All You Need To Know About Fulbright Scholarships
Posted: Posted Date – 11:39 PM, Sat – Feb 26, 22
In our special topic series on higher education in the United States, we talked a few weeks ago about short-term programs in the United States offering support for research exchange. One such government exchange program for Indian citizens is the Fulbright Scholarship. In today’s column, we inform our readers about Fulbright-Nehru and other Fulbright programs that are currently open for applications for Indian citizens and offer support for both higher education and short-term exchanges. term in the United States.
Fulbright-Nehru and other Fulbright scholarships are open to students, scholars, teachers, policymakers, administrators, and professionals in a variety of disciplines in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and STEM. The awards enable the most qualified applicants to study, research, and teach in the United States. Scholars are selected through a rigorous application and interview process for these awards. The grants provide round-trip international travel, J-1 visa assistance, a monthly stipend, health insurance known as the Accident and Sickness Exchange Program (ASPE), applicable allowances, and modest affiliate fees, if any.
There are different types of Fulbright scholarships for students and scholars. There is a Fulbright-Nehru student award ‘Fulbright-Nehru Master’s Scholarships’ available to pursue a master’s degree in some US colleges and universities, but only in a few designated fields of study. Also, these scholarships are for highly motivated individuals who demonstrate leadership, have at least three years of work experience, and are committed to returning to India upon graduation and contributing to their communities. Applicants must hold a four-year bachelor’s degree, a completed master’s degree or a full-time postgraduate degree from a recognized Indian institution if the bachelor’s degree is less than four years.
Readers can find more details about the eligibility criteria and application process for this program at: http://www.usief.org.in/Fellowships/Fulbright-Nehru-Master-Fellowships.aspx. Please note that the application deadline for the Fulbright-Nehru Masters Scholarships 2023-2024 is May 16, 2022.
In addition to Fulbright-Nehru Masters Scholarships, students currently enrolled in a doctoral program at an Indian institution are eligible to apply for “Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Research Scholarships”. These fellowships last six to nine months. Doctoral Research Fellowships are available in a few designated fields of study. The Doctoral Research Fellowship is for doctoral students to conduct research essential to their dissertation/thesis at a US institution, but students receive their doctorate from the Indian institution where they are enrolled.
Further details on the Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Research Fellowship can be found at: https://www.usief.org.in/Fellowships/Fulbright-Nehru-Doctoral-Research-Fellowships.aspx. The application deadline for the next round of Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Research Fellowships is July 15, 2022.
Finally, professors and researchers at the start of their research career in India may consider applying for the Fulbright-Nehru Postdoctoral Research Fellowships which provide talented professors and researchers with the opportunity to enhance their research capacity in the United States. To be eligible to apply for this program, applicants must have completed a PhD within the past four years and have demonstrated good academic/professional achievements. Like Masters and Doctoral Fellowships, Fulbright-Nehru Postdoctoral Fellowships are also only available in a few designated fields of study.
Also, details of these fellowships can be found at https://www.usief.org.in/Fellowships/Fulbright-Nehru-Postdoctoral-Research-Fellowship.aspx. The deadline for the Fulbright-Nehru Postdoctoral Fellowships 2023-2024 is August 17, 2022.
In addition to the Fulbright-Nehru Fellowships, Doctoral and Postdoctoral Research Fellowships are available under the Fulbright-Kalam Climate Change Grants category. The deadline for these fellowships for the 2023-2024 cycle is September 15, 2022. Further details on the Fulbright-Kalam Climate Fellowships can be found at https://www.usief.org.in/Fellowships/Fulbright-Kalam- Climate-Fellowship .aspx
We encourage readers to consider applying for a suitable scholarship of their interest and to contact [email protected] for any further queries.
Monika Setia (Regional Officer and EducationUSA Advisor to the United States-India Educational Foundation based at the US Consulate General, Hyderabad. Please visit https://educationusa.state.gov/centers/educationusa-usief-hyderabad for more information)
Questions and answers
Q. We are considering sending our child to the United States for undergraduate training. We heard about scholarships and financial aid. Can you please elaborate more on these two terms? –Aditya Rao
A. The terms “scholarship” and “financial aid” are often used interchangeably. Technically speaking, a scholarship is a financial reward based on merit: excellent academic performance, or perhaps community service or leadership or special talent like sports. Financial aid is a grant based on the student’s financial need, as documented by family income, assets, and other factors. All types of scholarships and financial aid are highly competitive and require outstanding academic achievement.
Not all universities/colleges in the United States can offer scholarships and financial aid for international students and it is important to check before applying. Keep in mind that US student financial aid is separate from international student financial aid. Financial aid information in general books such as The College Handbook and Four-Year Colleges applies to U.S. citizens; do not use these books for financial aid information for non-US students. Check the university/college website to find out if it offers scholarship and/or financial aid for international students.
Q. I am in my 3rd year of B.Tech. I intend to apply for masters programs in USA. What are the application deadlines? – Rajeshwar Reddy
A. Each institution sets its own deadline and is generally firm about not accepting applications after that date, particularly if a college is very popular. There are two common application cycles in the United States – the fall semester beginning in August/September and the spring semester beginning in January/February. For the fall semester, application deadlines are usually between October and March and for the spring semester, between July and September. If, however, a college indicates that it runs “rolling admissions,” late applicants may still have a good chance of being accepted.
Nevertheless, it is a good idea to submit your application as soon as possible. It is your responsibility to ensure that all your documents, application forms, references and official transcripts reach the universities safely and on time.
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