Programs in India: Senior Academics/Faculty

The Fulbright-Nehru Distinguished Chair Fellowship is designed for professors looking to travel abroad to teach graduate students at foreign universities. Candidates will also have the opportunity to take part in lectures, symposia and conferences while overseas. Fellowship support is made available for up to 4 months.

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

Key Dates: Check website for updated information


The Fulbright Specialist Program (FSP) facilitates 2-6 week visits by 10 American professors each year to host institutions worldwide in order for them to lecture on various topics relating to Science and Technology. Lecturer activities can include short-term lecturing, seminars, training, and conferences and workshop participation. Both individuals and institutions can apply. In order to become eligible as an individual, applicants must join a Roster of Specialists for a 5 year term. In order to become eligible as an institution, the school must submit project applications.

Agencies Involved: Fulbright Commission, Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES), U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

Key Dates: Check web site for updated information.


The Fulbright-Nehru Senior Research program invites U.S. faculty and professionals to conduct research at academic institutions in India. Program runs for 4-9 months.

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

Key Dates: Check web site for updated information.


The Fulbright-Nehru Teaching/ Research Fellowship is designed to provide researchers and professionals the chance to carry out both teaching and research objectives in a foreign country. Program runs from 4-9 months. Candidates must hold a PhD and have at least 3 years teaching experience.

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

Key Dates: Check website for updated information


The Fulbright-Nehru Environmental Leadership Program supports senior researchers who travel to India to lead a group in scientific research relating to the environmental sciences. Programs run for 4-9 months. Candidates must possess a Master’s degree or higher and have at least 5 years of professional experience.

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

Key Dates: Check website for updated information


The Fulbright-Nehru Visiting Lecturer program invites US faculty, researchers, and professionals to lecture at Indian institutions for 4-6 month periods. Candidates must possess a PhD and have at least 3 years teaching experience.

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

Key Dates: Check website for updated information


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: Application deadline January 2013 for Fall 2013 program


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: Application deadline January 2013 for Fall 2013 program


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.