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    Fulbright-Nehru Masters Fellowships

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    Sugandhi Sood

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    The Fulbright-Nehru Master’s Fellowships are awarded to talented Indian students who demonstrate qualities of leadership, have sufficient academic qualification, and work experience. The fellowship is offered for one year or two years, depending upon the duration of the selected master’s degree program in USA university. Explore USA Universities.

    The benefits granted under the Fulbright-Nehru Master’s Fellowships are:

    • J-1 USA student visa support facility.
    • Economic class flight fares - Round trip from student’s hometown to the institution in the USA.
    • Tuition fees (USIEF funding may not cover all costs and the scholar may need to supplement grant benefits with other resources).
    • Accident and Sickness coverage as per the U.S. Government guidelines.
    • Living and other related expenses (Accommodation cost and Spouse/Child care are not covered) Check: Student housing options in USA.

    The Selection committee grants fellowship to only candidates that are committed to returning to India after course completion and who will contribute to making a transformative impact on the country’s development.


    Scholarship TypeMerit-Based, Need-Based
    Offered byTrust
    OrganizationUnited States- India Educational Foundation (USIEF)
    Application Deadline May 17 ,2021
    No. of ScholarshipsN/A
    RenewabilityYes, Yearly
    International Students EligibleYes
    Scholarship Website Link

    Eligibility Criteria

    Indian students must have completed their undergraduate degree from a recognized institution, that is equivalent to a US bachelor's degree such as:

    • four-year bachelor's degree; or
    • completed master's degree, or
    • full-time postgraduate diploma ( if UG degree is of less than four years' duration)

    Applicants who fulfill this basic requirement must verify the eligibility criteria mentioned below:

    • Academic Qualification: Minimum 55% or higher in an undergraduate degree
    • Skills: Leadership skills and community service experience.
    • Professional Experience: Minimum of 3-years full-time (paid) experience in the related field of study.
    • Language Proficiency: Minimum acceptable IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent TOEFL/PTE score.
      • For the language test waiver, students must contact the USIEF.

    Eligible Fields of Study

    Each applicant should have enrolled in one of the fields of study:

    Environmental Science/Studies International Affairs
    Economics Urban and Regional Planning
    International Legal Studies Public Health
    Arts and Culture Management Higher Education Administration
    Public Administration Women's Studies/Gender Studies
    Journalism and Mass Communication

    Note: Each applicant should choose one field of study that matches his/her chief area of interest. The individual program may have a different structure and curriculum depending upon the academic host institution due to subspecialties, course offerings, and academic requirements.

    Application Process

    Fulbright-Nehru Master's Fellowships applications are accepted through an online process. As a prospective candidate, you have to complete the online Application form available here.

    The step by step procedure to fill Fulbright Nehru Master’s fellowship is given below:

    • Step 1: Visit the web page and create an account.
    • Step 2: Provide personal details and click "Continue".
    • Step 3: Applicants will receive a pin by email which they would need to enter and proceed.
    • Step 4: Create a password and log in to the account.
    • Step 5: Provide personal, contact, and academic information.
    • Step 6: Provide information on language skills, study plan, personal statement, university preference, etc.
    • Step 7: Upload the required documents.
    • Step 8: Fill in the grant and additional information and submit the form.

    Review the entire application before submitting it. The application should be free of grammatical and spelling errors.

    Documents Required

    Applicants are required to submit the below-mentioned documents along with their online applications:

    • Academic transcripts (scanned) from previous institutions, accompanied by certified English translations.
    • Statement of purpose
    • Updated CV/Resume
    • Academic degree and mark sheets
    • Experience Certificate
    • English Language Proficiency Test Scorecard
    • Minimum 3 Letters of recommendations (Professional and academic references for PG)
    • Copy of passport

    Note: Applicants must go through the Instruction form and keep documents ready beforehand. This will help them to submit the form easily. Students should also be aware of Nehru Master’s Fellowship terms and conditions.

    Selection Process

    The candidate did not need to apply separately to U.S. institutions, this is done by IE/Fulbright Program, which will send their applications to four different institutions.

    The awardees for the Fulbright Scholarship are selected based on their overall performance in academics, work/experience skills, competency, skills and experience in community service. The selection committee also reviews the CV and essay submitted by the student, at the time of application.

    After a careful examination of all these, the candidates are shortlisted and are informed by the USIEF thereafter. Timeline and Placement Process for the Fellowship:

    May 17, 2021 Application for Master’s 2022-2023
    Mid-June, 2021 Applications are reviewed by the Field-specific experts 
    Mid-August, 2021 Short-listed candidates are Interviewed in Delhi
    End-August, 2021 USIEF notifies the principal and alternate nominees for taking tests such as TOEFL & GRE
    October, 2021 USIEF forwards applications for approval and placement
    March/April, 2022 Finalists are notified
    May/June, 2022 Training in the USA (Pre-academic)
    July/August, 2022 Degree program Starts

    Placement of shortlisted recipients is done by the Institute of International Education (IIE), New York. The recommended candidates are not required to separately apply to US institutions as the IIE/Fulbright program will apply on their behalf to 4 different institutions. While doing so, the preference of the candidates will be taken into consideration.

    Note: Those candidates that have previously applied to the U.S. Institutes must notify USIEF immediately.

    Grant Details

    The Fulbright-Nehru master's Fellowships provide grants to students enrolled in the Master’s Program. It covers tuition fees and basic living expenses.

    Terms and Conditions of Fulbright-Nehru Master’s Fellowships

    The scholarship does not cover overall costs, therefore the scholar may need additional grant benefits with some other resources also. Check: Cost of studying in USA.

    • The fellowship does not provide any financial aid for dependents.
    • The Applicant must return to work in their home country, after the completion of their master's course or Research.
    • The benefit of the fellowship will not be extended after completion of the actual study i.e. a maximum of 2 years
    • Fulbright-Nehru applications are submitted online, otherwise stated.
    • The applicant can apply for fellowship only under the Fulbright-Nehru category.
    • No application will be taken into consideration after the deadline.
    • Extension/ Transfer of Visa sponsorship is not permitted.
    • Plagiarism in the application form will lead to disqualification.

    The Fulbright-Nehru Master's Fellowships are specially designed for outstanding Indian students to pursue a master's degree program at selected U.S. colleges and universities.

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