Fulbright Scholar Program

Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Catalog of Awards

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Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Awards (All Disciplines)

South and Central Asia


Award Details
Grant Activity

For research or teaching, or a combination of teaching and research activities. Teaching can include co-teaching, guest lectures, workshops, seminars. Depending on the department, it is likely that the grantee will also work with faculty, developing curriculum and conducting workshops and seminars. Applicant may determine percentage of the grant dedicated to each activity and should define this clearly in the project abstract/summary and the project statement. Opportunities for guest lectures at other universities may also be available.

In addition to being a prestigious academic exchange program, the Fulbright Program is designed to expand and strengthen relationships between the people of the United States and citizens of other nations and to promote international understanding and cooperation. To support this mission, Fulbright Scholars will be asked to give public talks, mentor students, and otherwise engage with the host community, in addition to their primary activities‎.
Grant Length
Four to nine months; Flex grants: 4-6 months
Grant Dates

Grants may begin any time after July 1, 2020. Grants must begin by March 31, 2021. Flex: grant activity must be completed by August 31, 2022.


Affiliations are available throughout India except for the State of Jammu and Kashmir (except Ladakh).  In addition to universities and colleges, affiliations with think tanks, nongovernmental organizations and research centers in the respective areas of specialization will be considered.

Applicant is encouraged to indicate affiliation preference and secure an invitation letter from an institution when possible.  Affiliation will be finalized by the United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF) after grantee is selected.  USIEF reserves the right to change the affiliation if the one indicated in the application is unsuitable for any reason. 

Flex Option
Flex Description

The Flex Award is designed for scholars who require multiple visits to the host country. This option allows grants to be conducted over short segments. Interested applicants should clearly indicate plans for Flex in their project statement, including a project timeline.

Flex grant parameters:

• Minimum length of the total grant is four months and the maximum is six months;

• Minimum length for any grant segment is one month and the maximum is five months;

• Two grant segments may be spread over one or two consecutive years;

• Only offered for research grants; and

• Applicants should indicate in their project proposals how they intend to engage with the host institution and academic community beyond their research project.

Discipline Type
Applications are sought in all disciplines
Special Features

South and Central Asia Fulbright Regional Travel Grant

During their grant period, Fulbright Scholars in the South and Central Asia (SCA) region may apply for a regional travel grant to engage in a variety of activities at academic institutions and non-profit organizations in eligible SCA countries (India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Nepal, Republic of the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan).  Activities that U.S Scholars may engage in include: faculty and student lectures, graduate or faculty seminars, conferences, curriculum development, public lectures, panel presentations, needs assessment, or some combination thereof. Scholars in the arts may be invited to give master classes or recitals, participate in exhibitions or workshops, or consult with cultural institutions. Activities may not include research. This grant will cover travel to and from the destination and lodging may be offered by the hosting institution. Scholars may only apply for this grant once in country on their Fulbright grant. As funds are limited, scholars are limited to one such travel grant.

South and Central Asia Fulbright Midyear Conference

With funding provided by the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the U.S.-India Educational Foundation (the Fulbright Commission in India) invites eligible Fulbright Scholars in the South and Central Asia region to attend the annual South and Central Asia Fulbright Midyear Conference in India in 2020 (usually held in February or March). The conference is an opportunity for current Fulbright U.S. Scholars who are on their Fulbright grants in the SCA region at the time of the conference to gather to discuss each other’s work and educational exchange issues and to invite suggestions for the future development and enhancement of the Fulbright Program. Financial assistance to attend the conference is provided as an additional Fulbright grant benefit.

Application Deadline
Degree Requirements
Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) not required
Candidate Profile
Academics, all levels including early career
Program Staff
Michelle Bolourchi
Outreach and Recruitment Specialist
Sarah Causer
For India IEA

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