In April every year, United States
Education Foundation of India (USEFI) invites applications from Indian
nationals for Fulbright fellowships to go to the United States.
The duration of the fellowships: Ranges
from two to approximately nine months.
The fellowships are available in the
categories of Students, Lecturers, Researchers and Professionals. Some
of these fellowships are cost-shared and supported by industry and
Currently, fellowships are available
in the following categories
1. Visiting Lectureships
2. Research Scholar
4. Educational Administration
5. Pre-doctoral Study/Research
6. The Arts
7. Information Science & Technology
8. Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowships
9. Leadership in Management
11. The East-West Center in Honolulu,
Hawaii, also awards fellowships to Indian citizens. These are
administered directly by the Center.
General Prerequisites for Fellowship
- Be a representative and responsible
Indian citizen who can contribute to a full and fair picture of the
culture and civilization of India, and thereby help to promote
understanding and friendship between the peoples of the United
States and India
- Be present in India at the time of
submitting the application, and for the interview, if required;
- Not have been in the US during the
past three years on a teaching, research, study or professional
assignment for a continuous period of three months or more, at the
time of submitting the application;
- Have a high level of
- Be eligible for leave, if employed;
- Demonstrate proficiency in the
English language which is commensurate with the project that the
applicant wishes to pursue, and is adequate to adjust to life in the
US. The applicant may be required to take the Test of English as a
Foreign Language (TOEFL);
- Be in good health.
Requests for application material must
be sent to the USEFI office in your region along with a self-addressed
and stamped (Rs. 15.00) 10" x 7" envelope. Application forms
will be sent only to those who state their: (i) academic / professional
qualifications (ii) date of birth (iii) present position (iv) the
The Application Form
You can download the appropriate
application form from USEFI's site http://www.fulbright-india.org/
or e-mail a request to email@example.com
specifying the grant category. USEFI will e-mail you the file as an
The completed applications (including
enclosures, if any) must be submitted through the appropriate
administrative authority (Vice-Chancellor / Registrar / Director /
Principal) to the USEFI Office within your region.
Applications must reach USEFI by the
specified deadline date, or the following Monday if the deadline falls
on a weekend.
In the case of Central or State
government employees, a copy of the completed application should be sent
through proper channel to the "Director (U-4), Department of
Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD), Shastri Bhavan,
New Delhi 110011", to reach the Ministry two weeks before the
application deadline. Such candidates are advised to send an advance
copy (a photocopy of the complete application) along with a copy of the
forwarding note to the Ministry of Human Resource Development, to USEFI,
New Delhi, well before the application deadline.
Consideration will, however, be given
only if the application forwarded by the Ministry of HRD reaches USEFI
by the deadline.
Incomplete applications, or
applications not forwarded through proper channel will not be
Applicants are also advised to request
three referees to send in their recommendations, either on the Reference
Report Form or the referee's letterhead (as specified in the Preliminary
Application Form), directly to the USEFI office in New Delhi.
In case of employed candidates, the
employer's comments in the application form must indicate that leave
will be granted for the fellowship.
All entries in the application form
must be typewritten, or computer generated, and not hand-written. Their
content must be limited to the space provided, unless otherwise
specified. If the application form is being downloaded, its format,
pagination, fonts, or type size should not be changed. The form must be
signed before submission. Completed applications should not be sent as
e-mail attachments. To confirm receipt of applications, applicants
should call or email the USEFI office in their region, or enclose a
self-addressed post-card along with their applications.
Expert Committees will review all
eligible applications. Applicants recommended by the committees will be
required to appear for an interview by USEFI's National Selection
Committee in New Delhi. In case of certain fellowship categories,
applicants may be required to appear for regional level interviews, at
their own expense, prior to the national interviews in New Delhi. Those
called for the National Selection interviews in Delhi will be reimbursed
round-trip direct route rail fare. All candidates called for interviews
(Regional/National) will have to bring along the originals of
degrees/mark sheets/ certificates (starting with the school leaving
certificate), and any other documents that they may wish to present
before the interview committee.
Decisions taken by the various
committees in connection with the selection process will be final and
requests for reconsideration will NOT be entertained.