The Fulbright-Nehru Master's Fellowships are designed for outstanding Indians residing in India to pursue a master's degree program at selected U.S. colleges and universities in the areas of Arts and Culture Management including Heritage Conservation and Museum Studies; Environmental Science/Studies; Higher Education Administration; International Legal Studies; Public Health; Urban and Regional Planning; and Women's Studies/Gender Studies.
These fellowships are for highly motivated individuals who demonstrate leadership qualities, have completed the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree, have at least three years professional work experience, and are committed to return and contribute to their communities. The fellowships are for one to two years.
Timeline and Placement Process
|July 15, 2016||Application due date for 2017-2018 awards|
|June-July 2016||Field-specific experts review applications to short-list candidates|
|Mid August 2016||National interviews of short-listed candidates in Delhi|
|End August 2016||USIEF notifies principal and alternate nominees that they are recommended. Nominees take tests (such as TOEFL & GRE)|
|September 2016||USIEF forwards applications of recommended candidates to the U.S. for J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB) approval and placement|
|March-April 2017||USIEF notifies finalists|
|May-June 2017||Pre-Departure Orientation|
|July-August 2017||Pre-academic training in the U.S. (if required)|
|August-September 2017||Degree program begins|
Placement of successful candidates is done by the Institute of International Education (IIE), New York. Recommended applicants do not need to apply to U.S. institutions on their own. IIE/Fulbright Program will apply to four different institutions on their behalf, taking into consideration the candidates' preferred institutions and the candidates' competitiveness. If a recommended candidate has previously applied to U.S. institutions and has requested a deferral from the institution, the candidate must notify USIEF immediately.
The applicants should:
- have completed an equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree from a recognized Indian university with at least 55% marks. Applicants should either possess a four-year bachelor's degree or a completed master's degree, if the bachelor's degree is of less than four years' duration
- have at least three years' full-time professional work experience relevant to your proposed field of study at the time of application
- demonstrate experience in leadership and community service;
- must not have another degree from a U.S. university or be enrolled in a U.S. degree program; and
- if you are employed, please follow the instructions carefully regarding employer's endorsement. If applicable, please obtain the endorsement from the appropriate administrative authority on the FNMasters Employer's Endorsement Form. The employer must indicate that leave will be granted for the fellowship period.
Important Note: USIEF will not fund master's degrees in Business Administration (MBA), Public Administration or Public Policy (such as MPA/MPP or MA/MS in Public Administration or Public Policy) or dual/joindegrees such as MA/MBA or MA/MPA or MA/MPP.
- should be a responsible Indian citizen who can contribute to a full and fair picture of the culture and civilization of India, and thereby help to promote understanding and friendship between the peoples of the United States of America and India;
- must be residing in India at the time of application. No applications will be accepted from Indians residing, working or studying outside of India;
- should have a high level of academic/professional achievement;
- must demonstrate proficiency in the English language to undertake the proposed project/program and adjust to life in the U.S. The applicant may be required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL);
- if shortlisted for an interview, must appear in person for interview at the USIEF office in New Delhi;
- must inform USIEF well in advance if s/he needs to travel abroad (e.g. conference) during the application cycle (July 2016 – June 2017);
- must be eligible for leave, if employed;
- must be in good health;
- must not be applying for or holding permanent residence (green card) in the United States; and
- must give an undertaking to return to India on the completion of the fellowship.
Note: Preference will be given to candidates who have not had extensive recent U.S. experience. Some fellowship programs may have prerequisites and guidelines in addition to those described above. Please review the eligibility criteria for specific fellowships carefully.
Application can be done online only.
United States-India Educational Foundation
12 Hailey Road
New Delhi 110 001