Fulbright Scholar Program

Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Catalog of Awards


Fulbright-Nehru Distinguished Chair (All Disciplines)

South and Central Asia


Award Details
Grant Activity

Work with faculty members at host institution on program development and curriculum design. Travel to higher education institutions around India to deliver guest lectures and take part in symposia and conferences. Proposals should demonstrate an interest in active collaboration with Indian scholars and the host community.

Teaching: teach/advise students at host institution.

Teaching/research: teach/advise students at host institution and conduct research in area of specialization. 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.

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 months
Grant Dates

Grants may begin any time after July 1, 2020. Grants must begin by March 31, 2021.


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 inappropriate for any reason. 

Flex Option
Discipline Type
Applications are sought in all appropriate 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 or 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.

In- Country Grant Related Travel

The Fulbright Commission in India provides up to $2000 for travel and accommodation expenses for delivering lectures/ talks or conducting workshops across India. These events can be organized by the Commission upon recommendation from the scholar or receiving invitation from other institutions for hosting the scholar.

Number of Grants
Approximately two
Distinguished Chair
Degree Requirements
Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) required
Application Deadline
Program Staff
Michelle Bolourchi
Outreach and Recruitment Specialist
Sarah Causer
For India IEA

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