USIEF announces opening of 2021-2022 Fulbright Fellowship Application Season

New Delhi, January 15, 2020

The United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF) today announced the opening of its annual competition for approximately 100 Fulbright-Nehru and other Fulbright fellowships that it expects to offer to Indian applicants in 2021-22.

"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," a press release from USIEF said.

"Alumni of exchange and scholarship programs administered by USIEF have demonstrated strong leadership in several fields, including agriculture, the arts, business, climate, education, the environment, humanities and social sciences, public health, and science and technology. Outstanding Indian students, academics, teachers, policy makers, administrators, and professionals are encouraged to apply," it said.

Karan Bhola, Fulbright-Nehru Master’s fellow at Harvard University, said, “This program helped me gain a nuanced understanding of global trends in higher education. With this knowledge, I now have a comparative perspective on some of the major challenges in Indian higher education, such as, diversity, equity, and inclusion. The program has equipped me with skills and clarity on bringing transformation in higher education in India.”

Payal Dey, Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Research fellow, said, “The research that I did at MIT Energy Initiative’s Universal Energy Access group will have potential application to frame future regulatory and policy guidelines for the energy sector. Through vast academic resources at both MIT and Harvard Kennedy School, and a student-centred environment in Boston, I acquired knowledge that was far beyond my research objectives."

“Teaching at the University of Minnesota was a great introduction to the American classroom culture. It was mere serendipity that I got acquainted with a new form of theatre in Minneapolis. This exposure in the U.S. made me venture into the villages of Rajasthan with an ancient Greek play. The exhilarating discussions that have followed with the audiences reaffirm for me the value of international exchanges in today's world,” said Anuradha Marwah, 2017 Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence scholar.

Fellowship details are posted on the USIEF website ( and the first application deadline is May 15, 2020. Applicants may send any queries to or contact one of the USIEF offices in New Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, or Mumbai, the release added.


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