Fellowships

2023-2024 Fulbright-Kalam Academic and Professional Excellence

These fellowships aim to provide Indian faculty, researchers, and professionals the opportunity to teach, conduct research, or carry out a combination of teaching and research at a U.S. institution. 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.
  1. Research: 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.
  2. Teaching: 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.
  3. Research and Teaching: Applicants will carry out a combination of research and teaching activities at the U.S. host institution. They must specify the percentage of the grant for each activity and define this in the project statement. For instance, if the plan is to spend 60 per cent of the grant duration for research and 40 per cent for teaching, the project statement should demonstrate this allocation. Teaching could include courses (individually or team-taught) or a series of seminars at the U.S. institution.
  4. Flex Awards: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:
  • offered for research grants only.
  • 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 2023. Grants must begin but not later than March 31, 2024; and
  • grant activities must be completed by August 31, 2025.

Affiliation
The selected candidate will be affiliated to one U.S. host institution.

 

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 the applicant has secured a letter of invitation from a U.S. institution, it should be included as a part of the online application. The letter of invitation should indicate the duration of visit, preferably with dates.

 

Grant Benefits

These fellowships provide J-1 visa support, a monthly stipend, Accident and Sickness Program for Exchanges per U.S. Government guidelines, round-trip economy class air travel between India and the U.S., a modest settling-in allowance, and a professional allowance.

 

Subject to availability of funds, 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 per cent of the grant period. Flex grantees are not eligible for dependent benefits.

 

Eligibility Requirements
In addition to the General Prerequisites:

 

  1. faculty/researchers must have a Ph.D. degree or equivalent published work with at least five years of relevant teaching/research/professional experience;
  2. professionals outside academe must have a master’s degree with recognized professional standing and at least five years of relevant experience;
  3. the applicant should upload a recent significant publication (copy of paper/article) in the online application (not exceeding 30 pages); and
  4. if the applicant is employed, s/he 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. The applicant can download the Letter of Support from Home Institution from the USIEF website.
Note: In the application, the applicant is required to indicate the period in which s/he can complete the proposed project in the United States. The applicant must determine grant duration carefully. Should s/he be selected for a grant, it will be for the period specified in his/her application. The duration cannot be changed.

 

How to Apply

  1. Applications must be submitted online at: https://apply.iie.org/fvsp2023/
  2. Please carefully review the Application Instructions before starting your online application.
  3. Please refer to the Applicant Checklist before submitting the application.
  4. In addition, you must complete and upload the following documents on your online application:
APPLICATION DEADLINE: September 15, 2022, 23:59:59 hrs (IST)

For any queries contact: ape-climate@usief.org.in


Timeline and Placement Process

September 15, 2022 Application due date for 2023-2024 awards
Mid-October 2022 Field-specific experts review applications
Mid-November 2022 USIEF informs the applicants about the review outcome
Late November 2022

National interviews of short-listed candidates

End November 2022 USIEF notifies principal and alternate nominees. Doctoral research nominees take TOEFL
End December 2022 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

 

IMPORTANT:

  • 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.