India, has the largest U.S. Fulbright Scholar Program in the world. Over the past few years, USIEF has expanded its grant categories for scholars and professionals and added some new grant benefits:
- USIEF has introduced Postdoctoral Fellowships for candidates who have earned a doctorate degree in the last five years.
- Grants for teaching, teaching/research, and research have been combined under Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence award category which is open to faculty and professionals in all disciplines.
- “Flex grants” allow faculty the opportunity to conduct research in India during shorter in-country stays, over the course of two years.
- Distinguished Chair awards, designed for eminent scholars with substantial teaching experience, offer the opportunity to travel to prominent institutions in India to deliver guest lectures and participate in conferences and workshops.
- USIEF provides a dependent education allowance up to $10,000.
For more information on grant options and benefits for scholars and professionals, visit the CIES website. The application deadline is August 3, 2015.
For details regarding benefits and application procedures for student grants, visit the Fulbright U.S. Student Program page.
Recently, many U.S. institutions have developed strategic plans to guide their engagement in India. Each year dozens of U.S. university delegations visit India on fact-finding missions to determine the most effective way to engage with their counterparts here. A Fulbright-Nehru grant is an excellent way to seed potential long-term partnerships with Indian institutions. In fact, each year we have grantees whose research collaborations and other joint efforts lead to active engagement at an institutional level.