguistics; Materials Science (with emphasis on environmental applications); Mathematical Sciences; Neurosciences; Performing Arts; Physics; Political Science (including, but not limited to, International Security and Strategic Studies); Psychology; Public Health (including, but not limited to, pandemic preparedness and comprehensive surveillance (genomic surveillance, sewage surveillance, sero-surveillance)); Public Policy; Sociology; Urban and Regional Planning (with emphasis on smart cities and waste management); Visual Arts; and Women’s and Gender Studies.

Location- USA

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In addition to the General Prerequisites

  • The applicant should have done reasonable study pertaining to their research objectives, especially in the identification of resources in India and the U.S. Applicant must be registered for Ph.D. at an Indian institution on or before November 1, 2023. On the online application form, one of the recommendation letters must be from the Ph.D. supervisor that comments on applicants’ research, need for the fellowship, and must indicate the Ph.D. registration date and topic;
  • 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 at least be three months after the Fulbright-Nehru grant end date. For example, if May 2026 is the grant end date, the applicant cannot submit their thesis before August 2026. Please indicate the Ph.D. registration date and the expected Ph.D. thesis submission date in the Applicant Annexure.
  • If the applicant is employed, they 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 copy of the original published/presented paper or extracts from the Masters’/M.Phil. thesis on the online application form (not exceeding 20 pages).

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.

The applicant will be affiliated with one U.S. host institution. USIEF strongly recommends all applicants to identify institutions with which they wish to be affiliated and to correspond, in advance, with potential host institutions. If the applicant has secured a letter of invitation from a U.S. institution, they must include it as a part of the online application. Selected scholars will have opportunities to audit non-degree courses, conduct research, and gain practical work experience in suitable settings in the U.S.

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

How to Apply- 

  1. Applications must be submitted online at: https://apply.iie.org/ffsp2025 
  2. Please carefully review the FNDR Applicant Instructions before starting your online application. 
  3. Please refer to FNDR Applicant Checklist before submitting the application. 
  4. In addition, you must complete FNDR Applicant Annexure and FNDR Employer’s Endorsement Form (if applicable) and upload on your online application.

Last Date for Apply– 15 July 2024, 23:59:59 hrs (IST)

Timeline and Placement Process

Timeline and Placement Process

July 15, 2024Application deadline
September 2024Review of applications
October 2024USIEF informs the applicants about the review outcome
Late October 2024Interviews of short-listed candidates
End October 2024USIEF notifies principal and alternate nominees. Nominees take TOEFL.
December 2024USIEF forwards applications of recommended candidates to the U.S. for J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB) approval and placement
March/April 2025USIEF notifies the finalists about the FFSB approval
May/June 2025Pre-Departure Orientation
July/August 2025Pre-academic training in the U.S. (if required)
August/September 2025Program begins

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  1. What are the basic step to apply for Fulbright Doctoral fellowship in pharmacology. Can i get the list of college of Pharamceutical Sciences fall where this fellowship can be availed. Mostly the work related to Neurosciences, Immunology.


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