Fast FactsFor: Students, researchers and teachersField of study: Master’s, doctoral and research-based studiesHow to apply: Download application forms from USIEF websiteWebsite: https://www.usief.org.in
Financial assistance is a must for college students, particularly those planning to study abroad. Where a generous scholarship / fellowship can relieve some of your financial burden, it can also help strengthen your resume while giving you a sense of achievement before you even complete your studies. One such fellowship programme that focuses on building the practical knowledge of applicants while teaching them the tricks of the trade is Fulbright-Nehru Fellowships.
Awarded by the United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF), the Fulbright-Nehru Fellowship programmes help bring the people of India and the United States closer through educational exchanges. So far, the USIEF has administered over 18,000 grants to Indian and US citizens to study for a number of programmes in either of the countries.
More about the Fulbright-Nehru Fellowships
The professional careers of a large number of students, researchers and teachers have benefited from Fulbright-Nehru Fellowships. Here we answer a few questions for you to give you a detailed summary of the scholarship.
Who is it for?
The Fulbright-Nehru Fellowships are offered to Indian nationals for study, research, teaching or professional development in the USA. Preference in each grant is given to candidates who have not had extensive US experience recently.
How much time does the selection process take?
The entire process takes about a year from the time of application.
What is the average duration of a programme?
The average duration for a Fulbright-Nehru Fellowship programme ranges from two weeks to two years depending on the scholarship category.
Types of Fulbright-Nehru Fellowships
There are six types of Fulbright-Nehru Fellowships offered by the USIEF to Indian citizens. The eligibility criteria, application deadlines and benefits differ in each. All the six fellowships are mentioned below:
Are you eligible?
There is a set eligibility criteria for Fulbright-Nehru Fellowships and you need to qualify in all to be able to benefit from them. You are eligible for theFellowship if you:
You must visit the website thoroughly for there might be some prerequisites and guidelines for different programmes in addition to the aforesaid ones.
How to apply
The application materials like the application form and Letter of Reference are available on the website and can be downloaded. You need to download them online and send them to the address mentioned in the application form. USIEF strongly recommends applicants for Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence, Doctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships to identify institutions they wish to be affiliated with. And to also correspond, in advance, with potential host institutions. If you have secured a letter of invitation from a USA institution, you need to include that also as a part of your application.
What decides your selection?
For a fellowship as coveted as Fulbright-Nehru Fellowship, the selection process is undoubtedly stringent. The expert committees review all eligible applications on a number of parameters. Applicants recommended by the committees then need to appear for an interview with the USIEF National Selection Committee in New Delhi. Listed below is the criteria used by the selection panels generally to evaluate applications:
Tips to prepare for Fulbright-Nehru Fellowship application
Now that you know what all parameters will your application be reviewed on, you can work on making your application effective. The best way to do that is attend the Fulbright mentoring workshops organized by the USIEF offices for potential applicants. These workshops guide applicants on the elements of strong application. Or you can also seek guidance from Fulbright alumni on the following aspects while doing the basic preparation for a Fulbright application:
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