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Fulbright Scholar Donna McNeese-Smith with dean and a faculty member Christopher at Manipal Academy.

As a result of a recent agreement between the governments of the United States and India, the Fulbright awards in India have expanded and 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 for scholars and professionals in all academic fields.

India is attractive for Americans because of its history, religious, cultural and geographic variety. With over 600 universities and over 30,000 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. Community college faculty are highly encouraged to apply.

Of note: USIEF encourages applications from the area of strategic studies: scholars who will study and/or teach on the strategic relationship between India and the United States. The focus should be on (a) the bilateral political, military and/or economic relationship or (b) the interaction with areas of strategic interest to both countries, especially East Asia, Southeast Asia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Middle East and the Indian/Pacific oceans. Host institutions are those that currently engage in strategic studies, including universities, specialized government-run schools and think tanks.

Letters of invitation are not necessary. Please see linked award descriptions for more information.

Distinguished Chair Award:

  • Fulbright-Nehru Distinguished Chair (Multiple Disciplines) 

Teaching and Teaching/Research
Open to academics with substantial experience and publications in their field (i.e. full professor).
Eligible disciplines: agricultural sciences, economics, education, energy, sustainable development and climate change, environment, international relations, management and leadership development, media and communications with a focus on public service broadcasting, public administration, public health, science and technology, strategic studies, the study of India with a focus on contemporary issues and the study of the United States. For the study of India or the study of the United States (American studies), the areas could include, but are not limited to, language and literature, history, government, economics, society and culture, religion and film studies.

Academic and Professional Excellence Awards:

  • Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence (All Disciplines) 

Research, Teaching, Teaching/Research
Fulbright Flex option enabling scholars to spend shorter periods of time abroad: four to six months over two years.
Open to scholars at all levels (including early career) and professionals in all disciplines.

Post-Doctoral Fellow Awards:

  • Post-Doctoral Fellow (All Disciplines)

Research, Teaching, Teaching/Research
Open to academics in all disciplines who have received their Ph.D. in the last five years.

International Education Administrators Program:

  • Fulbright-Nehru International Education Administrators Program 

Two-week (seminar) program to expose higher education professionals and institution officials to higher education system in select countries abroad.
Open to international education administrators or senior level administrators with at least five years professional experience in field.

Special Features

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 India, please contact:

Michelle Bolourchi
Outreach and Recruitment Analyst
Phone: 202-326-7753
For India IEA
Phone: 202-326-7753