The United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF) announces the opening of its annual competition for Fulbright-Nehru and other Fulbright fellowships. Funded by the U.S. Department of State and India’s Ministry of External Affairs, such exchanges have helped bring the people of India and the United States closer together through opportunities that enrich fellows’ academic, research, teaching, and professional capacity. Alumni of exchange and scholarship programs administered by USIEF have demonstrated strong leadership in their academic disciplines and professions. Outstanding Indian students, scholars, teachers, artists, and professionals of all backgrounds – especially women – are encouraged to apply.
This year, the Fulbright program participants, partners, and friends celebrate the 75th anniversary of the U.S. government’s worldwide Fulbright program and its mission to forge lasting connections, counter misunderstandings, and help people and nations work together toward common goals. This celebration renews USIEF’s commitment to fulfil Senator J. William Fulbright’s goal of bringing “a little more knowledge, a little more reason, and a little more compassion into world affairs,” as well as increasing “the chance that nations will learn at last to live in peace and friendship.”
For Akarsh Verma, the Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Research fellowship at Pennsylvania State University enabled him to conduct research that will help improve water desalination processes. “The exposure to high-quality research and academic infrastructure in the United States helped me gain a global exposure to tackle engineering problems,” said Verma.
Dr. Sai Prathima, Fulbright-Nehru Postdoctoral Research Fellow in 2018-2019 from Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT) Hyderabad shared her experience about the huge impact of her Fulbright grant. “Fulbright gave me lot of things in my life that have been extremely useful to me to become a successful researcher,” she said. “The year that I spent at the University of Texas at Austin during the Fulbright grant provided me an opportunity to meet a Nobel Laureate. Fulbright fellowships are very competitive, and I am happy to be a part of the Fulbright-Nehru alumni network!”
USIEF is now accepting applications from Indian citizens for the 2022-23 academic year. Selection committees comprising American and Indian subject-matter experts and Fulbright alumni award these fellowships to students, academics, teachers, policy makers, administrators, and professionals in a variety of disciplines across the arts, humanities, social sciences, and STEM fields. USIEF urges you to consider whether you or someone you know would be a good candidate to represent your country as a cultural ambassador in the United States and experience this opportunity first-hand. For more details, visit www.usief.org.in.
Applicants may also send any queries to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact one of the USIEF offices in New Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, or Mumbai. Prospective applicants from Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, and Odisha may write to email@example.com.