Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Fellowships aim to provide Indian faculty, researchers, and professionals residing in India the opportunity to teach, conduct research, or carry out a combination of lecturing 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 con-ducting 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
- Bio engineering
- Climate Change Sciences
- Computer Science (with emphasis on cyber security and digital economy)
- Education Policy and Planning
- Energy Studies
- International Law
- International Security and Strategic Studies
- Materials Science (with emphasis on environmental applications)
- Public Health
- Public Policy
- Study of India (limited to anthropology, history, sociology, and visual and performing arts)
- Study of the United States (limited to anthropology, history, sociology, and visual and performing arts)
- Urban and Regional Planning (with emphasis on waste management and smart cities)
- 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 Lecturing
Applicants will carry out a combination of teaching and research activities at the U.S. host institu-tion. Please specify the percentage of the grant for each activity and define this in your project statement. For instance, if you plan to spend 60% of your grant duration for research and 40% for teaching, your 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 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:
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 2018. Grants must begin by March 31, 2019;
Grant activities must be completed by August 31, 2020; and
Only offered for research grants.
No more than 25% of the total Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Awards will be considered for the Flex option. USIEF will consider up to six Flex Grants. A maximum of two round-trip economy class air tickets for the grantee only will be provided (one ticket per trip).
You will be affiliated to one U.S. host institution for your grant. USIEF strongly recommends all applicants to identify institutions with which they wish to be affiliated and to correspond, in advance, with potential host institutions. If you have secured a letter of invitation from a U.S. institution, please include it as a part of your online application.
The fellowships provide a round-trip economy class air ticket (two round-trip economy class air tickets for Flex), a monthly stipend, Accident and Sickness Program for Exchanges per U.S. Government guidelines, 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% of the grant period. Flex grantees are not eligible for dependent benefits.
• must 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 application 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 2017 – June 2018;
• 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.
In addition to the General Prerequisites:
• Faculty/researchers should have a Ph.D. degree or equivalent published work with at least five years of relevant teaching/research experience
• professionals outside academe should have a Master’s degree or equivalent published work with recognized professional standing and at least five years relevant experience;
• you should upload a recent significant publication (copy of paper/article) in your online application; and
• If employed, at the time of submitting the application, please follow the instructions carefully regarding employer’s endorsement. The employer must indicate that leave will be granted for the fellowship period. Please obtain the endorsement from the appropriate administrative authority on the FNAPE Employer’s Endorsement Form.
How to Apply
Applications must be submitted online
Application deadline: Mid July
For details visit USIEF website