Fulbright Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Fellowships


The Fulbright Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Fellowships 2020-21 aims 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. The selected fellow has the opportunity to win multiple awards through the fellowship.

Important Dates

  • Application due date for 2020-2021 awards- July 15, 2019 
  • Field-specific experts review applications to short-list candidates- September 2019 
  • National interviews of short-listed candidates in Delhi- November 2019 
  • USIEF notifies the principal and alternate nominees that they are recommended- End November 2019 
  • USIEF forwards applications of recommended candidates to the U.S. for J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB) approval and placement- December 2019
  • USIEF notifies finalists- March-April 2020 
  • Pre-Departure Orientation- May/June 2020 
  • The program begins- August-September 2020


  • Must be an Indian citizen and a resident of the country
  • Must demonstrate proficiency in the English language through an English Proficiency Test (TOEFL) 
  • Must give the undertaking to return to India after the commencement of the programme
  • Faculty or researchers having a PhD degree or equivalent having at least five years of teaching or research experience
  • Master’s degree or published work with recognized professional standing and at least five years of relevant experience
  • The applicant has to upload a recent published paper or article
  • If the applicant is employed at the time of submitting the application, he/she must carefully read the employer’s endorsement before applying. Make sure that the applicant will get leave for the fellowship period.
  • Must have a high level of academic or professional achievement

How to Apply

  1. Applications must be submitted online at:  https://iie.embark.com/apply/visitingscholars
  2. Please carefully review the FNAPE Applicant Instructions before starting your online application
  3. Please refer to FNAPE Applicant Checklist before submitting the application.
  4. In addition, you must complete and upload the following documents on your online applicaiton:

Last Date

The last date for application is

Contact Details

For any further details, the applying candidates can refer to official notification using the following link.

United States-India Educational Foundation

12 Hailey Road

New Delhi 110 001

E-mail: info@usief.org.in

Tel.: +91-11-4209-0909/2332-8944

Fax: +91-11-2332-9718

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