Fulbright-Nehru Postdoctoral Research Fellowships 2020-2021
  • Fully Funded
  • USA

These fellowships are designed for Indian faculty and researchers who are in the early stages of their research careers in India. The Postdoctoral Research Fellowships will provide opportunities to talented faculty and researchers to strengthen their research capacities. Postdoctoral fellows will have access to some of the finest resources in their areas of interest and will help build long-term collaborative relationships with U.S. faculty and institutions. These fellowships are for eight to 24 months.

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Fulbright-Nehru Postdoctoral Research Fellowships*: These fellowships, for eight to 24 months, are designed for Indian faculty and researchers residing in India, who have a Ph.D. degree within the past four years.

*Eligible Fields of Study: Agricultural Sciences; Anthropology; Bioengineering; Computer Science (including, but not limited to, cyber security, digital economy, quantum computing, artificial intelligence, machine learning and big data analytics); Economics; Education Policy and Planning; Energy Studies; History; International Law; International Security and Strategic Studies; Materials Science (with emphasis on environmental applications); Mathematical Sciences; Neurosciences; Performing Arts; Physical Sciences; Public Health; Public Policy; Sociology; Urban and Regional Planning (with emphasis on smart cities and waste management); Visual  Arts; and Women’s and Gender Studies. (Note: In addition to above mentioned fields, Climate Change Sciences is offered for Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Fellowships only.)

Fulbright-Nehru Awards enable the most outstanding students, academics and professionals in India and the U.S. to study, research and teach in the host country.

Indian scholars are selected through a rigorous application and interview process. Once selected, awardees receive support navigating the visa processing and securing health insurance, as well as a comprehensive pre-departure orientation.

The Commission is also the first point of contact for U.S. citizens coming to India on a Fulbright Fellowship. USIEF organizes programs and support throughout the year including an arrival orientation in August and an annual Fulbright Review Conference in March.


United States


These fellowships provide

  • J-1 visa support
  • Monthly stipend
  • Accident and Sickness Program for Exchanges per U.S. Government guidelines
  • Round-trip economy class air travel from India to the U.S.
  • A modest settling-in allowance
  • A professional allowance.

Subject to availability of funds, a dependent allowance and international travel may be provided for one accompanying eligible dependent provided the dependent is with the grantee in the U.S. for at least 80 per cent of the grant period.


In addition to the General Prerequisites (Visit the official website):

  • The applicant must have a Ph.D. degree within the past four years. S/he must have obtained Ph.D. degree between July 16, 2015 and July 15, 2019. The applicant is required to upload his/her Ph.D. degree certificate/provisional Ph.D. certificate in the online application;
  • the applicant must be published in reputed journals and demonstrate evidence of superior academic and professional achievement. Please upload a recent significant publication (copy of paper/article) in the online application; and
  • If applicant is employed, please follow the instructions carefully regarding Letter of Support from Home Institution. If applicable, please obtain the endorsement from the appropriate administrative authority on the FNPostdoc Letter of Support from Home Institution. The employer must indicate that leave will be granted for the fellowship period.

Note: In your application, the applicant is required to indicate the period in which s/he can complete your proposed project in the United States. The applicant must determine grant duration carefully. Should s/he be selected for a grant, it will be for the period specified in his/her application. The duration cannot be changed.

Eligible Regions: India

Application Process

  1. Applications must be submitted online at the Apply Now link.
  2. Please carefully review the FNAPE Applicant Instructions from the official website before starting your online application
  3. Please refer to FNAPE Applicant Checklist from the official website before submitting the application.
  4. In addition, you must complete and upload the following documents on your online application: FNAPE Applicant Annexure
    FNAPE Letter of Support from Home Institution (if applicable). (Both the documents are available in the official website)


Application Deadline: July 15, 2019

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