South and Central Asia

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Julie West, 2014-15 U.S. Scholar filming her subjects


South and Central Asia is a dynamic, rich, and diverse region balancing a respect for traditions with increasing engagement in an interconnected world. This region ranges from the vast steppes and rugged mountains of Central Asia to the deserts and tropics of South Asia. It is attractive for U.S. faculty and professionals because of its historic, religious, cultural and geographic variety. Bountiful opportunities exist across South Asia for teaching and research. Motivated scholars have an opportunity to make a significant impact in this region, and are likely to be welcomed as the first or only Fulbright U.S. Scholars stationed at certain universities.






Jerry Jasinski, 2013-14 U.S. Scholar to India working with a colleague

India: Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Awards
With approximately 55 grants available, this is the largest Fulbright award worldwide. It is open to faculty and professionals in all disciplines at all levels to teach and/or conduct research at a plethora of institutions and organizations across the country. Grants may be 4-9 months; Flex is also available. Academics may also consider the Fulbright-Nehru Postdoctoral Fellows award and the Fulbright-Nehru Distinguished Chair. International education administrators should consider the short-term IEA Program.

Kazakhstan: All Disciplines
This award provides an opportunity for scholars to teach or teach/research at a university in Kazakhstan for five or 10 months, and a Ph.D. is not required.

Nepal: All Disciplines (Teaching/Research)
Faculty in all disciplines can contribute significantly to higher education in Nepal, interacting with engaging and eager students and faculty at key Nepali universities. Award emphasizes teaching. See award for host institution guidance and contact information.

SCA: Regional Research Program
Conduct research in 2 or 3 countries in the region over 3-9 consecutive months. This award is open to academics and professionals in all disciplines, and a Ph.D. is not required.

Uzbekistan: All Disciplines
Faculty and professionals may teach or teach/research at a university in Uzbekistan for five or 10 months, and a Ph.D. is not required. See award description for suggested host institutions.

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  • These options, among many others, can be found in our Awards Catalog.


Quotes from Scholars


India (Teaching, 2014-2015)
"I also feel that my children have been transformed, even though precisely how may emerge only slowly over time. Even to see my daughters studying the history of Indian independence, or the numbers in Kannada, shows me that their minds have been expanded in ways they couldn't be at home. They are more attuned to racial difference; to what it means to be poor; to hunger; to non-Christian religion; etc. They have not only managed well here; they have thrived, and the chance to have this intense five month experience together has brought our family immeasurably closer. I can only hope that unlike me--I was too timid to apply to study abroad as a college student--my girls will leap from this experience to other international explorations in years to come."

Kyrgyz Republic (Teaching, 2013-2014)
"This has indeed played a transformative role in my life. While here I taught for three semesters at the American University of Central Asia. The relationships I made with my students was the most rewarding and heartwarming aspect of my time here. While I made presentations and gave workshops to the wider community of local journalists, working side by side with young people as they made journalism was the experience I sought and was rewarded with."

Nepal (Teaching/Research, 2011-2012)
"I think I have a better understanding of the role the US can play in helping Nepal to develop.  My workplace relies heavily on the expertise of international scholars to shape its curriculum and vision.   The opportunity for US scholars to come to Nepal and interact in a long-term way with scholars here is, in some ways, a greater contribution than money might be in helping academics in Nepal to have a role model for growth.  If just one colleague is able to benefit from my expertise in the classroom or as an academic, I will have succeeded in the Fulbright, because it really takes one person at a time to advocate for change."

  • Complete information on past Fulbright recipients in South and Central Asia can be found in the Scholar Directory.


Examples of Successful Projects


Building Capacity for Gerontological Advocacy
PAKISTAN, The United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan, Islamabad

Liberalism in a Muslim Context
KYRGYZ REPUBLIC, American University-Central Asia, Bishkek

Geodesy and Surveying Software Applications in Nepal
NEPAL, Kathmandu University, Kathmandu

Training Potential Doctoral Students in Sri Lanka With the Skills, Statistical Tools, and Knowledge to be Proficient Researchers
SRI LANKA, University of Columbo, Columbo

  • Complete information on past Fulbright recipients in South and Central Asia can be found in the Scholar Directory.




CIES offers a series of resources providing detailed information on many aspects of the Fulbright Scholar Program opportunities. Depending on your interests, you can find a wealth of answers to your specific questions in our upcoming and archived webinars.

  • Webinar - Fulbright Virtual Advising: South and Central Asia (June 09, 2015 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EDT)
  • Webinar - Fulbright International Education Administrators in India (May 28, 2015 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EDT)
  • Webinar - Fulbright Distinguished Chairs in India (May 27, 2015 - 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm EDT)
  • Webinar - Fulbright Opportunities for Faculty and Professionals in India - (May 12, 2015 - 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm EDT)
  • Webinar - Fulbright Opportunities for Teaching in India (May 13, 2015 - 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm EDT)
  • Webinar - Fulbright Opportunities for Research in India (May 14, 2015 - 11:00 am to 12:00 pm EDT)
  • Webinar - Fulbright Opportunities in South Asia (April 6, 2015 - 11:00 am to 12:00 pm EDT)
  • Webinar - Fulbright Opportunities in Central Asia (March 31, 2015 - 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm EDT)
  • Presentation and Workshop Schedule - CIES program staff continue to visit university and college campuses countrywide, as well as participate in a range of conferences in the sciences. Please check the schedule to find out when program staff will be at an event near you. If you are interested in having CIES staff visit your campus and speak with department faculty about opportunities in your field, contact us at


Helpful Links


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. 



Contact Us


Catherine Johnston Matto, Assistant Director, 202-686-4020,
Jeffrey Moy, Acting Program Officer, 202-686-4024,
Jennifer Bhiro, Program Coordinator, 202-686-4006,
Beth Anderson, Program Coordinator, 202-686-6241,
Sophia Yang (on leave), Program Officer, 202-686-4024,


Regional staff listed in the Catalog of Awards