The Fulbright-Nehru Master’s Fellowships are designed for outstanding Indians residing in India to pursue a master’s degree program at selected US colleges and universities in the areas of Arts and Culture Management including Heritage Conservation and Museum Studies; Environmental Science/Studies; Higher Education Administration; Public Health; Urban and Regional Planning; and Women’s Studies/Gender Studies.
These fellowships are for highly motivated individuals who demonstrate leadership qualities, have completed the equivalent of a US bachelor’s degree, have at least three years professional work experience, and are committed to return and contribute to their communities. The fellowships are for one to two years.
Grant Benefits: The fellowship will provide the following benefits,
- J-1 visa support;
- Round-trip economy class air travel from fellow’s home city to the host institution in the US;
- Funding for tuition and fees,* living and related costs; and
- Accident and Sickness Program for Exchanges per US Government guidelines. * USIEF funding may not cover all costs and the scholar may need to supplement grant benefits with other resources.
The Fulbright-Nehru Master’s Fellowship program provides no financial support for dependents.
In addition to the General Prerequisites, the applicants should: you should have completed an equivalent of a US bachelor’s degree from a recognized Indian university with at least 55% marks. Applicants should either possess a four-year bachelor’s degree or a completed master’s degree, if the bachelor’s degree is of less than four years’ duration; you must have at least three years’ full-time (paid or voluntary) professional work experience relevant to to your proposed field of study; you should have demonstrated experience in leadership and community service; you should not have another degree from a US university or be enrolled in a US degree program; and If you are employed, please follow the instructions carefully regarding employer’s endorsement. If applicable, please obtain the endorsement from the appropriate administrative authority on the FNMasters Employer’s Endorsement Form. The employer must indicate that leave must indicate that leave will be granted for the fellowship period.
Eligible Fields of Study
Each applicant should choose one field of study that matches his/her chief area of interest. The following field descriptions are illustrative and applicants should note that individual academic host institution programs of study may differ in course offerings, subspecialties, and academic requirements.
- Arts and Culture Management including Heritage Conservation and Museum Studies
- Environmental Science/Studies
- Higher Education Administration
- Public Health
- Public Health
- Urban and Regional Planning
- Women’s Studies/Gender Studies
Timeline and Placement Process
July 1, 2014: Application due date for 2015-2016 awards
July-August 2014 Field-specific screening committees review applications to short-list candidates
Mid-late August 2014 National interviews of short-listed candidates in Delhi
Early September 2014 USIEF notifies finalists and alternates that they are recommended and they then take tests (such as TOEFL and GRE)
October 2014 USIEF forwards applications of recommended candidates to the US for Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FSB) approval and placement
March-April 2015 USIEF notifies finalists
May-June 2015 Pre-Departure Orientation
July-August 2015 Pre-academic training in the US (if required)
August-September 2015 Degree program begins