Application Invited for Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Fellowships

About the Fellowship

Application Due Date: July 15, 2022, 23:59:59 hrs (IST)

  • You can apply for only ONE Fulbright-Nehru fellowship category during a competition cycle.
  •  Candidates cannot apply for Fulbright-Nehru and Fulbright-Kalam grants in the same academic year.
  •  Plagiarism in the application will lead to disqualification.
  •  Unless otherwise specified, Fulbright-Nehru applications are to be submitted online.
  •  Applications received after the deadline will NOT be considered.
  •  Extensions and Transfer of visa sponsorship will not be permitted.

Prospective Fulbright participants should be aware that public health conditions, availability of consular services and travel, as well as U.S. institutional operating status and policies may affect their ability to travel to the U.S. and participate in academic programs.  

The Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Fellowships aim to provide Indian faculty, researchers, and professionals the opportunity to teach, conduct research, or carry out a combination of teaching and research at a U.S. institution. Depending on the U.S. host institution, it is likely that the grantee may contribute towards developing curriculum and conducting workshops and seminars. These fellowships are for four to nine months. If you are applying for a Flex Award, the minimum length of the total grant is four months, and the maximum is six months.

Applications are invited in the following fields only

  • 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)
  • 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
  • Neurosciences
  • Performing Arts
  • Physics
  • Political Science (including, but not limited to, International Security and Strategic Studies)
  • 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


Applicants must demonstrate the relevance of the proposed research to India and/or the U.S., its benefit to the applicant’s institution, the feasibility of accomplishing the research goal within the stipulated period, and the need to carry out the research in the U.S.


Indian academics and professionals contribute to the internationalization of the curriculum at their U.S. host institutions and the understanding of recent developments not just in India but globally. The recipient will be affiliated as a visiting scholar at a U.S. institution and will teach courses individually or team-teach.

Research and Teaching

Applicants will carry out a combination of research and teaching activities at the U.S. host institution. They must specify the percentage of the grant for each activity and define this in the project statement. For instance, if the plan is to spend 60 per cent of the grant duration for research and 40 per cent for teaching, the project statement should demonstrate this allocation. Teaching could include courses (individually or team-taught) or a series of seminars at the U.S. institution.

Flex Awards

Flex Awards are designed for scholars who require multiple visits to the U.S. and for those who find it difficult to leave their home institutions during the academic year. This option allows grants to be conducted over short segments, preferably during the fall and/or spring semesters. Interested applicants should clearly indicate plans for Flex in their project statement, including a project timeline.

Flex grant parameters

  • offered for research grants only.
  • minimum length of the total grant is four months and the maximum is six months;
  • the grant must have two segments. Minimum length for any grant segment is one month and the maximum is three months;
  • applicants may propose one-month segment only once;
  • grant segments may be spread over two consecutive years;
  • grants may begin any time from August 2023. Grants must begin but not later than March 31, 2024;
  • grant activities must be completed by August 31, 2025;

No more than 25 per cent of the total Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Awards will be considered for the Flex option. A maximum of two round-trip economy class air tickets for the grantee only will be provided (one ticket per trip). In addition to the research activities, Flex scholars agree to undertake activities recommended by USIEF, including engaging with the host institution academic community, participating in seminars, giving public talks, and mentoring students. Applications that propose grant periods during the host institution’s academic year are preferred. Scholars who wish to visit the host institution outside of the academic year will need to demonstrate clearly how they will engage with the host institution community.


The applicant will be affiliated to one U.S. host institution. USIEF strongly recommends all applicants to indicate affiliation preference, and to correspond, in advance, with potential host institutions. If the applicant has secured a letter of invitation from a U.S. institution, s/he must include it as a part of the online application.

Grant Benefits

The fellowships provide a J-1 visa support, a monthly stipend, Accident and Sickness Program for Exchanges per U.S. Government guidelines, round-trip economy class air travel (two round-trip economy class air tickets for Flex), a modest settling-in allowance, and a professional allowance. Subject to availability of funds, in case of grantees on eight or nine-month grants, a dependent allowance and international travel may be provided for one accompanying eligible dependent provided the dependent is with the grantee in the U.S. for at least 80 per cent of the grant period. Flex grantees are not eligible for dependent benefits.

Eligibility Requirements

In addition to the General Prerequisites:

  • faculty/researchers must have a Ph.D. degree with at least five years of relevant teaching/research/professional experience;
  • professionals outside academe must have a master’s degree and at least five years of relevant experience;
  • the applicant should upload a recent significant publication (copy of paper/article) in the online application; and
  • if the applicant is employed, s/he must follow the instructions carefully regarding employer’s endorsement. The employer must indicate that leave will be granted for the fellowship period. The applicant must obtain the endorsement from the appropriate administrative authority on the Letter of Support from Home Institution.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted online at: Visit Here

Timeline and Placement Process

July 15, 2022Application due date for 2023-2024 awards
September 2022Field-specific experts review applications to short-list candidates
Early October 2022USIEF informs the applicants about the review outcome
Early November 2022National interviews of short-listed candidates
End November 2022USIEF notifies principal and alternate nominees
December 2022USIEF forwards applications of recommended candidates to the U.S. for J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB) approval and placement
March/April 2023USIEF notifies finalists
May/June 2023Pre-Departure Orientation
August/September 2023Program begins


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