South and Central Asia

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South and Central Asia is a dynamic, rich, and diverse region balancing a respect for traditions with increasing engagement in an interconnected world. It is a region which ranges from the vast steppes and rugged mountains of Central Asia to the deserts and tropics of South Asia. It is attractive for Americans because of its history, religious, cultural and geographic variety.


Central Asia

Central Asia provides Fulbright Scholars with multiple country locations in which grant activities can be conducted: KazakhstanKyrgyz RepublicTajikistanTurkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. Here, in the heart of Asia, Fulbrighters can experience the development of emerging sectors including education and information sciences, among others. All disciplines will be considered for awards in Central Asia, which can provide vast opportunities for individuals in an array of fields. Awards are open to professionals and non-Ph.D. holders. As there are a limited number of U.S. scholars in Central Asia, motivated scholars have an opportunity to make a significant impact in these emerging countries.


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As a result of a recent agreement between the governments of the United States and India, the Fulbright awards in India are titled Fulbright-Nehru awards. India offers more Fulbright U.S. Scholar program opportunities than any other country in the world, with more than 70 Fulbright-Nehru grants for U.S. scholars, professionals, and international education administrators.

India offers grants for teaching, teaching/research, and research through its Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence award and the new Fulbright-Nehru Post-Doctoral Fellows award. The postdoctoral award is open to academics in all disciplines who have received their Ph.D. in the last five years. The Fulbright-Nehru Distinguished Chair is open to teaching and teaching/research in multiple disciplines, including strategic studies – the strategic relationship between India and the U.S.

With over 600 universities and over 17,000 colleges, India supports one of the largest and most diverse systems of higher education institutions in the world. Its higher education institutions include some of the world’s best in science and technology. Teaching is in English, and at the undergraduate or graduate level.

South Asia

Beyond India, opportunities abound in South Asia for Fulbright activities. Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka provide the setting for a broad range of projects.

Regional Highlights

Awards in the South and Central Asia region support a variety of grant activities including teaching, research, and a combination of the two. The range of grant activities allow for a customizable experience.

  • Post-Doctoral and Early Career Awards
  • Flex
  • SCA Regional Research Program

Regional Benefits

South and Central Asia Fulbright Mid-Year Conference: This conference is an opportunity for current U.S. Fulbright Scholars on Fulbright grants in the SCA region at the time of the conference to gather to discuss each other’s work and educational exchange issues, and invite suggestions for the future development and enhancement of the Fulbright Program. More details are provided in the award description.

South and Central Asia Regional Travel Program provides travel grants to individual U.S. Fulbright Scholars to spend a period of five to fourteen days including travel days in another South and Central Asia country during their grant period to participate in professional activities such as lecturing, advising on curriculum development, and attending conferences at the invitation of a host university.

For more information about Fulbright U.S. Scholar opportunities in the South and Central Asia region, please contact:

Catherine Johnston Matto, Assistant Director, 202-686-4020 |
Sophia Yang, Program Officer, 202-686-4024 |
Jennifer Bhiro, Program Coordinator, 202-686-4006 |
Beth Carlisle, Program Coordinator, 202-686-6241 |

The Fulbright Specialist Program also offers short-term grants ranging from two to six weeks that focus on addressing the needs of host institutions in various countries across the region.