Fullbright-Nehru Masters Fellowships for Indian Students

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Fullbright-Nehru Masters Fellowships are prestigious scholarships awarded to outstanding Indian students to pursue a Master’s degree at selected U.S. universities. The program is a collaborative effort between the United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF) and the Fullbright Commission in India. It aims to strengthen educational and cultural ties between the two countries by providing opportunities for Indian students to study in the United States.

Fullbright-Nehru Masters Fellowships Eligibility

In addition to the General Prerequisites, the applicant:

  • 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;
  • must have at least three years’ full-time (paid) professional work experience relevant to the proposed field of study by the application deadline;
  • should demonstrate experience in leadership and community service;
  • must not have another degree from a U.S. university or be enrolled in a U.S. degree program; and
  • if employed, should follow the instructions carefully regarding 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.

Fullbright-Nehru Masters Fellowships Grant Benefits

The fellowship will provide J-1 visa support, round-trip economy class air travel from fellow’s home city to the host institution in the U.S., funding for tuition and fees, living and related costs, and accident and sickness coverage per U.S. Government guidelines. *

The Fulbright-Nehru Master’s Fellowships provide no financial support for dependents.

USIEF funding may not cover all costs and the fellow may need to supplement grant benefits with other resources.

Applications are invited in the following fields only:

  1. Arts and Culture Management including Heritage Conservation and Museum Studies: The study of all aspects of art and culture management, including arts administration, heritage conservation and museum studies, management of profit and not-for-profit art institutions, among others. These fellowships are not for pursuing graduate degrees in fine or applied art and design or art history, but for the management of the arts.
  2. Economics: The study of production, demand, and allocation of resources in society, economic trends, effects of government economic policy on the economy. Subspecialties include development economics, international economics, macroeconomics, microeconomics, labor economics, agricultural economics, and public finance, among others.
  3. Environmental Science/Studies: The study of the environment in all its complexities. Subspecialties include environmental toxicology, natural resource management, pollution prevention, environmental law, environmental engineering, and environmental policy analysis, among others.
  4. Higher Education Administration: The study of all aspects of higher education administration including policy planning and management, student affairs, academic affairs, admissions and enrollment management, curriculum design, learning assessment, financial management, alumni and community relations, internationalization of higher education, quality assurance, and use of technology in higher education, among others.
  5. International Affairs: The study of international relations with reference to foreign policy, conflict resolution, international security and strategic issues, international economic policy, environmental and energy policy, refugee and migration issues, human rights, and gender policy, among others.
  6. International Legal Studies: The study of all aspects of international legal studies including business law, commercial and trade law, employment and labor law, environmental law, global health law, human rights, intellectual property rights and law, international organizations, securities and financial regulations, litigation law, and tax law, among others.
  7. Journalism and Mass Communication: The study of all aspects of mass communication, including individual and convergent media platforms such as print, broadcast and new media. Sub-specialties include media management, and communications research and strategy. Subspecialties include media management, print journalism, online journalism, broadcast (radio, television, internet) journalism, and communications research and strategy among others.
  8. Public Administration: The study of management as it relates to the government sector (local, state, federal) or organizations serving the public. Subspecialties include policy analysis, non-profit management, international development, public sector management, public finance, healthcare management, and city/urban development, among others.
  9. Public Health: The study of all aspects of public health including biostatistics, environmental and occupational health, epidemiology, health law, bioethics and human rights, health policy and management, public health delivery systems, international health, and reproductive, maternal and child health, among others.
  10. Urban and Regional Planning: The study of all aspects of urban and regional planning, including sustainable infrastructure, transportation policy, planning and improvements, water and sanitation, town and rural planning, equitability, public space programing and governance, land use, community visioning, urban resilience, housing and real estate development, and waste management, among others.
  11. Women’s Studies/Gender Studies: The study of issues relevant to women, feminism, and gender including development, health, history, education, sexuality, law, and policy, among others.

How to Apply

  1. Applications must be submitted online at: https://apply.iie.org/ffsp2024/
  2. Please carefully review the FNMasters Application Instructions before starting your online application
  3. Please refer to FN Masters`s Applicant Checlist before submitting the application.
  4. In addition, you must complete FN Masters Applicant Annexure and FN Masters Employer`s Endorsement Form  (if applicable) and upload on your online application.

Application Deadline: May 17, 2023, 23:59:59 hrs (IST)


The Fullbright-Nehru Masters Fellowships provide a unique opportunity for Indian students to pursue higher education in the United States, gain international exposure, and develop their skills in their chosen field.

Important FAQ`s

Q. What fields of study are supported?

The Fullbright Nehru Masters Fellowships program supports Master’s degree programs in most disciplines, including but not limited to the social sciences, arts and humanities, sciences, engineering, and technology. The exact list of eligible fields may be specified in the application guidelines.

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