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.
The fellowship will provide the following benefits:
1. J-1 visa support;
2. Round-trip economy class air travel from fellow’s home city to the host institution in the US;
3. Funding for tuition and fees,* living and related costs; and
4. Accident and Sickness Program for Exchanges per US Government guidelines.
Instructions for Applications (India Specific Instructions)
A complete application consists of:
(a) your online application form;
(b) study/research objectives;
(c) personal statement;
(d) curriculum vitae;
(e) writing sample;
(f) scanned copies of your mark sheets or transcripts and diploma/degree certificates;
(g) scanned copies of proof of your work/professional experience (h) three reference letters;
(i) FNMasters Employer’s Endorsement, if employed;
(j) scanned copies of test score reports, if applicable; (k) correspondence with U.S. universities;
(l) FNMasters applicant annexure; and
(m) additional documentation as specified in the instructions below.
1. REVIEW ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
Please review the following prerequisites and eligibility requirements and the fields of study to ensure your eligibility for this fellowship program.
F–N Master’s Prerequisites and eligibility requirements
The Fulbright-Nehru Master’s Fellowships are designed for outstanding Indians residing in India to pursue a master’s degree program at selected U.S. 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 U.S. 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.
1. should be a 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 of America and India;
2. must be residing in India at the time of application. No application will be accepted from Indians residing, working or studying outside of India;
3. should have a high level of academic/professional achievement;
4. should demonstrate proficiency in the English language to undertake the proposed project/program and adjust to life in the U.S.
5. the applicant may be required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL);
6. if shortlisted for an interview, must appear in person for interview at the USIEF office in New Delhi;
7. must inform USIEF well in advance at email@example.com if s/he needs to travel abroad (e.g. conference) during the application cycle (in particular July 2014 – June 2015);
8. should be eligible for leave, if employed;
9. should be in good health;
10. should not be applying for or holding permanent residence (green card) in the United States; and
11. should give an undertaking to return to India on the completion of the fellowship.
Note: Preference will be given to candidates who have not had extensive recent U.S. experience.
In addition to the above requirements, applicants should:
1. have completed an equivalent of a U.S. 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;
2. have at least three years’ full-time (paid or voluntary) professional work experience relevant to their proposed field of study;
3. demonstrate experience in leadership and community service; and
4. not have another degree from a U.S. university or be enrolled in a U.S. degree program.
Eligible Fields of Study
Each applicant should choose one field of study from the following eligible fields 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: The study of all aspects of art and culture management, including arts administration, heritage conservation and museum studies, management of profit and not-for-profit art institutions, among others. These fellowships are not for pursuing graduate degrees in fine or applied art and design or art history, but for the management of the arts.
Environmental Science/Studies: The study of the environment in all its complexities. Subspecialties include: environmental toxicology, natural resource management, pollution prevention, environmental law, environmental engineering and environmental policy analysis, among others.
Higher Education Administration: The study of all aspects of higher education administration including policy planning and management, student affairs, academic affairs, admissions and enrollment management, curriculum design, learning assessment, financial management, alumni and community relations, internationalization of higher education, quality assurance, use of technology in higher education, among others.
Public Health: The study of all aspects of public health including biostatistics, environmental and occupational health, epidemiology, health law, bioethics and human rights, health policy and management, public health delivery systems, international health, and reproductive, maternal and child health, among others.
Urban and Regional Planning: The study of all aspects of urban and regional planning, including infrastructure, transportation policy and planning, water and sanitation, town and rural planning, land use, housing and real estate development, and waste management, among others.
Women’s Studies/Gender Studies: The study of issues relevant to women, feminism, and gender including development, health, history, education, sexuality, law, and policy, among others.
Important Note: Business Administration and Public Administration are not eligible fields for 2015-2016 Fulbright-Nehru Master’s Fellowships. USIEF will not fund master’s degrees in Business Administration (MBA), Public Administration or Public Policy (such as MPA/MPP or MA/MS in Public Administration or Public Policy).
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
Instructions relating to Registering Yourself Online can be accessed HERE.