Student Grants

Studying in India can be a meaningful and rewarding experience. India, a land that combines the heritage of diverse cultures with a vibrant economy, offers a chance to explore new ideas and interact with a wide audience. USIEF awards a variety of grants under its Fulbright program for U.S. citizens. You can apply for various Fulbright student grants by visiting the Fellowships for U.S. Citizens section on the website. All Fulbright student grants require a bachelor degree. Many students apply during their final year of their BA degree so that they can take advantage of the program immediately after graduation.


Other Funding Opportunities


The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

Offers awards for study abroad, for U.S. citizen students who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding at a 2-year or 4-year college or university. Recipients are awarded up to $5,000 to defray the costs associated with studying abroad.


National Security Education Program David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships

Offers awards for study abroad in areas deemed critical to national security. The program is open to undergraduates who participate in a study abroad program that includes language study for at least one semester.


National Security Education Program David L. Boren Graduate Fellowships

Offers awards to enable U.S. graduate students to pursue specialization in area and language study or to add an international dimension to their education. Applicants design their own programs and may combine domestic language and cultural study with overseas study for a minimum of one semester and a maximum of six semesters.


American Institute of Indian Studies Junior Research Fellowships

Junior Research Fellowships are available to doctoral candidates at U.S. universities in all fields of study. These grants are specifically designed to enable doctoral candidates to pursue their dissertation research in India. Junior Research Fellows establish formal affiliation with Indian universities and Indian research supervisors. Awards are available for up to 11 months.


Critical Language Scholarships

Critical Language Scholarships for Intensive Summer Institutes are part of a U.S. government interagency effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical need foreign languages. Scholarship recipients - U.S. citizen undergraduate, Master's and Ph.D. students and recent graduates - receive funding to participate in beginning, intermediate and advanced level summer language programs at American Overseas Research Centers and affiliated partners.


Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange & Study (YES) Abroad


American high school students in YES Abroad program spend one academic semester or year living with a host family and attending high school abroad.