Fulbright - Nehru Master's Fellowships
United States-India Educational Foundation
Deadline:  17th May

Arts And Culture Management,Education Administration,Environmental Science,Environmental Studies,Gender Studies,Heritage Conservation And Museum Studies,Legal Studies,Public Health,Women's Studies
All Nationalities
M.Sc. (Master of Science),M.A (Master of Arts)
United States

Scholarship Overview

The Fulbright-Nehru Master's Fellowships are awarded by the United States- India Educational Foundation (USIEF). Outstanding Indians who wish to pursue a Master's degree program at select U.S. colleges and universities are eligible to apply for this scholarship programme. Only highly motivated individuals who demonstrate leadership qualities stand a chance at winning this prestigious scholarship. 

Master's degree studies must be in the areas of Arts and Culture Management including Heritage Conservation and Museum Studies; Economics; Environmental Science/Studies; Higher Education Administration; International Affairs; International Legal Studies; Public Administration; Public Health; Urban and Regional Planning; and Women's Studies/Gender Studies

Shortlisting Process

The selection of scholars for the Fulbright-Nehru Master’s Fellowships involves a multi-stage process. The scholars will be selected after a thorough assessment of all the applicants. If the applicant is shortlisted for an interview, must appear in person for an interview at the USIEF office in New Delhi.

Terms and Conditions

The continuation of the scholarship depends on the good academic performance of the scholars in the examinations conducted by their respective universities.

Renewal cases of stipend holders who are not promoted to the next year will not be considered for further renewal.




  • The applicants need to be residing in India at the time of application. No application will be considered from Indians residing, working, or studying abroad. 
  • Applicants must have completed an equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree from a recognized Indian university with at least 55% marks. Applicants must either possess a four-year bachelor's degree; or a completed master's degree, or a full-time postgraduate diploma from a recognized Indian institution if the bachelor's degree is of less than four years' duration.
  • The applicant must demonstrate proficiency in the English language to undertake the proposed project/programme and adjust to life in the U.S. The applicant may be required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
  • Applicants must demonstrate experience in leadership and community service.
  • Applicants must not have another degree from a U.S. university or be enrolled in a U.S. degree program.
  • Applicants should fulfill the General Prerequisites related to their course.
  • Work Experience: Applicant must have at least three years' full-time professional work experience relevant to his/ her proposed field of study at the time of application. 

How To Apply


Applications must be submitted online.

Application Documents

  • LOR: 3 references mandatory.
  • A Personal Statement describing how you have achieved your current goals.
  • A curriculum vitae that describes academic credentials and demonstrates a record of scholarly achievements (document should not exceed four pages).
  • Upload scanned photocopies of proof of work/professional experience.
  • TOEFL/ GRE test score.
  • Upload study plan/research objectives.
  • Upload scanned copies of your mark sheets or transcripts and diploma/degree certificates.
  • Upload the passport bio pages (pages with photo, name, passport number, date of issue and validity, etc.
  • If employed, applicants must follow the instructions carefully regarding the employer’s endorsement. If applicable, obtain the endorsement from the appropriate administrative authority on the FNMasters Employer’s Endorsement Form. The employer must indicate that leave will be granted for the fellowship period.
  • If the applicant has letters of admission, letters of invitation, deferral requests, or other correspondence from a school, especially a preferred program, please forward a copy (not the original) of this correspondence to masters@usief.org.in
  • Placement of successful candidates is done by the Institute of International Education (IIE), New York. Recommended applicants do not need to apply to U.S. institutions on their own. IIE/Fulbright Program will apply to four different institutions on their behalf, taking into consideration the candidates' preferred institutions and the candidates' competitiveness. If a recommended candidate has previously applied to U.S. institutions and has requested a deferral from the institution, the candidate must notify USIEF immediately