Fulbright-Nehru Master’s Fellowships

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; 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 US 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.


Grant Benefits
The fellowship will provide the following benefits:

  • J-1 visa support;
  • Round-trip economy class air travel from fellow’s home city to the host institution in the U.S.;
  • Funding for tuition and fees,* living and related costs; and
  • Accident and Sickness Program for Exchanges per U.S. Government guidelines.

* USIEF funding may not cover all costs and the scholar may need to supplement grant benefits with other resources.

The Fulbright-Nehru Master’s Fellowship program provides no financial support for dependents.
 

Eligibility Requirements

In addition to the General Prerequisites, the applicants should:

  • you 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;
  • you must have at least three years’ full-time (paid or voluntary) professional work experience relevant to your proposed field of study;
  • you should have demonstrated experience in leadership and community service;
  • you should 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.

Eligible Fields of Study

Each applicant should choose one field of study that matches his/her chief area of interest. The following field descriptions are illustrative and applicants should note that individual academic host institution programs of study may differ in course offerings, subspecialties, and academic requirements.

  • Arts and Culture Management including Heritage Conservation and Museum Studies: The study of all aspects of art and culture management, including arts administration, heritage conservation and museum studies, management of profit and not-for-profit art institutions, among others. These fellowships are not for pursuing graduate degrees in fine or applied art and design or art history, but for the management of the arts.
  • Environmental Science/Studies: The study of the environment in all its complexities. Subspecialties include: environmental toxicology, natural resource management, pollution prevention, environmental law, environmental engineering and environmental policy analysis, among others.
  • Higher Education Administration: The study of all aspects of higher education administration including policy planning and management, student affairs, academic affairs, admissions and enrollment management, curriculum design, learning assessment, financial management, alumni and community relations, internationalization of higher education, quality assurance, use of technology in higher education, among others.
  • Public Health: The study of all aspects of public health including biostatistics, environmental and occupational health, epidemiology, health law, bioethics and human rights, health policy and management, public health delivery systems, international health, and reproductive, maternal and child health, among others.
  • Urban and Regional Planning: The study of all aspects of urban and regional planning, including infrastructure, transportation policy and planning, water and sanitation, town and rural planning, land use, housing and real estate development, and waste management, among others.
  • Women’s Studies/Gender Studies: The study of issues relevant to women, feminism, and gender including development, health, history, education, sexuality, law, and policy, among others.
     

Important Note: Business Administration and Public Administration are not eligible fields for 2015-2016 Fulbright-Nehru Master's Fellowships. 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).
 

Timeline and Placement Process

 

July 1, 2014 Application due date for 2015-2016 awards
July-August 2014 Field-specific screening committees review applications to short-list candidates
Mid-late August 2014 National interviews of short-listed candidates in Delhi
Early September 2014 USIEF notifies finalists and alternates that they are recommended and they then take tests (such as TOEFL and GRE)
October 2014 USIEF forwards applications of recommended candidates to the U.S. for Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FSB) approval and placement
March-April 2015 USIEF notifies finalists
May-June 2015 Pre-Departure Orientation
July-August 2015 Pre-academic training in the U.S. (if required)
August-September 2015 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. If a recommended candidate already has a deferral, then IIE will not apply to any other institution and will seek to confirm placement only at the deferral institution.


How to Apply

Applications must be submitted online. Click the links below for the following:

 

Application Due Date: July 1, 2014

 

IMPORTANT:

You can apply for only ONE Fulbright-Nehru fellowship category during a competition cycle.

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.


Transfer of visa sponsorship will not be permitted.