2023-2024 Fulbright-Nehru Visiting Chair at the University of Massachusetts Amherst

The Visiting Chair Program is designed for Indian scholars who are employed in India for the purpose of teaching, lecturing, and/or conducting research at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. This fellowship is offered jointly by the University of Massachusetts (UMass Amherst) and the United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF).

The Fulbright-Nehru Visiting Chair for the academic year 2023-2024 at UMass Amherst will be offered in the field of Public Policy. The Visiting Chair must have a high level of academic/professional achievement in the area of Public Policy. Note that we are looking at a broad concept of Public Policy and scholars from the areas of governance, education, gender rights, economics, public finance, healthcare management, environmental policy, and city/urban development, among are encouraged to apply. The Visiting Chair will teach and conduct research in Public Policy at UMass Amherst and promote mutual understanding through engagement with the host community. USIEF expects the Visiting Chair to generate awareness about India and the contributions of Indian academia at UMass Amherst as well as supporting the growth of collaborations and student mobility between UMass Amherst and Indian institutions.

Priority will be given to the selection of scholars whose activities are related to graduate and undergraduate education in India with the objective of increasing the impact of their scholarship in India as a result of their experience in the United States.

If selected, the Chair should start his/her grant either in the Fall Semester (August 2023 to December 2023) or the Spring Semester (January 2024 to May 2024). The final dates will be decided by UMass Amherst, but the Fellowship may be held for one semester only.

Primary Responsibility of Visiting Chair

  • teach an upper-level course in Public Policy that relates to the scholar’s research broadly in order to attract both graduate and advanced undergraduate students;
  • raise awareness about academic opportunities in India;
  • present at least one public on-campus lecture;
  • contribute to the intellectual community at the School for Public Policy at the University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • participate in seminars, workshops, and network with other scholars on campus; and
  • participate in inter-disciplinary and community engagement.

Important note: The Visiting Chair will teach and conduct research in public policy at UMass Amherst and promote mutual understanding through engagement with the host community. At UMass Amherst, 25% is considered an appropriate amount of time to dedicate to teaching one course, which will be the teaching load for the Fulbright Visiting Chair. The remainder 75% of the time is for research and research-related activities, such as participating in the academic life on campus at UMass Amherst. Please develop your project proposal accordingly – 25% of your time for teaching and 75% for research and participation in academic life at UMass Amherst.

Grant Benefits

The fellowship provides a J-1 visa support, a monthly stipend, Accident and Sickness Program for Exchanges per U.S. Government guidelines, round-trip economy class air travel, settling-in allowance, books and supplies allowance, professional allowance, and excess baggage allowance. 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 percent of the grant period.

Eligibility Requirements

In addition to the General Prerequisites:

  • faculty/researchers must have a Ph.D. degree with at least five years of relevant teaching/research/professional experience;
  • professionals outside academe must have a master’s degree with recognized professional standing and at least five years relevant experience;
  • the applicant should upload a recent significant publication (copy of paper/article) on the online application (not exceeding 30 pages); and
  • applicants must follow the instructions carefully regarding employer’s endorsement. The employer must indicate that leave will be granted for the fellowship period. The applicant must obtain the endorsement from the appropriate administrative authority on the Letter of Support from Home Institution.

How to Apply

1. Applications must be submitted online at: https://apply.iie.org/fvsp2023

2. Please carefully review the FNVC Applicant Instructions before starting your online application

3. Please refer to FNVC Applicant Checklist before submitting the application.

In addition, you must complete and upload the following documents on your online application:

4. FNVC Applicant Annexure

5. FNVC Letter of Support from Home Institution

Application deadline extended to: October 25, 2022, 23:59:59 hrs (IST)

For any queries contact: fnvc@usief.org.in

Timeline and Placement Process

October 25, 2022 Application deadline
November 10, 2022 Field-specific experts review applications to short-list candidates
End November 2022 USIEF informs the applicants about the review outcome
December 2, 2022 National interviews of short-listed candidates
End December 2022 USIEF notifies principal and alternate nominees
January 2023 USIEF forwards applications of recommended candidates to the U.S. for J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB) approval and placement
March/April 2023 USIEF notifies finalists
May/June 2023 Pre-Departure Orientation
August/September 2023 Program begins



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

Candidates cannot apply for Fulbright-Nehru and Fulbright-Kalam grants in the same academic year.

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.

Extensions and Transfer of visa sponsorship will not be permitted.

Prospective Fulbright participants should be aware that public health conditions, availability of consular services and travel, as well as U.S. institutional operating status and policies may affect their ability to travel to the U.S. and participate in academic programs.