Programs in India: Senior Academics/Faculty

The distinguished chair fellowships for four months are designed for full professors to teach graduate students at the host institution, travel to prominent higher education institutions to give guest lectures and take part in symposia and conferences. Distinguished Chairs also work with faculty members at the host institution on program development and curriculum design. Many disciplines will be considered, but priority will be given to scholars from the sciences. (See website for a complete list of priority fields.) These fellowships are for four months.

Agencies Involved: The Fulbright Institute, United States Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and the U.S.-India Educational Foundation (the Fulbright Commission in India)

Key Dates: Application deadline is August 1, 2014.


The Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Fellowships aim to provide U.S. faculty, researchers, and professionals the opportunity to teach, conduct research, or carry out a combination of teaching and research at an Indian institution. All disciplines will be considered, but priority will be given to scholars from the sciences. (See website for a complete list of priority fields.) These fellowships are for four to nine months.

Agencies Involved: The Fulbright Institute, United States Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and the U.S.-India Educational Foundation (the Fulbright Commission in India)

Key Dates: Application deadline is August 1, 2014.


Fulbright Specialist projects are designed to provide US faculty and professionals with opportunities to collaborate with professional counterparts at Indian academic institutions on curriculum and faculty development, institutional planning and a variety of other activities. A Fulbright Specialist project ranges from two to six weeks. Fulbright Specialist project ranges from two to six weeks.

Agencies Involved: The Fulbright Institute, United States Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and the U.S.-India Educational Foundation (the Fulbright Commission in India)

Key Dates: Applications accepted on a rolling basis.


The Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) provides regional grants under the South and Central Asia Regional Research Program, for research projects of historical or contemporary focus, or is comparative or regional in scope; or where data must be collected in several countries. Fieldwork must be conducted in two or more countries of the region. Projects, which will contribute to the cooperation among countries of the region and involve collaboration with host country colleagues and institutions, are encouraged. These fellowships are for four to nine months.

Agencies Involved: The Fulbright Institute, United States Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and the U.S.-India Educational Foundation (the Fulbright Commission in India)

Key Dates: Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

The Senior Fellowship provides the opportunity for senior researchers to pursue research careers at academic institutions in India. Candidates must have at least 7-12 years of post-doctoral research experience, and demonstrated ability to lead research groups and projects.

Agencies Involved: Wellcome Trust DBT India Alliance

Key Dates: Preliminary application launches July 4, 2014; Preliminary application deadline August 14, 2014; Invited full application deadline December 2014; Selection Committee review March 2015; Interviews for short-listed candidates is in May 2015 for the May 2015 Competition.


The Margdarshi Fellowship provides the opportunity for biomedical scientists to lead and nucleate research programs in India. Candidates must possess a vision with which to lead a group of young scientists in a particular project. Candidates must not reside in India at the time of application, but have the ability to relocate to India if accepted.

Agencies Involved: Wellcome Trust DBT India Alliance

Key Dates: This year’s application deadline has passed. Check program website for updated information. 


The Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative (OSI)is an initiative aimed to strengthen the relationship between higher education institutions in the U.S. and India. The program invites the exchange of members of faculty in order to promote long-term educational partnership between collaborating institutions. Program runs for up to 3 years. Eligibility depends on quality of application materials.

Agencies Involved: The United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF)

Key Dates: Check website for updated information.