Selection Process

Experts will review all eligible applications. Applicants recommended by the experts will be required to appear for an interview with the USIEF National Selection Committee.


Selection panels will generally use the following criteria to evaluate applications:

  • Academic credentials and professional ability
  • Merit of the proposed Fulbright project
  • Communication skills
  • Commitment to community or national service
  • Need to conduct research in the U.S.
  • Outcomes, Potential Impact and Benefits
  • Motivation, Seriousness of Purpose, Maturity, Leadership, Cultural Adaptability
  • Ability to contribute as a cultural ambassador beyond his/her specific field of study

Decisions taken by the reviewers/committees in connection with the selection process will be final and requests for reconsideration will NOT be entertained.

  • familiarity with resources in India before proposing research abroad;
  • a proposal with a clear focus;
  • a sense of how the proposed work is relevant to the Indian context;
  • identification of resources in the U.S.; and
  • the role of an exchange participant as a cultural ambassador of India beyond his/her specific field of study.

USIEF offices organize Fulbright mentoring workshops for potential applicants. These workshops guide applicants on the elements of a strong application. Please contact the USIEF office in your region for information on the mentoring workshops.