USIEF announces Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Fellowships 2023-24 for Teaching and Research at US Institution, Apply now


Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Fellowships – United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF) has invited applications for Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Fellowships  2023-24


Application for Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Fellowships 2023-24 can be submitted online till July 15, 2022.


About Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Fellowships

  • The Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Fellowships aim to provide Indian faculty, researchers, and professionals the opportunity to teach, conduct research, or carry out a combination of teaching and research at a U.S. institution. Depending on the U.S. host institution, it is likely that the grantee may contribute towards developing curriculum and conducting workshops and seminars. These fellowships are for four to nine months. If you are applying for a Flex Award, the minimum length of the total grant is four months, and the maximum is six months.


Applications are invited in the following fields only:

  • Agricultural Sciences; Anthropology; Bioengineering; Chemistry; 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; Geography (including GIS and Geology); History; Language and Literature; Materials Science (with emphasis on environmental applications); Mathematical Sciences; Neurosciences; Performing Arts; Physics; Political Science (including, but not limited to, International Security and Strategic Studies); Public Health (including, but not limited to, pandemic preparedness and comprehensive surveillance (genomic surveillance, sewage surveillance, sero-surveillance)); Public Policy; Sociology; Urban and Regional Planning (with emphasis on smart cities and waste management); Visual Arts; and Women’s and Gender Studies.


Flex Awards

  • Flex Awards are designed for scholars who require multiple visits to the U.S. and for those who find it difficult to leave their home institutions during the academic year. This option allows grants to be conducted over short segments, preferably during the fall and/or spring semesters. Interested applicants should clearly indicate plans for Flex in their project statement, including a project timeline


Flex grant parameters

  • offered for research grants only.
  • minimum length of the total grant is four months and the maximum is six months;
  • The grant must have two segments. Minimum length for any grant segment is one month and the maximum is three months;
  • applicants may propose one-month segment only once;
  • grant segments may be spread over two consecutive years;
  • grants may begin any time from August 2022. Grants must begin but not later than March 31, 2024;
  • grant activities must be completed by August 31, 2025;


Grant Benefits

  • The fellowships provide a J-1 visa support, a monthly stipend, Accident and Sickness Program for Exchanges per U.S. Government guidelines, round-trip economy class air travel (two round-trip economy class air tickets for Flex), a modest settling-in allowance, and a professional allowance. Subject to availability of funds, in case of grantees on eight or nine-month grants, 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. Flex grantees are not eligible for dependent benefits.


Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Fellowships Dates 2023

  • Application Due Date: July 15, 2022, 23:59:59 hrs (IST)
  • Application due date for 2023-2024 awards : July 15, 2022
  • Field-specific experts review applications to short-list candidates : September 2022
  • USIEF informs the applicants about the review outcome : Early October 2022
  • National interviews of short-listed candidates : Early November 2022
  • USIEF notifies principal and alternate nominees : End November 2022
  • USIEF forwards applications of recommended candidates to the U.S. for J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB) approval and placement : December 2022
  • USIEF notifies finalists : March/April 2023
  • Pre-Departure Orientation : May/June 2023
  • Program begins : August/September 2023


Eligibility Criteria

  • In addition to the General Prerequisites:
  • faculty/researchers must have a Ph.D. degree with at least five years of relevant teaching/research/professional experience;
  • professionals outside academe must have a master’s degree and at least five years of relevant experience;
  • the applicant should upload a recent significant publication (copy of paper/article) in the online application; and
  • if the applicant is employed, s/he must follow the instructions carefully regarding employer’s endorsement. The employer must indicate that leave will be granted for the fellowship period. The applicant must obtain the endorsement from the appropriate administrative authority on the Letter of Support from Home Institution.


Application Process

  • Applications must be submitted online at:
  • Please carefully review the FNAPE Applicant Instructions before starting your online application
  • Please refer to the FNAPE Applicant Checklist before submitting the application.
  • In addition, you must complete and upload the following documents on your online application:
  • FNAPE Applicant Annexure
  • FNAPE Letter of Support from Home Institution


For more details and to apply online, please visit the official website